When I was in Ottawa last Spring I just HAD to do the touristy thing by visiting Moulin De Provence in the historic Byward Market to get an Obama Cookie. Apparently at one point Obama stopped by this bakery during a visit to Ottawa, bought one of these maple leaf shaped shortbread cookies, and said “I love this country.”
Visiting the Moulin De Provence was a wonderfully tacky tourist moment — the corner of the bakery where these cookies sat in their glass case was covered in photos of Obama, and even a continuously repeating newsreel of his visit. Check it out.
My friend Aeryn opted for the even more gloriously tacky Trudeau version of the cookie.
photo credit: Geek With Style
I was so glad that the Canada cookie gave us an excuse to check out Moulin De Provence. If you look beyond the tacky Obama shrine in the corner you’ll find a magnificent bakery, with over 70 feet of glass display cases filled with 200 or so different bakery items. The croissant and brioche I tried from here was ah-maz-ing. (no photos, I didn’t even think to take pictures until there was just crumbs left on the table, which is at least in part a tribute to how darn yummy everything was).
What about you folks? Ever tried an Obama cookie? What gloriously tacky spots have you visited while on vacation?