Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cream Pan

May is almost over and I am nearing the end of my first year in MBA school. Where has all the time gone?!

Still over the weekend KL and I decided to check out a very famous Japanese bakery in Orange County. Very famous, because if you check out the bakery, Cream Pan, on Yelp, there's nothing but endless raves about their baked goods, especially their strawberry croissants. Needless to say, I had to experience the food for myself - what could be so spectacular about strawberry croissants?

The place is really nondescript, with no indication of the culinary treasures inside :P Coincidentally it's tucked away in the plaza next to Honda-ya. When I was there, I got the legendary strawberry croissants, an azuki (red-bean) cream pan ("pan", パ ン is Japanese for bread), a peach danish and a pork-katsu sandwich box.

Peach danish:
peach_tart

Pork-katsu sandwich, a little pricey at $6 but chock full of ingredients!
pork_katsu_sandwich

And the baked goods, the strawberry croissants and azuki cream-pan. Because of all the hype over the strawberry croissants, KL and I decided that we could not share and we each had to get one.
cream_pan

Close-ups- first, the heavenly azuki pan!
azuki_cream_pan

...and the delicious strawberry croissant:
strawberry_crossiant

Verdict? Strawberry croissants - GOOD! The crust's flaky and the cream sweet but not overly so, balanced nicely by the tangy sweetness of the strawberries. But the one that I enjoyed most of all is the azuki cream pan. In fact, KL did too, so much so that we ended up fighting each other to eat it. The sweet red bean paste complimented the fluffy light whipped cream perfectly, all encased in a crispy pastry shell. Definitely try out these two items if you ever stop by Cream Pan.

My outfit for the day, harem pants are perfect for pigging out:
harem pants
Wearing American Apparel cardigan, complexgeometries top, H&M harem pants, Ann Demeulemeester lace-up sandals, Balenciaga clutch.

I have to say though, if you want to try out the food at Cream Pan, BE THERE EARLY.
These pictures were taken during our second trip there, the first time we went to Cream Pan was in the afternoon and their shelves were swept clean. Seriously, now I understand why!

In the upcoming weeks I will be holed up in a study room somewhere finishing up on group projects and mugging for exams, so expect slooooow updates :/

13 comments:

Leah said...

Your food shots made me drool... I love sweets and those pastries look delish.

I love your outfit too... I was looking at a pair of harem pants today but didn't buy it. Now, I really have to get them tomorrow. I love how you styled your pants. xoxo

Nina (Femme Rationale) said...

i dunno which i want more...the food or your outfit!!

Julia M said...

That food looks amazing! If I'm ever in the vicinity, I'll be going there! You've made me want pastry and cream now...

Abigail said...

You look comfy and chic! Best way to go. :) And OH MY GOSH those pastries look so good! But I will be in Denmark eating a danish soon, so I'll get over my jealousy. ;)

Emmy said...

Wow! That's what I call food porn!!! That sandwich looks sooo yummy! And you look great as always! Love that clutch!

THE DIVINITUS said...

posting that strawberry croissant close-up should be illegal. i like your outfit too ;)

Julia said...

Fabulous sandals, but that SANDWICH! My mouth is watering....

xx

Legyviel said...

aaah everything looks SO good! I could kill for that sandwich <3

RupertF有南 said...

出遊不拘名勝,有景就是好的 ..................................................

Pennerad said...

oh my gosh, starving now.
last sentence sounds like a pretty accurate summation of my past month or so.

jodache said...

Your pants/shoes combo rocks!

Persephone said...

Those pastries look delicious. Love the sandals and clutch.

xx Persephone

Hardini said...

oh your food looks tempting. great outfit love your shoes and you have a lovely blog :)