French Friday – Café Gourmand

French-Friday-on-Misadventures-with-AndiMy husband and I are gourmands, or as we call ourselves, greedy gourmands. If there are 4 things on a menu, we want to try them all, if there are 8, the same! We love food and experiencing food through our travels. I think that food is one of the greatest joys in life. It does not just represent sustenance or energy but so much more: pleasure, taste, joy, laughter, sharing, etc.

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So while traveling in France, my husband and I almost always partake of the café gourmand. When a regular sized dessert seems too much of a commitment, but just an espresso won’t cut it, we get a café gourmand. It is an espresso served with a plate of miniature desserts. Normally it is 3: a small moelleux au chocolat (warm chocolate cake or brownie with warm pudding inside), crème brûlée and a clafoutis (like a little cherry pie) or macaroon. But at La Cupole there are 5!


So you can order an extra espresso and share one between two people, or you can join the greedy gourmand club and eat it all to yourself!

A bientôt !


  1. cathi
    September 4, 2009

    That is my type of dessert….a little bit of each one please…ok, alright I will share….haha…:)

  2. Sassy Chica
    September 6, 2009

    OOH-LA-LA, looks fabulously delish!!!

    You and your hubby are onto something…thanks for sharing!

    Sassy Chica

  3. La Grenadine
    September 6, 2009

    Huuum !!
    I’m too hungry now ! haha

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