Today's Wonder of the World is...Delicious Mexican/Central American Pastries Which Will Eventually Force Me Into Weight Watchers! But I Will Eat and Laugh and Sing Until Then!
Ooh yes. Don't they look incredible?
I thought we had escaped Pastry Heaven with our waistlines intact when we moved home from France.
And then I discovered the Panaderia Y Pasteleria La Estrella.
Get out the elastic pants.
Mexican/Central American bakeries might be old hat to some of you, but I'm still enchanted/entranced/bewitched by them!
When we first moved home, we missed our French traditions. We missed our weekend walks to the Sunday market in our village. We missed the fresh flowers on the table and the lack of gnats in the air. (The gnat part isn't exactly a tradition but I'm including that anyway. I hate gnats.) I especially missed the way Todd would pack Sam up in the baby backpack, walk to the boulangerie, and come back with a bag full of French pastries, still warm from the oven. Oh how I missed that.
And then one Saturday morning when I was treasure hunting (scouring yard sales,) I drove past by that bakery and became overcome by the most heavenly aroma. I slowed down and stared at the smiling people walking out with bags stuffed full.
I even parked in the parking lot and sat in my car, suddenly shy.
What happened to the adventurous me, wandering all over France, talking to strangers and being brave?
But what if everyone spoke Spanish? The only Spanish I know I learned from a big purple dinosaur on PBS.
And then I remembered what the cookie man at my village market said to me once when I tried to order some Madeleines. "I'm sorry," I said. "My French isn't very good."
"The cookies don't care if you speak French or not," he said.
So the following Saturday Todd and I ventured inside. We came out deliriously happy, with sugar on our chins.
For a while we were regular customers, until soccer games got in the way.
Saturday seemed a perfect day for a return to the bakery.
Why not? My birthday was coming up. (Wasn't that reason enough?)
Also, Sleeping Beauty had come home from college to celebrate!
And she was still snoozing!
Wouldn't she love some pastries for breakfast? Yes, she would!
Also, Ben has been putting in the miles lately and I don't want him to turn into a skinny scarecrow!
If I gave him pastries, he'd have plenty of extra calories to run off, and maybe he'd stop slurping down all my favorite yogurt! ("Stop child, eating all my healthy food! Have these pastries instead!" There goes my Mother of the Year award.)
Also, Sammy, my youngest was having a sleepover and the boys had been up since 6:30, coming in every few minutes, pulling on my eyelids and telling me they were STARVING!
I'd include a picture, but I wasn't exactly in the mood to take their pictures.
So away we went, and I brought along a camera so that you could come along.
Here's some of the selection.
At Panaderia Y Pasteleria La Estrella, you take a tray and fill it yourself.
Be sure to check the stacks of baking sheets. They're straight out of the oven.
There are packages of buns for people to pick up for lunch.
And there are delicious pots of tamales. Don't miss those!
They're so good. But be careful of the green ones. Super hot!
They even have cakes that I'm dying to try.
No Tanner. Not for you.
Have a Wonder-Full Monday, y'all!
And don't forget!
The Give-Aways are all wrapped up and ready and Miss Globe-head is raring to go!