Solo dining @ Liberté Boulangerie, Paris

After my fabulous coffee at Café Craft, I decided to shake a leg and enjoy the Saturday lunchtime sun. As I was strolling down rue des vinaigriers which really is foodie paradise in the 10th arrondissement, I stumbled across this:

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 At first I thought it was one of those uber chic office outposts in the 10th or maybe a private gathering. However, as I peered through the glass I saw food.

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I wasn’t in the mood to sit down, I really just wanted to eat and walk so I pushed the door and entered Liberté.  There were a couple of low tables, you know the type, not appropriate if you are:

a) wearing low cut jeans; or

b) still recovering from zumba class or a run up the hill; or

c) aware that it’s not the sitting down that’s the problem it’s the getting up with any dignity!

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Anyway, the kitchen is open plan with all kinds of fancy kit and array of pretty cakes, breads, sandwiches etc.  I was about to choose a sandwich when I spied tradition au chocolat! Hold on – such a thing exists: chocolate bread.  I can hear the derision but let me take a moment to explain about bread. There is the French saying a meal without bread is like a day without sunshine or is it wine, I forget. Anyway, before moving to France I liked bread, I wouldn’t walk miles for it but I liked it and could tell the difference between the ubiquitous industrial made sliced bread and a properly baked loaf. Here in Paris, I live above a boulangerie and I wake up to the scent of freshly baked bread. Yes I am lucky however I only buy a tradition from there nothing else as I don’t think their croissants are very good and neither are the cakes. I walk 2km (I have the my-fitness app) on a Sunday to an award winning boulangerie where everything is good. Yes I walk past 5 other boulangeries to go to the award winning one.  Here’s why: bread is relatively cheap in France and not all baguettes are equal even if the price is regulated by the State.  Baguettes are soft and I don’t like them. I choose ‘La tradition” which has a hard crust and a dough that still has a slight pull or bite if you will.

So when I saw this tradition au chocolat, I thought I had died and gone to heaven – a sweet version of my savoury delight! I bought one and figured that I would walk off the calories – my lunch and sweet treat combined into one!

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How was it? Exactly as I like it – the consistency of the tradition with a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces and that all important bite and chew. There was no acrid after taste or cloying sweetness it tasted like bread with a hint of dark chocolate. I thoroughly enjoyed it and shall be back to buy another soon!

Where? rue des vinaigriers 75010

How? Line 5  – Jacques Bonsergent (or you could walk from Republique)

Open when? Tuesday to Saturday 7h to 20h

Pricey? Regular prices and the tradition au chocolat is €1,30

 

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