‘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

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Dogs of Le Parfait Paris

In case you didn’t know, Le Parfait Paris is one of the many places in downtown that is dog friendly. Your furry friends are always welcome to come sit along with you and your friends for your morning breakfast, lunch time break, and your evening drink!

We at Le Parfait think that man’s best friend always has a place in our hearts and are just as important as you wonderful customers!

Just thought I’d take a moment and not only introduce the newest Le Parfait Paris furry member, but to feature some of our staffs furry  friends as well.


IMG_6249First off, let’s meet the newest member, Leya; she’s a rescue dog and we were told she is a breed of Boxer and possibly Pitbull. She’s been with the Le Parfait Family not too long, therefore she is still adjusting to the many faces of the shop. She’s a little skittish at first, but once you get her comfortable enough she will delightfully let you pet her. She’s only 4 months old and learning really quickly; her mom and dad got her pretty well potty trained as well! She loves playing with her chew toys and sleeping  most of the day just like most puppies do. Welcome to the Family Leah!

2015-08-21 15.04.18-1Next we have Laura’s critters, Cleveland and Dallas. The golden one is Cleveland and the black one is Dallas. They’re both two years old and best friends; they won’t do anything without each other.  Dallas loves playing fetch,  but all Cleveland likes to do is chase birds and butterflies. They make awesome hiking dogs and are always entertaining Laura and her husband. Crazy rascals!

FullSizeRender-4Lastly we have my two rascals, Nanook and Luna. Nanook is my old man, at almost 12 years old. He’s a Husky Shepard mix and loves to go swimming on hot days. He’s all bark no bite, he will lick you before he bites you. FullSizeRender-3

As for Luna, she’s my little spazoid. She’s a Terrier Poodle mix and loves to play. She especially loves to play with her big brother Nanook; I think she keeps him young.


There are others that are part of the Le Parfait Family, but are too shy to be mentioned and put in the spotlight. But, they are all happy members as well!

So, if you have furry friends of your own, they are always welcome at Le Parfait Paris.  If you’d like to share your story about your furry friends you can always tag them @leparfaitparis or #LeParfaitParis, whenever at the shop!

Come on in to the shop this weekend and make it a doggy date with you and your furry family members!

Happy Furry Friday everyone!

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris

I Am Macaron – Story of a French Cookie

Ever wonder where the Macaron originated? I mean, we all know they are full of deliciousness and everything, but were they always made the way they are now? Or have they changed slightly over the many years of existence? Curiosity took over and I went back in time to see where this delicious French Cookie originated; and here is their story…


Born in Italy, Catherine de’ Medici, had her chef make me as a delicious treat before marrying Henry II of France. Even though I was originated in Italy, France took my heart and brought me in as their own, (which is how I associate myself as a “French Cookie“). I was first made as a simple cookie with one crunchy shell, with ingredients that consisted of almond flour, sugar and egg whites. Of course later on I was made into the Macaron you know today, but we’ll get to that later.

After exposing myself to the French community I was made famous by these two lovely nuns who sold us to sustain themselves from going hungry. Suddenly the demand for our heavenly taste  grew and more vendors sold us to be indulged.

Throughout the many years that we have been on this Earth, it wasn’t until the 20th Century that we became a double-decker cookie. Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Louis Ernest Laduree (Laduree pastry and salon de the, rue Royale in Paris) had the idea to fill us with a “chocolate panache” and to stick us together as one. Thereon out we have been acclaimed as the best-selling cookie and pastry in France.


Wow, who would have thought that the Macaron originated in Italy? Even though it was originated in Italy, it took storm in France and even a bigger storm brood in the kitchen of Le Parfait Paris. The Macaron shell continues to be experimented today in various ways, but there is nothing like the original.Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 11.12.46 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-25 at 3.26.22 PM


If you were ever curious to know what we use in our Macarons, well here it is:

  • Almond Flower
  • Natural Food Coloring Imported from France
  • All Natural Sugar
  • Fruit Puree made with all Natural fruit flavors (which are dairy free)Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.49.44 copymacaron copy

These ingredients conclude them to be Gluten Free and absolutely DELICIOUS! It was a great day when the Macaron came to birth!


