Parisian Delicacy of the Day: Macaroons!

by Heidi Obermeyer

Before we left for Paris, I found some really cute videos made by some language school about each city they had branches in, on of which was about Paris. In case you want to watch, here it is, but the main point is that it features macaroons quite prominently. Apparently, Paris is quite famous for these decadent little cookies, although I had never heard of such things prior to this trip. And indeed, they’re all over: any bakery (or pâtisserie, en Français!) worth its salt (or shall we say sugar?) has rows and rows of fabulously multi-colored macaroons lined up somewhere in their window. It’s extraordinarily charming, to say the least! The first macaroons that we purchased were from a shop called Hugo Victor that literally looked like the Porsche dealer of bakeries. The entire place was done up in black, and all the pastries were lined up like expensive watches behind sheets of glass. Noteworthy: You felt like a total badass just considering purchasing something in this shop. Also noteworthy: It wasn’t so insanely expensive that you couldn’t consider actually purchasing something in this shop. And indeed, in an act of complete culinary badassery, we all got a few expensive macaroons to test out. We didn’t get very far before digging in (I just hope the guy who rang us up couldn’t still see us through the door, but in reality it’s pretty likely since we were still on the same corner) and snapping photo after photo of these treats that, in addition to being insanely delicious, are also extraordinarily aesthetically pleasing.

I ended up picking an Earl Grey (my all time favorite flavor for everything)…

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And a raspberry, because that pink is just “irresistible”, as we say en Anglais!

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And Erik got a coffee one:

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And here they are all cuddled together in the bag like the little Munchkins that they are:

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Anyway, moral of the story is that as soon as you find somewhere with beautiful macaroons in Paris, try them! They are absolutely wonderful and keep well for longer than your average cookie, which means you can even take some home if you want to.

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