American Beer Day

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Noun:
An alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like fora slightly bitter taste.
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For many of us the first, *Cough *Cough, underage drink we had was a sip of beer. Going to that one house party in high school, having to pay $2 to drink cheap, watered down brewskis, was the ‘IT’ thing.
As the average barley pop lover gets older, they move away from the watered down cheap beer, and learn to appreciate the craft of wheat processing. Especially growing up in San Diego, brew is a huge part of this cities’ society. With so many local breweries, it’s ok to have, let’s say, a spoiled palate for beer. The list for San Diego Breweries is pretty extravagant, so I have taken the liberty of listing our top successors:

Like with any alcoholic beverage, it takes time to acquire a taste for beer. There are many types of beer that you can choose from such as: Ales, Lagars, Stouts & Porters, and Malts. As for beer styles there are: Amber, Blonde, Brown, Cream, Dark, Fruit, Golden, Honey, India Pale Ale, Light, Lime, Pale, Pilsner, Red, Strong, and Wheat. Having a hard time choosing what type of brewski to have, or are totally new to the beer tasting scene? Here’s a chart to kind of help with your decision making:beer-is-always-the-right-answer_50290b1a296de


Another tip to beer drinking (especially while tasting variations), always ask for a glass of water. That way, when tasting between different styles and types, your taste buds are fresh and ready to try the new malt.

As with wine, there are ways to pour your hops; you don’t want too much foam, and you don’t want all the taste to fall to the bottom. This surely takes away from the steady art of craft beer. Here’s a simple inforgraphic as to how you should be pouring your hops, specifically from a tap, but the process still works the same when pouring from a bottle to a glass.

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Come on in for Happier Hour today and take a taste of our American Beer on Tap and in bottle form, all from your local San Diego Breweries! What better way to try them all than with our Beer Flight!IMG_6173

Enjoy your craft with Le Parfait Paris!

Merci! 

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

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Who Loves Caramel? We Sure Do!

Who would have thought that October was also National Caramel Month? Well luckily we have just the right treats for the delicious caramel indulgence!

But first, let’s take a step back into time and see how caramel came to it’s so many variations of use…


The word caramel was first recorded in the English language in 1725; it comes from the Spanish caramelo. The original Spanish word did not refer to the chewy caramel candy we know today, but more likely, to caramelized sugar. The source of caramelo is unknown, but some scholars believe it is related to the late Latin calamellus, a diminutive form of calamus, reed or cane—an implied reference to sugar cane.


In the 1960’s Americans were boiling water and sugar in deep kettles to get a hard candy. Eventually some milk and other raw materials were added to make the chewy caramel that we all know today. There are some disputes about Americans not really knowing the “true” caramel but there are still plenty of treats today that are made in the “traditional” Artisan way.12100_salted_caramel_frosting_3000


In case you didn’t know, all of our pastries and desserts are made by scratch, which includes our caramel. I’m not going to give away the exact process of our caramel making (we still would like to keep a little bit of mystery), BUT we will share with you the ingredients used in the process:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Cream
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Butter
  • SaltScreen Shot 2015-10-22 at 11.42.28 AM

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With any great dessert there is always euphoric deliciousness! Stop in today and have your dose of euphoria!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

October is for Pink Ribbons and Tatas!

As stated in the previous blog post, October is full of national holidays. But most importantly, October has been THE month for Breast Cancer Awareness, an abnormal disease that can occur in any woman’s life.

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The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2015 are: 

Breast Cancer has been increasing up to 20% worldwide since 2008, being the second leading cause of death in woman, standing behind Lung Cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons

I’m sure we have all had someone we know that has either won, lost, or are still battling the fight to Breast Cancer. With forgoing fundraisers for research towards this disease, and new technologies, we have been lucky enough to detect early signs of malignant tumors. Unfortunately the removal of these tumors isn’t always a solution for they can always come back.


