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Thursday, October 23, 2014


It hasn't been a secret around here that I'm trying to eat healthier. And honestly, I have been. I'm proud to say that I haven't indulged in peanut butter and chocolate chips for breakfast, or dessert after both lunch and dinner, since August! It didn't seem like it at the time, but yeah, I had a problem. And what you're about to see is really going to seem like a relapse.

I've been wanting to take James to one of the nicer independent coffee shops/bakeries in town for a while now. It's called Chapelure, and it's one of the only places to get a decent macaron in this city, let alone an authentic pastry (whether inspired by European or Asian cuisine). We set a tentative date for this excursion, and when we woke up that morning, he suggested we get breakfast there.

Coffee and Pastries at Chapelure

I know, I know, it's terrible. Who eats that for breakfast? I would, however, like to clarify that we shared it all. The only reason his coffee isn't in the shot is because he ordered it with soy, and as the barista explained, you can't make soy pretty.

Anyway, on to the pastries!

Macarons at Chapelure

The macarons were perfect. So often, bakers ruin them with a jelly filling instead of a light cream. These didn't suffer from this defect, and had the perfect light, chewy consistency in the cookie. I can't eat many macarons, but these really hit the spot.

Caramel Espresso Chocolate Tart at Chapelure

Next, the chocolate caramel espresso tart. We enjoyed this one, but it was probably our least favorite of the bunch. James and I both prefer caramel as more of a garnish and would have liked a better balance between the three flavors.

Tiramisu at Chapelure

Finally, the tiramisu. This is James's favorite dessert of all time, and, like me and chocolate cake, he has very specific standards for it. Chapelure got it as right as a bakery could. (Being a fan of intense flavors, James prefers the ladyfingers in his tiramisu to take a generous bath in coffee and rum before they jump in the cream; I'm guessing Chapelure doesn't do this due to the risk of getting children drunk.)

We thoroughly enjoyed our "breakfast" date. Don't worry about our blood sugar -- after this marathon we went a couple days before eating dessert again. But we highly recommend Chapelure. I think it's going to be my new go-to spot when I have writer's block or need a chocolate craving satiated. The coffee is good, the staff are super friendly, and the wifi is complimentary. Who could ask for anything more?

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