Your day is always better with a Le Parfait Paris Macaron!Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 3.26.23 PM

Merci!

Natalie – Le Parfait Paris


References:

The History of Macarons (http://www.madmacnyc.com/history-of-macarons)

Macarons vs. Macaroons: Cookie Confusion (http://shopruche.com/blog/difference-between-macarons-and-macaroons/)

Macaron (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaron)

Here Comes The Taste!

It’s Wedding Season in San Diego and we have a great deal of couples coming in for their tastings! Luckily our menu is catered to everyones special needs!

Looking for a dessert table? WE GOT IT! How about a traditional butter-cream cake? YUP, GOT THAT TOO! Oh, did we mention we also have gluten-free options? OH JEEZE, YES! And of course we have our touch of European Style cakes and dessert tables for those wanting to try something new!


Our Catering/Wedding menu can provide you with a variety of our shop favorites such as the Bavarois, Fruit Tart, and our ever-famous Macarons!


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Here are just a few of our dessert table tiers that we can provide for you on any special occasion!

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A lot of our customers didn’t know that our regular sized desserts are also available in bites. If you want a mixture of both individual sized pastries and bites, we can provide these for you as well.


Most of us that have planned a party or two, know that more is better than less. The biggest fear at a party is running out of food and drinks, especially if the food was specially ordered. For those who are familiar with this problem, but then end up with more food than you can finish, there’s always that “plate to go”. We like to suggest having your remaining desserts as party favors. (That’s if you don’t want to keep all that yumminess for yourself!)


If you find yourself in need of a dessert table, special cake order, or wedding dessert menu, keep us on speed-dial to set up your tasting!

We enjoy making it, just as much as you enjoy eating it!

Merci!

Natalie-Le Parfait Paris

Welcome To Le Parfait Paris!

Now that we have established ourselves in several categories under San Diego’s Best Restaurant Winners of 2015; we thought it’d be a great idea to start sharing and posting stories behind the scene of Le Parfait Paris. But first, for those of you new to our brand, how about some “formal” introductions?


Founded in 2013 as a way to bring authentic French cuisine to San Diego, Le Parfait Paris prides itself not only on its delicious food, but being able to give back to the community. By doing this we shop at local farmer’s markets that can provide organic and natural whole food ingredients.

With an ever-growing base of happy customers we plan to continue growing while never losing sight of what makes customers like you happy! Most of our customers know the facade of the downtown shop, but we can also provide services for your special events; such as: weddings, corporate events, or just special celebrations. We want to give you a memorable experience you can share with others for years to come!

That being said, Le Parfait Paris has worked hard the past two years by keeping our traditions alive through our talented kitchen staff. Especially to our executive Chef, Jean François Fays who works hard in properly training our staff on the craft of patisserie.


Hard work aside, we enjoy having fun in what we do! Recently San Diego hosted the annual Comic-Con International which provided a lot of business to our city and to our shop. (We got to provide Conan O’Brien and his crew team our tasty macarons!)

Being that we were in the spirit of Comic-Con, and have some insider “Comic Geeks”, the weekend amenities included themed pastries, cocktails, and held a costume contest for our nightlife in the Gaslamp. Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 4.43.52 PM

Our friendly staff were also a part of the Comic-Con fun. Dressing up as their favorite Superheroes and animated characters to add to the festivities of the weekend.Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 4.39.03 PM


Such events like these let’s us not only experiment with our craft, but it brings us closer to our community and you: our fans and readers!

We love hearing from you and your feedback, and we look forward to sharing more stories about our company and our community. Let us be a part of you as much as you are a part of us!

Merci!

Natalie-Le Parfait Paris