I recently spent a day in France, in the Alsace region to be exact, and to be even more precise in much-loved, beautiful Colmar, where last week we enjoyed crepes. As nothing communicates different cultures and habits quite as much as food stores, and bakeries, I decided to share some images of French bakery displays to share on Fiesta Friday at Angies weekly grand food fiesta. I love meeting and chatting with other bloggers and learning about different traditions, local specialties, both out in nature, in the garden and also inside in the kitchen. Oh and if I discover a new kind of wonderful cake such as the semlor I am very happy. I know many of you feel the same, so I hope you enjoy the photos below. Naturally, if I could, I would bring all of these to Fiesta Friday with me, in real life, edible versions, as I cannot, you will have to make do, sadly, with photographs.
You will note the size of the patisserie is small, this may also play a role in the the much commented on reason why French women don’t get fat. I think it’s because they walk and/or take public transportation, don’t eat much fast food and are also very disciplined, but then what do I know :). I have eaten lunch with lots of French women though, and when they are going out for a big dinner, they nibble on salad for lunch. They also often eat a yoghurt for lunch as dessert. Maybe this is the secret? Hm? Any French ladies reading, feel free to comment + explain or pooh pooh my thoughts (but not the patisserie). Apart from not really getting fat, French ladies also age really, really well, I haven’t spotted a French Exec yet who looks lifted/botoxed or overly blonde, however, they still look gorgeous at 55. I don’t know how they do it…. Good genes I suspect, plus the French je ne sais quoi, plus their innate sense of style and dress sense?
I think they look adorable. One of my favourite bakery delights is the mille feuille. Also known as a Napoleon. Pictured above center. Gugelhopf for sale at the bakery: