Imagine sinking your teeth into a crisp puff pastry – freshly baked, oozing with a sweet custard, and topped with crunchy caramelized pecans and vanilla cream. As the mélange of flavours hits your taste buds, you can taste its authenticity, as though you’re enjoying your confection in a patisserie in Paris – the birthplace of the coveted éclair.
Well, you don’t have to travel to France to make this foodie fantasy a reality. Thanks to the recent opening of the very first North American location of L’Éclair de Génie – the haute Parisian-based patisserie which has just opened its doors in Vancouver, the sweet éclairs are closer than you think. If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, check out my 3 reasons to treat your tots (and yourself!) to this must-have, perfectly-piped pastry.
A visit to Vancouver wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along Robson Street, Vancouver’s premier fashion destination. But if you’re visiting with kids, you might not get through all the shops without a protest. The promise of a sweet treat will keep your kids buzzing as you walk and window shop your way there, and will keep them smiling as you work your way back to your home base.
While 257 kinds of éclairs have been created by L’Eclair de Génie, only 10 will be available at the new Vancouver shop to start, with 2 new flavours introduced each month. Start with a sample of these first ten mouth-watering flavours – a tough choice if you’re going for just one.
Vanilla Pécan (vanilla cream and caramelized pecan)
Framboise Passion (passion fruit cream, raspberry confit, and fresh raspberries)
Chocolat Grand Cru (chocolate cream)
Vanille Framboise (vanilla cream, raspberry confit, fresh raspberries, white chocolate)
Sirop D’érable I LOVE VANCOUVER (maple cream)
Matcha Bambou (matcha cream and white chocolate)
Praliné Noisette (caramel mascarpone cream, hazelnut praline, caramelized hazelnuts)
Citron Yuzu (lemon yuzu cream and crispy meringue)
Caramel Beurre Salé (salted caramel and mascarpone cream)
Pistache Framboise (pistachio chantilly, raspberry confit, fresh raspberries, roasted pistachios)
My Pick: The Citron Yuzu.
The Take-Home Treats
The éclairs are the perfect pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth, but they won’t make it out the door before you’ve gobbled them all up! Enjoy a coffee and an éclair while you’re there, and then pick up a box of decadent chocolate balls or caramelized almonds to enjoy on your trip home or to gift to a friend!