Oh goodness me! The past few weeks have just flown by! I just got back from visting my beautiful Turkish delight in Istanbul. I had the most amazing time - and photos are surely to come soon to the travel section! It was the perfect week away from Paris, and before I left, I caught up quickly with another (amazing) friend of mine.
Her and I talked about going to Café Pouchkine for... a year and a half? Well - we finally did it! And oooh boy was it good. Like, really good. Let's get started.
Meet Mr. Medovik. His character traits bar none: honey buckwheat biscuits and two types of cream (Russian versions of sweetened condensed milk and a sour cream). It was crispy, crunchy, soft, and flakey... all at the same time. It tasted dreamy.
This pastry (slash) cake was even topped with a square of scintillating dark chocolate.
Mmmhumm. Glittery chocolate. It's basically the offspring from two of my favourite things.
Since I had a pastry partner in crime, two desserts were a requisite. Next on the list: the Rose Pouchkine.
This delightful treat (perhaps the favourite of the two we tried - although it's really difficult to decide between the two!) features a quark cheese mousse.
Let's pause for a bit and appreciate that sentence.
Quark. Cheese. Mousse.
Beautiful hints of sweet in a tangy, smooth, and creamy mousse.
If you weren't impressed already, the rose continues to layer on the flavours with a pistachio and amoretto center that sits on top of a red fruit compote . There are also some pistachio biscuits in there... don't ask how they do it, just enjoy!
Oh, I forgot to mention the rose bit... beautiful thin layers of white chocolate creates the shape of a rose. Annnnnnnnnnd... it was all topped with some more sparkly chocolate!
The place itself is in a very busy and packed area of Paris - right inside Printemps, one of the grands magasins. Everything sparkles with gold and marble. The pastries are lined up impeccably in the display case. (It was so hard to choose just two!) Facing the display case, there's a bar (where we sat) where you can order coffees, teas, and other fancy drinks (they even had champagne!). The entire place is really impressive, and the staff was SO NICE (an impressive find in Paris!).
The cakes are quite expensive compared to the standard Paris price, and an extra euro or two is added on if you choose to sit in the actual café (as opposed to taking your goodies away). But, Café Pouchkine is a great place to check out on the rare occasion when you're treating yourself or craving an extra special sweet!
Name – Café Pouchkine
Style – Russian desserts, pastries, and cakes.
Address – 64, Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France
Tasting soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner gourmand(e):
On a (probably-way-too-soon) reminiscence note, here is some Istanbul loving!!!
And if you want to learn how to dance like a pro to this song...