In the world of political rhetoric, France isn’t always our BFF. “France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes.” But in the world of dining, well the French are supposed to be the hands-down winners. That may or may not be the truth. And while we may have not that long ago wanted French fries to be renamed as American fries, French pastries are an entirely different thing. In this day and age, one needn’t fret over the quest for the best French pastries anymore. An American pastry chef in Paris recently released an app for that. David Lebovitz, an author as well as a much admired, and generously awarded pastry chef in San Francisco left it all behind for, “the sweet life in Paris.” His latest venture is an app called “Paris Pastry,” a guide to 300 pastry, chocolate, candy and ice cream shops in Paris.
And just for the record there are over 1,250 bakeries in Paris that are dedicated to bread alone. The pastry app for iPhone is available in the iTunes store for $4.99, which is a lot more than the usual tourist app, but Lebovitz says this is due to the extensive research, photography and engineering that went into the making of the app. You’ll be forgiven for thinking that eating chocolates, ice cream and pastries is something you would do for no pay at all. On the bright side, when in Paris, you don’t need to pay those exorbitant roaming fees to use the map in the app. It’s offline. The app gives names, directions, operating hours and reviews of the offerings with photos. Lebovitz also includes a glossary of French baking terms.