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Le Pain Quotidien to Open in New Canaan

  • jfood Nov 9, 2008 02:11 PM
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The jfoods took me for a nice walk today and the sign is up two doors down from the movie theatre. The store will open as Le Pain Quotidien. It also had a schedule for interviews so opening should be in the near future.

Here is a link to their site:

http://www.painquotidien.com/

Anyone know anything about it? Mrs jfood thinks she ate at a location in NYC a while ago.

TIA

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  1. YEAH! That's great news. I'm a huge fan. Great breads, pastries, etc. We always get the platters...I haven't been in a few months, so forgive my memory, but each platter is served w/different kinds of their delicious breads. One platter comes w/olives, sundried tomatoes, fresh ricotta, slices of parm, proscuitto (I know I'm forgetting something). Another comes w/hummus, baba ganoush...can't remember what else. Also, on each table you have an assortment of incredible jams and an amazing nut spread. It's a feast! Dh had a sandwich the last time we went and I know he said it was great. They also have fresh fruit, yogurt, organic milk for the kids, etc. There are regular and communal tables. It's very different from anywhere else. Anyway, you made my night!

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    1. re: avasmom

      LPQ is a great place for lunch. They have a number of places dotted throughout manhattan. I used to live round the corner from one when I lived in the city. Their salads are very good ditto their sandwiches and coffee/pastries. The star of the show is their fresh-baked bread and the use of large communal tables for people to pop in and chow down. Some consider their sandwiches a little on the expensive side but overall I think it's decent value. Great addition to the area.

    2. This will be a nice addition to new canaan and a great compliment to nearby food places. it's different enough that it won't poach from Rosies or other establishments and it should add a little foot traffic with it's central location.
      Plus, the food is great and it will be nice to be able to have a bakery as well.

      1. the jfood ordered a couple of pastries here this week, a chocolate brownie and a lemon tart. By the time jfood had a chance to ask mrs jfood for a bite of her brownie it was history, that's a good sign. Jfood's tart was very good, he would have liked a little more sweetness in the crust.

        Others he has spoken with about the place have all been very positive.

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        1. re: jfood

          Jfood, Do you try croissants? I will try it the next time I am there. Thanks

          1. re: nbermas

            Their bread is excellent too but their soups are constantly under-seasoned. Pain au chocolat great with their bowls of cafe au lait...

          2. re: jfood

            jfood; Have you tried there food too and i never got an answer if you tried there crossiants. They are a chain, they have over 10 places cross the country which I am interested in finding out more on peoples comments on there food too. I am in NC a lot.

            1. re: nbermas

              mrs jfood liked the food at the NYC locations better and jfood has not eaten the croissants just yet

              1. re: nbermas

                Report back on the croissant.

                After dropping mrs jfood off for tennis, jfood wandered over and purchased a croissant, chocolate croissant and something for the storm tonight.

                The croissant was very good but not great. it was light but could have been a little flakier and then the compression into the flavor. jfood also likes his croissant a little more buttery. this had a background hint of butter but it did not kiss the tongue.

                The chocolate was also very good, no surprise, bu they were a little light on the chocolate. If you looked at a cross-section, jfood likes to see at least a thin layer covering 50% across the bottom. This was probably 25-30%.

                So jfood would give both a 7-8 on the jfood scale but easily the best he has eaten in NC.

                1. re: jfood

                  Thank you my friend I appreciate your voice. Is the chocolate dark or milk? I only like dark, their salads look good on the website ut I see they are a chain of some sort and that scares me a little. How fresh and how creative? Be carfeul driving and keep MrsJ warm.

                  1. re: nbermas

                    almost semi sweet and it gets a 10 on the jfood scale. But he might be biased because it is extrmely similar to a recipe jfood was given 35 years ago:

                    Jfoods Brownies
                    1/3 Cup butter; 1 1/2 Cup sugar; 3 eggs; 1 tsp vanilla; 3 melted unsweetened chocolate; 3/4 Cup sifted flour.
                    1 - cream butter & sugar;
                    2 - add eggs and vanilla;
                    3 - add melted chocolate;
                    4 - add flour.
                    5 - bake 30 minutes at 350.

                    1. re: jfood

                      Thank you very much.

                      1. re: jfood

                        Here's another site for the brownies

                        http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_...

                        1. re: jfood

                          I just visited the NC LPQ shop this weekend -- have visited many of the NYC ones, but as a NC resident, sadly not the NC one yet!

                          I had the smoked salmon salad -- yuummmy! But having just run 9 miles, I wanted some more beets. I love my beets!

                          I finished my lunch with the pistachio marzipan tart. OMG! SO SO SO good! I see we have the brownie recipe above (is it a fudgy or cakey brownie? I like fudgy - like undercooked texture/brownie pudding - but I might try!), does anyone know how to request the marzipan tart recipe?

                          www.earthlyepicurean@blogspot.com

                          1. re: allieb2031

                            Yes, LPQ has a cookbook. Maybe you can find it there.