Go Out for Breakfast
As the mama of small children, I don’t get a lot of “me” time. I’m sure you other mamas can relate. I may really want a few quiet moments to sit down and finish that book I’ve been trying to read for over a year now. But you know how things go. Even after the kids are in bed, there are still dishes to wash, lunches to pack, school clothes to get ready. I’m lucky if I am able to stay awake to read a single sentence.
A few weeks ago, I experienced a rare occurrence. Both boys were away and my husband was a work. Did I really have the entire morning to myself? I decided to celebrate by taking myself out to breakfast.
The People Make La Brioche Magical
Over a year ago, I had the privilege of meeting the sisters who co-own La Brioche. Alejandra Sprouts and Cristina Lazzari are originally from Argentina. They moved to the United States as preteens and actually came to Mississippi to help their parents establish the state’s first certified organic farm. In 2010, Sprouts left Mississippi to attend L’Art de la Patisserie program at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Ill. After working under some of the most renowned pastry chefs in Chicago, she moved back to Mississippi in 2013 to open La Brioche with her sister in Fondren.
The first time we met, I remember Sprouts telling me that if you can get to La Brioche right when they open, you can usually get a freshly made croissant right when they come out of the oven.
I am ashamed to admit that my knowledge of oven-baked croissants is limited to those that require you to bang a can against the counter until it “pops.” I made a mental note to add their fresh baked croissants to my bucket list. I’ve been thinking about them ever since.
I made a mental note to add their fresh baked croissants to my bucket list. I’ve been thinking about them ever sense.
When I walked through the doors of La Brioche, I was immediately struck by how quiet it was. As in, lack of noise. I heard nice, calm music playing in the background. Such a huge difference from the usual clatter and clamor that typically accompanies my breakfast. Sprouts and Lazzari designed the interior of La Brioche to mimic a Parisian café. The décor is very urban chic and indeed, when you walk in the door you almost feel like you are on the streets of Paris instead of in Mississippi.
Directly in front of the door, La Brioche has all of its sweets and treats spread out under a glass case for all to behold. Seriously, if you are a lover of pastries and confections, this is what I imagine the rapture to look like. In addition to freshly baked croissants, bagels, Danish pastries, and brioche buns, they also serve made-from-scratch gourmet cookies, cheesecakes, tartes, petit fours, and macarons.
It’s a little overwhelming, I wanted it ALL. But I decided to stick to my original plan – I ordered a ham and cheese croissant and a cup of medium roast coffee.
Even the Presentation is Glam.
Even the presentation is glam. My croissant and coffee came served on a plate with a cute little cookie. After I fixed my coffee, I decided to take a seat in the corner by the window and take it all in. A moment to myself, just for me!
I didn’t spend too much time dwelling on my moment, however. I didn’t want my hot croissant to get cold!
The croissant was everything I hoped it would be. Toasty, flaky, buttery – nothing like those things the doughboy tries to push. The thinly sliced ham and melty cheese inside rounded it off perfectly. I’m pretty sure inside a minute, there was nothing left but crumbs.
I tried not to consume my coffee quite so hastily. I had nowhere to I had to be and no one who needed something from me, so I sat back, took advantage of the free wi-fi and relaxed. It was the perfect place for a mom’s (or dad’s) morning getaway.
Next time I have the opportunity, I will make my way back for another croissant. This time I’m bringing my book.