Photo: Valerie Deffert
Photo: Valerie Deffert

Here are the haute secrets of Audrey Achcar, the co-owner of Bo Nuage, a new French patisserie that opened on Melrose last week. The French Achcar and husband Pascal first worked together an industrial bakery and training school in Mali, Africa. When their industry was destroyed in Africa, Achcar headed to Los Angeles to visit her mother, the owner of Lette Macarons.  She and Pascal both fell in love with Los Angeles and thus decided to brainstorm an idea for a true French patisserie, which is when the idea for Bo Nuage — “Beautiful Cloud” — was born. The rest is history. Here is this haute dessert enthusiast’s insider’s guide to the City of Angels.

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Where were you born ?
I was born in Paris in the 16th Arrondissement. In Paris, there is a patisserie at every corner…
How long in Los angeles:
I fell in love with the city of angels when I visited my mom every summer. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for two years.
We chose to live in Beverly Hills because it’s a family-friendly neighborhood with plenty of parks and a cozy atmosphere. But we chose a store on Melrose Avenue because it’s a growing and trendy neighborhood, at the crossroad between east and west Los Angeles.
: I am the co-founder of Bo Nuage, a patisserie that specialize in meringue cakes, called Nuage cake (cloud cake). Named for their fluffy texture, these treats combine the crispness of a fresh meringue with the light sweetness of whipped cream in a variety of handcrafted flavors.
Favorite Restaurant:
Trois Mec. It means “Three dudes” in English. I love their concept, it’s a unique menu, authentic and creative at the same time. And the service is amazing.
Best Sushi:
There is a small sushi restaurant on south Beverly Drive where I go almost every week that doesn’t seem like much. But they have for me the best sushi in town. I loved their black cod. It is cooked perfectly.
Best Italian:
Angelini’s on Melrose Avenue. You really feel in Roma and you can eat fabulous homemade Italian food. I recommend this red wine: Querciabelle Chianti Classico 2009.
Best dessert:
Bo Nuage cakes of course!
Best place for a romantic date:
Nobu Malibu for their cocktails at sunset.
Best Sunday brunch:
The Village Idiot. I love their Norwegian eggs and their pancakes are fantastic!
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Four Seasons Beverly Hills
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Pali Hotel, a nice boutique hotel on Melrose Avenue. Their rooms are cozy and very stylish.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Robertson Avenue. I can wait for the Kooples store to open, it’s my favorite brand in Paris.
Best Spa:
Favorite Charity Event:
Favorite Cultural Event:
The Brewery art walk. I love that we can interact directly with the artists.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Steakhouse:
BOA Steakhouse with my husband; we love their steak. We always order the 40 day dry aged New York steak. It’s delicious!
Best Pizza:
My husband makes the best pizza at home.
Best Lunch:
Tavern in Brentwood
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Every weekend I love to go hike at Runyon Canyon and go to the outdoor free yoga class at the entrance of the park.
Best Massage:
La Main Physical Therapy. Ask for Stephanie.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Getty
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Old Broadway in downtown L.A.
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
California’s beaches. In France, we don’t get the opportunity, especially with the bad weather, to enjoy the beach or even the swimming pool. So it’s nice to spend the day relaxing with my baby girl near to the ocean.
Best aspect of Los Angeles
At first Los Angeles can seem a little harsh and huge. But everybody ends up loving and attached to the city. We can’t reduce L.A. to one city, it’s the combination of multiple cities. It’s a vibrant and an artsy city. It’s very cosmopolitan and I love the mix of culture and food. And of course nothing can beat the weather and the blue sky. The only cloud that you can find is at our store.
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