Paris: Bread and More Bread – Snacking on the Rue Rambuteau

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Having found one bread shop (the foccaceria) and two patisseries with fantasy breads, I decided that breads-with-add-ins were a trend and that rue Rambuteau was the trend’s epicenter.  (More momentous theories have been based on less conclusive evidence.)  And then, there was proof positive:  there, given pride of place in the window of Pralus, a chocolatier, were these brioches, cleverly called Praluline.  Some were chockablock with rose praline (Pralus + Praline = Praluline, see?) and others with bits of chocolate.  (My photo really didn’t do the breads justice, so this one is from the Pralus website.)

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With visions of bread dancing in my head, what did I have with my (sardine) lunch?  A ficelle from Boulangerie Julien, whose shop is on the rue Saint Honore, away from fantasy breadland, steps from Les Halles and just where the locals want it.  A word of warning: Unless you’ve got time to wait, don’t go at lunch hour — Julien’s ready-made sandwiches are dejeuner faves.  And a tip:  If all you want is bread, you can jump the line and go directly to the back of the shop.

Dorie Greenspan

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