Paris. Thank you New York Times for reminding to write about the gorgeous cream puffs at the recently opened Popelini. A few weeks ago “Fireball” and I were wandering around the neighborhood trying to locate the white-hot taqueria-cum-speakeasy Candelaria (for future dining purposes) when we chanced upon a pretty pastry shop with an eye catching window display of uniform confections: cool cream puffs topped with solid colored icing arranged in perfect rows. We went in and bought just one vanilla pâte à choux, a rookie mistake as it turned out. The cream filling was so cold and dense that it felt more like a fancy little ice cream sandwich. What’s more, it was both heartier and more refreshing than the puny macaron. We hadn’t walked three steps up the road before we both nodded to each other and sheepishly turned back in for another, this time chocolate. Though considerably richer than its vanilla counterpart, we had no problem polishing off the chocolate one as well. The only thing that kept us from going back for a third was an overriding sense of patriotic shame. We simply couldn’t be THOSE American tourists, hellbent on obesity at any cost!
Practical Info: Popellini is located at 29 Rue Debelleyme in the 3rd. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.