When the charming Chicagoan fashionista Ashleigh popped a question about macarons, my little heart bounced a little jump of joy and I just had to take upon the scrumptious challenge. I headed up to the Very Pastry Place, the Ladurée tea house on the Champs-Elysées. This pastel shaded bakery’s chef Pierre Desfontaines conceived the lovely treat in the form that it is known today – two almond meringue disks filled with a layer of buttercream, jam or ganache filling. Now the sugary cuties are caprioling all over the city of chic. Where did the ingenious chef get his inspiration? Some say that the tiny lightweight wonders were first created in 791 in a Central France convent. Others trace the macarons’ French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de Medici in 1533 and the Italian pastry chefs whom she brought with her upon marrying Henry II.
Be it this or that, today macarons are to Paris what cupcakes are to New York. Lovely, delicious small little getaways into the land of pleasure. Enjoy lovelies… and whenever you’re in Paris, give me a sign and we’ll go for a plate of bliss on one of the most tasteful avenues of the world!
H&M blazer, Seppala dress, Bata over-the-knees, Dim tights