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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Croissants, part deux

I don't want to get all Jean-robert restaurant group obsessed on this blog, but the discussion about croissants needed a follow-up. First I called Burke Morton, the manager at Lavomatic and he said that they get their croissants from Greenup Cafe. They are exactly the same. So then I stopped in Greenup this morning and got a plain, a chocolate and an almond. I thought the plain was a little better than the one I had at brunch at Lavomatic, but probably it was just a little fresher.

I haven't had the chance to travel as much as I'd like, so I remember the travel experiences I've had. When I was about 20, I spent a week in Paris by myself. The first morning, a handsome French man knocked on my door and brought me a bowl of cafe au lait and a croissant and a brioche. (This was in a cheap hotel a few blocks from the train station with a very saggy bed. I don't think they do that any more.) So I have an old taste-memory of flaky flaky buttery layers. That's what these are up against in my mind. But Covington isn't Paris and I'm not 20 . . . Still, I don't think I'm wrong.

The almond and chocolate ones are pretty good, though. Because they have chocolate or almond paste in them.

Also, Burke said the rooftop garden at Lavo will be open possibly this weekend but more likely next weekend. Everything will taste better up there, I'm sure.


at 9:46 AM Blogger Julie said...

I was in paris in December. Greenup's are just like the ones I got from Les Gateaux et du Pain on Rue Pasteur. Exactly. Lavomatic's are not. I'm going to have to have words with Burke. :)

at 12:26 PM Anonymous vudutu said...

I was waiting for this one to come to a boil as I knew they all come out of the Greenup patisserie. My SO loves the almond but they are always out by the time we get there so we joke that there don't exist, that it's just a marketing ploy.

at 2:51 PM Blogger Julie said...

If they're from the same bakery, then Lavo's must be two days old and sat upon, which is sad, as everything else is so good!

at 3:53 PM Anonymous Laura said...

I hope the deck opens this weekend. I plan to go there this Friday. Sounds wonderful.

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