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La Mie

A lovely new pastry shop opened up in Des Moines about three weeks ago in the Roosevelt Shopping Center. Their counter is chock-full of sweet pastry loveliness, including croissants, chocolate croissants, various danishes, rolls, brioche, and other confections. They also do cakes and sandwiches and things. I've heard good about their baguettes too, especially when freshly baked.

I tried a pear pecan danish, which was quite tasty and very satisfactorily pastry-like, and a very respectable hot chocolate. Given I have a weakness for pastries, it's not really surprising I liked it, but honestly, it was one of the best danishes I've ever had. Danishes seem to be one of those pastries which is particularly easy to do badly. I've eaten way too many soggy danishes and been disappointed. This, however, was a nice, crispy, fluffy danish. I approve.

It's a good place to go to splash out on a nice breakfast or snack. I have trouble judging U.S. prices these days, especially food, since I'm used to Canadian prices now. As seems to be the case in every American restaurant, from fast food to formal, the price was about what I would expect to pay in Canadian dollars - only it was in U.S.