My Love Affair with French Macarons

Inger Taylor

Posted on September 14 2018


My love affair with French macarons started years ago one afternoon in Spring when our family of six walked through the doors of Ladurée in Paris.  My eyes widened, my heart skipped a beat, and my arse grew two sizes that day.  It didn’t take much convincing and I was hooked.  I mean, come on, you know me and my wicked sweet tusk.  But it was more than.  It was how artfully these scrumptious masterpieces were created and unique flavors I found irresistible.  




Enter my two favorites, hello Rose and Lavender.  So unexpected, but so fresh and sweet.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ll eat any and all flavors.  I’m no stranger to their Caramel, Chocolate, Vanilla, or Pistachio and won’t turn turn them down EVER, but Rose and Lavender have a special place in my own personal macaron hall of fame.



Here’s the good news... Ladurée has infiltrated the United States.  I’ve been to their stores in New York City and Beverly Hills.  No, the stores in the United States don’t have the same charm as in Paris, but the flavor is masterfully intact.  I know, macarons have been around for a while now, but I’m sure, if you’re anything like me, you know they’re not all created equal.  A nod to Pierre Desfontaines that first whipped these lovelies up in the mid-20th century.  Thank you, Pierre!  And thanks to Ladurée for refining such a delectable delight.



If you have the chance to pop in for a treat, do it, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  It’s a delight for the eyes, the soul, and the tastebuds.  If you can’t make it to Ladurée, no problem, order them online and have them shipped right to your door!



Oh, how I would have loved to have been around in 1862 when Louis Ernest Ladurée opened his bakery in Paris.  I would have thrown my arms around him and said, “Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Ladurée!”





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