Joyeux Anniversaire !

Big things really do start from humble beginnings.  French Baker  (FB) opened its first branch at SM CITY North Edsa in 1989.  Initially, the bakery only offered French inspired breads such as baguettes, croissants and tarts along with local breads like pandesal and ensaymada.  Later, the menu expanded to offer soups, salads, pasta and pizza.

It was a trip to Europe in 1985 that inspired owner/CEO JOHNLU KOA to come up with the now much loved patisserie.  “I fell in love with PARIS and her baked goodies.  Since then I’ve dreamt of bringing the French experience to Manila.   FB is the first establishment to introduce European breads and pastries to the local market, and the first to employ the nightly half-price sale to ensure the freshness of baked products to be sold the next day.”

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French Baker now boasts of 52 branches all over the country and has recently added THE FRENCH BAKER “Salon De The ” edition (photo, upper left).


Je Vais À Paris!

Last November 4, 2014, FB marked its 25 years by launching the “Visit to Paris 2015” promo at the Fashion Hall of SM Megamall. .  This  allows one lucky winner and three of his companions an all expense paid 10-day trip to Paris through luxury escorted tours provider Insight Vacations, together with Rajah Travel Corporation and Etihad Airways as the official airline.

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Every P500 worth of dine-in and take –out single receipt  from any FB store entitles the customer to one raffle coupon.  The promo will run from November 5, 2014 until March 15, 2015.  The grand winner will be announced on March 2015.  He/ She will be flown first class by Etihad Airways to his/her dream vacation and will spend three days each in  key cities including  Paris, the old Roman City of Nimes and lastly in Monte Carlo.  How fun is that?!!!  It will be a check on my bucket list if I win!

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Founder and CEO Johnlu Koa thanks friends, family and guests for supporting French Baker. Photo also shows host Cheska Litton and the partners from Insight Vacations, Etihad Airways and Raja Travel Corporation.


Wined, Dined  and Serenaded by Gary V!

Guests were treated to delectable entrees at the Food Tableau ,French wine and a variety of  exquisite cheese at the Wine and Cheese Tableau,  the best of FB pastries with works of art at the Art Tableau,  and  even a sampling of Parisian chic at the Fashion Tableau.


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The BUSY QUEEN P at the ART Tableau. The French Macarons were to die for! I loved the lemon flavor!


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My friend M and I certainly enjoyed the sumptuous feast that night! CONGRATULATIONS French Baker!


To make the evening even more special, Gary Valenciano performed  “Pasko na Sinta Ko” , “Jump For Joy” and three other songs .  It was truly a night to remember.


Gary V at French Baker 25th Anniversary

It’s everyone’s dream to go to Paris.  I certainly would love to spend ten days in Europe!  So head on to French Baker and don’t forget to fill up your raffle coupon!

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Au Revoir!

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  1. Hello. :)) This is my favorite bakery. I like their Beef Turnover, and I even took a photo on one of their tableau as my entry for the photo contest. More power on your blog, and I hope you read my blog too.

  2. I love French Baker a lot. My favorites, croissant, blueberry and cheesecake muffin. Yummy!

    Imagine, they’re on their 25th year and will give a fabulous prize of an all expense paid trip to Paris. Great! I need to visit FB frequently so I’ll have more chances of winning 🙂 It will be a dream come true! Thank You BQP for sharing!

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