I love Paris!

I love Paris.  It’s a place where the most delicious and decadent things in life are celebrated: love, fashion, art, flowers, champagne, food, and, of course, pastry.  As home to the finest pastry chefs in the world, Paris offers desserts that are not only gorgeous to look at but are as equally delectable as they are beautiful. Every trip, I visit the storefronts of these established “rock stars” of my profession, as well as the newest up-and-comers to the pastry world.

ImageRose Bakery in the 11th

ImagePatisserie des Reves in the 7th and 16th

ImageFlowers at the Marche Biologique in the 6th

After years of watching my mother, grandmother, and the other women in my family bake and make desserts, I decided to put my Nutritional Food degree from the University of Hawai’i to good use by going in the exact opposite direction – which was to make desserts professionally. My initial culinary school education at Le Cordon Bleu and Ecole Lenotre provided me with a foundation for the craft and since then, I have continued to go back to France regularly to learn the latest tricks of the trade from the masters at Ecole Bellouet Conseil.

Because I spent the last three years writing and promoting Extraordinary Cakes, furthering my studies in Paris during that time was not an option. When I saw the 3 day intensive course on exciting new layer cakes flavors and techniques at Ecole Bellouet Conseil recently, I jumped at the chance to learn and experience the latest from the masters.

ImageTop pastry chefs from around the world take classes…all in French

ImageA few of the gems from 3 days of a cake making marathon

Being back in Paris, seeing, walking and tasting my way through the city is a buzz, and being there alone is enough inspiration for several new dessert ideas. However, by combining my travel experiences in Paris with these classes the new techniques I learned lit a real creative fire for me. As an artist, there are times that I simply can’t wait to get back into the kitchen to work new recipes out.

Many new desserts at Extraordinary Desserts inspired by my recent travels and classesare making their way to the front cases of our stores. Some of our staff favorites thus far are Chocolate Bailey’s and Coffee Torte, Passion Fruit Sugar Bun, French Cherry Cheesecake Coffee Cake, and Guava Parfait among others. I hope you find your way in soon to try them.

A Bientot,
Karen

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About Extraordinary Desserts

Over 20 years ago, Karen Krasne opened the first Extraordinary Desserts at 2929 5th Avenue near San Diego’s Balboa Park. Since then, Extraordinary Desserts has become one of San Diego’s most prominent dining establishments and has expanded to include a second location in San Diego’s Little Italy area at 1430 Union Street as well as a line of gourmet products and a robust online store. From the dazzling artistry and sublime taste of its award-winning sweets to the attentive customer service, Extraordinary Desserts has built a strong reputation for its decadent, gourmet dessert creations, elegant eats, and extraordinary experience. As a result, Extraordinary Desserts is consistently a top pick by critics and readers of both local and national publications. Owner and executive chef Karen Krasne studied at Paris’ best pastry schools. She uses only organic ingredients when possible, and adorns each luxurious dessert with locally-grown fresh flowers, her signature edible gold leaf, autumn leaves, and sinfully sweet sauces making her creations a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Extraordinary Desserts, Little Italy 1430 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 294-7001 Extraordinary Desserts, Balboa Park 2929 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Phone: (619) 294-2132
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One Response to I love Paris!

  1. Sudhakar says:

    Wow they look amazing. When I went tp Paris a few weeks ago my head was constantly turned by the chocolatiers and patisseries and the boulangeries. It was pastry chef heaven.

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