100 Ladurée Macarons

April 27, 2011

laduree macaroons photos by Paul Ferney

When I was out shopping for food for the Easter Egg Hunt, my sister Jordan sent me an email that said, we’re leaving Paris in an hour and heading to your house, should I bring anything? So I asked her to stop at Ladurée on her way out of town and pick up macarons for the party.

A purchase from Ladurée, whatever the size, always feels like an event. So my brother-in-law Paul, took photos while we set out the cookies. They’re so pretty!

Have you ever had a Ladurée macaron? Do you have a favorite flavor? (I like caramel and vanilla.)

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P.S. — More party posts coming. I’ll tell you about the invitations and show you where we hung the ribbon tomorrow.

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1 Mary April 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

When my granddaughter was three years old her favorite word was “scrumptious.” I think that is an excellent word to describe the look (and I imagine the taste) of those lovely macaroons.

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2 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

You’re right, Mary. Scrumptious is the perfect word.

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3 Jan @ Family Bites April 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

Stunning! I love the colours, the packaging and the display. And I agree with you on just how yummy they are.

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4 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

The colors look so Easter-y!

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5 Frumptastic April 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

They are almost to pretty to eat! Almost…

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6 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

You can bet I thought the exact same thing. : )

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7 Kate April 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

They are so pretty! I can’t wait to see the rest of the party.

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8 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

I’m excited to share more photos. Watch for a couple of posts tomorrow.

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9 Mrs. Cox April 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

Never have, but my word! They are beautiful!!

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10 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

Seriously, they feel like such a treat, partly because they’re so fun to look at.

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11 Chrissy April 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

I just looked at their website and my goodness how adorable! Some of the cutest web design I’ve encountered.

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12 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

I agree. The little sound effects are charming as can be.

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13 nichshee April 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

Buying from Ladurée IS a special event, the macaroons look and taste divine (as are the boxes and bags they come in) but the prices are high, in comparison to macaroons from a local patisserie.. I LOVE the fact that you bought a 100.. for a special occasion, they look gorgeous, but my experience is they are not for children. We like PAUL (www.paul.fr) for their giant chocolate, vanilla and pistachio macaroons.. more bite for your money and they are soooooo good too. For us it is the occasional weekend treat and they are so fresh, they melt in your mouth.

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14 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

Good to know, Nichshee. I keep seeing Paul bakeries around, but have yet to try one. Another fun thing to add to my must-try/see list.

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15 Joan April 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

I love the Paul bakeries. They make delicious pastries and sandwiches, but NOTHING compares to a Laduree macaroon. They started the trend and set the standard and I haven’t found anything as good as the original. YUM! (But yes, all I could think as I read this was, “Holy Cow! That’s a bloody fortune!”)

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16 Jennifer April 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

YES! And I dream about them now that I’m back in the U.S.! Pistachio and raspberry are my favs. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy and gooey yum!

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17 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

The pistachios are especially pretty, I think. The perfect shade of green. Very French.

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18 Marina {Yummy Mummy} April 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

Glorious macarons! Since Paris is 20 hours travel away, I may need to make some brightly colored homemade macarons very soon. They are so Spring-y looking!

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19 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

How fun, Marina! I’ve never tried to make macarons at home. Sounds like a lovely idea.

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20 P.B. Lecron at A French Education April 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

100 macarons from Ladurée is a BIG DEAL! I bet they went fast!!

Be on the lookout for the Ladurée Sucré recipe book–it’s beautifully bound and almost too pretty to touch, let alone follow recipes in the kitchen with it! And it has the irresistible macaron recipe in it… Great mother’s day gift, too.

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21 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks for the recommendation. I’m sure any book by Ladurée must be beautiful.

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22 Krystle April 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

I personally don’t like macaroons! I know *gasp* haha but I do find them aesthetically pleasing =) So pretty & colorful!

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23 Design Mom April 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

I hear you. For me, many of the colors are prettier than the flavors. : )

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24 Lindy April 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

Laduree macaroon’s are my favorite! They were the first macaroons I tasted in Paris and I have been ruined for any other macaroon since. We love the caramel, too, but also the pistachio, raspberry and lemon. Yum! I want one…now!

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25 JourneyBeyondSurvival April 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

Why do these photographs make me want to clap my hands and dance around the macarons in Peter Pan fashion? They are so pretty!

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26 Rachel F. April 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

After many visits to Laduree for macarroons, I think I am done. They are pretty, but they aren’t actually THAT good, unless you are a huge macaroon fan. I think their lunch is pretty good, if you can snag a table upstairs (Madeleine location). I second the Paul comment. But really, I would take a cone from Amorino before any pastry around town!

