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

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

#SDRW – $15 Lunch Special

Come one come all to the annual San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW)- September 20th through September 27th 2015! San Diego’s best has compiled specialty menus for this special event. Like many of our great San Diego restaurant neighbors, we have a special price-fixe $15 Lunch from 11am-3pm.


Items include:

  • Entrée Choice of:
    • Croque Monsieur
    • Salade Parfaite
    • Nicois OR Chicken Panini + Soup
    • Salmon Carpaccio
 
  • Dessert Choice of:
    • Chocolate Eclair
    • Fruit Eclair
    • Paris Brest
      • *Add $2 to any dessert than the ones listed above
  • Drink Choice:
    • Organic Soda

One of the best things about restaurant week besides the food and drinks, is the social responsibility involved with this event. SDRW has collaborated with Sysco so that every time you take a picture, post a photo of your meal while dining at a SDWR business, tag the participating restaurant –#LeParfaitParis– use the hashtag #Food4Kids, Sysco will donate $1 for every post during the event!Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 2.02.18 PM copy

Talk about a great cause right?! So please folks, take out your cameras, iPhones, Androids, or whatever device you may have with a lens, and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtags-#SDRW #Food4Kids-and we can help feed the children! 

All in all, San Diego Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for delicious food, drinks, and a great opportunity for giving back to our community! Join us September 20th-September 27th 2015 and get your grub on!

Merci!

-Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

Labor Day Weekend Brunch!

What are your plans this Labor Day Weekend? BBQ by the pool, fire pit at the beach, or even spending the day on a boat? At Le Parfait we are taking the work of cooking and mixing drinks off your shoulders by providing you a Labor Day Weekend Brunch! Therefore if you are in need of some food and drinks, avoid the hustle and bustle by the water scene and stop into the shop with your friends and family! Your four-legged-pals are also invited to join you on a great selection as well!IMG_4804


What if I told you there will be an all new dessert on the menu? O-M-G right? And what if I told you this special dessert was a Lava Cake, but not just your ordinary Lava Cake, a PASSION FRUIT LAVA CAKE!

IMG_4806That’s not even the best part, when you come in for our Labor Day Weekend Brunch you get an Entree, Dessert, and Choice of One Drink for just $27! Let me give you a sneak peek as to what is coming your way:

  • ENTREE:
    • Savory trio gourmand with single Egg Benedict, Croque Monsieur, and potato gratin.
  • DESSERT:
    • Passion Fruit Lava Cake
  • CHOICE OF 1 DRINK:
    • Mimosa, Bloody Marie, Coffee, or All Natural Juice

We hope that you share your Labor Day Weekend with us in the heart of San Diego! Also remember that our Cheers Contest is still running, so if you order a Mimosa or Bloody Marie with your Brunch, don’t forget to take a picture and hashtag: #LeParfaitParis to share on Instagram and Twitter!Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 12.08.01 PM


Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend Everyone!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

Cheers Contest -Insta Famous and Retweet Worthy!

We all know the stigma around being “Instagram Famous” right? Well, what if I told you that we can turn that around into something great?! Like making your drink famous? Not just any drink, a Le Parfait Paris drink!

Yup, we want you to make your drinks “Instagram Famous” and “Retweet Worthy”! Are you the type of person that loves to post pictures of their food, or the type that loves to Pin all the best drink recipes you can try at home? Well, if you are, you’re in luck, because this contest was made for YOU!

What do you get out of it? The person with the BEST “Instagram Famous/Retweet Worthy Drink” will win a $25 gift card to spend on whatever they wish at Le Parfait. This is a contest that will be running all throughout the remaining of this month up to the end of next month. That being said, whenever you are at the shop and order a glass of wine or are there to enjoy the weekend Mimosa Brunch, make sure to snap a  creative photo before taking that first sip!


Here are the Rules:

  1. Come to the shop and order from the-*cough-Adult Drink Menu
  2. Choose your favorite spot to sit (probably the one with the best lighting)
  3. Once on of our lovely staff have brought you your Adult Drink, make sure to have your cameras ready.
  4. Be as artistic and “Instagram/Retweet Worthy” as possible
  5. Lastly use: #LeParfaitParis on Instagram and/or Twitter to see if you’re the big winner!
  6. BONUS: The more you post, the more chances you have of winning!

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 11.14.08 AMPretty simple right? And while you’re at it, might as well enjoy a savory menu item or pastry.

Come cheers to something today and bring your friends!

Meric!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris