Le Pain Quotidien

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My stay at Virginia was almost over so my cousins decided I spend the day in DC. La and I had lunch at Rasika then she dropped me off at Filene’s Basement for some retail therapy.

Armed with my folding umbrella and red trench coat I faced the gloomy and rainy day in DC. Before shopping I had coffee at Corner Bakery on 14th & F streets and watched the participants of Occupy DC make their way through the busy streets.
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Happy with the deals I snagged at Filene’s Basement I decided to walk along F street and see what I could find the interested me. Le Pain Quotidien, a French bakery interested me a LOT.

Le Pain Quotidien has branches in several countries around the world.
Le Pain Quotidien

Aside from bread and pastries they also sold jams, olive oil and spreads.
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Le Pain Quotidien hazlenut & chocolate spreads
hazelnut and chocolate spreads $9.95

I really liked the French country cottage look of the shop.
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Le Pain Quotidien - coffee menu
coffee menu

Le Pain Quotidien - baguette
baguette “a l’ancienne”"

Le Pain Quotidien - lemon and berry tarts
lemon and berry tarts

I loved the pastries even more. There were so many to choose from!
Le Pain Quotidien apple almond tart
apple almond tart $5

Those were giant cookies!
Le Pain Quotidien - Belgian brownie & chocolate chip cookies
Belgian brownie $3.95 & chocolate chip cookies $3.65

Le Pain Quotidien -almond meringue
almond meringue $2.95

Le Pain Quotidien - oatmeal raisin cookies & nougat de montelimar
oatmeal raisin cookies & Nougat de Montélimar

Le Pain Quotidien - pain au raisins & vegan cherry apple cannele
pain au raisins & vegan cherry apple cannele $2.95

I bought the pistachio tart because I’ve never seen anything like this before.
Le Pain Quotidien pistachio tart
pistachio tart $5.40

Naturally I had to buy my favorite baked product, scones.
Le Pain Quotidien organic cheddar & scallion scone
organic cheddar & scallion scones $3.10

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Seasonal Specials

A large wood communal table was the star of the space.
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I looked at their food menu and there were lots of healthy options that made me drool. The calories were printed next to each entree and a lot were below 500 calories. I will definitely go back to Le Pain Quotidien for lunch next time.

I was also very impressed by the condiments they had on the table. Really healthy options like agave syrup, balsamic vinegar and organic evoo.
Le Pain Quotidien - table condiments
table condiments

We had the scones for breakfast the next morning. The scones had a nice texture but I found it lacking of cheese and it was curiously a bit sweet. Nevertheless we all enjoyed it with our coffee.
Le Pain Quotidien - organic cheddar & scallion scones
organic cheddar & scallion scones

Le Pain Quotidien - pistachio tart
pistachio tart

The pistachio tart was really a dense and very moist pistachio flavored cake topped with a generous amount of pistachios. It was quite good either at room temperature or warmed in the oven for a few minutes.
Le Pain Quotidien - pistachio tart

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Le Pain Quotidien
979 F Street, NW Washington DC, 20004
(across the street from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum)
telephone: 202.499.4123
M-F: 7am – 8pm
Sa-Su: 8am – 6pm

Comments

comments

  • Betty

    That scone look so good.  Does it have other thing in it beside cheddar cheese and scallion?  I love to get some but no where in San Francisco.  Wonder if they have online order for it.

  • Betty

    Moment I wrote about requesting cheddar scallion scone a recipe showed up on Chef Marcus Samulesson web for cheddar scones.  I still would to get some if possible from La Pain Quotidien.

  • http://www.foodreviewsmanila.com/ Guia Obsum

    The pistachio tart simply looks divine! I love the generous shower of pistachios. :)

  • http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/ Shoot First, Eat Later

    That’s the only scone variety they had.