Laduree is definitely the most famous place for macarons ... we haven't gone there yet, but we will. : )
You know how I haven’t written much in the past few days? That’s because I’ve been terribly busy indulging in my latest Parisian discovery … macarons! I know, I know, everybody writes about the delicious little cookies, but oh. my. gosh. I hadn’t really tried one before because I figured they’d taste all sugary and dry like a meringue, but I am so glad that I finally did! My first one was at Paul’s … a large chocolate one. It was amazing … so brownie – like! Then I tried a coffee flavored one (also large … okay, I always order the giant ones unless otherwise noted : ) at a cute little boulangerie in the 7th that I’m ashamed to say I don’t know the name of … and it was amazing, too! Also brownie-like, but a bit lighter with a thicker cream in the middle. My third macaron experience was of the mini variety … a tiny, bite sized pistachio flavor somewhere in the 2nd. The fourth one was a real ground-braker, though … I found it at Au Panetier (10 Place des Petits Pères, in the 2nd arr.) after one of my castings. It was chocolate, with a soft, airy, cake-like cookie part and a filling that was a thick frosting. I seriously almost passed out when I tasted it, it was so good. The my fifth one – okay, I didn’t realize I’ve had so many, this is getting embarrassing – was pistachio flavored from Paul’s, and super delicious. Then I headed back to Au Panetier for my sixth one yesterday, and decided to be adventurous and try the lemon flavor. That was good, but totally different than chocolate or coffee or even pistachio, and very sweet – but I would totally have one again, especially in the summer. Today’s macaron was from Eric Kayser, and back to chocolate. I loved this one, too … it was rich, and tasted like a hot fudge brownie, with a really smooth and thick filling. Oh great, now I’m hungry.
Au Panetier ... Amazing!!! I could have eaten everything in the shop. : )
P.S. – Since Subway was turned down by the Mill Valley planning commission (three cheers for that one! Yayyyy!!!) I’m thinking someone needs to open a macaron shop there. Unless someone wants to open a crepe place like I suggested in this post – I would be good with that, too. : )