While most of us are in dreamland, Miyuki Watanabe is burning the midnight oil at her patisserie and chocolaterie La Petite Rose. From 6pm to about 4am the chef and her team whip up colorful macarons, delectable chocolates, and pastries that are so delicious master sweet maker Pierre Herme claims it as one of his favorite spots in Paris.
Watanabe who is from Japan's Hyogo prefecture made her way to Paris to study sweets a la francais with renown pastry chef and chocolatier Gerard Mulot. The chocolate brown and sweet pink tones that decorate La Petite Rose- Miyuki's favorite colors- give off a warm, feminine feel.
Jazz pipes through the speakers as I nibble samples and chat with the chef who's getting ready to celebrate 9 years of chocolate making bliss here this year. I sampled the best selling "praline feuilletée noir"-nutty with a soft and crunchy, the smoky green tea flavored "macha ganache", and the "the Earl Grey" ganache sprinkled with dried lavender. As a chocoholic, it was hard to stop at just a few bites.
The other La Petit Rose favorite- a Mont Blanc mountain of chesnut, cream and meringue encased in a chocolate sable crust was calling my name with more calories than I want to get near before fashion week. But I will be back! For now, I'll have to get my chocolate fix from shu's new Chocolate-Donna collection!
La Petite Rose
11 Boulevard de Courcelles 75008 Paris
Fashion Editor and Creative Director Tiffany Godoy has been called "an international style insider" by style.com. She contributes to style.com, V, T Magazine, Spur, Vogue Nippon, and blogs online for Colette and Droptokyo. She is the author of Style Deficit Disorder, (Chronicle Books, 2007), Japanese Goth (Universe, 2009), and has hosted fashion TV programs aired in Japan and globally. Tiffany is the editor-in-chief of The Reality Show, and along with art director Tomoyuki Yonezu makes up the creative unit Erotyka.