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Mike G wrote:TBut it was not the raisin croissant of my dreams.
My search goes on....
Mike G wrote: There is a thing that I have whenever I am in Paris-- a phrase I use as if I were there often, when in fact it has now been eight years, and who knows when I shall return. It is a croissant dough, wrapped in a spiral, studded with raisins . . .
dicksond wrote:It has been a while, but the Swissotel on Wacker used to offer decent pastries, inclduing Pain aux Raisins - there was a stand in the basement concourse where one could buy them to go.
dicksond wrote:There is some sort of Jesuit outpost in the near west suburbs whose sisters like to bake and have taken to selling their products in the Lisle Farmer's market on Saturday mornings this year.
aren't all of us here searching for the potato of yesterday?
dicksond wrote:No, I doubt that my Jesuit place and yours are the same, since the area code for Algonquin is 847, and the one thing I know about my Jesuits is that their area code is 708 which implies it is near west or somewhere to the southwest. Not Algonquin. They speak pretty good French, though...
chgoeditor wrote:FWIW, St. Roger Abbey also has a location at 502 N Central Ave., p: 773-261-0101. I'm still bummed that they've abandoned the Saturday market at Nettlehorst school on Broadway & Melrose. Of course, since I'm in Lakeview, it doesn't make their shop on N Central or in Algonquin any more convenient for me to get to.
jonjonjon wrote:I feel the same way about Falafel sandwiches; nobody in town does it exactly quite right compared to where I fell in love with them, Tel Aviv. I had the closest Israeli approximation of a Falafel sandwich, actually, about a month ago in New York City during a street fair on 40th that I happened upon; freshly fried falafel, stuffed to the gills, spicy sauce, under $3, served from a vendor in tinfoil - none of this fancy, wait for 15 minutes to have it served over rice for $7, which you'll find at the local lebanese places.
Le sigh... it's the little things that you miss from overseas trips, isn't it?
alessio20 wrote:Just to be extra pedantic: in French "Raisin" means "Grape", and what we call a raisin is a "raisin sec" (dried grape). I believe the true French name is "pain aux raisins secs", although "pain aux raisins" might be used both here and there to an extent. It's not like anyone would be confused if you left out the "secs" part.
alessio20 wrote:I defer to you and google, Dicksond. 30,000+ hits in French for "pains aux raisins" to a mere 422 for "pain aux raisins secs". I shall hope to never err so egregiously again.
Cynthia wrote:Yeah -- I've never had falafel as good as that first time in the market in Jerusalem.
jonjonjon wrote:Le sigh... it's the little things that you miss from overseas trips, isn't it?
kl5 wrote:chgoeditor wrote:FWIW, St. Roger Abbey also has a location at 502 N Central Ave., p: 773-261-0101. I'm still bummed that they've abandoned the Saturday market at Nettlehorst school on Broadway & Melrose. Of course, since I'm in Lakeview, it doesn't make their shop on N Central or in Algonquin any more convenient for me to get to.
I was under the impression that the abbey on Central is the Fraternite de Notre Dame, as noted by David Hammond in this thread. At any rate, the Forest Park French market is worth exploring for French baked goods, if maybe not for the perfect pain aux raisins.