Goal: see the Local Natives in concert.
Challenge accepted; Mission Accomplished.
So, there is this awesome band (Local Natives, if you're slow today), and by the time I discovered them and looked up if they were playing in Paris, their Paris show was sold out.
I said whaaaat? Not cool.
The only practical solution was take the train from Paris to Strasbourg, and see them in concert there. Obviously. It actually was a pretty obvious option, because since I've been in France this most recent time (the past year and half for my master's), I haven't left Paris much. France is beautiful, and I need to explore it more!
After some light planning and the Swede getting in on the adventure, tickets were booked, and Strasbourg + Local Natives were on!
Besides being ridiculously excited about Local Natives, my friend and I were also quite stoked about the idea of brunch. Thus, after some analytical brunch research, we decided that Bistrot et Chocolat was a done deal.
(After our savoury part of the brunch) We each started with a hot chocolate. It was really unacceptably cold outside, so this step wasn't optional.
I had Noir Alpaco 66%, while the Swede chose the Lait Jivara 40%.
OMGEE. These were amazing. They don't joke around with their hot chocolates - like, foreal. They take a scoop of massive chocolate buttons, throw them in a metal jug, top it off with some (organic) milk, and go to town on the stove. This is basically like drinking a chocolate bar. It was amazing. I may start to do this on a daily basis. Please don't judge?
Next was the actual dessert deal of the brunch experience. They have a pretty hefty dessert menu, but after some inner debate, I chose la tarte tatin au caramel au beurre salé (a thin apple tart with salted butter caramel).
This was good. Like. Really good. There was some sort of delicious tart raspberry coulis that paired so nicely with the sweet apples. Plus, I mean, guys: they gave me an almond cookie, apple slices, and ice cream WITH chocolate. And, the "chocolat" in the restaurant name is there for a reason... they have freaking great chocolate.
The Swede chose the Tiramisu (my second choice), and was kind enough to share a bite (or three) with me.
This small beast is actually entitled "tiramisu de pain d'épices infusé au thé rouge"... meaning that not only is it a tiramisu, but it is a gingerbread tiramisu infused with red tea. Yep. It was as good as it sounds.
The mascarpone cream was a bit heavy, but the cookies inside were airy, light, and delicious.
Overall, the pastries were scrumptious, but I still feel the star of the café was the hot chocolate. It was just out of this world.
If the idea of hot chocolate doesn't draw you into the place, the decor definitely will.
Slabs of chocolate of various sizes welcome you into the café, along with various jams, teas, and miscellaneous sweets. Old fashion egg beaters hang like a garland across the other side of the first room along the back wall. There is a back room after a small hot chocolate making station, that allows more seats for the hungry bruncher. This place was just adorable. It was packed with friends of all group sizes and types, as well as families. I'm a fan.
Name – Bistrot et Chocolat
Style – Vegetarian bistro food (including weekend brunch), dessert & hot chocolate specialist
Address – 8 rue de la Râpe, Strasbourg, France
Website - http://www.bistrotetchocolat.net/
Oh, P.S.: We also brunched on Sunday after the concert. (Two brunches in one weekend? But, of course!) This time the antes were upped. We went big, before we rolled back home to Paris.
La Part Thé made their weekend brunch vegetarian for me (so kind!, on the left), and then the normal weekend brunch is on the right.
This meal was ridiculous. As in: ridiculously good. I've had my favourite pair of black skinny jeans now for three years - this weekend is the FIRST time that they've ever been too tight. Shhh... It's fine.
Tasting soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner gourmand(e):
This song totally rocked the Local Natives concert.
We explained that we came to Strasbourg to see the concert since it was sold out in Paris to one of the dudes from Local Natives (they are all incredibly nice, by the way, and not to mention talented + all suspiciously uber good looking). After this, he declared "wow, to Germany"!
... or so we thought...
He actually said, "wow, what a journey". But ya know, after a few glasses of the concert venue "house" wine, you hear what you want to hear.
Maybe you had to be there, but we had a pretty good laugh about the five second confusion of our current location (France? Germany? Mars?). Repeat: these guys are awesome!
The opening act was Wall from London. They were also super great! (And again - SO NICE!) I may be biased because I got an awesome 2-for-1 deal on their albums, but I definitely recommend you try them out!
P.S.: VERY soon there will be some awesome pictures in the Bakecetera "travel" section of the very beautiful Strasbourg! Rock on.