I did something weird to my LJ inbox so anyone who commented a few days or more ago and is expecting a reply (or not expecting one), umm... sorry, give me a bit more time. I know there's one that was asking a question that I need to find again. (Yes, those replies that need a bit more time to answer usually gets answered when I have time to sit with it rather than on the fly.) >.<;
FSU and I went to Manuel Latruwe's Patisserie and Bread Shop on Wednesday... >.<;; I'm hoping it won't be a weekly pilgrimage. The pastries are *wonderful*. Looking for info on the web, it seems like the ice creams are supposed to be quite good too. Since we can't have ice cream, I might see about picking up one of their sorbets instead. People in Japan and Europe can definitely ignore me. Likewise Quebecers can too. You guys *have* really good patisseries, but I'm not sure where I can get the equivalent here. The local bakeries in this neighbourhood or major strip malls aren't on that level although I'm not familiar with the minor strip malls. Our haul this week included almond croissants, vanilla croissants, lemon tart, and caramel flan IIRC.
The almond croissant was very surprising, I kept puzzling over it. There was no strong sense of almond paste or anything, but it was definitely almondy and a croissant. I'm curious what their choco croissant will be like! The vanilla croissant is *filled* with vanilla custard... oh yum! It's like a giant cream puff the way I fill them and definitely needed to be eaten with a fork. ^o^ The custard wasn't too sweet although maybe a hint sweeter than I usually make it. Then there was the lemon tart and flan. The tart was really nice although I was hoping for a bit more tartness (I like tart tarts :P ) and the caramel flan... *___* If I weren't set on getting creme brulee next time (assuming it's not sold out), I'd be sorely tempted to get this again. There are a number of other sweets and there are a number of breads there as well, so I'm looking forward to trying the rest of their products. Supposedly they have Belgian Waffles on Sat's, but I can't see me hauling myself all that way for them. >.<;; We'll see.
I sort of feel like kicking myself for not bothering to go there all these years. >.<;
Next week we might try the Montreal Bagel shop. :P Another shop we've driven past for years but never stopped in at. (Actually, this one's awkwardly located in that it's hard to get back into traffic from there. :/
Which reminds me, I have to look up cooking lamb (int. temp, herbs to use). I vaguely remember throwing a bunch of rosemary and peppercorns into the mortar and pestle last time.
I guess today's all food? Oh my. ^^;
Edited to add the following stuffs:
Oh yeah! Now I remember why I wanted to post. ^^; A little(? big?) GH fanart site that I always like to drop in at. I don't know when they last updated, and they have lots of small comic strips that most folks probably can't read but... :P Anyhow, anything marked with a red star will be spoiler stuffs, and not recommended for folks to click unless they've already been spoiled. ^_^
Their 悪霊の間 is a GH fanart and fanfic site. ^o^
Most of the pics are in the fourth link of the main (left) index. Three main areas (with links in each) will show up on the right. Those hitting the 企画もの link beware, ナルうさ企画 has a major spoiler on the front page. However, those who already know the spoilers, have fun with Usa-Naru. He's so cute! ^o^ If you want to see the body of Usa-Naru works, you need to hit the banner which will take you to the page... and you'll have to find the entry. :P It is a fanart site though and they don't want people reusing, posting, or anything their works.