October 29, 2013

Oh la la, LADURÉE

October 29, 2013
I have vague but wonderful memories of my first and only visit to Paris. . . It was autumn and the scene was cinematic with crisp ochre and crimson leaves fluttering on the breeze, the streets were perfectly cobbled as they had been for hundreds of years. We walked and walked and as we rounded the corner the warm smell of sugar sweetened the cool air. . .

 I saw the pretty green and gold boxes with ribbons in the window. The sunlight made the gold embossing sparkle and the fragile macarons were glossy as the evening settled down around our feet. I stood looking in the window for longer than one should; but I didn’t care. My eyes were mesmerized by the tiny perfect Parisian confections, and I was pleased with my discovery - it was Ladurée.

"The macaron is a grand classique of the pastry arts - it's not an accessory. It's an experience of pleasure." 
- Elisabeth Holder


In the early 1900s, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Ladurée's founder, Louis Ernest Ladurée, took two almond meringue cookies and joinied them with a divine ganache filling, creating the macaron as we know it. Before that, macarons were simply cookies, which were first brought to France by Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs in 1533.

Ladurée, which began as a tea room near the Place de la Concorde in 1862, has since expanded within Paris, then to other parts of the world, including England, Monaco, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the Arab Emirates and New York's Upper East Side. . .

 When entering this tea room, one can't help but step into another world; a world of golden light, soft wisps of fabric, old school glamour, and sheer elegance. It is certainly a place to see.

Have you ever been at Ladurée before? If you have, I would love to hear you lovely stories about you visit!

* Visit Ladurée's website here.

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  2. I've only been to Laduree once in my country, but I would love to visit the Paris one, it's the only place where the real magic of Laduree comes alive.

    Charlotte | Confessions of a Style Cookie

  3. Thank you so much! I will take a look at your blog right now. X

  4. Oh, that's great! You live in Singapore, right? I agree with you; you should defnitely visit Ladurée in Paris if you ever get the chance of going there. X

  5. Hope I'll get to go there one day, from your post it looks utterly amazing ;)

  6. Leith Mahoney-Maver31 October 2013 at 21:45

    Oh yes, such a treat to eat there! Went there a couple of times when I lived in Paris and it always felt the most quintessentially, stereotypically Parisian of any restaurant I ever went to. Definitely an experience no one should miss. And the macarons and chocolates make perfect holiday gifts. - Leith


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