I had a frustrating afternoon, so I decided to eat my feelings (I do not recommend this as a regular stress-relief method). What better way to do this than with rich, decadent French food?
My mission led me to La Baguette, a French bakery in Palo Alto that has an extensive list of intriguing desserts, pastries and artisan sandwiches.
Dish of Choice
I ordered the Ham & Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich, which came on a lightly toasted, buttered baguette. I also ordered a mocha and chocolate mousse for dessert. My meal cost about $18.
The bread was toasted just right, like it came right out of the oven, and the sliced ham and cheese tasted fresh.
The chocolate mousse was as decadent as I expected it to be, without being overly rich or sweet. The fresh raspberry and candy leaf on top were also a nice touch. Great presentation.
La Baguette has a small but quaint storefront. It is what I imagined a bakery in Paris would feel like, filled with delicious and visually pleasing treats.
The bakery is located in Stanford Shopping Center, and there is probably enough seating for 25-30 people in the pavilion. The area is partially enclosed, and it feels like a nice place to relax with a cup of coffee and pastry on a sunny day.
La Baguette is located inside Stanford Shopping Center, near the corner of El Camino Real and Quarry Road, in the pavilion next to Macy’s. It also has a location at the Stonestown Galleria, 3521 20th Ave., Suite 172, in San Francisco.
Hours at the Palo Alto location are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (650) 321-0535 or visit www.labaguettefrenchbakery.com.