My Favourite Food In Paris

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 24, 2010

Oh boy, do I love the East to West time zone travel much more than West to East!

East to West is always a piece of cake. I love that I automatically get up super early in the morning. This morning I awoke after a solid 7 hours of sleep at 5am. It was the most sleep I have had in about a week and a half and it felt wonderful.

I made some amazing Kusmi Almond green tea and then I washed all the floors in the house and did laundry all before 7am! There is no better feeling in the world than a productive early morning.

I am going to try my best to stay on this early rising schedule because I love getting up early in the morning. I am my most productive in the early morning (as long as I can get to bed at a good time!) and I hope to stick to this schedule. Remember my Early Rising Challenge from a while back?

After cleaning, I opened my Gmail inbox for the first time in a week and almost shed a tear. I also printed my Glo Bar orders. It is going to take me at least a week to get caught up on things! I might have to whip out the coffee machine much earlier than planned. ;)

But for this post, back to lovely, delicious, Paris.

How I miss thee. You stole a piece of my heart.


We came across Paul Bakery while in a shopping mall called Les Quatre Temps buying some gifts and souvenirs. There was a HUGE line up wrapping around the entire bakery. We knew it must be amazing.

Item #4: Croissant

[For items 1-3 see this post]


You didn’t think I could go to Paris and not try a croissant did you? ;)

My mom, sister, and I were so excited we couldn’t contain ourselves.

They are a work of art.


If you are familiar with the process of baking croissants, they require many, many hours and many, many steps to make them. The outcome is spectacular though.

It was light, airy, flakey, and buttery. I took a bite and the croissant just melted on my tongue.

It was a moment I will remember forever.


The croissant was my favourite food item that I tried while in Paris by a landslide! Nothing could come close to it. My goal is to make a delicious vegan croissant some day. :)

Item #5: Strawberry Tart

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The tart had a layer of vanilla custard on the bottom. I was never a huge fan of custard when I was young, so I was hesitant to try it. However, it was definitely the best custard I have ever tasted. The tart wasn’t my favourite dessert by any means, but it was still quite good.

I think it was OSGMOM’s favourite dessert of the entire trip! She is a huge custard fan. :)


For the main part of my lunch, I was absolutely delighted when I saw a huge Lentil salad and Tabbouleh Salad. The Lentil salad and juice below were from a cafe called Soup and Juice.

My body was so, so, so happy to see some vegan protein. I almost cried with joy…haha.


I devoured both of them.

My mom and sister had mini and large baguette ham and/or cheese sandwiches and they really loved them.


I also bought a carrot juice. It felt so good to drink fresh juice!


In my next post I will be recapping our last night in Paris as well as showing you some of the souvenirs and things I brought home!

Enjoy your day. :) I am off to play the catch up game.

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 24, 2010 at 8:22 am

It is my life goal to have a freah crossiant in Paris.


Wei-Wei September 24, 2010 at 9:35 am

Same here.


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 24, 2010 at 8:25 am

I have a feeling the croissants I have tried would not even compare to a French croissant!

I hope you recreate that strawberry tart, that looks so wonderful!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

mmm i would love to make a strawberry tart for sure!


Danielle September 24, 2010 at 8:25 am

Wow – I’ve been taking crossiants for granted – I didn’t know how much work went into them! I always remember one of my good friends would always get a chocolate swirl crossiant when we were walking around NYC.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

Hey Angela just wondering, did you have trouble eating vegan in Paris?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

It was one of the biggest challenges I have ever encountered


Christine September 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

I love East->West travel too! You get to sleep in AND wake up early at the same time…. :-P

I struggle to make that last for more than 3 or 4 days though. *sigh*

I can’t WAIT to see a vegan croissant (and I am not even vegan!)

Welcome home!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 8:28 am

I know I struggle to make it last too!! Last time I got home from our honeymoon it lasted about 4 days :( Im determined to make it last longer and maybe even turn it into a habit!


Christine September 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

Look what just showed up in my reader!

Maybe this will help you…..


