Nerding Out: Creperie Style

Hey everyone.

I’m Shane, Assistant Manager, and complete nerd.

It’s been awhile since our last blog post, but we’re going to try to make this a more common thing again.

This one is a shout-out to all the gaming nerds out there who support our business!

 

As you may have seen, many of our specials are made with pop-culture in mind. We’ll often pick a popular TV show or movie such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or Stranger Things and run with an idea, add some puns and voila. However, I know for a fact how many gamers are out there in Boston, and occasionally we like to give a tip of the hat to them as well.)

[Forewarning: If you’re not a gamer, some of this is about to sound like a foreign language.]

 

Our current Crepe of The Month is the “High Noon”.  It’s an Overwatch themed crepe, giving cheers to one of the most quotable lines of the franchise.  Overwatch has gained such a popularity since it’s launch, which is to be expected, it’s Blizzard Entertainment after all. Personally, I’m pretty terrible at Overwatch. I’m the type of player that’s really good at support/healing, but if someone else is playing the role, I’m running around as Mei on an attack map, saving myself from everything, but dooming my teammates with poorly placed ice walls that seemed like a good idea at the time.

We have a few employees who play it much more than I do. (And are much, much better.)

We’d often have conversations on the crepe line of something funny that happened, or venting how bad their teammates were. You know. The important stuff.

But we knew that others in the area would catch on, and they have. It’s awesome to see when people stop to look at the poster outside and take a picture.

                                                                                                    This special ends on October 1st! Be sure to try one before it’s gone!

 

In the past, we’ve also jumped back on the  Poké-train a few times.  Originally, we ran a special drink known as “The Chaimander” which was a Chai Latte blended with a fiery Cayenne & Cinnamon simple syrup. This was an homage to the original games, which I spent countless hours on in 5th grade. (That was 1998. I’m getting really old.)

 

Obviously, we had to use a newer game version of Charmander, because Red and Blue are a bit too dated.

 

 

Then, low and behold, Pokemon released Pokemon Go last year, which literally, everyone was playing. The first day that launch, you could walk the streets of Allston, and clearly tell who was trying to catch another damn Drowzee in front of a liquor store. Although, not as popular as it was, you can still easily tell whose playing.  I recently walked past a group of people gathered outside of a barbershop, equip with phones and tablets, quietly tapping the screen. My first thought was “Oh my god, these nerds.” But I’m not really one to talk.  I was accidentally walking into traffic trying to unlock a special hero portrait on Hearthstone. Yeah. Carry on friends, raid that barbershop.

 

The Jiggly-Fluff Crepe

 

PUFF!

Anyways, we decided to go with the Jiggly-fluff, which is probably one of my favorite themed crepes. The ingredients were really simple and nothing special, but the presentation was on point. Props to our former chef Will for the execution.

 

 

 

Our last example is my personal favorite, only because it’s my child.

 

                                                                                            The Fall-Out latte!

(One of the only posters I’ve photoshopped myself. I accidentally removed a layer connecting the glasses before print. It haunts me every time I look at it.)

                                       

 

Back when I first started at Paris, I made friends with the former General Manager, Jack, who I found out was a fellow Fallout fan.

The Fallout Franchise is a Survival RPG game series takes place in a post-apocolyptic America, caused by a nuclear explosion.  (Maybe right now, that premise is a bit too real.)

We always chatted about the game during shifts, whether it be a funny glitch that happened, or some ridiculous mod that turns all the raiders in the game into Hulk Hogan.

When we both found out that Fallout 4 was taking place in Boston…….well, let’s just say, the staff was probably so sick about me showing them CGI Images of an in-game Trinity Church.

When Jack left Paris to work for ReThink Restaurants, we compiled a parting gift basket for him made out of an old military ammo box,  filled with: Bottlecaps, Nuka-Cola, Altoids labeled “Mentats”, and some Ibuprofen labelled “Buffout” which are all items taken from the franchise.

 

ANYWAYS.

We ran the latte out last year, and it was a pretty big hit.

I love Maple+Brown sugar combo so creating a homemade syrup for the latte was both a fun and delicious process.

This year, we picked up some great pure maple syrup from Allandale Farm in Brookline, and I’m excited to use it for the next batch!

