Paris, I miss you.  I’m not sure if I miss Paris more or the pain au chocolat from Strohrer.  I am now in search of Paris wherever I go and it just so happens that a fancy French restaurant opened up 7 minutes from my house this week!  Isn’t it ironic?  Don’t cha think?  Bellecour, where in the summer they will have a walk up window and you can buy their amazing pastries and baguettes!  How romantic!?

So with jet lag still in full force I have had the distinct honor of waking up between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m. every morning this entire week!  Woo Hoo!  I secretly like waking up early, gives me MEEEEE time!  So I’m cool with it; I just go to bed before my 9 month old daughter, and that’s cool, too.

Anyway, back to the pain au chocolat.  Saturday morning I woke up, did the daily grind (drank my coffee) and ventured out into the wild!  Or as we call it, Wayzata, Minnesota.  At 6:52 a.m. I hopped into my car where 50 Cent was playing, a bit much for me that early so I quickly switched it to the jazz station.  I have a secret love affair with Jazz, I’m a 60 year old at heart.  At 6:59, I pulled up in front of Bellecour, (it was still dark out as you see in the photos) the door was open and there…they…were….PAIN AU CHOCOLAT!

“I’ll take 2 PAIN AU CHOCOLAT please!  And what is that thing with the Raspberries on it?  I’ll take that too!”

I politely asked if I could snap a few photos so you all could feel like you were with me and did so hurriedly.  I hopped in my car and opened up the brown bag took a bite; it was still warm, it was FLAKY!  It was Paris.   If there are pain au chocolat within 100 square miles I have tried them and these are the closest I have found to the REAL DEAL.

Make sure you wake up early tomorrow morning, before the sun has risen.  Saddle a horse, hitchhike your way, for heaven’s sake, find a minivan if you have to, but get there before I do or there won’t be any left!

Have a Paris morning in Wayzata.


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