Sunday, October 01, 2006

paninis, pastries, tarts, oh my!

While Bouchon for dinner was somewhat lacklaster for a lot of us, Bouchon the bakery made up for it.

In the Venetian, there's a Bouchon Bakery stand in front of the casino, near the Phantom of the Opera gift shop. We found the bakery on the first day before dinner. Soo, Delia, and I picked up a few tarts and a creme caramel and had a snack. I had a fig tart. I'm obsessed with fresh figs these days. I had a fresh fig for the first time a few weeks ago and I've been in love ever since. If you haven't had a fresh fig before, I suggest you run to the store and find one. Anyway, to get back to my point, the desserts were tasty, and we were very happy. So happy that we went back every morning and ate pastries from the bakery. It was our pre-breakfast warm up.

This was our assortment on our last day in Vegas. I have to say my favorite item from the bakery was the ham and cheese panini. I only had a bite because Delia ordered it, but seriously, it brought tears to my eyes. Okay, I didn't really cry, but I should have. The bread was crusty, the ham was salty, and the cheese was creamy. It was the perfect combination.

The bakery isn't exactly a bargain, but then again, I can't say I was expecting to find any bargains in the Venetian. The panini was $8.50 and pastries were about $5 each, as were the tarts. It was was worth it though. It's hard to find a bakery that can make things that taste as good as they look, and Bouchon definitely succeeds in that aspect.


Anonymous said...

The pastries in Italy were better.

I'm only judging based on one day's worth of pastries... they liked to exclude me from breakfast because I was too busy sleeping.

Or maybe my pastry was flavored with grumpy because Soo kept hitting snooze on her phone alarm a gajillion times that morning waking me up every 7 minutes for what seemed like 700 minutes back to back making me want to throw the phone into the wall breaking it into a gajillion pieces. Grumpy pastry. It's no way to start your day.

Anonymous said...

I don't quite know what to say... I want to say something shmarmy like a side jab, but I'm out of words. Mr. cupcake scares my phone.