Just wanted to interrupt the nyc posts with a quick breakfast. Julie and I drove down to Pasadena this morning – we had a hankering for Le Pain Quotidien, a franchise that originated in Brussels and now has locations throughout New York and California. They’re best know for their tartines and french donut (which I will try one day when I’m very old and don’t care about dying on the spot from a heart attack).
To start off, a cup of French coffee, nothing out of the ordinary, though I do have a soft spot for their footed mugs. It’s the kind of mug you want to pick up and hug, it’s heavy, filled with warm liquid, so inviting. Now if only it were overflowing with a thick vat of rich dark hot chocolate…wouldn’t that be pleasure.
For Julie, the prosciutto, mozzarella, sundried tomato, & pesto tartine ($11.95). It’s slightly pricey for the portion size, but man, I never had mozzarella this fresh since my last visit to nyc. Perfectly salted prosciutto, slices of sweet tomatoes and rich, nutty pesto all over the place. The bread was a dark whole grain, dense enough to hold all the toppings and with a crisp flour dusted crust. It honestly took all my willpower to not consume both her order and mine.
I had my heart set on the ricotta with mission fig, honey & black pepper ($8.95). It promised to be a combination of all my favorite things on a hearty slice of bread. What I received instead was ricotta with dried mission fig, honey and tomatoes. No black pepper and no fresh figs. I was slightly disappointed, though nonetheless what they did send out was still good. They really piled on the ricotta, there must have been an inch or so of the snow white cheese, soft with a mildly sweet flavor. It paired well with the fantastic drizzles of honey and dots of figs and tomatoes. I had a pepper grinder on the table and almost thought to grind some on myself…but we’ll just let things be. Next time. Next time though…I just might have to French donut with a cup of Belgian cocoa.
Le Pain Quotidien
88 W Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105