This one will be coming back, starting early this October. You know, when it’s more Fall. (Why is it 90 degrees in late September?)

 

 

 

Well then,

If you took the time to read through all of this nonsense, I thank and applaud you.

I just wanted to send this out as an appreciation for some of our guests who come up and compliment our nerdy references.

 

 

 

If you have any ideas, comments, or recipes you’d like to see implemented, shoot me an e-mail at Shane@Pariscreperie.com.

 

Thanks all!

 

 

Putting a political spin on crepes!

Every month at Paris, we like to create a new crepe to keep things interesting.

Creating the crepe of the month is an incredibly fun activity to look forward   It involves a few steps and multiple staff members ingenuity .

Sweet or savory?

What’s the crepe going to consist of?

What’s something popular or nostalgic we can theme the crepe around ?

How many puns can we get away with?

 

Normally, our crepes are based off of pop culture references such as Game of Thrones, Kanye West, or Stranger Things. But, sometimes we try to push the boundaries, just a little bit. It’s usually when we try to go into political territory. That when we really seem to get the angry responses.

We get it. We understand it’s a touchy subject. You should never discuss politics at the dinner table. Even if our humor may seem a bit mean spirited, it’s usually all within parody perspective. You don’t have to acknowledge it. However, some choose to.

 

Back in December, 2015, during the height of the republican primaries, we created a crepe directing a parody of Ben Carson.

“The Churro-Surgeon”  We tried to do something a bit different, and try pan fried, rolled up crepes to resemble churros.

Many of our guests loved the crepe, as well as the adverting, however, we got one very angry e-mail from a local Brookline gentleman for dishonoring his presidential pick with such an “Offensive sign.”

We really didn’t fret it though. We all kind of laughed at it. I mean, look at the poster. The man has churros for arms.

C’mon.

 

 

Churro-Surgeon

 

We dipped our toe into the water yet again, with the Wiki-Leeks crepe.  Although not as controversial as outright calling someone out, we still got a comment about it, placed inside our comment box.

 

So naturally, with all of the completely ridiculous things going on it politics, we had to take another spin at in. The staff is all pretty like minded when it comes to certain issues.  Current Administration: NO!   Spice Girls: YAAS!

After watching the Melissa McCarthy portrayal of Sean Spicer on SNL, we knew what we had to do.  We knew that Trump was upset by having a member of his cabinet played by a woman, we thought the idea to mix the two would be hysterical.

So thus, the Spicer World was born:

 

You say you want a revolution? Well here's an alternative!

 

The crepe has only been available for a week so far, but we consistently have guests posing with the poster outside or taking pictures of the one hanging in the creperie. We really don’t regret it.  The only thing we do regret is not including the tagline “Available in a Traditional or Putin-Free crepe!”

We have yet to get a negative comment about it, but we’re expecting at least one.

We hope that you enjoy one today!


We’d also like to give a shoutout to Kristen Mallia of MALLIA Design.  She’s the artist behind all of our Crepe of The Month posters, as well as our cafe’s interior design. You can find her work on: Instagram & Twitter.

 

Apply to join the team, and I’ll tell you why.

Hey friends,

My name is Isabelle, I’m a sophomore at Mass Art, and I’ve been working at the Paris Creperie since last May.  If you’re a fan of food and teamwork I want to genuinely tell you why you should apply to work here.

When I first started here I felt welcomed right away and I could tell my coworkers actually care about each other’s well being. I also get to interact with great customers daily! Meeting new people every day has been really amazing! Our customers are the best!! We also practice open book, a management style that gives all the employees a business education and helps them grow the business with their own ideas and input (and the profit sharing is awesome by the way!)

Our staff is split into committees to help the cafe prosper. I’m in the marketing committee, where we get to plan events for the cafe and boost our social media presence. This is something I’m actually interested in and really enjoy doing. You can find me spinning the prize wheel or painting faces during events. But my favorite thing is doing the sidewalk chalk art on weekends.

Don’t let me fool you though, this job is also hard work and you have to be prepared to put in the time and energy to commit to the cafe. If you’ve ever visited on a weekend, you’ll understand. It gets crazy! It’s all very worth it though.We do have a lot of fun here even when it’s hectic.

