Le Fournil

It’s probably a good thing I don’t live within walking distance of Le Fournil.  At least, that’s what I’m telling myself after eating a quiche, chocolate tarte, and chocolate croissant.  A small French bakery/cafe in Eastlake, Le Fournil is my kind of place. With communal tables, free parking, and wifi, I could easily spend every lunch hour here.

The menu offers breakfast, lunch, and pastries, but today it’s the pastries I’m after.  Recalling my days in Paris, I go straight for the chocolate croissant (pain au chocolat if you’re fancy).

Okay, this was good. Good like, “yay I can’t believe I’m eating this right now and I need to stop by here on my way to work every day from now on.”  The texture was flaky, but it wasn’t dry or overdone. The chocolate was quality, and despite the fact that I probably consumed a stick of butter, I was left craving more. Many more. But I moved on to my next choice: the chocolate tarte:

With a texture somewhere between pudding and ganache, and a hint of orange flavor, it was not completely what I expected.  It was rich and buttery, but I had expected darker, fudgier chocolate. The crust, however, was perfect.  More exciting, as it turned out, was my friend’s strawberry tarte:

What the picture doesn’t show is the cream underneath the berries. Not sure exactly what made it so magical, but it must have been good because when she dropped a little on the bare table, she scooped it up and ate it … before I could.

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