|Croissant from Hardouin Boulanger|
What? Hardouin Boulanger for croissants! Mmm pastries :D
Where? Les Halles (also another location at 39 Place Grand Marché, Tours)
The skinny: To be honest, I have no idea which is “the best” bakery for certain types of pastries / baked goods. This place seems to be pretty populous so I decided to try it out.
I went to the location in les Halles. As I past by, I saw that a lady was taking out fresh croissants out of a cart that she had wheeled in from the other Hardouin location.
|Location in Les Halles (a sort of indoor food market) :D (right) Note the absence of croissants beside the pain chocolat. ;)|
|Here's the side of one of the buildings where I'm studying. Institut d'Études Françaises de Touraine (front pic below)|
Fresh croissants yessss!! I decided to get only one. Don’t want to fatten myself up too much. Haha...you don't even know. I've been substituting butter for all usage of oil/margarine. It's horrible but so good!
|(left) The stand-alone Hardouin Boulanger location about 500m away from the way in Les Halles.|
I look over and I see “Hardouin Charcuterie”. Hmm..didn’t know they sold meats too. Interesting.
|Hardouin: Le Charcuterie. Boudin Noir = blood sausage.|
This croissant looked pretty unique. Rather than the usual simple rolled pastry, each roll seems to have mini layers.
|Such a rich golden yellow/brown. I'm gonna take a stab and say that the sheen is from an egg white wash.|
Biting into it, there was an uber-satisfying crack, then a crunch. That’s when you hit the soft, airy inside. It was so buttery smooth. Ohmondieu. <-- can I say that?
|Check out those air pockets!|
Well, let’s just say that for my first croissant in France, it was a great start. Formidable. :D I was really apprehensive to try them just because of the anticipation and the expectation that comes with trying any food product that a country is widely known for.
|(left) Showing the contrast from the outside and inside. Biting in, the croissant just unraveled itself. Beautiful!|
In simple terms, I was a very happy person. Just sitting in front of my window, enjoying my first croissant in France. Although this isn't what I see from my window...it is where I'm studying. Beautiful n'est-ce pas? Oui. Ce n'est pas toujours qui vous vous trouvez dans une si belle édifice qui est à la fois historique.
|The front façade of bâtiment Balzac of Institut de Touraine.|
Verdict? No doubt I’ll be trying croissants from other boulangers but I’ll still return to Hardouin. Stoked!
4.5 out of 5 NOMsnomnomnomnomnoh