Thursday, June 9, 2011
Sasha Finkesztajn's (a.k.a. Sasha Yum Yum) shop on the Rue des Rosiers in the 4th arr. was one of my first stops on my April trip to Paris. I love this place--when Kathryn and I were living in Paris, it was our favorite place to go for French food-terminology tutoring/picking up dinner.
One of my favorite things about it is the cheesecake. For a long time, I assumed because it was so different than American style cheesecake that this must be the fabled Russian vatrushka, but this time I noticed that the vatrushka was on a different shelf and are round instead of rectangular. So ... these babies are just simple, awesome cheesecake.
They're thick, nearly two inches, with a light crust base. The taste is creamy but light enough that you don't end up with dairy tongue. My favorite is the slight carmelized flavor of the browned top. It comes in flavors like framboise, citron, and cerise.