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La Provence Patisserie & Cafe
To say that La Provence Patisserie & Café's pastries are authentic is a gross understatement: pastry chef and owner Farshid Hakim perfected his baking skills at the prestigious Hotel de Paris before bringing his cream puffs, macaroons, and lemon caramel meringue cakes to the states. Now, when he isn't busy making appearances and negotiating cease-fires on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, he stays busy introducing his traditional treats to the hungry customers that flock to his bakery on West Olympic Boulevard. In addition to churning out napoleons and tarts dubbed "exquisitely beautiful" by CBS Los Angeles, Hakim also tempts guests toward a savory menu of quiches, soups, and sandwiches that Gayot calls "impeccable".