Last week, I offered to take a friend out for a birthday treat. The whole thing was really just a ploy to get myself to Francois Payard Bakery. The glass cases are packed with every beautiful French pastry you could ever want. Choosing just one dessert is the only downside. It took me a good 15 minutes to decide.
My friend opted for a gourmet ice cream sandwich, coconut and mango sorbet sandwiched between two coconut macarons. Did that just blow your mind? It was tangy, tropical and delicious. I know because, of course, we had to share. I had a slice of the hazelnut gâteau roulé, one of those gorgeous rolled cakes. It was incredibly light and creamy, and each bite made me lean back in my chair and say, "mmmm." If you're in New York City, get yourself there.