I’ve met some of my good friends working here and have learned so many new skills!

If working at Paris Creperie seems like a commitment you’d also enjoy making, stop by and pick up an application today!

 

-Isabelle

 

 

You can see some of Isabelle’s chalk art here:

 

 

 

Tough times, but we’re here to help.

Hey friends,

So, there is a lot of negativity, hate and sadness consuming a large portion of the population in recent times. Facebook and twitter seem to hold countless battles whenever you log in, and uncertainty of what lies ahead is fresh on all of our minds. We’re certain of one thing here at Paris for sure, and it’s that you’ll always be welcome in our cafe. There will never be bias towards your race, religion, orientation, or beliefs. Regardless of the surrounding atmosphere outside our walls, we’ll welcome all walks of life in our zany little restaurant. There is no place for hate here. Solidarity makes us stronger.

 

The staff at Paris is a unique bunch with even more unique ideas. If you’re having a bad day, let us know. We’ll try to do something to brighten it up.  Want a cat design on your hot chocolate? You got it. Want you and your partner’s name written on a crepe with Nutella? Just let us know the names. I’m sure we even have some extra googly eyes laying around somewhere if you want a pair. We’ll also continue our goal to bring a bit of humor into the restaurant business, so stay tuned for our pun filled menu items and pop culture/nerd references.

 

All in all, just do your best to smile and stay positive, stay true to yourself, and keep being awesome.

 

Paris love you.heartlatte

The Magic World of Portable Business.

If you’ve ever been to Coolidge Corner, you most likely have wandered into Brookline Booksmith, and if you haven’t, you really should. It’s a wonderful place and operated by some awesome people. Oh, and did we mention they have pretty rad events, such as book signings from popular authors and celebrities? We’ve had the pleasure of working in conjunction with them during these events, taking orders from hungry patrons in line. This allows us to deliver delicious crepes and smoothies without anyone having to leave the queue. Our friends at Toast provide an incredibly useful tablet sales interface that aids in the improving success of these mobile transactions.

So, what’s next? Well, Brookline Booksmith is holding a release party of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” this Saturday, (7/31) and we’re excited to be a part of it. That’s right, the Paris Creperie is going to have an on-site table, with four special Harry Potter themed items on the menu! Look for us there while you’re mingling with other fans and telling your dad he’s a totally a hufflepuff.

They’ve got a bunch of fun stuff planned out, so check out the event here.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing you there, and look for us at other cool events in the future!

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The Kale-eesi!

Wait, Hold the door!

Just like the arrival of dragons in Game of Thrones, this post is a bit late. Every Monday, a handful of the staff gathers to discuss last weeks episode. (The remainder of the staff calls us nerds. But we’re the cool ones.)

We decided we needed to provide a Game of Thrones themed crepe of the month, and we annoyed our staff with puns, such as:

A Crepe Has No Name

The Boar-Atheon

Jon Snowpea

Three-Eyed Cravin’

Stark Chocolate

Raising Bran

 

Until finally, one clicked and thus, The KALE-EESI was born.

 

All Hail the Kale-eesi

“You are in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Coolidge, The Unburnt, Queen of the Greens, Queen of the Andals and The First Men, The Protector of the Cafe, Spinner of Grains and Mother of Dragons. You are not fit to rule this land, only she. It is known. All hail the Kale-eesi!”

 

 

This crepe has been very popular since launch, and the introduction of smoked turkey and in-house made red wine jalapenos are the stars here. Some guests even take it to the next level and add hot sauce to channel their inner dragon.

 

Here are some testimonials about this crepe special:

varys“My little birds have sang many a song about this crepe, and what a song they’ve sung!” – Varys
CuijbaHC“I love the Kale-eesi and I’ll keep coming back for it. Even when it’s no longer sold, I will still find it, and I will still order it. Did I mention I love the Kale-eesi? – Jorah

 

greyworm“This crepe is off the chain.” – Greyworm
tyrion-lannister“It’s not short on flavor.   It could do with more wine though.” – Tyrion

hodor

Hodor.” – Hodor

There you have it! Come in before the end of June, and claim your reign upon the Iron Throne.

 

 

 

 

 

La Secret Menu!

