French Pastries Make Anything Better

Hey ya’ll! It is Monday. For the first time, I’m actually pretty excited that it is Monday. It is the last day of class for me and the best part is we are having speakers in some of my classes because they assumed that most people would go out of town, so class is optional (well except for my applied physiology class, but I have to turn in my review paper, so weeeee). I have a delicious treat for ya’ll this Monday. FRENCH PASTRIES. Seriously I think that French pastries make anything better. One of the best places in the city is Mille Feuille, which is located over near NYU. Man if only Columbia was over there. I would be probably 5000 lbs (haha jk because that would kill me). Anyways there is nothing like a delicious pastry and some hot chocolate on a cold day.

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It is a really small shop, but it is packed with delicious treats. I was so cold, but the inside of the bakery was so warm that I think I was almost sweating. I made Carrianne sit outside with me, so I didn’t die to death inside while I nommed on my treats. It is a really cute shop though. The interior is decorated nicely, there is some stools to sit on, and it smells amazing. One of the coolest things about this little bakery is that they offer cooking classes for french macarons and croissants. Let me tell you, this is definitely the place you want to learn how to make either from (they have amazing macarons!).

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Ummm look at these containers of french pastries. I think I died and went to heaven. I have actually been here before on a trip with my dad and little brother to New York. That is how I knew about this place beforehand since pastries isn’t the top thing I’m creeping on yelp for. It was really hard to choose what I wanted to get because I was torn between so many things. Look at those cronuts, they look so good. If we go back, I’m definitely going to be getting one of those because they had chocolate, raspberry, and almond. I would have gotten the chocolate or raspberry, but anyways on to what I ended up eating.

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Look at this beautiful piece of croissant. It is pink, my favorite color. I think that is probably one of the main reasons that I gravitated towards this treat. The pink on the outside was beautiful. It was a raspberry flavored sugar that was sprinkled all over the top of the croissant. It was beautiful, but it was definitely a mess. When I was done eating this, I had pink stains all over my mouth. It was a pretty cute look for me.

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Look at the flakiness of the croissant. When you bite into it, the crust just falls apart in your mouth. It was so buttery and delicious. It was definitely one of the best croissants I’ve had in a long time. Although nothing will ever compare to the chocolate croissants I have had in Europe (the funny thing is, the best chocolate croissant I had was in Germany). The sugar had soaked in a little bit in the pastry, so there was also a nice hint of raspberry in every bite.

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Look at the inside of this croissant. It was an almond raspberry croissant, so the inside was filled with raspberry jam and almond paste. OMG. HEAVEN. When the two were mixed together, it was a sweet bite. The raspberry jam was perfect. It was made from fresh raspberries, so it didn’t have that artificial taste to it. I really hate when pastries just use pre-made fillings because having everything made from scratch makes it so much better. The almond paste was not too overwhelming, which was good because that helped it go along with the raspberry jam. I gobbled this thing up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that goes here. Just be prepared to get messy.

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This place has some of the best macarons of my life. These little things are packed with so much flavor, which is what makes a good macaron. I hate when they are cooked perfectly, but do not taste what the actual flavor is. These were coconut and pistachio. The pistachio is definitely a favorite. It tastes like freshly roasted pistachio nuts. If you closed your eyes, you would think that you are actually eating pistachios. The coconut was the same way. It tasted like fresh coconut bursting inside your mouth. Other macarons that I have had from this shop include salted caramel, passionfruit, lemon, chocolate, and raspberry. Every single one of those is delicious. The salted caramel and passionfruit are definitely at the top of the list though. This place even made Carrianne enjoy macarons, so you know that Mille Feuille is legit. Noms.

Have an awesome Monday! I know I am going to! No case of the Mondays over here.

What is your favorite kind of pastry?
Have you ever had a pastry from France?

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WIAW #5 and Trader Joes Finds

WOW! I haven’t blogged in a week. That was like a mini uneeded vacation. I partially didn’t blog because I was in Dallas a couple of days, and I was out having fun instead of having time for my computer. Also this is going to sound totally crazy, but at my mom’s my computer does not work with the internet there, so it is literally impossible to blog there unless I have everything pre-loaded and just hit publish. Obviously I am not that advance, but I am back. It is What I Ate Wednesday, so I definitely had to pop in for that. Plus I have a ton of recipes coming ya’lls way and a trip to this amazing Israeli market in Dallas. Shout out to Jenn for hosting this day, she really is awesome for coming up with this.

