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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


SWEET—Come along on this sweet tooth journey to the best desserts and dessertiers in town—dentists need not apply. Hobbies don’t have to be collecting stamps or baseball cards because they’re boring. As I mentioned in this blog I collect tea rooms for a hobby. That was then.

My newest passion (especially as we near St. Chocolate Valentine Day) is to visit every pastry shop on the planet. I discovered I had a talent for this in Barcelona at a small pastry shop on Las Ramblas (pictured). But, for hobbyists like me, the dessert alone is not the prize. Toss in ambience. It has to be a warm and inviting place with plenty of character and it has to serve a world class espresso, preferably a latte in a ceramic cup with silky smooth froth.

“Dessert is not something you eat everyday,” says La Jolla’s Michele Coulon, owner of Michele Coulon Dessertier, “so make it worth your while…I would rather eat a small piece of something incredible than a lot of something not so great.”
With Michele’s philosophy in mind this blog officially launches its new monthly series with occasional visits to outstanding pastry establishments—one at a time. Tomorrow in this blog, her personal essay reflects on her career and gives readers an insight as to why she is one of the regions most prominent dessertiers.

Image: Dessert tour guide is Pillar to Post blogger Tom Shess, shown here exploring pastry shops in Barcelona, Spain. Aiding and abetting is photographer Phyllis Shess.

Tomorrow: Guest Blog by Michele Coulon, owner of Michele Coulon Dessertier, 7556 Fay Ave # D, La Jolla, CA 92037-4829, (858) 456-5098 or visit her website at for hours, location, lunch menu and dessert offerings.

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