Heaps of thanks, hugs, and fist bumps for all of the support and joining us on each adventure that we seem to get ourselves into. We truly appreciate the love as we have certainly been discovering many quirks and twists within San Francisco that make it wonderful and want nothing more than to share some of this delicious goodness with you. Like most things, our blog is a never-ending-work-in-progress and we have decided… dun dun dun… to incorporate both of our perspectives into one- The Duo’s. From this point on, our posts will have both of our flavors swirled into one! We hope you will enjoy this new change. Cheers!
San Francisco seems to have an overabundance of trendy and hip bakeries and cafes, but it’s not often that you stumble across a traditional French bakery with a hint of California zest to it. Nestled in lower Pacific Heights in San Francisco, we have discovered b. Patisserie – the crème de la crème of bakeries. The moment you walk into the bakery, the aroma of freshly baked pains, pâtisseries and viennoiseries consumes your senses and instantaneously, all seems to be wonderful and right in the world.
Large inviting windows permit light to ease its way into the open kitchen, highlighting the smiles of customers of all ages who get to experience and enjoy the creations being made right in front of them. A stunning showcase of delectable treats wait patiently, ready to be devoured on platters atop beautiful marble countertops. It takes almost every ounce of self-control in your body to resist ordering just about everything.
We had come to b. Patisserie for the notorious kouign amman. Kouign amman hails from the Brittany region in France and is similar to a croissant in the sense that there are hundreds of incredibly thin layers of butter and pastry. The differences are that instead of using unsalted butter, salted butter is used and an added layer of sugar is folded in with each layer of butter. Every morsel of the flaky, buttery, and caramelized pastry was an exquisite treasure.
Some things are just better in pairs which is why we couldn’t just scoff the kouign amman unaccompanied, but had to order the chocolate banana almond croissant too. This croissant was equally as amazing. The moment you broke through the layers of pastry, a gooey mixture of chocolate and banana seeped out, unveiling an incredible synthesis of flavors. We had already consumed our morning brew so we decided to order a pot of jasmine tea that was the perfect complement to our sweet treats.
We had the honor and privilege of meeting Belinda Leong, co-partner (alongside Michael Saus, the founder of the San Francisco Baking Institute) and head pastry chef who took time-out from baking to speak with us. The “b” in b. Patisserie stands for “Belinda” but many of her friends, family, and regular customers call her “B.” We were in complete awe of her vision, passion, and motivation. She said that she wanted to “create elegant pastries in an open and inviting space where people can comfortably hang out while eating high quality pastries.” She is also an esteemed James Beard nominee for “Outstanding Pastry Chef,” which we wish her and the patisserie armfuls of good luck!
From it’s elegant and refined design to the chic addition of fresh fleurs at every table and countertop, b. Patisserie is a jewelry box of beautiful pastries and wholesome goodness. You might leave a tad bit
heavier but a whole lot happier! Until our next sweet spot…