It has been said that to be in Paris without visiting its landmarks is as foolish as entering a pastry shop when you are on a diet.
The patisseries of Paris flaunt their creations. They beguile, they beckon, they beg to be eaten. In the 8th arrondissement is the quintessential French patisserie, Laduree. Its window displays stop you in your tracks. Its decor is elegant and charming. Its creations are sugary dreams.
Laduree is best-known for its macarons. They crunch slightly then turn chewy revealing intensely-flavored cream inside. Laduree set each almond flour cookie aside for two days after baking to achieve the perfect texture before filling with amazing fillings, (coffee, hazelnut praline, rose, pistachio, raspberry, lemon, chocolate, vanilla and more).
Our Son and his wife spent eight glorious days exploring and enjoying Paris. I asked them to bring me back memories of Paris … macarons from Laduree. They are almost too pretty to eat, but I close my eyes, nibble on one, and once again I am sitting on a delicate gilt chair, sipping tea, and eating macarons at Laduree.
I love how my always elegant son took on the Parisian persona with his scarf the colours of Laduree.
I’ve kept the exquisite but now empty boxes from Laduree. One more wonderful memory of Paris.