Friday, February 6, 2009

Le Bac a Glaces - Paris

Chocolate Ice Cream Freedom Celebration
I spent the afternoon at Le Bon Marche, looking for a Valentine Day gift for Ping Ping. I made up a "get out of work" excuse just to go there. I was in that shopping-hell-maze for hours. Ok, those 20 minutes just FELT like hours. When the salesguards weren't looking I made a dash for the wall, hopped it, and ran down the street, giggling at the brashness of my escape. I ran smack into Le Bac a Glaces, on rue du Bac, just a few blocks away.

I sat down, chest heaving, ragged still. It all started to come back to me - this was one of the spots that Lebovitz recommended. I took a glance at the list of flavors and was unusually indecisive. After much back and forth, I ordered the chocolate. Not just chocolate - but the "noir", which is the good stuff, the darkest of the dark stuff.

As you can see, this is no poor man's dark - it looked like a scoop of midnight! The richness of it was astounding, each bite like an icy chocolate bar. I dialed back the spoondips to mini-size to savor it. Slowly, the guilt of my aborted Valentine Day shopping spree began to wane. My girl would want me to enjoy this, I told myself....

109, rue de Bac
6th Arondissement
Paris

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5 comments:

  1. The chocolate sure looks noir.. Dark chocolate ice cream never goes wrong in Paris.. I think the cocoa beans in France are generally one notch higher than those u get anywhere else in the world... why babe?

    Babe, I think this is the ice cream shop we were searching for but never found when I was in Paris... how come you can find it when I am not in Paris? Why babe? Why? Are you trying to keep the goodness all to yourself?

    Why no Valentines' Day shopping? Why babe? Hahahahahaha....

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  2. Yep, this is the one we were looking for. Good thing I got frustrated shopping and ran out the first door I could find.... It put me right out onto the correct direction....

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  3. Now that I am in Paris, I too get to try the ice cream instead of having to read it off the blog.

    Verdict? Better than it looks babe! Waaayyyy better! The other flavors FN and I tried in the degustation set (ie choice of 6 small scoops of ice cream.

    Think I will have to head back for more before I leave.

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  4. Man, that 6-flavor sampler was incredible!! The grape, mango and lemon sorbets stand out in my mind, I am ready to go back!

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