Freya September 24, 2010 at 8:28 am

Awh, I feel your pain with the emails! I wanted to cry after 5 days away…I dread to think what yours looked like!
Did you eat 100% vegan in Paris, or did you just enjoy all the food? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

I did my best for all of my main meals, but it definitely was not 100% because they would still use butter sometimes and that sort of thing. I don’t stress about it though and I think I had a wonderful balance because I felt happy and that I wasn’t missing out or letting it impact my trip. That was my goal, so I think I was able to achieve that balance. There were of course non-vegan Paris food items I knew I wanted to try. You only get that opportunity once in your life!


Rachel @ Suburban Yogini September 24, 2010 at 8:28 am

I’ve always found West to East time zone changes much easier to handle but maybe this is because I am not a morning person and however hard I try I never will be. I don’t come alive until lunchtime!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

East to West is indeed so much easier!! The custard fruit tarts really are lovely – I miss those!


OSGMOM September 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

My mouth is watering just looking at the pics of the strawberry tart that I enjoyed and wishing there was a Paul’s here!! I agree with you, Paris has taken a piece of my heart too.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 24, 2010 at 8:40 am

There really is nothing like French croissants. American versions don’t even come close. Ah, a cafe au lait and a croissant right now would be amazing. And a table by the Seine. Ahhh…


Gillian September 24, 2010 at 8:47 am

Love seeing the photos from your trip!! And I love the vegan croissant challenge- I think with earth balance it is very possible!

Welcome home! I’m hoping to plan a blogger potluck someday soon and would love you to come!


Nic September 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

What a delicious way to start the day! Thanks for sharing :)


Carolyn @ lovinlosing September 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

That croissant made my mouth water…yum!


Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

That croissant looks heavenly. I’m super jealous. Now I want a big pound of carbs!


Lisa September 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

Love croissants. That must have been so good! If I went to Paris, I would have eaten those every meal.


Chelsea at Striking Balance September 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

That croissant looks to die for! I love croissants, so I can’t even imagine how good they would be in Paris! Glad you had a great trip :)


GFree_Miel September 24, 2010 at 9:19 am

I haven’t had a croissant in years! I bet they’re amazing when they’re made in Paris. And that strawberry tart! That probably would have been my favorite (had it been gluten free).


Tamara September 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

I think Paul’s must be a chain because there is one in Ft. Lauderdale at the Sawgrass Mills Mall….Hubby and I ate there a couple times before we moved…..Probably not as good as the one in Paris though!


Toronto Girl West September 24, 2010 at 9:27 am

Boulangerie Paul is indeed amazing! Impressively so considering that it’s a chain. But then again a chain in Europe is much different than one in Canada!

BTW – should you ever get to try their baked goods again, they make a mean tarte au citron!!! They also have a l ocation at the airport, so you can load up on last minute pastries to bring home for friends and family. My mother still dreams about the stuff I brought home from my last trip!


Kristina @ spabettie September 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

I was HOPING the rest of your list contained a croissant! :D

They were my Very Favorite Thing to bake when I ran the deli… and getting them out of the oven and eating warm… oh my!

I need to have a fresh croissant in Paris though…


AC September 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

Vegan croissants with “cheez” . Maybe substitute the butter for Earth Balance? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

Yup Im sure its not that hard to sub it in!


Jennifer September 24, 2010 at 9:36 am

Sounds like a fabulous trip. Good luck catching up!!


Meredith September 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

When I got home from Paris I couldn’t help but think that the Torontonian equivalent of croissant-filled bakeries are our donut shops. Kinda sad haha.


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

one day i too will have a croissant (or 100) in paris! they truly are a work of art!


Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

About 5 months ago I started waking up early with my fiance at 5 am (he’s a carpenter foreman and so he has to start work at 7 am!). At first it was SO hard but I truly believe it’s the best life-change I’ve ever done.

I used to be the most notorious night owl staying up til 2 am and sleeping in… then having a 2 hour nap after school/work…

Now, I go to bed at 8:30 ( ;) hehehe laugh all you want, my family calls me a grandma!) but I sleep better then I ever have and actually get tired at normal-person-time.

Plus I agree with you Ang — being productive in the morning is the best feeling ever! I love when I’ve accomplished a couple of tasks and it’s only 7am!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

This will be motivation to stick with it!