In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we wanted to do our part to fighting this disease. All month long with any purchase of a Ludi’s Macaron, Raspberry Macaron, or a Bavarois, a percentage of proceeds will go to support the funding in fighting Breast Cancerfacebook_banner_2015

Please help us support woman fighting Breast Cancer all around the world by buying a dessert pastry to fight your sweet tooth craving!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

Dessert is Spelled with Two ‘S’s’ – You Always Want a Second Serving!

Turns out October has many national holidays. Today’s special national holiday topic is: National Dessert Month! And what better way to celebrate than to toot our own horn for what we are best known for? That’s right you guessed it, our freshly made, all natural French desserts!


Let’s start our list of desserts that will definitely make your mouth water…

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Macarons (All Gluten Free)

  • Salted Caramel
  • Pistachio
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Pumpkin Spice (seasonal)
  • Mint (seasonal)
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • Mocha
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Passion Fruit
  • Cherry
  • Raspberry
Bavarois
Bavarois

Bavarois

  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Madagascar Vanilla Mousse
  • Almond Biscuit
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Tropical

Tropical

  • Passion Fruit
  • Mango
  • Vanilla Pineapple
  • Coconut Dacqois
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Raspberry Eclair, Paris Brest, Chocolate Eclair

Paris Brest

  • Creme Puff
  • Praline cream of caramelized hazelnut

Chocolate Eclair

  • Finger shaped creme puff
  • Filled with chocolate cream
  • Topped with a thin chocolate bar

Raspberry Eclair

  • Finger shaped creme puff
  • Raspberry cream
  • Topped with thin cuts of chocolate
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Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

  • Fresh Lemon Flavor
  • Tart Crust
  • Meringue on top
Fruit Tart
Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

  • Tart crust
  • Selected seasonal fruit
  • Vanilla custard
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Ludi’s Macaron


Ludi’s Macaraon (Gluten Free)

  • Large macaron shells
  • Pistachio Cream
  • Fresh organic raspberries
Cheescake
Cheesecake

Cheesecake

  • Traditional flavors
  • Light “French Touch”
  • With a biscuit bottom
Le Parfait Signature
Le Parfait Signature

Le Parfait Signature

  • Almond biscuit
  • Praline Crust
  • Dark chocolate mousse
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Trilogie

Trilogie (Gluten Free)

  • Cacao barry chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • White chocolate mousse
  • Light brownie bottom
  • Topped with macaron shells
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Ice Cream Sandwich with Chocolate Chips

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich (Gluten Free)

  • Large macaron shells
  • Scoop of vanilla gelato
  • Choice of fresh fruit or chocolate chips

As you can see there is a great selection of dessert for you to choose from! What better way to have a night cap than to stop in for a fresh dessert and a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

We hope that  you enjoy National Dessert Month with us and share our lovely desserts that are almost too good looking not to eat…almost.

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

All That Is Vegetarian Friendly!

The month of October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! Lucky for all you non-meat eating folks, we have items on our savory menu just meant to fuel your needs!


BREAKFAST

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Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast

  • Plain Croissant
  • Chocolate Croissant
  • Toasted Bread
  • Fruit Bowl
  • French Butter
  • French Jam
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Fruit Bowl

Fruit Bowl

  • Organic Fruit Selection:
    • Strawberries
    • Black Berries
    • Bananas
    • Raspberries
    • Blueberries
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Power Bowl

Power Bowl

  • Granola
  • Acai
  • Organic Fruit Selection

LUNCH

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Soup of the Day

Soup Of The Day

  • Fresh Farmer’s market produce
Veggie Quiche
Veggie Quiche

Veggie Quiche

  • Freshly made quiche with organic vegetables and cheese
Nicois Panini
Nicois Panini

Nicois Panini

  • Freshly baked Panini bread
  • Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil
  • Organic Tomato
    • Pesto and avocado can be added with an extra fee

Therefore if you are in need of a Vegetarian meal or snack, come into the shop and we can definitely help you celebrate your non-meat eating diet!

