Crumble and Flake

Finally. It seems I’ve been waiting so long to see what all the fuss was about (lines out the door, selling out early, people waiting outside at 7 AM…).  We got there around 10 and although we had to wait in line for about 20 minutes, there was still plenty to eat (they open at 9 instead of 7 on the weekends).


When we got to the front of the line, I had to make some quick decisions (luckily I had researched beforehand), and I went with a plain croissant, kouign amann, cinnamon roll, and a “Cheweo.”  Perhaps it’s necessary to pause for a definition of terms. A kouign amann (pronounced kween a-mon) is like a small round croissant, but with a caramelized exterior and (how is it possible?) an even more buttery inside.  A Cheweo is their version of an Oreo, with a soft cookie.


It should be obvious just from looking at the picture that everything was superb. The cinnamon rolls are not as sugary as others, with way less icing. The croissant was done right, and certainly flaked (rather than crumbled). The Cheweo could have been more intensely chocolate. Everything, however, paled in comparison to the kouign amann, which is  butter and flour in perfect harmony. The outside was crispy; the inside melted in your mouth and the whole thing was over far too soon. Worth getting there early to get these before they sell out.



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