Camille September 24, 2010 at 10:14 am

Oh man, what a fabulous trip!
That croissant looks like no croissant I have ever tried before! Gorgeous!


Anna (Literate Vegan) September 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

Oh wow, before I was vegan I pretty much lived on Paul’s foodstuffs. The tuna-cucumber sandwich is amazing, but nothing compared to the chocolate millefeuille and strawberry tarts. Heaven!

I’ve never been an early riser, except for when I’m jet-lagged (I move between London and New York a lot!) I’d love to aim for it though, since I love that feeling of having accomplished so much before most people’s day has started. Not sure my boyfriend would ever forgive me if I started setting my alarm for 5am though!


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life September 24, 2010 at 10:31 am

Oh, crossiants!! It’s been too long since I’ve had one of those!!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

I’m happy to hear that you allowed yourself to sample food items that weren’t vegan. You only live once, right?


Sarah for Real September 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

Good gosh woman. Cut it out! Or I’ll have to say goodbye to my finances and head to Paris to devour each and every bakery in sight!


[email protected] Food Loving Polar Bear September 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

In my opininon the only real croissants are French. They just know how to do it right :) mmm… I wish I could go back now and have a piece of baquette, a chocolate croissant, cheese.. and of course French wine.


Moni'sMeals September 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

Welcome back!
Let’s see you make a vegan version chocolate crossiant, eh?! No pressure, lol :)
I really have to tell you-your pics were so incredible for all of us. :)


Amber K September 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

I love that you tried some non-vegan things. Because I can’t wait to see your vegan take on them! I know you’re a genius in the kitchen!


Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

The Croissant looks heavenly. Your trip to Paris really makes me hungry! ;)


[email protected] September 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

That strawberry tart looks mouth-watering! I hope to travel to Paris one day and experience all of the amazing food and pastries. Can’t wait for the recap and to see the souvenirs :)


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' September 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

There is nothing like the taste of a fresh croissant in Paris! Nothing! It was by far the best thing we enjoyed while visiting, too!

In fact, I think I’d fly back to Paris JUST for another one. It may very well be the most expensive croissant I ever have (including airfare) but worth it! ;)


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' September 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

Ha, I just realized that my profile pic is of me eating my very first crepe in Paris! (a nutella one– so delicious!)


Laura September 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

Hi Angela and welcome home! I enjoyed hearing about your travels so much. Last time i was in France was about a year before I became vegetarian. I don’t know what I’d do now! We were on a wine tour and couldn’t even seem to find a salad never mind a vegetarian meal option. It was almost an entire trip based around dairy and meat.

It also warms my heart to see you were able to branch out and try the wonderful things available in Paris and Paris alone, even though they might not be on your normal “program”. I think that’s one of the hardest things, to try something outside the box and feel ok about it, then go home and get back on track. Yay for you! Nothing can beat a Parisian croissant or coffee!


Allison @ Food For Healing September 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

croissant in paris, would there be anything more awesome!? haha
that would be amazing

vegan in Paris looks like it would be quite the challenge!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 24, 2010 at 11:55 am

I LOVED how your wrote “favourite”. It pretty much made my day for sure! That croissant looks delicious – I loved the chocolate croissants when I went to Paris. So glad I hadn’t figured out my gluten intolerance before then!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

Nothing beats a real Parisian croissants. All of the American imitations are just that- imitations!! Glad you had a wonderful end to your trip, welcome home!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Nothing beats a true croissant. Absolutely amazing…and you’re so right – melt in your mouth.


Lisa September 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

My mouth is watering at that little tart dessert! SOOO good!!!


Amanda September 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I would be very interested in a vegan crossiant recipe. It seems like it would be impossible to make a crossiant without butter!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm

There is Earth Balance butter which cooks and bakes very similar to butter. I’m hoping it works as a sub!


debby September 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Did you try Pierre herme macarons? they are soooo delicious…


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

No I didn’t but I did try Michel Cluizel macarons. Chocolate and strawberry were my top two!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I would loovee to try one of their croissants. Geez, if I love Walmart’s croissants I can only imagine how one of Paris’ would taste!!


