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Not to traffic too much in stereotypes, but little is more important to the French than baked goods. Also, who cares if I traffic in French stereotypes? They're basically all really positive ones. But so anyway, bread. Bien Cuit in Cobble Hill is about as close to a Parisian bakery as you can find in Brooklyn. So it's only right to start your Bastille Day with a traditional, perfectly chewy baguette or a flaky almond croissant that's been laced with brandy. Fun trivia: in French, "bien cuit" is a term used to refer to a bread that has been baked just the right amount of time, so that it achieves the intended dark brown color on its crust. You can now use that information to impress all your friends. Or, you know, just keep it to yourself. Either way.
Bien Cuit; 120 Smith Street, Cobble Hill