Sunday Habits: Le Pain Quotidien

Sunday, September 25, 2011 7comments No tags Permalink 0

Do you have Sunday habits? Routines, no matter how simple or complicated, that the day or week wouldn’t seem complete without? We have one. Waking up early. Walking three blocks to Le Pain Quotidien at the corner of 11th Street and Broadway.

We’ll take those last two seats at the very end of the communal table please. Yes, this is an international chain. We love it anyways. Honey color wood, and glass jars filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, on the table.

A simple menu of tartines soups and salads. I always order the same thing. A pot of Fresh Mint Tisane and soup of the day.

Sometimes it’s a cozy Split Pea Soup

…other times it’s a vegan soup like the Black Bean Soup I had this morning. Pierre always gets a hot or iced coffee. Maybe a latte…

…but always with a warm Quiche Lorraine. Unless!

Unless what? Unless the specials are tempting. And they often are. Once a Kale Caesar Salad with buttery croutons…

…and today, Endives and Arugula with Fourme d’Ambert, one of my favourite blue cheeses we devour much too frequently. It’s smooth and velvety with just enough of a kick. As good in a salad as it is smothered on a toasted baguette heel or cracker. A quick afternoon snack or three, shhhh ;)

And don’t forget dessert. An Apple and Almond Tart to share. Pierre declares it, soo French. Golden! Must learn how to bake this at home.

Hope everyone is having good weekend :)

Le Pain Quotidien
801 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-5277

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    My god!! Looking at this food you're displaying makes me want to chomp on my screen ^^

  • anonymous
    September 25, 2011

    Sleeping late is prob the only thing I do consistently on Sundays..hehe. In general I dislike chains, but I LOVE Le Pain! I even worked there in h.s. and a bit in college as seasonal help. It is my go to lunch spot.

  • anonymous
    September 25, 2011

    I always have my routine, but I sometimes listen to my cravings. Rice or bread? Can't have both. Gotta keep my girly figure. :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 25, 2011

    Hi Shane! Haha, I save my sleeping in late for Saturdays, everyone deserves at least one day a week to do that ;)Hi Kim! Maybe a little bit of rice and a little bit of bread? heheh Totally understand what you mean about the girly figure part too…everything in moderation ^_^

  • K and S
    September 25, 2011

    used to have Sunday routines in Hawaii but not in Japan :( I think they have this shop in Tokyo, hope to check it out next time I'm there!

  • anonymous
    September 26, 2011

    Hubby and I got our first chance to try Le Pain Quotidien when in Brussels and London last year. Had to travel over 5,000 miles to try it when there are several that are about a 1.5 hour drive (in LA) from our home. Go figure!Would so like to be back in either of those countries sitting in a Le Pain, sipping on a hot latte while nibbling on a lovely bread basket with that delicious hazelnut spread. Ah, thanks for bringing back those wonderful memories for me! :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 26, 2011

    Hi Kat! My Sunday routines in Hawai'i are more "fixed" but I think that's mainly because it involves more family members (like dim sum with grandma, shopping with mom, etc). Let me know what you think if you get to check it out in Tokyo!Hi Chickn: hahaha, chomp away! ^_^Hi CKS! I've always wondered how the European locations of Le Pain compares with the ones in US. Will make sure to pay the Paris ones a visit next time we're back. You're making me want to go by this afternoon – love the hot latte and bread basket image! :)

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