As a patisserie connoisseur, I would like to announce my newest muse: the macaroon. This small, yet plump, delicate morsel has made quite the entrance into the international gourmand arena. On my recent trip to Paris, I sat down at the Laduree on the Rue Royale, to taste these small sweets I’d heard so much about. Ladies and gentlemen, the Laduree macaroon did not disappoint. The entire thing was so flavorful, and the cream inside so decadently rich. The macaroons come in many flavors, and there is not one thing artificial tasting about them! The lemon and caramel were my personal favorites. My only regret was not sampling the cakes, pastries or chocolates in the dreamy display.
But there is more to like about this elegant and extremely feminine gourmandise. My heroine, Marie Antoinette, is the inspiration behind the theme and decor of the shop. This same decor is also brilliantly displayed on the website, and in the absolutely adorable (and mouth watering!) video, the laduree dream: http://www.laduree.fr/en/reve/zoom.
Against all odds, Laduree is a raging success in Paris, and around the world (New Yorkers- Laduree opened just days ago on 864 Madison Avenue!) They show no sign of stopping, or losing creativity either. Laduree’s lastest gig: a bar, serving none other than the macaroon cocktail- unbelievable!
For me, Laduree was love at first sight. I can’t wait to visit the place again, and have a taste of everything on the menu! Ahhh, nothing says “French” better than a tiny, creamy, pastel-colored pastry 🙂