Paris in SoCal!

Wonderful gastronomic recommendations from
COACH Team Members
Silvia Battigalli and Christine Chesnot

Silvia’s recommendations…

Babette

Babette Bakery: Miam, Miam!
1404 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

It is great to have this wonderful bakery just a block from the school where I teach. Every time I organize a ‘dégustation’ for my classes, I can pop in here and ask to have freshly baked baguettes, fragrant rosemary loafs or the best ‘palmiers’ in town ready to be served to my appreciative students. Now that they have expanded their café area, you can have a simple but delicious sit down meal: quiche, soups, salads and a variety of sandwiches. What better place to held an after-school meeting? If you are in the neighborhood, go in to sample a colorful macaroon or to buy good bread to take home and when you pass by Poly High School, ‘home of scholars and champions’, send me a happy thought.

La Crêperie
4911 2nd Street, Long Beach CA 90803

French Club banquet at the end of the year wouldn’t be the same if we couldn’t celebrate it at this café on Second Street. First thing my students always order: garlic French fries for the table; then they take their time to select among the various savory and sweet crêpes on the menu. These are crêpes ‘made in the USA’ as far as size goes but absolutely French in flavor and ingredients. The menu offers other French dishes but obviously the crêpes are the go to item.

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Bistro Laurent
3936 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

I met Laurent at the Culver City farmers’ market where he was selling fablulous quiches and amazing croissants and pain au chocolat. As is my habit, I struck up a conversation with this French baker, and I learned that Laurent was a French journalist who loved cooking for his friends who then decided to turn this passion in to his source of living. I was there when he started polling his clients about possible names for his soon to be opened café. His first place was just two blocks from my house and we had many lovely brunches there before it moved a bit further away to his current location. There no longer is a patio but the food is just as scruptious and you can still buy Laurent’s fares at the Tuesday market: yuppi!

Meet in Paris
9727 Culver Blvd, CA 90232

If you happen to be in Culver City to catch a play at the Douglas or a movie at Pacific Theaters, we could ‘Meet in Paris,’ a busy charming French bistro with a terasse that spills on the sidewalk, just like the cafés in Paris and just a few blocks from my humble abode. I’ve liked everything I ever tasted there but my favorite are the ‘moules marinières’, fragrant with garlic and white wine.

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Christine’s recommendations…

bulangerie

Boulangerie Pierre & Patisserie
Boulangerie, Sandwicherie et Café
14352 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92843

One of my favorite places… when I wake up on a Sunday morning, feeling homesick. They have frenchy-crunchy-buttery “croissants”, “pains au chocolat”, “chaussons aux pommes” and fresh baguettes. I often treat my students with their “tuiles aux amandes” and “petits fours”.

Au Coeur De Paris
9441 Edinger Ave
Westminster, CA 92683

I just recently discovered this small and friendly place, literally one block away from my house. They have an amazing variety of “macarons”. Their pastries look very Parisian and it is a great place to practice your French!!!

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Bistro St Germain
302 Main St
Seal Beach, CA 90740

“Coup de cœur” for this French restaurant in Seal Beach! They have been opened for just a few weeks, and so far it seems really promising. You know how French people feel about food; … this is serious business!!! I ordered “escargots”, “rillettes maison” and “magret de canard”. I went in just to check it out and was ready to criticize the food, but was pleasantly surprised. I could picture my dad preparing the duck in his kitchen. The owner is from Grenoble and obviously likes to meet French-speaking people.

Contributed by team members Silvia Battigalli and Christine Chesnot