For our anniversary dinner, we tried a crêperie recommended by a friend, Beaumonde, at 624 South 6th Street in Philadelphia. While not totally authentic, it was the closest to a Brittany experience that I have gotten outside of France. They use blé noir, or buckwheat flour, for the savory crêpes, and froment, or wheat flour, for the sweet crêpes, just as they should. The fillings are delicious and generous; I ordered a scallop crêpe and it was stuffed full of jumbo scallops. Sadly, I couldn’t manage a dessert of my own, but I did snag plenty from my dining companions who both ordered tonight’s special, strawberries with ancho chile chocolate mousse. That was totally delicious – not sweet, with a nice burn in the mousse. It’s no wonder they won a Best in Philly dessert award, among other accolades.
Today’s expression, le beau monde (luh bow mohnd) literally means “the beautiful world” but is equivalent to the English expressions “the beautiful people” or “high society”. While we’re not exactly high society and nor were the other patrons in this unpretentious restaurant, we were certainly treated like A-listers by everyone at Beaumonde. I can highly recommend it to you.