There are lots of options to choose from in a pastry shop. I have been opting for individual dessert which allows for more sampling possibilities. The round desserts are all 3 inches in diameter and I buy one to share with Otto.
"Pralin"--a hazelnut and almond cake coated with chocolate. I really liked it--not overly rich. Otto was less of a fan.
Last weekend we had friends over and so it was a good excuse to try several pastries. These came from what I think is the best pastry shop in our neighborhood, the Chardon Bleu. The one on the left with the tiny macaron has a shortcrust pastry with a red currant mousse, on the right, tarte aux fruits rouges: same pastry base, pastry cream, and fruit. The center pastry is called a "succès" or success: a cake base with dark chocolate ganache and dark chocolate. These last two are my top picks.
The three desserts below from the bakery Maison Lenoir:
Tarte aux myrtilles--wild blueberry tart: short crust pastry, pastry cream + fruit
Tarte au citron meringué--sugar dough crust, lemon cream, meringue
Tarte aux noix et aux noisettes--walnut and hazelnut tartlet
The first two were great, but the last one seemed a bit dry. A tart made with nuts is a local specialty, so there has to be a better one out there.
This is an interesting little chocolate package called "Le Tout Chocolat"--the all-chocolate dessert. Chocolate mousse wrapped in chocolate and then dusted with cocoa powder. I'm not sure how the wrapping works. But wow, it was delicious!
Tartelette Ananas et Mur: Pineapple and plum tartlet--a fruit mousse on a chocolate base. Light and refreshing.
There will be more.