Breakfast of champions

In case you missed it, here is my roundup of my pastry favorites at Parker-Lusseau Pastries that appeared in Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

Sure, it’s nice to go out for breakfast, but what about those days when you just don’t want to get out of your PJs?

There’s something charming about staying in for a simple breakfast with a pastry, a cup of coffee and the newspaper — it was always a staple for my father on Sunday mornings.

Parker-Lusseau makes some of the best sweet treats in town, perfect with a cup of coffee for a simple breakfast in.

I’ve taken to carrying on the tradition, albeit a little jazzed up for the times. To escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I’ve been staying in for breakfast, pairing pastries with a cup of home-brewed Ritual coffee while catching up on tweets, blogs and the like on Sunday mornings.

I’ll make the rounds to Parker-Lusseau’s pastry shops on Saturday morning to grab pastries for Sunday. (Both of Parker-Lusseau’s locations are closed on Sundays.)

The classic brioche, with the buttery dough underneath a little dollop of sweet custard, makes for an elegant — yet simple — breakfast.

I’m also fond of the orange-zest morning bun — the buttery, flaky dough is sprinkled with sugar and orange zest for a light touch of sweet and sour.

There's nothing quite like a canele and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Or an afternoon snack.

For a more modest sweet treat, I’ll pick up a canelé. These little pastries have a sweet caramelized outside and a rich, almost gooey center. It’s the perfect sweet bite with a cup of strong, Ritual coffee.

And when I’m not in the mood for a sweet treat, the savory croissants at Parker-Lusseau are the best around.

Parker-Lusseau isn't just for sweet treats. They have savory croissants and tartines too.

The spinach croissant is my favorite, packed with tons of flavorful spinach. But this popular pastry is often sold out by noon, so get there early to snag yours.

Parker-Lusseau Pastries has two shops in Monterey: 731 Munras Ave. (643-0300) and 539 Hartnell St. (641-9188). www.parker-lusseaupastries.com.

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