Although the Eiffel Tower was modeled after a baguette, French police still frown on tourists who smear the monument with brie before trying to rip its supports in half with their bare hands. Explore this landmark loaf with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get three double Parisian Flute loaves (a $24 value) at La Boulangerie. After calling ahead to place an order, customers receive a punch card on their first visit good for six total Parisian Flute loaves.
The paved streets of Chicago transform into Parisian cobblestone after a visit to La Boulangerie, an authentic bakery and pastry shop that harnesses the tastes of France in each of its slender, golden-brown Parisian Flute loaves. Open seven days a week, the shop rarely takes a break from rolling and baking its dough into delicious flagpoles for the Tricolore. Each Parisian Flute's crunchy exterior gives way to a soft, delicate interior, and loaves come in pairs to ensure that injured gnomes can always find convenient crutches. Patrons who pass through La Boulangerie’s quaint victory arch on a daily basis can also take home some of the bakery’s croissants, country-style loaves, and traditional crêpes (not included with this Groupon).
With baskets full of hand-plucked wild blueberries, Vincent Colombet and his cousins happily crammed into their Alsatian grandmother's tiny kitchen. In that quaint room, equipped with only a wood-burning cast-iron stove, Vincent learned over the years how to tuck berries into pies, prepare meats sourced from neighboring farms, and eventually produce elaborate meals for his entire family.
Driven by his passion for French family-style cuisine, he traveled to Paris before a longing for experiences abroad tugged him across the pond and into the arms of the Windy City in 2004. The following year he opened Cook Au Vin, where he leads three-hour BYOB cooking classes centered on classic techniques and organic ingredients.
Colombet's second culinary venture, Logan Square bakery La Boulangerie, opened in 2010. Open seven days a week, the bakery rolls and bakes its dough daily, churning out fresh loaves every two hours. While snacking on the shop’s creations, guests can sit at cast-iron bistro tables set beneath a chandelier. In late 2012, a second location opened on Belmont Avenue in Lakeview, which, in addition to baguettes and baked pastries, offers gourmet sandwiches on its menu.