14 Apr The Man Behind My Favorite Paris Candy
Some gals dream of meeting their favorite eye candy like Ryan Gosling in person, but this chocoholic prefers to meet the masters behind my favorite Paris candy instead.
Patrick Roger has long been one of my artisan heroes. Recognized as a leader in the art of chocolate making as a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (One of the Best Craftsmen of France), Mr. Roger doesn’t simply make delicious and darling sweet treats. He creates large-scale and life-sized sculptures out of chocolate. Currently, until November, his amazing life-like Primates collection is available in each location.
Call it serendipity, but sometimes I wander the streets of Paris alone without a destination in mind. I discover back streets, small cafés and boutique shops off the beaten path. Once I have had my fill of being “lost” I find my way back to a major street and always know my way back. When I am on the left bank I subconsciously, well…maybe purposefully, make my way back to my hotel or apartment by way of one of Patrick Roger’s stores. Sometimes I just window shop and avoid temptation, other times I can’t get the door open fast enough and am in and out in a flash toting some goodies in hand.
Last September whilst Mr. Weekend In Paris was catching up on some work nonsense, I began a typical stroll and ended up sitting on a bench outside Patrick’s Saint-Sulpice location watching the fashionably dressed French kids chase pigeons at the fountain. Next thing I knew, there was my idol, headed into the store. As starstruck as could be I followed him in (not stalker-like at all) and politely told him I adored his creations and asked if he would mind posing for a photo. He happily obliged! He was sweet, pun intended, and seemed very eager that I should explore all his creations even though he was super late for a lecture he was giving to a group of regular fans upstairs. I mean, they are not super fans like moi! In any event, it was so nice to have an unexpected chance meeting of one of my Paris candy heroes and I look forward to seeing the Primates in person.
Multiple locations in Paris. Check out the link here for more information.