Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy 25 Years, Le Panier

Le Panier Very French Bakery
1902 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-3669

June 17, Le Panier—the Pike Market's Very French Bakery—will celebrate 25 years of baking fabulous French breads, croissants and pastries. Le Panier was created by a French man, Hubert Loevenbruck, who missed his daily baguette and croissant. Ever since, they've been providing a genuine taste of France in an authentic setting: French bakers, classic French recipes, natural ingredients—baked every day for 25 years. I wondered why Le Panier and I clicked right away, we share the same birthday!


Rhubarb tart

This was my very first stop in Seattle after dropping off my bags at the hotel. I walked around Pike's place a little and since it was only about 9:00 am I decided to get some breakfast. I walked into Le Panier... It was love at first sight (and smell)!

I was drawn in by the scent of freshly baked bread and the butter used to make pastries in the air. There was an overall warmth to the place and seeing the different types of pastries made it all the better. The first day I had a ham and cheese croissant and a chocolate croissant with a great latte. The croissants were so good I forgot to take pictures of them! The croissant dough was an even balance of crispy, flaky, buttery and tenderness and complemented the fillings nicely.

I had the rhubarb tart the third time I had breakfast there. It was just as good as the croissants the crust was balanced like the croissants against the sweet and sourness of the rhubarb and another great latte.

What makes it great? Most of the lattes I drink usually require a little sugar to add some sweetness, but here as in other places I drank coffee at the milk was heated enough to turn just a touch sweet. The lattes were good as it, no additions needed. Coincidentally I discovered the lattes at Old Soul. They make them as good as any that I had in Seattle.

This will always be on my list of places to visit in Seattle.

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