About the Paris Pastry Guide

 

In early 2011, when there was still frozen slush on the streets of Paris, I had a client ask me if I could give her a custom tour of Paris. Normally I don't give tours in the winter, but she had a very special request I couldn't pass up: she wanted a tour of the city's best chocolate and pastry shops. 


As we basked in a haze of sugar-fueled bliss at the end of the tour, she casually asked, "Why don't you do an app for these shops?" I thought about it, and realized that as much as I love sweets, I was an expert on Paris, not an expert on pastries. But I knew one. 

"Hey David, why haven't you done a chocolate and pastry shop app yet?" And that March David Lebovitz and I decided to create our very own app and eBook of our favorite Parisian pastry, chocolate, candy and ice cream shops. 

After creating a "shortlist" that quickly expanded, David and I spent several days over the course of April and May visiting each and every shop with my loyal assistant (and Cupcake Camp organizer) Bryan Pirolli, taking photos and testing the merchandise. It's a hard job...

David then wrote reviews for each and every shop, edited the photos, created the glossary, and snuck in a few dozen more bakeries when I wasn't looking until we had 310 shops in all. Bryan created a spreadsheet and added the important information like opening hours, websites, address details, closest metros, and geo-coordinates for the maps. As the producer, I found and hired the developers, edited the text, hired an artist to create the adorable réligieuse pastry icon, formatted the eBook, and wrote a lot of checks.          

And after over six months of hard work, hand-wringing, and salted butter caramels, our Paris Pastry Guide was finally done! Since then we have updated both the content, added more than 50 new locations, and improved the functionality of the app several times (the content is updated at least every six months). We hope you'll like it as much as we do. :-)

Heather Stimmler-Hall
Fleur de Lire Press, Paris


THE TEAM
David Lebovitz
Heather's Secrets of Paris
Bryan Pirolli

David taking notes from the owner of Le Bonbon au Palais.

David taking notes from the owner of Le Bonbon au Palais.

Tasting the chocolates at Hugo & Victor.

Tasting the chocolates at Hugo & Victor.

Heather and Bryan taking a break between shop visits, surrounded by pastry bags and boxes.

Heather and Bryan taking a break between shop visits, surrounded by pastry bags and boxes.