Thursday, 24 December 2009

Local pâtisserie rescues Christmas spirit

Happy White Christmas to all. The view from Princes Street looks like this:

This morning started badly. The post office was late in opening again, and then the parcel I had arranged to be delivered there was not there, even though it was supposed to be there yesterday. I have a troubling feeling that the parcel may be languishing in a back room somewhere, lonely and lost without me.

So I was annoyed. Christmas is here and I shall not have my parcel. Yes, I have other parcels, but now I want THIS one. This is the one I NEED to have. Now I have to wait until Monday.

An hour later I was walking to the pound stretchers to buy a new frying pan when I was met by a miraculous sight. For months there has been a new sign advertising Pâtisserie Jacob, but it seemed it would never open. I had honestly forgotten about it.

And it was open. The window cabinet was full of incredible treats of all shapes and sizes. I launched myself inside, almost tearing up with joy. You see, while there are other pastry makers in the great city of Edinburgh, there has not, until now, been one in my own neighbourhood.

Behold the incredible loot I bought, including two slices of a magic mousse cake of some kind, an apricot tart, a piece banana and toffee cake, slice of mango cheesecake, a slice of black forest, and some little biscuits with a dollop of jam.





I was told by the lovely lady at the counter than in the New Year they will widen their range of breads and begin to make their own croissants. To top it off the prices are amazing. £1.80 for a slice of cake that looks like it has been churned with the honeys of heaven? Swoon!


So there you have it. My Christmas spirit, which Royal Mail had battered so heinously, has been salvaged by Jacob Phillip and his wonderful new pâtisserie. They are at 201 Gorgie Road in Edinburgh. You must go there and behold the glories for yourself.

True, the New Year means being more dedicated to my diet and exercise again, as I fell off the wagon over the past month due to work stress and a thee-week cold. But now my weekend treats will be sorted. I am happy.

I am taking the next several days off from the blogosphere, so I wish everyone a most splendid holiday season and wiggle-inducing New Year.

21 comments:

Carol Anne Strange said...

I feel all nostalgic seeing the view of Princes Street in its shimmering coat of snow. Wonderful! Sorry to hear that your parcel hasn't arrived but just look at those yummy goodies! Enjoy the festivities and wishing you a fantastic 2010. xx

ellen abbott said...

Well, it will certainly take you a few days to recover after eating all those goodies.

Happy days.

Marcheline said...

A sweet post, indeedie! Did you receive a card in the post from me? If not, it's on its way!

Hugs,
M

Julie said...

Got it got it ... pound stretchers!

Good, have a few days off. Off with love and laughter, with family and friends.

Have a good 'un.

Lena said...

I'm only 27 miles from Pâtisserie Jacob and with the goods looking as tempting, I may just have to fill up on petrol!

Hope you had a nice Xmas!

Dale said...

:-)

Merry Christmas, you.

Rikkij said...

mmmm... that's the stuff that makes Christmas a delight. Take care~rick

Lucy said...

How did you keep all that scrumptious pastrywork around long enough to photograph it?

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Julia Guthrie said...

wow...just..wow! Pretty colours..& it's edible!!

I think your post should have been a newspaper article with a headline like that! hehe...

Hope you had a good one :) xxxxxxx

Marie S said...

Merry Christmas and very happy and sper magical 2010.
love and huge hugs

Adullamite said...

A great, and typical, shot of Edinburgh. Of course that could be taken in July!

Angela said...

You look as if you can actually EAT all this lovely lovely cake and not mourn afterwards! One, or say, two of those would make my eyes pop out when standing on the scales the next day. Only good that this shop has not opened HERE.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and your parcel has arrived now. Don`t you think it is also nice to get a present after Christmas, when everybody else ceased wishing you luck and fortune and went back to normal? Well, I wish it to you NOW! Have a merry new year! Angela

Tammie Lee said...

dear lady, it is absolutely NOT fair of you to post photos of those delicacies!!! Wow I can almost smell them, almost taste them, but I can NOT. ;-)
I bet they were delicious. And i hope you got your parcel! My sister is in Italy and she had to wait 1/2 hour as they searched for the one I sent her... so different from here. We have this sleet or snow or rain, mail is delivered. In Italy it snows and the mail stops. Wishing you a wonderful 2010!

Tricia said...

Those sweets had me drooling. Yum.

i'm the maaaaaaap! said...

thank you for the card, the link (still haven't downloaded yet), the well wishing. bonne annee

Cheryl said...

I so love cake! Love it, love it, love it! Wish I had a patisserie like that (or at least a cupcake truck) in my neighborhood. Hope you had a great holidays and a great 2010!

kj said...

you could be a food photographer!! are you?! these photos are lucious. i understand completely how exciting this is. i have a little cafe in my neighborhood whre i can take my laptop and write--a little sanctuary.

you now have a sanctuary of a different kind--yum!

happy happy newyear,
love kj

circus monkey said...

Bet they didn't have any Toffee Apples though. They're the Cat's Pyjamas!

Jeanne said...

Those are some heavenly looking pastries. Hope to see you back soon!

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh a patiserrie in Gorgie, I must go there, its not far from where I live....

liath said...

YES YES YES! I live just around the corner from this little Mousse-topped miracle shop....The day they opened I was right in there and I've been in there practically every day since....bread, cake, and yes, the promised new croissants are now being made....their almond ones are dreamy. Erica and Jacob (owners) are lovely, lovely people and I hope they are with us, making delicious things for many years to come.
I also just discovered this blog and I think it's charming.
The Post Office hold my parcels to ransom on a regular basis so I understand your pain.