A Croissant For All Seasons

Thanks to a war, a Queen, some major dough and social media, croissants are in our lives for the long run.

Le croissant: (noun) A magical, flaky bread-treat that encompasses us all in its’ buttery warmth. A perfect puff-pastry that pulls apart at its seams while filling the air with the scent of freshly baked dough and fairy-dust.

Besides being delicious, the croissant is a rather interesting baked good. Its existence in France involves a foreign historical battle, a famous member of the royal family and a plain ol’ devotion to perfecting the art of baking.

Cut to the present, it is one of France’s most prominent culinary staples, and is captured thousands of time daily on Instagram. With a quick croissant-history lesson, here are some of the most poignant ways we’ve found to capture your croissant on camera.

 

 

When one thinks about France – the stereotypes and the essentials – a few things will always come to mind; chocolate, wine, the Eiffel Tower, a laissez-faire attitude towards monogamy, probably a shitty experience with a waiter, beautiful women and croissants.

Croissants have been a part of French culture for hundreds of years. A little known fact, however, is they were originally bestowed upon the world by the Austrians.

How did croissants make their way to Paris, you ask? We can thank Marie Antoinette!

Towards the end of the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire attempted to take over Vienna, but they were swiftly conquered. Upon the Turks’ defeat, in an act of stellar passive aggression, Viennese bakers baked a brioche in the shape of a crescent – like the Islamic one on Turkey’s flag – so that Austria could figuratively take a bite out of their [now defeated] enemy.

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How did croissants make their way to Paris, you ask? We can thank Marie Antoinette! The ill-fated Austrian wife of Louis XVI grew up eating them, and upon her arrival in France made sure her new chefs learned the ways of the doughy crescent moon. (However the croissants we eat now are a 19th century adaptation of the original ones.) This may explain why croissants, pain-au-chocolates and other similar baked goods are still referred to as viennoiseries (Viennese bread/pastries).

If you don’t Instagram your croissant experience, did it even happen?

The croissant is still as big a part of French culture as ever, and, seeing as it is 2016, there are millions of photos of people enjoying them around the world. If you don’t Instagram your croissant experience, did it even happen? We have scoured the internet and found the best (and worst) croissant photos/endeavors as inspiration for your next croissant-documentation.

1 Pair your croissant with exotic fruit

Then buy flowers, put said flowers on the floor, stand up and hover.

 

 

2 Have a romantic croissant date on the Seine

 

 

3 Take your croissant to the beach

 

 

4 Pair your croissant with a decadent breakfast and catch it up on world events

 

 

5 Make sure your croissant never feels alone

 

 

6 Taunt a fluffy dog named Cookie with a croissant

 

 

7 Don’t Fat-America the croissant

Don’t involve the croissant in your voluntarily high cholesterol. Don’t do this.

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Don’t. Do. This.

8 Give yourself a rose and eat your croissant in bed while reading the latest Croatian Elle

 

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9 You should absolutely eat a croissant like 21st century Anais Nin

 

 

10 Only mess with the original form of a croissant if you are going to fill it with nutella and strawberries

 

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…Or dress it up like Prince.

 

 

11 Ponder the existential meaning of your photo. What is a croissant?

 

 

12 Who is a croissant?

Croissant Costume on www.erikalkema.com

Croissant Costume on www.erikalkema.com

13 How is a croissant?

 

 

We already know Where is a croissant.

Here are a list of five of the best places to find them in Paris!

Eric Kayser

Eric Kayser, 14 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France

Douceurs et Traditions

Douceurs et traditions Boulangerie Nelly Julien, 85 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France

Liberté

LIBERTÉ, 39 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris, France

Du Pain et des Idées

Du Pain et des Idées, 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France

Blé Sucré

Blé Sucré, 7 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris, France


Photo courtesy of Edouard Thorens @TheFoodstache

Jordan Nadler is a NYC writer/journalist who moved to Paris in search of creative fulfillment & better carbs. She can generally be found on the Left Bank w/ a glass of something in one hand and a pen in the other.
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