Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Les macarons Ladurée, a joy for the taste buds!

The Ladurée macaroons I tasted last week, at a wedding in a France castle.

They had a piece montee (pyramid) with four of the varieties*( vanilla, caramel, chocolate and coffee flavored) and the same flavours in the small gift boxes for the guests. You can't imagine how they melted in everybody's mouths! And they were so many that, for the breakfast, we could dip them into the long bad French morning coffee.

To realise what I am talking about, Ladurée has been selected as exclusive “pastry” consultant for the film that Sofia Coppola dedicated to Marie Antoinette... Do you remember the wonders she ate at the beginning of the movie?

And I quote: these small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are made every morning in Ladurée’s "laboratory". With each new season, Ladurée pays tribute to this its most famous creation by creating a new flavour. * Flavours vary with the seasons: New flavour: - Grenadine - From the 22nd of April- Lily of the Valley - From 27th April until 6th of May Flavours that are permanently available: Chocolate - Bitter chocolate - Vanilla - Coffee - Hazelnut praline - Rose petal - Pistachio - Raspberry - Lemon - Blackcurrant violet - Salted butter Caramel - Red fruits - Liquorice. Seasonal flavours : Coconut - Icy mint.

In the pic, what was left, late in the night, from our pyramid.

The problem with the Ladurée is that they are so fragile, the company refuses to deliver outside France. But now, guess what attracts me to Paris?
On the other hand, when in Romania, try the macaroons they make in the Agapitos pastry shops.

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