Friday, May 11, 2012

Things I Love ... Ladurée

If you know me at all, you've probably heard me rave on and on about how much I love Ladurée.

Ladurée is a French pastry shop that has been around since the late 1800s.  Some of the locations just serve treats over the counter and others are larger and incorporate tea rooms.  But the greatest treasure at Ladurée is "le macaron."  The macaron is very different from the coconut cookies people usually associate with the name.  The French macaron is a sandwich-like cookie made by combining two almond-meringue cookies around cream filling.  Flavors range from traditional vanilla, chocolate and coffee to colorful rose, cassis (which is blackberry violet), orange blossom and pistachio.  Traditional packaging is shades of green, pink and purple pastels with gold detail.

Sadly Ladurée is largely based in Europe and some in the Middle East.  There is only one in the U.S. and it's on Madison Avenue in New York.  Although it's closer than a quick trip to Paris, it's still quite a trip to get a giant box of macarons (which is what I usually do so I'm stocked for at least a week or so).

Enjoy some delectable photos of one of the things I love...

Outside Ladurée in New York this past December!

For more about Ladurée, and visit the New York store at 864 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10021, 646-558-3157
(all images via Pinterest)

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