The Dessert Dilemma Part 2

25 Jun

One of the indisputable perks of being in a relationship is the unwritten rule about sharing your food.  And indeed, for Max and I, this works well for entrée and main dishes.  But when it comes to dessert it’s every man for himself.

Now I truly believe that one of the greatest triumphs of French cuisine can be found in the wondrous invention of un café gourmand.  This ingenious idea created by I-don’t-know-who (but I send all my thanks out to you, whoever you are) solves all my dessert worries in one fell swoop.

A café gourmand is effectively a tasting plate with 3-4 of the establishments dessert choices attractively presented in miniature.  Oh, and as the name implies, it is accompanied by a shot of espresso.  Not being a big coffee drinker, I always considered it to be collateral damage, and more often than not could find someone willing to drink it on my behalf.

Rarer than the café gourmand is the assiette gourmand, which I must say, was created with me in mind.  Fairly self-explanatory, it is a café gourmand, but without the coffee. C’est parfait!


Café gourmand image #1 courtesy of Hotels Paris Rive Gauche on Flickr.
Café gourmand image #2 courtesy of etnobofin on Flickr. 


4 Responses to “The Dessert Dilemma Part 2”

  1. Mademoiselle Slimalicious June 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM #

    J’adore les cafés gourmands! Typical French desert in my eyes. It tells you that it’s not about quantity but quality and choices. Yum!

    • parisinmypocket June 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM #

      Exactement! The concept of eating a variety of foods, a little of everything but not too much of anything seems quintessentially French to me.

  2. Deanna Hood June 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM #

    If I learn nothing else from this blog, I must remember l’assiette gourmand.

    • parisinmypocket June 27, 2012 at 4:59 PM #

      Haha yes! I can’t wait to hear how your own French food journey goes and the favourites you discover.

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