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If there were three words to define my trips to Paris they would be: fresh, local and elegant. Walking down numerous streets in one of the world’s most beloved cities, you can’t help but fall in love with its high end atmosphere to its local outdoor markets. No matter what budget you’re on, I beg you to visit my favorite city just once! I’ve always have said that Paris was made for the inner artist and lover of all things pretty. I now can understand why some of my own favorite artists such as, Picasso, Degas, van Gogh and Dalí, to name a few had spent so much time there and lived in this city that had met and exceeded my own expectations.
However, if you can’t make it just yet to the city of light and you happen to be in the Los Angeles area you just might be in luck for a brunch that made me feel as if I was back at Carette, as they say one of Paris’s prettiest pâtisseries. If you want to brunch like a Parisian there’s one stop you have to make when you’re in Los Angeles and that is Bottega Louie. When you walk past their tall welcoming doors located on South Grand Avenue in the heart of Downtown L.A., you know you’re in for a treat. Literally.
When you walk in you’re first welcomed to a line of macarons ranging in every color and flavor you could ever imagine. From Salted Caramel, Mango, Rose to even Early Grey and so many more. It’s almost as if they knew you were coming and were ready to tailor to your every need.
V’s Tip: I recommend taking home a box of macarons, the box itself is adorable enough to keep to place your jewelry in when traveling! (Macaron boxes range from $5.00-$112.50)
With over 100 pastries to chose from, trust me, it’ll be hard for you to walk out empty-handed and if you do…shame on you! This time around listen to the little devil sitting on your shoulder and just buy a box, you’ll thank me later.
The high ceilings and open spacious floor plan of this restaurant is divine. Oh! Did I mention all the natural lighting included? Instagram #foodies be prepared to take plenty of photographs! This restaurant can dine a whopping 255 guests! Also, depending on the time of day you stop in, (preferably weekday) its spacious ambience can make you feel as if you were attending a private brunch for two. Here I am carefully studying the menu, I’m pretty sure I spent more time reviewing it than any course book I owned in college…
My friends and I started off our brunch with fresh hot beignets, a deep-fried pastry coated in sugar topped with a raspberry dipping sauce. These raspberry beignets were incredibly delectable! They were so fresh and fluffy that warm raspberry sauce made the beignet melt in your mouth, it was truly a perfect combination!
…I could have eaten them all if I were allowed.
Beignets are common in New Orleans and typically served during breakfast and have become a staple in Creole cuisine. Now that’s what I call a sweet way to begin your day!
My friend ordered the French Toast ($16,) also called the Pain de mie, covered with a strawberry compote, buttered almonds & Vermont maple syrup. He described it as stated, “The Pan de mie was more than a simple French Toast. It was a cloud of sweet egg delight.” Did someone say cloud nine?
My other friend and I ordered a favorite breakfast staple and that for us was an Eggs Benedict. I ordered the classic version of poached eggs, Canadian bacon, sautéed spinach & hollandaise sauce on an English muffin. She ordered the Smoked Salmon Benedict ($19) poached eggs, smoked salmon, crème fraîche, red onions, sautéed spinach & hollandaise sauce on a potato pancake. Oh! and of course the French woman in me had to order a croissant ($3.50.)
This gourmet market and patisserie is a must try! Have you ever visited Bottega Louie? Which is your favorite macaron? Let me know! I couldn’t decide between the Pistachio or Strawberry!