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Intense: A World Champion Pâtisserie

By September 8, 20222 Comments

Excellent pastries!

Our day started in Tournon with breakfast at Intense – the pastry shop of Bastien Girard, World Cup Pastry Champion!

The Pain au Chocolat especially was just perfect: buttery enough, perfect flakiness, and the right amount of chocolate to provide pure happiness in every bite.

The brioche was also decadent. Its heart was so soft it simply melts in the mouth, the way it is supposed to be!

Now, I usually do not eat dessert for breakfast, but I had to try one of them as they just looked incredible. I tried the Raspberry Yogurt Entremet and I was not disappointed. It was very refreshing, delicate, full of flavors… a real treat!

Bastien, I would love to have you at my Cooking School as a Guest Chef anytime! My clients would be delighted to learn from you.

Please visit us!

Back to cycling:

We rode 71 miles today and some fun along the way. We even had to hide from the rain under an overpass.

During our afternoon picnic,
I enjoyed some Madeleines from Intense.

So so good!

We passed through Valence along our route:

We also passed the region where Seb, your favorite Colorado Springs Baker,
is from – near Valence, but more precisely, La Voulte.



Isn’t La Voulte beautiful?



That night we stayed on a very big property that featured a giant pool and a Petanque court. We stayed in the pool house! Quite something, especially when the evening storm hit and lit up the sky with lightning for a few hours.

Dinner was French pizza….. Have you ever put a sunny side up egg on a pizza? Give it a try! So yummy! You just need to put it on the pizza about 3 minutes before it’s done.

À votre santé!

Here’s a little observation we’ve made about our bike apparel…
when I designed them, I chose these colors because they match The French Kitchen colors, but I totally did not think that they would be perfect on the road because they are so bright we can easily be seen. We’ve passed people with bright yellow vests, but no need for us! Plus, they’re fun and very comfy.

Get yours here:

We even have a regular athletic shirt, if you’re not a cyclist.


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