Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm inspired to take a break today from the scenic Seine shots and views to La Tour Eiffel in favor of a little flavor, or six. As prettily pictured above. If you're not familiar with French macarons, you really need to get with the program. They're little bites of crackly, chewy heaven and the best are from the house of Ladurée, founded in 1862 in Paris, which created this part cookie, part cake, ganache-filled all-crack treat at the turn of the 20th century. If you've had one or when you finally do, you'll understand the reference to hardcore street drugs. And while there are other reputable dealers in French macarons, both inside the confines of Paris and around the world, I've never had anything nearly so delicious or addictive as at the source of genius, Ladurée. No trip to Paris should be without a hit, I mean a handful, of macarons from this historic Parisian pâtisserie.

Your comments on this image are welcome, and encouraged! And a question for the photographer - neonriot - if s/he is so inclined: Is there anything special about this moment, day, trip, or place beyond what you've shared on Flickr that you'd like to add or comment on here? Along with other vivaca visitors, I would love to know more!

Location: Paris, France ★
Photo courtesy of neonriot


  1. Thanks for highlighting my photo!

    I agree that the Laduree macarons are supreme. Other macarons I had in Paris just didn't seem right after those little gems. The light brown coffee flavored one was my favorite.

    And I think of all the sightseeing I did that day (I visited the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Passy Cemetery, etc), the stop at Laduree was the highlight. :]

  2. My pleasure! Merci to you for transporting my taste buds, if only vicariously, to this favorite Parisian pleasure house. Sometimes I wish Ladurée would open up a location here in California, but then I think better of it. Having to travel so far to enjoy such a sweet delicacy makes it all the more appreciated and special. If I had easy access to these babies, I'd quickly take them for granted and likely OD. And that would truly be a tragedy.



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