There are certain realities we all must face. Things like the inevitability of the Christmas shopping season or the fact that a bakery-hopping trip to Paris may not be in the budget this year. Thankfully, there's now a way to feel as though you're in Paris -- all with the simple touch of a few buttons on your iphone.
David Lebovitz, beloved writer, blogger, and pastry aficionado, has just come out with his very first iphone app, Paris Pastry. It's wonderfully searchable (start with Chocolate or Ice Cream or perhaps you'd rather Search by District or peek at David's Top 25). In total, the app covers over three hundred listings for bakeries, tea salons, pastry shops, and confectioners, many of which are in the central part of Paris and in the single-digit arrondissements.
We were impressed with the full-color photographs, and found the glossary in French-English of beloved French pastries quite helpful. There is a zoom-able map feature that will help you locate your afternoon chocolate shop from the front stoop of your hotel, and for the type-A planners (myself included in this bunch) there's a page to store your favorite addresses and spots so you can organize where you'd like to go next or note places you really fell in love with.
We've come to trust David Lebovitz as a french pastry expert through his blog and chocolate/pastry tours, so hearing the fact that he visited each shop himself and vetted out the truly charming and delicious from the ho-hum tourist traps makes us trust him even further. For those folks who like to plan travel around chocolate and ice cream shops and have even the smallest desire to visit Paris anytime soon, this one is indispensable.
If you don't have an iphone, Lebovitz assures readers that an e-book will be coming out soon with identical information. And because most folks will probably carry a smaller device around the city, he decided to limit the app to the iphone for now. Updates will be free for the life of the app.