Petit Pierre Bakery

Freshly arrived from France, Alex and Laure decided to start a French bakery in Magnolia Village. Named after their son, Petit Pierre Bakery has been open for less than 2 months.

Laure’s specialities are petits choux, huge madeleines, macarons and all traditional French pastries. My favorite so far? Pistachio madeleines, chocolate petits choux, and the lemon tarts

The other day, I stopped by after a walk in Discovery Park for lunch. I bought a combo; a soup with a quiche or a sandwich. The made from scratch lentil and carrots soup was delicious.

If you live in Magnolia’s neighborhood or go to Discovery Park, stop by! They are so friendly and hardworking and their bakery smells like France !

Petit Pierre Bakery3204 W. McGraw St.

Closed on Mondays. Open on Sundays from 8am to 1pm.


Cafe presse

Cafe Presse logo, red quill feather on a yellow diamond with the word PRESSE is very recognizable for French people. It is the neon sign for “Presse store” everywhere in France and most of the time you can find at the same place, with newspapers and magazines, a bar or coffee Place.

In Seattle, you can go to Cafe Presse for breakfast, brunch, dinner, for watching international and often european soccer games, or just drink a coffee. You can also go there to buy some “presse” at the news stand. Last time, I bought an issue of Elle à Table, a French cooking magazine. Here is the list of titles they sell:

We went there last Saturday, the day after Paris attacks, in a search of a French atmosphere to alleviate our sad mood and the feeling we had to be so far from France and the city we have lived in for more than 20 years.


It was a cold day and I had a soup but my kids and husband had Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame. They are always good and not as cheese-heavy as at some other places in town.

By the way, do you know the difference between a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame ?  Croque monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese and when topped with a fried egg it is a Croque Madame.

Here is a little story: a long time ago, we went to a restaurant with our kids. My husband ordered a Croque Monsieur (Mr.), I ordered a croque Madame (Mrs.). My daughter, who was 3 at that time, with her little but firm voice, said:  “I would like a Croque Fille!” which means “girl”. Isn’t that cute?


I like the room with the bar that looks like a real Café Presse in France. There is a patio in front of the restaurant. Oriented southeast, it is a fantastic place to hang out when the sun shines.

Café Presse  1117 12th Ave


Hommage once again

Update: Hommage has closed on 8/15/2015

We went to Hommage last October, a few days after it opened. It was pretty promising and it was time to go back.

When we arrived, we found out that a couple of friends were just seated there. We joined them and our party of 4 ordered a lot of  things on the menu. We were not disappointed: the beets with apples were delicious, Sea scallops were perfectly cooked, meats were tasty, and desserts unique.

My only complaint about our evening there is the cold ambiance in the main building. Next time we’ll ask to be seated in the glass house.

— Hommage 198 Nickerson st, across Fremont Ship Canal