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WINTER 2017-2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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F A B F A R E Oui! Amélie's brings French bakery flair to south Charlotte By Amy Rogers | Photos by Ray Sepesy I t's an eight-hour plane ride to Paris, where classic French pastries abound in patisseries lining the city's streets. Luckily for Charlotteans, there's no need to cross an ocean for an authentic experience — Amélie's French Bakery and Café is much closer to home. Like the fictional film character for which it's named, Amélie's is charming, quirky and utterly European. The Carmel Commons location opened in June 2015 and could be easy to miss, tucked away in a row of shops along Pineville- Matthews Road. But once visitors enter the inviting space, they may forget they're just steps away from the bustling business corridor of Highway 51. A long display case filled with edible works of art contains delicate petits fours, miniature mousse cups, glazed fruit tarts, rich brownies and almond- flour macaron cookies, in more than a dozen flavors and colors as bright as a watercolor painter's palette. Some flavors change seasonally, which means maple, clove and browned-butter-pecan confections will be available during cold weather only. Cookie aficionados should note: These light and slightly chewy macarons are different from the macaroon cookies made from coconut that are also available. Amélie's menu Sweet Treats Glazed fruit tarts and salted caramel apple cider are just two of Amélie's popular selections. BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 45 Fab Fare

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