La Lune Sucrée, San Jose

La-Lune-headerImagine waking up in a quiet secluded apartment with fresh flowers hanging from the balcony, overlooking a cobblestone street. You simply just want to throw on a casual loose linen tee and an old pair of comfy jeans and sandals, walk out your front door to grab some freshly baked french pastries and steaming hot coffee to wake yourself up on a lazy weekend morning.

Not so easy when you don’t live in Europe, right?

Walkway-to-La-LuneI’m happy to say you don’t have to venture too far if you live in the Bay Area and want to recreate that European feeling in San Jose. That’s exactly what we did one morning while we were playing tourist in our new home city.

La-Lune-SucreeI’ve been across the pond a couple of times (once to England and Ireland x2), but nothing in the last ten years. I can get my fix of European bistros by simply visiting La Lune Sucrée, a quaint little restaurant in downtown San Jose. This is definitely a spot where I’ll be taking out-of-town visitors to, and will be popping in here for morning treats and lattes. Yum!  It is a small café, and only has a couple of tables, with more seating outside on the walkway, so keep that in mind if you’re travelling with a larger group of people.

breakfast-at-La-Lune-SucreeToo bad I had to have manners and only order a regular amount of food. I could have easily consumed numerous plates offered at the café.

Pastry-at-La-Lune-SucreeAlthough I do plenty of café and restaurant reviews around the area, I don’t always rave about them and recommend you must try the place. Some of them are average run of the mill restaurants that aren’t all that special, but this place I want you to go visit if you’re ever in the city of San Jose.

Morning-hot-choc-at-La-LuneEspecially if you want a few pastries and a cuppa joe.

hot-choc-and-whip-creamOr in my case a white hot chocolate with whipped cream.

Crepe-at-La-Lune-SucreeThe Guy and I both ordered sweet crepes (as opposed to their liqueur or savoury options which also looked incredible). Their menu is cute and each crepe is labeled by country. I ordered the Italy crepe and my husband went for the Milan. Next time I will definitely add in à la mode which is an added scoop of hand-made gelato. Oh boy. Both crepes were heavenly, but thinking back we should have ordered one sweet and one savoury to split between us. Because two sweet crepes was a bit too much for a morning breakfast, but absolutely fantastic none the less.

I had a chat with both Mark and Bettina, the owners of La Lune Sucrée and enjoyed their story of how they came to open this french pastry café. Bettina learned how to make her pastries and most popular item in the cafe, the Almond Chocolate Croissants in a tiny village in France by a French pastry chef. To make a long story short, Mark and Bettina met in Europe, and fell in love. They relocated back to the Bay Area where he is originally from, and opened this café years later! Now, aren’t I glad I moved from Canada to California, so I can enjoy some of this wonderful piece of Europe that Bettina so carefully creates with her desserts? :)

La-Lune-Sucree-sandwichesI had one of my closest friends come for a visit shortly after finding out about this spot (where my husband and I ate breakfast) so I took my friend for brunch the day we got back from our three day Yosemite climbing trip. We split two sandwiches between each other so we could nibble at both to get a bit of variety. It’s a running joke that I could eat sandwiches for every meal of every day if I had to. It was a good choice to order these, instead of breakfast – even if it was just 10:30 in the morning.

Alright, so I’m pretty picky with my sandwiches and at first I didn’t really want to share since Lori ordered hers on a croissant.

She had the chicken salad sandwich with pecans, apples, raisins, honey dijon and romaine. Mine was the turkey bistro, which had jarlsberg (cheese), dijon, pear pomegranate jam and fresh rosemary. The jam was a great addition to the sandwich, so kudos to Bettina coming up with that creation, and I’ve never heard of jarlsberg cheese before. Apparently it’s similar to swiss. It was really good.

Which one stole the show? Honestly, it’s a tie. There’s no way I can go in there and tell you which one I loved the best. Like I said, picky sandwich-er over here and not all are created equal. But these are excellent, and even on a croissant! I’m a huge lover of a nice crunchy on the outside chewy on the inside ciabatta bun.

Nancy-LoriDo you think we look related? We used to get it a lot when we were younger and both living in Newfoundland, hanging out at our local climbing gym.

I have another best bud coming down in May and I’ve already planned most of her itinerary, and you better believe that I’ll be taking her here, too. Each time I popped into La Lune Sucrée, the staff working there were super friendly and really helpful with indecisiveness to order off the menu. After taking some guidance from them, I ended up with excellent choices from their great selection of pastries. I already can’t wait to go back, luckily they’re a quick drive away!

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La Lune Sucrée 

116 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95112

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What I Ate Wednesday #8

I don’t do a weekly ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ post, because for the most part my meals are usually repeats (such as the egg bagel that has made it’s time here on the blog more than once). Not only that, I’d need to remember to photography everything I ate in the run of a day, and since I prefer to make the meals look good for the blog, that takes time away from eating the food. Time when I’m hangry. Enjoy the compilation of what I ate yesterday (holy carbs) with the beautiful natural sunlight coming in all day. Hah!

What I Ate Wednesday

bagel-and-tea10:15am // Old faithful, a toasted everything bagel with an omelet (with tomatoes, green pepper, mushroom and cheese), with a tea on the side.

chicken-wrap-lunch3:45pm // An open chicken wrap later folded up (with ranch dressing, goat cheese, grape tomatoes, green pepper, mushroom, spinach and chipotle mayo dabbed on top), and a glass of lemon water on the side.

cookie-and-milk4:10pm // I made chocolate chip cookies for the first time in years. Crunchy on the outside, gooie on the inside. Absolute perfection. Recipe from For Me For You (note: I used only regular all purpose flour nor did I refrigerate the batter for 36+ hours. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Pop it in the freezer for 1 hour and you have yourself some sweet tastin’ dough). Best cookies. Ever.

Lemon-pepper-chik-stirfry-w7:50pm // I made my favourite lemon pepper chicken stir fry with a bit of vino on the side.

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Hockey Night in America + Giveaway

Game-Day-recipesSaturday afternoon, my husband invited a couple of his bud’s over to watch the Ottawa Senators vs. Florida Panthers hockey game. You know the Canadians can’t give up their Saturday night game watching. Did you know we named Alfie after one of the (now retired) Sens? Daniel Alfredsson = Alfie ;)

While I am a fan only in the hockey arena rather than watching it on TV, I decided to make the boys some finger food and snacks before they ordered in a couple of pizzas. No photos of the guys because I didn’t want to be a weird wife and say, “Hey can I document this for my blog?” Ha!

The spread.

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Plate-of-snacksWith the help of Chex I make some game day recipes that are fairly easy to put together.

Parmesan + Garlic Potato Wedges
cup melted butter, ¼ cup parmesan, 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 3 russet potatoes wedged into strips + salt and pepper. Pop in a ziplock bag and giv’er a shake to distribute toppings. Preheat oven to 450ºF and bake for 35 minutes or until tender. Flip potatoes half way.

Mini Taco Bowls
Cut large tortillas into quarters and place in muffin tins. Brown your ground beef and season with spicy taco seasoning. Cut up your toppings, and grate cheese (I used colby + montery jack). Add a spoonful of beef into the taco bowls, top with ingredients and bake in oven the last 15 minutes with the potatoes (15 minutes at 450ºF)

Chex Lemon Buddies
(recipe on the Chex website)

You guys will be entering to win a “game day” mailer that Chex™ Party Mix has put together! Winner will receive beer glasses, coasters, Cali-Bowls (fantastic for dipping because there’s a ‘lip’ on the inside) , and a few other surprises :)

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