I had planned on tasting and reviewing a bar of chocolate from Divine but, alas, chocolate will have to play second fiddle to the seductress that is pastry, especially French pastries.
If you are in Paris at this very moment or planning to go to Paris sometime in the near future then you must head straight to Du Pain et Des Idees without fail. Forget sightseeing, leave it be until you're bored with eating or until you can't physically move.
Confronted with such a magnificent range of artisan breads
and mouthwatering pastries I challenge anybody not to be seduced by the scene that confronts them.
My appetite springs into overdrive and in an instant I manifest into a savage and ruthless freshwater pike that will empty a pond of its fish stocks in seconds!
Choose from hunks of bread as big as pavement slabs or dainty apple turnovers or perhaps bright green pain au pistachio (that's what I'm calling them). All made with delicious, organic, 'full fat' ingredients, including Valrhona chocolate. Fortunately, none will be found in a Weight Watchers guide.
There is a queue from dawn to dusk for Le Pain. While you wait you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the glass painted ceilings and beveled mirrors before being served by the master himself, Christophe Vasseur.
Open Monday to Friday, 06:45 to 20:00. Address: 34 Rue Yves Toudic 75010 Paris. Nearest tube - Republique.
To avoid 'derriere enlargement' I suggest a stroll along Rue Du Seine and take in the artwork for a few hours or more.