Poetry would be entirely composed of haikus and sonnets dedicated to cakes and pastries if poets didn't devour their idyllic subjects before having a chance to write. Indulge in what meter and rhythm cannot with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a punch card good for 10 coffee-and-pastry pairings at Frances’ Bakery in Metairie (up to a $65 value).
Frances’ Bakery’s chefs transmogrify powdery flour and fresh, buttery ingredients into warm and sticky pastries each morning using recipes nearly 100 years in the making. Armed with a 10-punch card and a strong sense of justice, munchers select a gooey baked good of choice and pair it with a steaming cup of fresh coffee, cutting the sugary indulgence with a caffeinated boost. Revel in classic combinations with a black, house coffee and a dunkable slice of fresh coffee cake, or shake up morning routines with a decadent slice of red-velvet cake, an espresso crema, and a round of jumping jacks. Carrot cakes counter lush cream-cheese brownies’ heaviness with vegetal flavors, and a foamy cappuccino helps wash down the sweet fare.
Orders from around the world inundate chefs at Frances' Bakery, who bake their fresh goods daily from recipes that have delighted taste buds and kept lonely recipe cards company for almost a century. The shop's rich custom espresso drinks pair with freshly filled cannolis, dainty chocolate éclairs, and sugar-free desserts. Thick Sicilian-style focaccia bread, topped with a blend of spinach, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes, adds a unique spin to the pizza concept, and traditional New Orleans muffuletta piles layers of baked ham, salami, cheese and olives upon a hefty round of italian bread.