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How to bake like a Wes Anderson character

March 15, 2014


It’s about time to get into that Wes Anderson mood again.

Tonight is Stardust’s Wes Anderson costume party (Ashley has some suggestions if you can’t make up your mind or can’t fit into your tube sock) and the new film The Grand Budapest Hotel opens on Friday in Orlando. is now playing in select cities.

The film seamlessly mixes the deadpan on-the-run wit of Bottle Rocket with the askew men-on-a-mission charm of The Life Aquatic and comes out with something wholly original, though reassuringly familiar.

One of the recurring items of precious importance to the liberally perfumed concierge, Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), and his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori), is a pastry from the Zubrowkian (?) patisserie, the famous Mendel’s.

The shops’ pink, bow-wrapped contraption of a box is ubiquitous throughout the film; the pastry inside — the decadent courtesan au chocolat — is made by Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), who reluctantly sets aside her baker’s calling and joins Gustave and Zero in their schemes and woes.

Though Mendel’s doesn’t exist (or does it?), you can make the courtesan au chocolat for yourself, your friends, yourself, your coworkers or yourself by following this guide from the film. I want. Nay, I need.

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  • Carlos DeVillalvilla

    Opening in Orlando on Friday? Do you know something the rest of us don’t know? According to the Fox Searchlight website this isn’t going wide until the 28th and none of the theaters that have their schedules up for this weekend on Fandango have The Grand Budapest Hotel on them.

  • OWeditor

    Carlos, we did actually have info on an opening — Allied told us that it would open in Orlando on March 21. However, they either changed the release date for Orlando or Allied sent us incorrect information. In any event, we have changed the post to note that. Thanks for pointing it out.