Here at the creperie, we tend to custom create our own combinations to keep things interesting for our staff meals. But now, we decided to treat our dedicated friends to a Super Secret Menu!  This is a menu that will not be shown in the cafe or through online ordering, but through social media and our website. If you’re looking at this now, congratulations! Thanks for inquiring into us further! Come in and try one of these creations and look for more in the future!


Crepes

The Bananiel

Peanut Butter, Banana, Garnished with Honey Drizzle  |$6.99

Sweet Cheesus

Gruyere & Brown Sugar |$6.99

Scout’s Delight

Coconut & Graham Infusion, Nutella,Garnish with Caramel & Nutella Drizzle and Coconut Sprinkle|$6.99

Toasty Strudel

Crispy Graham Infused Crepe, Butter, White Sugar, Strawberries, Garnished with Glaze Drizzle   |  $6.99

Creperie Grilled Cheese

Crispy Crepe rolled  Cannoli-Style, Butter, Gruyere, American Cheese & Tomato |   $8.99

Bear Claw Cannoli

Cinnamon & Powdered Sugar Infusion, Cookie Butter, Ricotta, Garnished with Powdered Sugar & Glaze  |$8.99

The Nan-Bear-Pig

Cinnamon Infusion, Cookie Butter, Bacon , Banana, Garnished with Glaze |$9.99

Chuck-olate Crepe

Nutella, Bacon|$7.99

Western Omelette

Scallion Infusion, Eggs, Cheddar, Ham, Caramelized Onion, Roasted Red Pepper |$10.99

Drinks

Flu Fighter [Smoothie]

4.99 SM | 5.99 MED | 6.99 LG

Orange Juice, Peaches, Bananas, Spinach & Honey

Nutella Affogato

A double shot of Espresso poured over two scoops of Frozen yogurt, Drizzled with Nutella|$4.29

Cookie Butter Chai

3.79 SM | 4.49 MED |4.79 LG

Chai Tea Latte blended with cookie butter.

Creperie Hacks

French Vanilla

Turn any Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino or Cafe Au Lait into “French Vanilla”
(Half Hazelnut, Half Vanilla Syrup)

Root Beer Float

Purchase a Boylan’s Root beer and scoop of Vanilla frozen yogurt, and ask for a large mug!

Stencils

Did you see a certain design on someone’s nutella latte on instagram, such as a bird, hearts, or even Batman? Ask for a specific stencil for your drink!

 

Say Hello to the A Dill Crepe!

We all fell in love with Adele when 19 was introduced to the world. And again when 21 hit itunes. And now, again, with 25. Her voice is magical and anyone who disagrees is not worth being friends with. So, we’ve decided to dedicated our March special to her beauty and grace and amazing-ness.

Broccoli, cheddar, and a truly delicious dill aioli make this crepe one of our best yet. Set on a bed of spinach and arugula, you will surely come back again and again for more.

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Introducing, The Chai-mander!

Winter can bring out the Gloom in all of us. Just tracking through the snowy streets and slushy Muk can be absolutely Gastly at times. But hey, don’t be Krabby about another cold Boston winter. Embrace it! Wake up your Drowzee self & come on down to the Paras Creperie and warm yourself up with:

Paris_February2016_ChaimanderMeowth, That’s right. The Chai-mander. A spicy and delicious blend of MEM Chai Tea, milk and a mix of some fire-type spices to keep the flame inside burning bright all day long.  If you’re Seaking something different that doesn’t seem too Farfetch’d, then we hope this will Seel the deal. Don’t be a Slowpoke. You gotta drink them all!

Did you think we were going to Raichu a pokemon post without Poke-puns? That would be Onyxcceptable.

 

The Snape Crepe is Here!

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If you’ve ever watched or read Harry Potter, you know Severus Snape was the best character. Dark, twisted, and pining for Harry’s long dead mother, his character was deeper than anyone could have ever imagined. When the news of Alan Rickman’s death hit us, we knew we had to dedicate a crepe to him. So we came up with the Snape Crepe, an Oreo infused crepe with Taza Dark Chocolate inside, and a minty glaze on top. The perfect combination of sweet, bitter, and mint is the perfect way to say goodbye to a revered character and treat your-self. Come in today to try this amazing crepe, it will only be available until March!

Snape Crepe