The Slow and Savory Review
And so it was that recently after watching a television program about the dangers of carbohydrates, sugar, butter, and other such culinary bad boys, that Brandy began craving European style pastries, which usually consisted of all the terrible things mentioned above in abundance. After a quick argument with her smart phone (Brandy and Siri are sworn enemies), Brandy received the name "La Fournette Bakery," located in the heart of Old Town.
In a matter of minutes, her food was ready, and presented rather sweetly on a wooden serving tray. "Am I getting breakfast in bed?" Brandy joked with the gentleman who had called her forth to receive her meal. He smiled wryly at her and quickly walked away.
Brandy was a little disappointed to see that the Iced Coffee she had ordered was really a cup of ice, over which one could pour the hot coffee from the warmer on the cafe sideboard, which instantly melted all of the ice and made for a more room temperature drink. Luckily, it was a dark roast from Intelligensia, so the intensity of the flavored wasn't too watered down.
Of course Brandy couldn't think of leaving without a few of those delicious pasties, so she ordered up a few signature pieces to go. First was the Beignet, a simple round of fried dough, covered in sugar, which was tender and chewy. Next was the Brioche roll, a more sturdy piece of sweet, buttery bread, which had also been finished off with some of the crunchy Turbano sugar. Lastly, the Raisin Roulade, a cross between a croissant and a cinnamon roll, dotted with juicy raisins and filled with a luscious pastry cream.
For a quick, moderately priced meal (just under $30 for all the comestibles, plus tax and tip), Brandy thought La Fournette really couldn't be beat as a purveyor of authentic European baked goods and cafe food. "I may not live in Europe any more, but this just show me that there's not a whole lot to miss about the food, as Chicago provides places like this which are just as good as any corner patisserie," Brandy said, "Now if we could just get a little European style healthcare in this country, I'd really have nothing to complain about."
The Short and Sweet Review