We tried to buy macarons for my Marie Antoinette themed party, but couldn't find them locally. Which made them at the top of my list of things to try once we reached Paris. How can you not love something that comes in such dreamy colors and shaped like a hamburger?
Our first stop was Laduree on the Champs Elysees. There was a long line, and my heart was thumping trying to figure out what I wanted. After all, I had been initiated by fire at Magnolia Bakery in which you have .003 seconds to decide what you want and get the hell out. Instead, they take their time with you, explaining the choices and giving you options.
We decided to sample several small macarons. At the time I didn't think to ask for a specific box I wanted, I was too focused on the colors in front of me. Unfortunately we never got a chance to go back so I'll have to remember when we return to Paris.
I had imagined them to have a crisp shattering shell, and the middle to be a whipped consistency. Instead they have an addictive chewy texture, with the filling being almost like a jelly. I didn't get a chance to take pictures of mine because I gobbled them up by the time we got to the end of the street. These are taking from Laduree.
I also assumed that I would gorge myself on nothing but the caramel au beurre de sale(salted caramel). While it had the savory buttery/sweet/salty taste I was craving...
My favorite turned out to be the Cherry Amaretto, intense fruit flavor with a bite to it. Like I could take a bite of that picture right now.
I didn't get a chance to sample their chocolates, but these cameos remind me of the ones at my party.
I do have to include a shot I took of their darling delivery truck. I love that even it has received aesthetic attention: