Monday, June 21, 2010

Paris Day 3: Laduree

Eating in Paris would not be complete without a stop off at the famous Laduree. From their website "It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from France’s southwest, created a bakery at 16 rue Royale in Paris." They are known for their elaborate pastries particularly the macaroons (pronounced  mac-a-ron) and not to be confused with the coconut treats many of us in the US know. A macaroon is a small meringue like sandwich cookies with smooth flavored filling in the middle. Laduree has a rainbow of selections like rose, caramel and sea salt, cocoa and orange blossom.

I had to try them, so like an American tourist, I ate them right there on the street corner. The pleasure out weighed the embarrassment! Favorite flavors:rose, caramel and sea salt, and dark chocolate. Just going inside is a wonderland of color and sugar. They do have an actual menu with food other than desserts, but who wants to waste calories on salad! These small wonders melt in your mouth and all over your hands. They ship anywhere in the world. I think these treats would make a great gift or favors for showers, parties, and weddings.

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