Restaurant: Bouchon Bakery
Last visited: November 8, 2010
Location: California/Bay Area/Wine Country (Napa Valley/Yountville)
Address: 6528 Washington Street Yountville, CA
Price Range: $10-20
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
**Recommendations: The TKO and Chocolate Bouchon are the signature items, but I personally enjoyed the macarons most.
My Follow Me Foodie adventures didn’t end at day 1 or day 2 of the 2010 Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival in San Francisco, California. It didn’t even end on my foodie filled day 3. In fact, that was the warm up and I was equally as excited to partake on my own dining adventures outside the festival. Along with my cousin, we made a day trip out to California’s infamous wine country also known as Napa Country, or NapaValley.
Visiting the original location for Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, a small town in Napa Valley, was carved into the itinerary. To settle the curiosity, I only visited French Laundry, but didn’t have dinner there. This is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destinations aside from the several wineries. I know there’s a location in Las Vegas too, but this was the original Bouchon Bakery and that mattered to me.
There’s something a bit intimidating for me to write this post considering the fact that Thomas Keller is a world renowned chef and I am just a self-proclaimed foodie and food blogger. However I have tried a fair amount of desserts and that’s probably an understatement for anyone who regularly reads my blog. I was lucky enough to develop my love for pastries in my time spent in Europe, and I was hoping this would bring me back there. I would literally research and make a trip to Paris in search of the best croissant, or head to Marseilles with intentions on finding the best navettes. I don’t want to sound pretentious, but I just want to show my dedication to bakeries and desserts. The opportunity to pass on a baked good or pastry is simply forbidden in my books. I just want to give some history because I feel like I might get some hate for this post.
Walking into Bouchon Bakery was actually a bit underwhelming. I expected a big bakery with display cases full of desserts like Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego, but instead I discovered it was only a small take-out bakery. More than half the place is actually the kitchen where all the mass production takes place. The same bakery provides for local Napa Valley restaurants as well as Keller’s famous French Laundry restaurant. Nonetheless I was still excited to order our snacks before breakfast. Now here’s the biggest dinger, to be honest I wasn’t floored by the items I ordered, which were almost all signature items. Maybe I had it too high on the pedestal, but I found most of them good, but not great. I actually like Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie in Vancouver, BC, Bakery Nouveau in Seattle, WA and The Loaf in Malaysia better.
On the table:
**Pistachio Macaron – 6/6
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