Well it wasn’t my intention to pop into Amelie’s. I was on my way to receive a relaxing facial treatment but my trip was deterred by a fire truck! That’s right, as I was walking up to the salon so were the firemen! *LOL* [Click HERE for the actual facial post.] Long story short- everyone was okay but my appointment was of course rescheduled. Nevertheless, I drove almost 18 miles to receive my treatment to a neighboring town… UH- I was getting something today! That’s when I saw the French bakery across the street. I walked into this cute, petite place that I’ve heard many positive reviews about and gazed with amazement. Upon walking in, I was captivated by the many art pieces placed all around the room. I’ve never been to Paris but it definitely felt like I was walking into a French Château.
What to drink?
The menus consisted of everything from HOT BEVERAGES (of course)- such as coffees and teas- to croissants- to sandwiches- to COLD DRINKS like lemonades. I didn’t see myself coming to a French bakery and ordering a lemonade and I am NOT a coffee drinker *don’t judge me* so the next best hot drink for me is hot chocolate. Weeeelllll, the only hot cocoa choice they sold was the Chocolat Chaud (dark chocolate and steamed milk); hmmm, I’ll pass. I am not a fan of dark chocolate either so I chose the Chai Crème (chai + milk + masala spice blend) and OMG, was that a great choice! It contained the perfect blend of spices to form a decadent Chai Tea, topped with a foam of steamed milk (shaped in the form of hearts by the Barista) and the masala spice blend. HMMMM TASTEE! (Amelie’s Review/drink) 100% satisfied!
What to eat?
Well I wasn’t sure about that one but hey… you can’t go wrong with sweets… so I chose the Pecan Sticky Bun. At first glance it looked de-lis but as I went to cut off a small piece my face turned up in disgust b/c the bun was hard to cut. I should have known b/c the cashier took the pastry right out of the viewing receptacle. Well, there was no telling how long those pastries had been sitting there. I asked a walking-by employee “was there any way to heat the bun”; she replied “yes, but it would require me to obtain a whole new one”. After about 5 seconds of a stare-down to each other… me with the, “okay well if you want a satisfied customer I will require you to warm my bun” look; her with the, “lady- don’t you see me working here” look; naturally I won! *LOL* She took my plate and grabbed me a new one. After about 4 minutes, I had a new warm sticky bun. In the end, I was about 80% satisfied (Amelie’s Review/eat) with the pastry. The best part was the top with the pecans; the inside was more of a flaky croissant and I was looking for more of a cinnabon consistency.
You couldn’t beat it! As I mentioned, I felt like I walked into a French cafe! The place was so nicely decorated with French-like paintings on the walls; a faux fireplace; chandeliers EVERYWHERE (and I don’t mean small ones… I’m talking BIG BLINGED OUT ONES) and much more! (Amelie’s Review/decor) – I give a 100%. To some, it may have felt it was too much but the point was to feel like you received a cultural experience in every aspect- not just in what you ate and drank.
Overall, I wasn’t happy I didn’t receive my facial but I am kind of happy I didn’t. I’m not sure if I would have stopped in to experience Amelie’s if the firetruck didn’t get in my way first. I am always trying to find new places to eat; although, bakeries aren’t one I would usually stop and stay. For one, I’m trying to keep my weight under control (that’s another story for later) but for two, if I want to stop and sit down somewhere to eat- I want it to be at a full blown restaurant. 4/5 STAR QUEEN RATING!