Café M, a French pastry and coffee shop sits nestled into the old strip mall at 128 E Bay Street, in heart of touristy downtown Savannah. I cozy up in a wicker chair just outside the shop at a marble table and enjoy the warmest winter day the city has seen in a week. I'm back in Paris for the few hours I'm here. It's a strong feeling if you don't know the one I'm referring to.
A feeling that turns out to make perfect sense. Owners Amanda and Arthur Montplaisir moved to Savannah from Paris roughly two years ago and import most of their foods for the shop from France itself. So I order my large Salted Caramel Latte for $4.75 (and a few treats) and sit in the sun. The interior of the shop is decorated with a green and white color scheme in classic Parisian style, the same marble tables and wicker chairs as outside but with victorian style end tables and quaint dressers to hold the sugar, stirrers and cream.
My latte comes out (with my snacks!! the brie, walnut and honey croissant and pistachio macarons) and is as heavenly as I could've asked for. The foam is by far the best foam I've ever had on a latte before. Now I understand the people who like the foam. It's light and fluffy, but not too fluffy to where it just feels like glorified air. This foam has a purpose. This foam has two purposes; one which is to teach me what real latte foam is and two, to be real latte foam.
I sip my latte, which seems to forget it was supposed to be a salted caramel latte but is delicious nonetheless--smooth, sweet and most importantly, caffeinated--in peace.
Until a tourist gawks at me eating my pistachio macaron.
"What IS THAT?" She squeals, her salt and pepper hair flapping in the wind.
I know macarons are French, but they're pretty popular in the U.S. Do correct me if I'm wrong.
So I let my onlooker know it's a macaron and yes, it is as good as it looks. I figure I shouldn't be too harsh on her because the way she reacts to everything in Savannah is the way I react to everything in Paris and this coffee shop. Café M is by far my new favorite in Savannah.
À bientôt, mes amis.