Maralyn and I spent our rare moments away from Bocuse D’ Or strolling through the back streets and alley ways in Lyon. We stopped at every bistro, bakery and pastry shop to gaze in the windows.
Now Sarasota, Florida, has an authentic new pastry shop reminiscent of France. Ooh La La is the perfect name. I was oohing and ahhing at the sights of Zlintzer tarts, Swiss crepes and Madelaines from the minute I walked through the door.
Only open a week, the word of mouth is out. It was standing room only. The aromas are so inviting that I enjoyed the wait. I couldn’t decide on a fresh buttery croissant, a rustic baguette or a slice of onion and Brie quiche. So, I tried all three with a delicious cup of American coffee. I was transported back to Normandy and Burgundy.
The family owners were far too busy for an interview. For now I want to simply announce the opening of a delicious new culinary creation in the heart of Gulf Gate Village.

Ooh La La French Bakery
2705 Mall Drive
Sarasota, Fl. 34231

Brenda C. Hill

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