One of the biggest factors that influence where I go to eat is – posts on social media!
Ha, not surprising right?
So many of my food adventures are dictated by what I see on Twitter and Instagram – photos of where people are eating, recommendations, chefs and restaurants sharing their dishes and behind-the-scenes.
Twitter is where I discovered Passion de France – this cute little bakery on 118th Avenue!
One of my co-workers tweeted some photos from her recent visit and recommended I try it out so, a few days later, I did!
— Kaylee Sword (@SwordKaylee) April 4, 2016
Passion de France is located just off Alberta Avenue at 11812 86 Street.
It’s tucked in a residential neighbourhood, across the street from a park, with ample parking space (always important lol).
I went to Passion de France for lunch last week with my friend Alyssa.
There’s space outdoors for patio seating but it was empty when we went.
Inside, Passion de France is just a tiny little spot, with less than 8 seats.
I love the feel of Passion de France.
There’s lots of light pastel colours, mismatched vintage Victorian chairs and little chandeliers.
I also loved their playlist – featuring really catchy, acapella covers of popular songs!
Now personally, I’m not the biggest fan of desserts or pastries, that is to say, if I had the choice between a bag of chips or meat versus a cookie or a brownie, I’d go for the savoury options, though I do admit recently I’ve been more partial to sweet treats.
For a dessert lover, Passion de France has a wide selection including croissants, pies, cakes, a variety of tarts, macarons, Viennoiseries (items like pain au chocolat and pain aux raisins, and other pastries).
You can’t just have dessert for lunch (though some could probably argue with me on that statement), but lucky for us, Passion de France also offers a selection of savoury items including some great tasting and well-priced lunch combos!
You can order from a variety of individual sized quiches and different types of sandwiches like tuna, three cheese, Mediterranean, chicken, and Atlantic. Quiches are around $4 and sandwiches range from $7-$9.
For a few more bucks, you can turn your quiche or sandwich into a combo – with the soup of the day, a drink, and a dessert.
The soup of the day when we went was cream of broccoli and I got it with their chicken sandwich (grilled chicken breast, chicken strips, Swiss cheese, roasted red peppers, alfafa sprouts and ranch dressing).
My lunch combo also included tea and macarons. It was delicious!
Alyssa opted for the soup with chicken and mushroom quiche.
We both really enjoyed our lunch – it came out pretty quick, and our server was so nice.
In the hour that we were there, a couple came in for lunch too, along with a mother with her kids picking up some items to go.
There was a very quiet, calm kind of ambiance.
I really liked my macarons and Passion de France has a wide variety of flavours – including chocolate, Earl Grey tea, raspberry, lemon, passion fruit, vanilla, coffee, salted caramel, and orange.
It’s also reasonably priced at 95 cents for a mini and $1.75 for a larger version, though it would appear that Passion de France doesn’t make their macarons in-house, which when I found out, I was fairly disappointed.
Despite the outsourcing of macarons, I do think Passion de France is a lovely little shop along Alberta Avenue.
They’ve been open for about two years now and I think they’ve found a nice and loyal following here.
It’s not as fancy as what’s become so many Edmontonians favourite bake shop – Duchess, but Passion de France is certainly putting out some quality, affordable food in a neighbourhood that could always use more lively, local businesses.
So, have you been to Passion de France? What did you think?!