Two months ago I had a quick trip to Paris.
And now, I can’t stop thinking about a chocolate chip cookie.
I had good intentions in France, I really did. I went in search of a buttery, crusty croissant or a pain au chocolat with sticks of chocolate tucked inside. That was my goal when I saw Eric Kayser’s La Maison Kayser (various locations around Paris, one in NYC, and in Asia, too), but when I saw the chocolate chip cookie, I couldn’t resist. I know David would have told me to get some bread (he talks a lot about Kayser on his site), but I couldn’t fit a loaf in my day bag. :)
This dark chocolate chip cookie with walnuts has had me thinking about it since — it was the perfect blend of crunchy and almost caramelized edges and the big chunks of Valrhona chocolate mixed in with what I believe were walnuts, or pecans. I believe it was also slightly salted though I can’t be sure. In any case it was incredible, and though it was only 10am I thought seriously about having another but I couldn’t dally.
The pain au chocolat I picked up out of reflex? It was a pass…not as flaky and buttery as I’d hoped, and perhaps a tad undercooked. Thankfully I had an incredible consolation prize in the form of that cookie.
Perusing the Maison Kayser site I noticed they’re pretty much all over Tokyo, where I’m heading to later this week. Coincidence? Maybe. :) If you live in Tokyo or love visiting, I’d love some tips about places to eat – I won’t have a ton of free time but I’d love to explore a bit. Leave your tips in the comments!
That’s what I’m craving. What about you?