The Best Chocolate Croissant of My Life and Other Eats

This was a damned good eating weekend.

Excessive? I don’t know if I would go THAT far…after all, celebrating America’s independence is about eating and doing what you want when you want.
20150702_130108 Maman

This casual French bakery/cafe was recommended by the delightful Katie Quinn and it lives up to expectations. Small but with a comfortable dining section in the back, this is perfect for a light lunch and a fluffy, moist chocolate chip macadamia cookie. The salads are filling but light – the zucchini noodles with pesto, the summer squash salad with feta, and the farro salad are all winners. And – I repeat – don’t miss that cookie. ‘ 20150703_204218 Magnolia cupcakes

Not that they are so great, but if you don’t lifehack cupcakes, you are sooooo missing out. Finally you can enjoy the perfect amount of frosting with every bite of cake. It’s a little messier, but isn’t everything in life that’s great a little messier? 20150705_094313 Maison Kayser

Simply put, the best chocolate croissant of my life. Sorry, Paris. This plie au chocolat (flat croissant with custard and chocolate) is dynamite. The genius is several layers deep. Firstly, the croissant dough is wonderfully crisp and airy, with no heavy doughiness – this offsets the rich filling. Secondly, the filling is complex – rich but not goopy custard baked until it’s pretty firm is interspersed with deeply chocolaty chips. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the filling goes all of the way through. None of that “tiny stick of chocolate in the middle of a huge croissant pillow” that most pain au chocolat offers. This is dispersed evenly from bow to stern and it’s a sugary, fantastic treat. Great for breakfast, for dessert, or for a snack any day of the week.


  1. Oh, they were out of those the last time I went and bought 1 of every kind of croissant they had! Will try. But the ham and cheese one is AMAZEBALLS too – heated up a bit, it is perfection personified!!!