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It was a very difficult decision, but I stuck with my favourite, a tarte aux fraises, because I know you can just never go wrong. Although it was actually not a standard tarte aux fraises. No, it wasn't the usual round tart shape and the pastry was more like puff pastry. I must admit, it wasn't quite as good as the usual ones you see (I think the sweet short crust pastry that tastes more like a biscuit in fact is what makes it for me), but it was pretty close. The crème patissière was there anyway, which is really all that matters. I could literally eat that on its own. All day. Custard is probably it's English cousin, so if you're a custard lover, you'll know what I mean.
Abbey had a flan, which looked amazing. That would probably have been my second choice actually. It was huge too! Not to be confused with an English flan either. Rather than a kind of savoury pie as we'd know a flan to be in England, this French patisserie is made up of shortcrust pastry filled with a sweet custard filling. Also extremely delicious.
Of course, it goes perfectly with a cup of tea. And it just wouldn't be right to go to a Salon de Thé and not have a tasse de thé. Now normally I have a HUGE problem with how the French serve tea, because they just don't know how to do it. Well, they don't make it how I like it anyway. Usually, you order tea and they bring you a cup of boiling (?) water and a teabag with it. Don't they understand that to make the perfect cup of tea the idea is to pour the boiling water on the teabag? I don't know! Obviously not. La Boutique du Glacier has earned my respect though, because not only does your tea come served in a teapot, but they use real tea leaves! Yes, shocking I know. I guess I would've preferred it with milk, but you can't have everything and it was a good cup of tea. I was just happy to be inside, drinking tea, eating cake and catching up with my friend. My idea of a perfect Friday afternoon.