Since I returned from France in October, I have been thinking about those French pastries – but especially those buttery, flakey croissants.

Moulin had opened their shop in the SoCol Collection about a week before I discovered it. This place so surprised me that the only picture I took was the eclair I had when I took my granddaughter there. She is currently in pastry school and was very impressed. A place like this is where she would like to intern. There is a large window in Moulin that shows the kitchen where these luscious creations are assembled.


The little round red candy contains the Moulin windmill logo. It kind of reminds me of the Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre area of Paris. The croissants, in my mind, are their specialty. Eating one of these, with my eyes closed, takes me right back to those little bistros near the Seine. Moulin’s hot chocolate is very good – but no one has come close to Angelina’s.

La Petite Sourie at MacArthur and Fairview in a small shopping center.img_20200102_125819

Had lunch here. The sandwiches were good. It seems to be a popular place. Their pastry cases were full of yummy looking treats. There were lots of macarons.             The croissants were not appealing.

I am compiling a list of French Bakeries in Orange  County. According to the internet there are quite a few – but are they the real thing? I’m no expert, but I have my own rating method. Stay tuned……..

Pacific Patisserie                                                                                                                             Moulin (4 shops, the one In Newport Beach has a restaurant)                                             Au Coeur De Paris                                                                                                                       La Petite Sourie (There is a certain strawberry tart that I will try next time)                  Little France Coffee & Bakery                                                                                                Pescadou Bistro                                                                                                                               C’est La Vie                                                                                                                                       La Paris Creperie                                                                                                                             Champagne French Bakery Cafe

This will take a while!!