CathyK September 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm

welcome home, angela! thanks so much for sharing your paris trip with us…i have never been and i loved seeing your perspective!
yes, yes! aim to keep on the 5 a.m. wakeup! i was on a 5 a.m. wakeup schedule from january til july and LOVED how much i got done in a day. sadly, ever since my july vacation, i cannot get up that early – and i really miss it! for some reason i just can’t wake myself up now at that time!
my brother travels a lot and says east-west is sooo much easier, too!
will you let us know how eric got along while you were gone?! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

haha will try to. He might post :)


The Peanut Butter Addict September 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Was that croissant very big? I remember when I went to Paris the croissants we had were so cute and small compared to the huge ones you can find here! But this was more than 10 years ago so maybe they grew in size there by now :P


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

They had mini ones and reg sized ones :)


Andrea September 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Wow that croissant looks like the best ever- I love croissants anywhere so Parisian croissant is just that much better! It all looks amazing, how wonderful to be able to experience another culture’s cuisine :)


amie September 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

awww, im sad you had your croissant at paul! its just an overpriced chain bakery that’s found all over europe, not really special enough for your first croissant in paris! oh well, glad you still enjoyed it!


Stefanie September 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

If you google vegan croissants you will get a couple of recipes. I’m sure they won’t compare to the ones from paris but it should cure the craving. I’m trying to convince myself the hard work will be worth it in the end but I have not made them yet.


Natalia - a side of simple September 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I’m allergic to gluten but when I was in Paris I did NOT care at all. I devoured crepes, croissants, and other such delectables to my hearts content. My body could die later, but my soul had to live!


bitt September 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

you are lucky you could do that. if i had eaten gluten i would have ruined the rest of my trip. i’m that allergic to it.


Cassandra September 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My friend recently went to Paris and she loved it!, she said everything is so fresh and organic that if I went I would never want to come back. Glad you got to enjoy the amazing food there :)


Leanne September 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I went to Paris over Thanksgiving holiday in 2007 and ended up being sick the whole trip. Oh how I ache to go back after seeing your posts. I am so happy for you and your family enjoying the trip. I may need to start planning a return trip.


Caitlin (EatFeats) September 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Dang it best list ever. I want to go to France and eat nothing but bread. I am gluten intolerant, but I’d make the sacrifice.


Kara September 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I really hope you tried the chocolate croissant! (‘Pain au chocolat’) – I lived an hour north of Paris for 5 months and all over France I knew I could get an amazing pastry just by muttering these three words. Either way, croissants are beautiful.


stacey-healthylife September 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

You just had to have a croissant and I’m glad it was amazing. A chocolate one would have been even better. :)


Saralinn September 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I LOVE Paul…I’ve actually only been to the ones in London, but I saw them while I was in Paris. They have this amazing sandwich that was so simple – I think maybe a couple slices of hardboiled egg, a basil dressing, lettuce, tomato (good for the non-meat eaters!). And their cafe viennese…oh I could go on…


Emily September 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Looks incredible. There’s something sacreds about a real french croissant. The strawberry tart looks great too.


bitt September 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm

both times i went to paris i was gluten-free. i can’t do gluten at all. but it kept it easier to be vegan since anything i wanted wasn’t gluten-free anyhow. i ate so many croissants as a child i have the memory of them ingrained in my head forever. i always got the chocolate. now i can still eat chocolate thank god. i doubt there will ever be a gluten-free vegan croissant recipe. probably impossible


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I adore croissants! I’m sure the ones I get from Loblaws don’t even rate on the same scale as the ones from Paris. :P


Carlee September 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

wow! All that food and pastery looks devine! I would go to Paris just for the food I think. It looks like you had a fantastic time.


Rachel (@Smile Out Loud) September 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Hey Angela! I love carrot juice, too! I just got my first juicer and juiced a batch of carrot juice tonight :) Question for you: Do you do anything special with all the extra carrot pulp? It seems like there is so much of it!

Have a great night :D


Elli @ 16 and Losing It September 25, 2010 at 6:52 am

wow a croissant in paris, how could anything be better?! I am dying to go to France! That tart looks pretty darn gorgeous too!


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