I have interviewed my friend Lindsey (of Lost in Cheeseland) and her partner Chloe about their Parisian-based cookie and brownie business, Lola’s Cookies before. And I have given a few dozen away to lucky Parisians in support of their brand new endeavor. But seeing as I don’t actually live in Paris (dommage!) I have never had the opportunity to taste them myself.
Until last weekend.
And now I think I need to move back to Paris.
While you may not need a very long list of reasons to move to Paris, I wonder how many people would actually have a cookie on their list? (Maybe Amy….)
My first night in Paris I met some of my favorite Parisian bloggers for an intimate dinner of girl talk at a lovely little vegetarian restaurant (yes, they do exist in Paris!) called Soya (more info can be found on Paris by Mouth). One of my dining partners was Lindsey who came bearing gifts of a dozen of Lola’s dark chocolate chip cookies to sweeten my trip. I had written her ahead of time telling her that while I was in town I wanted to try out what all the expats and non-expats alike were raving about.
You see when I lived in France for three years I would have killed for a decent American cookie (and a good bagel, Mexican food and pumpkin pie..but I digress…). Lola’s Cookies simply has come along five years too late. And now I feel that it is really important to my inner happiness to have regular access to these tasty delights. Because when I took the adorable little box back to my hotel and took my first bite I realized I was in love, undone and completely chocolified.
I realized two things.
These were some of the best chocolate cookies that I have tasted in my entire life. To be later confirmed by Mr. Misadventures who met me in Paris the following evening (yes, I saved some for him!) and he doesn’t even like sweets all that much – crazy I know.
And that it is really hard to take good photos of cookies in an impromptu hotel room photo shoot!
Before you even take your first bite you can see that every detail of the packaging has been considered and orchestrated into an elegant, yet simple design. The box is so pretty you don’t want to open it!
But once you do open it, and you get a little bit closer to the sweet prize on the inside, you are welcomed by a charming little card that invites you further inside…
And then there they are.
Just like your American mother used to make. Or something like that. And when you take your first bite and close your eyes you can see yourself on a set of Leave it to Beaver where there is a plate of warm delicious cookies waiting for you after school. Right there on the kitchen table with a cold glass of milk. These cookies are a slice of Americana. And when you are living abroad, sometimes you just need a little taste of home.
And Lola’s Cookies delivers exactly that.
I am sorry for the terrible photos – they were taken at midnight, in my hotel room with terrible lighting! To see really good photos and to order cookies or brownies (if you are lucky enough to live in Paris) visit the Lola’s Cookies website. Also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to keep up with their cookie adventures and if you don’t live in Paris to just be tortured by the amazing cookie photos that Lindsey is always teasing us with!