Tropical Sunrise Oats. These oats are ridiculously tasty, and the mix of orange, pineapple, and mango definitely gives you a boost of energy in the morning. Of course I had to throw in some chocolate chips to give it that sweetness that I’m always craving.

For lunch it has been my classic peanut butter, raspberry jam, and banana sandwich. This is my go to meal when I don’t have a lot of food in my pantry and I want to eat something that is filling, but low calorie. This always hits the spot to. It is something about that classic combination of peanut butter and bananas. The sweetness of the jam makes it that much better.

Hello favorite snack. Arctic Zero Cookies and Cream topped with gluten free chocolate chips, marshmallows, and banana slices. Oh man. This is definitely one of my top two favorite flavors of this “ice cream”. It hits the spot on a hot day, and you totally aren’t breaking the bank calorie wise. Since the whole pint is only 150 calories, if you gorge down the entire thing it isn’t that bad.

Let me get to the good stuff. The Trader Joe’s finds. Oh yes. It was a glorious moment when I stepped out of the car to enter this beauty. Finally Trader Joe’s has reached Texas. Now I just need one in Austin. Luckily San Antonio is getting one in September, and that is only about a 40 minute drive from my apartment. Success. I will def be doing like monthly drives to that Trader Joe’s and the two story forever 21 (gotta through in some shopping).

Meet my best friend. The falafel chip. I have a deep love for anything falafel, as we can see from my frequent trips to St. Pita’s. These chips are life changing. They actually taste like falafel. It is quite scary actually to imagine how they get all the flavors of a falafel and put it in to a small chip. I’m not complaining though because these are amazing. I’ll probably have to stock up on these when I go to Boston – I can just see myself now, carrying like huge trader joe’s bags onto the airplane alongside a Mike’s Pastry box. Laugh as much as you want, but I will have all the goods.

So I actually have a lot of best friends because these guys are also on the top of my list. Banana slices covered in dark chocolate. You really can’t get better than that. These are one of the main reasons we went to Trader Joe’s. My entire family loves them, and we even finished one box before we left Fort Worth…..we were hungry. If you ever go to Trader Joe’s, I definitely recommend these.

There is a trend here. Chocolate and snack foods. Who needs meals when you have dark chocolate bars? This is healthy. Really though. The higher percentage of cacao the better for you. Chocolate has shown to be very important in heart health, so go out there and buy yourself some chocolate (make sure it is cacao).

These are white something something peaches, but man they are delicious and really juicy. The fruit is one of the reasons why I love TJ’s. You can buy apples for 68 cents a pound! Um what? YES. I think my mom and I got about 14 apples for pretty cheap. Then we got these peaches for like 50 something cents, which was definitely a smart buy. The only other fruit we got were strawberries, and they were perfect.

These were an amazing found. I also got the mahi mahi ones too. Since I’ve gone pescatarian, I’ve been on the search for a good frozen fish burger. When I saw these at Trader Joe’s I was so excited. They are really low calorie, delicious, and provide a ton of healthy nutrients like Omega-3’s.

Welcome to heaven. You can thank me later. This is probably the most amazing discovery in the entire world. Oh god I had some of this on a toasted english muffin. Mind blowing. Seriously, run to your local Trader Joe’s and stock up on this stuff immediately. Oh man I could totally have a cabinet just dedicated to this stuff because it is just that amazing. I can eat it straight out of the jar, on oatmeal, on pancakes, or on top of pretzels. The combinations are endless. You will be so happy you bought some for yourself.

Some of the other Trader Joe’s finds we had were pita chips, rosemary raisin chips, two different types of cheeses, and two buck chuck of course. Can’t go to a TJ’s without getting some of that two buck Chuck. I used to go to Boston, and load up my suitcase with this stuff. Yes, I’m cheap and I like cheap tasty things.