As a local CLE Francophile I thought it was my duty to recognize a few of this weeks Bastille Day celebrations around town.
Tartine Bistro : While the official Bastille Day holiday is Thursday, July 14th…the team at Tartine is hosting a Bastille Day Festival Sunday July 17th from 11am-3pm. French foods, “adult lemonade,” and a petite street fair to celebrate the holiday!
An American in Paris : Nothing says summer like a picnic with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. This Sunday night, July 17th at 7:00pm enjoy the tunes of our own orchestra as they perform An American in Paris with works by Frenchman Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland and many others. So pack your pretty, picnic blanket, wear your navy and white stripes and chill your bottle of Rosé…I’ll see you on the lawn.
Quiche & Macarons : If you are looking for a sweet indulgence this holiday, swing by the adorable bakery in uptown; Coquette Patisserie. This french destination will have you hooked on jewel-toned macarons from the moment you walk through the door.
Le Petit : Last, but certainly not least I would be remised if I didn’t mention the original Cleveland creperie, Le Petit Triangle Cafe nestled in an adorable, Ohio City neighborhood. I love going to Le Petit with my girlfriends for Saturday mornings for brunch, but don’t forget to get your reservations..it is a hot spot for crepes, omelets and of course mimosa’s.
Happy Bastille Day Cleveland! Vive la France! Vive la Cleveland!
(photos from our trip to Paris last year!!! When can we go back?)
Hello & happy Thursday to you and your sweeties. Such a pretty snow storm yesterday, don’t you think? I just love the winter white blanket mother earth puts down on the earth, so quiet and pretty. Just a few more months and we will be back to cutting out lawns trimming the trees…so stay warm and enjoy these winter months ahead.
The other morning I had the pleasure of stopping into the new Coquette Patisserie on Euclid Avenue (across from CIA) for a little behind the scenes of this new Cleveland, french-inspired bakery and café.
The space is light and mysterious, every wall hosts a unique piece of artwork or a treasure to be admired. The small bistro tables are covered with black and white travel images nestled one after the other for friendly conversation set over champagne and french macarons. This new delight to Euclid Ave is the creation of executive pastry chef; Brit-Marie Horrocks Culey. A regular at the Shaker Square farmers market (it’s where I first experienced her Drunken Ohio Sour Cherry French Macaron’s!) Brit and her family have been working towards a brick and mortar store to share their baked creations with Clevelanders for some time, so to walk into the patisserie that morning was so exciting.
I was able to watch as the team whipped up almond paste, measured out liquor for the days recipes, and dryed pink macaron shells for the tiny dessert creations. The scent of the store was filled with sugar and butter, lots of butter. Good thing it was too early of I might have walked away with boxes and boxes of bakery delights, guess I will have to go visit again during normal business hours when the cases are filled with cakes and pastries; Tuesday – Saturday 10am-12am, Sunday 10am-5pm.
Besides the sweets the new location also offers french press coffee, craft beers, wines and of course bubbly to compliment any french sweet. While the location does not offer reservations, I can’t think of a better place to surprise your sweetie next Friday for a romantic Valentines Day outing.
Coquette will be accepting orders for many of their custom order sweets for your Valentine Day up until this Saturday, February 8th, so give them a shout today…216.570.7193. In the meantime I am gonna keep planning my next trip over to Coquette for some Champagne and some lovely French Macarons. Congrats Britt, congrats to you, your family and your team for a beautiful gathering place you’ve made for all of us Clevelanders. We heart you!