Oh, the French. Those sexy accents. The desserts. The tiny waistlines despite said desserts.
It’s enviable, but thankfully we have Michelle Hernandez of Le Dix-Sept to bring us the sweet stuff, due to two and a half years of rigorous culinary training, fierce restaurant experience, and dessert artistry.
Fondly named after the arrondissement she called home while living in the City of (de)Lights, the patisserie and chocolaterie combines SF sensibility (organic, fair trade, local ingredients) with modern Parisian presentation.
Tarte au chocolat noir (Tcho chocolate, salted caramel, and pecans) stuns with a toothsome crust. Tarte creme citron-vanille pops with fresh Meyer lemon cream and bountiful blueberries, and gateau cacao (glazed in Ritual Coffee Roasters ganache) is an insanely moist cake with a refined, caffeinated bite.
Catch Hernandez in front of Fabric8 this week. Epic desserts on the sidewalk?
Now that’s all American.
Available by email order (firstname.lastname@example.org), $11-$60. To see the menu, go to le17patisserie.com. Hernandez will sell her sweets this Friday, 6-8 p.m., at Fabric8, 3318 22nd Street, between Valencia and Guerrero Streets (415-647-5888 or fabric8.com).
Photo: Natasha Claro Southwick / Courtesy of Le Dix-Sept