Thursday, December 20, 2012

Korean Christmas cakes at Paris Baguette.

Paris Baguette Christmas 2012

Christmas in Korea is . . . different, and one of the biggest traditions there is buying a Christmas cake from one of the big bakery chains like Paris Baguette or Tous Les Jours, ubiquitous ice cream shop Baskin Robbins, or giant leading donut chain Dunkin Donuts. Both bakery franchises have locations in the US, and Paris Baguette has one in suburban Philadelphia (map), where you'll find a few Christmas cakes on sale from the 19th through the 25th.

Paris Baguette yogurt cake 2012
Yogurt Cake.

Green Tea Freshcream cake
Green Tea Freshcream Cake.

This year they're giving away free blankets to people who buy a Christmas cake stateside. A sensible gift, but when I was coming up these places were known for 귀여운 hat giveaways. Here are a few from the last decade:

Paris Baguette Christmas hatBaskin Robbins Penguin hat 2
>Dunkin Donuts Christmas Hat 2009

If you visit one of the thousand Dunkin Donuts in Korea this week you can still dress the whole family:

Dunkin Donuts Korea Christmas 2012