Now that they've mastered mind-blowing authenticmacarons
, the talented folks atEssence Bakery Cafe
are branching out to croissants.
Chef-owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos says this is the first time her Tempe shop has offered freshly baked croissants and chocolate croissants.
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It's no novice attempt, though. Theodosopoulos got some expert guidance from an award-winning French pastry chef.
Turns out, her friend and mentor Jean Louis Clement -- one of 32 French chefs who've been awarded the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France, boulangerie-viennoiserie, she notes -- was recently in town from Paris for a week, lending a hand in the kitchen.
If these croissants are anything like the other baked goodies here, they're surely worth a special trip. Can't you just smell the butter already?