Can’t forget our Gluten Free Macarons made with all natural ingredients as well!

Whatever you’re craving, stop in and we’d be happy to satisfy!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

#NationalCoffeeDay

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Happy National Coffee Day you coffee lovers out there! I had my cup of coffee this morning, did you?!Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 12.57.58 PMThe coffee bean bringing mornings,late afternoons, and nights a daily cup of happiness! The most well known bean from sea to shinning sea, from dusk till dawn, and all day long, the Coffee Bean never fails your taste buds to give you that exhilarating ‘Ahhhhhh’ moment.


In light of National Coffee Day, I thought I’d share a few of our Le Parfait Paris Coffees that will satisfy your anytime grind!

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Nutella Latte

Nutella Coffee Macaron (Yeah I said Nutella!)

  • Long shot of Lungo
  • Milk
  • Foam
  • Topped with Nutella Syrup
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Americano

Americano

  • Long shot of Espresso
  • Filled with hot water

Cappuccino

  • Medium shot of Espresso
  • 1/3 Milk
  • 1/3 Foam

Espresso

  • Long or Short shot

Espresso Macchiato

  • Long shot of Espresso
  • Dash of milk
  • Topped with foam

Latte Macchiato

  • First the milk
  • Add a long shot of Lungo
  • Foam on top

Café Mocha

  • Cocoa Powder
  • A dash of hot water to melt the powder
  • Long shot of Lungo
  • Milk
  • Topped with whip cream

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    Café Mocha

Lungo

  • Long shot of Lungo

Café Creme

  • Long shot Espresso
  • Topped with milk

Café Bonbon

  • 1/2 Espresso
  • 1/2 Milk

Affogato

  • Scoop of Vanilla ice ream
  • Finished with a shot of Espresso

Coffee Viennois

  • Espresso
  • Milk
  • Topped with whip cream
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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Seasonal)

  • Milk
  • Long Shot of Lungo
  • Foam
  • Topped with Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Tipsy Café (21+)

  • Chocolate
  • Espresso
  • Current flavors

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    Tipsy Café

Your day is always better with a nice cup of coffee! If you’re looking for a non-hot coffee drink, you can always asked for it chilled over ice! Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.03.07 PM

Whatever flavors you’re feeling for your taste buds, Le Parfait Paris can always provide and never disappoint!

Want a light snack with your coffee as well? Compliment your coffee selection with our delicious assortment of French pastries and desserts!Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 11.14.35 AMScreen Shot 2015-08-28 at 2.04.27 PM

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 2.20.30 PMGet your coffee fix and celebrate National Coffee Day with us!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

‘Tis the Season For Pumpkin Spice!

Sound of crunching leaves beneath your feet, the feeling of a cool breeze, seeing colors of red, brown and yellow, and the smell of Pumpkin Spice are officially in the air! Hello Autumn! img_0685


I’m sure we have seen the store shelves filled with pumpkin spice treats ranging from cookies, mixers, beers, desserts, etc., the list is endless! And guess what, we are joining in on the madness! That’s right you will be finding Pumpkin Spice Macarons and Pumpkin Spice Lattes at the shop in downtown!

So, for all you Pumpkin Spice lovers out there, we have your Pumpkin Spice fix coming to you!

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But, let’s take a step back and see where this Pumpkin Spice craze started. It is said that the first reference to Pumpkin Spice was in “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, in 1794. With this, as urbanization started to grow and develop with the Industrial Revolution, there was a need to keep connection with agrarian lifestyle, which is how pumpkin, and more specifically pumpkin spice became an essential  American tradition.diy-pumpkin-pie-spice


With that being said, everyone can use a little more SPICE in their life! Feel free to come in and indulge in Pumpkin Spice Macarons and a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

“Spice up your life” with us this Fall Season!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris