Culinary innovators have improved one food by stuffing it with another, merging pastries with cream, turkeys with stuffing, and honeydew rinds with imitation cantaloupe. Dig beneath the surface with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of cream puffs and baked treats at Beard Papa’s. Choose between the following locations: Los Angeles or Pasadena.
Drawing inspiration from French cuisine, the chefs at this Japanese-based bakery create preservative-free cream puffs and other delicacies fresh at each location. A bevy of baked goods is anchored by the shop’s signature cream puffs ($9.95 for six), which achieve their famed fluffiness with a golden-brown shell blending pie crust, french choux pastry, and the secret element that allows clouds to fly.
The cream puffs are stuffed with eight flavors ranging from classic vanilla custard, made with organically grown vanilla beans, to green tea and chocolate. Single-serving fondant au chocolate cakes ($2.75 each) and éclairs ($2.25 each) round out the edible entourage, and mango ice showers ($4.95) and boba tea ($2.25+) slake thirst and shepherd sweets to digestive pastures.
The original Beard Papa’s began filling the airs of Osaka, Japan, with the warm, wafting smells of its original-recipe cream puffs. A double-layer puff featuring piecrust on the outside and a mixture of vanilla custard cream and whipped cream on the inside, the successful little treats have led the bakery to expand to more than 300 locations throughout Southeast Asia, Russia, the United States, and the moon. The venerable bakery has also graduated to other pint-size desserts and Asian-influenced treats, including mochi ice cream and mango ice showers, a fusion of shaved ice, layered sweet sauce, and mango chunks.