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Naughty but nice

I always feel very guilty going into pâtisseries. It’s not that I’m in any way embarrassed about purchasing ’eclair chocolat’. No, it’s the French obsession with gift wrapping cakes. They do it so beautifully, I mean ordinarily I’d keep the paper and use it for birthday presents.

The problem is that my phrase book lacks an expression for ’Please don’t gift wrap that succulent looking chocolate eclair as I’ll be scoffing it the moment I leave your shop’. So, instead, I’m obliged to scurry away, discreetly devouring my purchases and then quietly consigning the wrappings to the nearest waste bin.


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