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27 Amanda B. April 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

Chocolate! I’m really not a huge chocolate lover but their chocolate macaroon is just the right touch of chocolate.

Beautiful colors!

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28 Sarah April 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

When hubby and I visited Paris several years ago, a trip to Laduree was on my list of must do’s. On the second to last day, running out of time, we had an encounter with a local couple. We were all seated at a tiny resturaunt and they overheard us dissecting our less than stellar day and planning our last day in Paris. I was sad, hubby was confused. The couple interrupted our conversation and helped us plan the rest of our visit. They encouraged us to go to Laduree right then, at 10 pm, and gave us directions by bus. So we went. We had hot chocolate, and macaroons and bought a bunch to bring home. I think the raspberry were my favorite. I’ll never forget that visit.

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29 Susan April 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

Oh, stop the madness. Francophile porn! ;)

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30 Sarah @ Knit York City April 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

I LOVE macarons. Baking and eating them! I cannot wait for the day I eat one so gorgeous and perfect as those!!!

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31 amy April 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

I made my own macarons this past summer and while they were delicious, they were not anywhere near as beautiful or as uniform as those. that’s real food porn!

I haven’t tried it again, but with the humidity in FL, I might wait until next winter to try it again

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32 brannon April 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

Praline is my favorite — but they don’t have them in the summer, so you will need to get some soon! I saved the sturdier boxes that they sometimes come in and my 3-year-old uses them now to store her little dollhouse people. It is a nice reminder of our two months in France, right before she was born! We are having a Madeline party this weekend for her birthday and are planning on having lots of macarons…

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33 Amy Bowers April 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have fond memories of Lauduree macaroons on the Pont des Arts in Paris with my 2 young children. Our favorite flavor is caramel with sea salt. These pictures make me swoon and want to return as soon as possible.

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34 Heather {WhipperBerry} April 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

oh my stars… those look amazing!! Can’t wait to see more party pics!

kisses
heather

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35 Ashlea Walter April 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Do I dare even attempt to make them – I keep seeing *do-able* recipes? The eye candy alone is killing me!

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36 Stacy [bklynstacy] April 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

*gasp!*

I could weep. Truly adore Laduree. Have even eaten them past their prime, couldn’t bear the thought of throwing away any of those jewels,.

Que vous avez de le chance!

I love all the flavors, but lean toward cafe, caramel and the occasional delight of stumbling upon violet!

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37 Ana April 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

That would be like therapy in a box. Amazing.

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38 Michelle April 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

vanilla and lemon. divine!

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39 Michelle April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

They look beautiful AND delicious. Never had one…I’ll add that to my “next time I’m in France list”.

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40 J Morber April 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Oh I love these! My favorites were pistachio and rose.

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41 Laetitia April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

As a good parisian that I am I LOOVE La Durée ‘s Macarons, especially the packaging they have been developing those last years.
It’s true they are pretty good (and gorgeous ;-).For your information, La Durée & PAUL are owned by the same group ; HOLDER ..and apart from the packaging and the service, macarons look alike and sometimes taste alike ;-)…Paul has a very good bread , you should try it ;-)))

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42 The New Diplomat's Wife April 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Laduree never disappoints, they’re good but it’s the packaging that’s the real winner (and smaller boxes are completely reusable for little treasures on your nightstand or travel jewelry boxes). On your sister’s next visit from Paris, have her bring you some macaroon goodness from Pierre Herme for some unconventional, intense flavors and funky colors. You won’t regret it.

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43 Wendy TC April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’m so lucky that there is a small family-owned and -run bakery in my town (in the US) that makes macarons. They make at least 8 yummy flavors a day. My favorites are the blackberry, pistachio, and lemon, but all are delish…

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44 Amy April 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I am so.excited for tomorrow’s photos. You’re killing me with this one day at a time stuff!

I’ve heard macarons are super hard to make…I wonder if any of your readers have ever tried to make them for themselves…?

And what exactly is the difference between macarons and macaroons? Are macaroons those chocolate coconut things?

amy @ glass confetti

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45 Amy April 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Oh! I just saw now that several readers have tried to make them before…maybe I will try this out, despite their “proceed with caution” disclaimer…

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46 Gandhali April 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Awh I’ve never tried Macarons!

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47 Heather Johnson April 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Yes, I have favorites. Lemon, and more lemon. Followed by the raspberry and caramel. Goodness, I can taste them just typing this.

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48 Kim April 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Oh, just another reminder of something I missed out on during our trip to Paris last year! You can’t do it all in one go, I guess, but a visit to Laduree is definitely on the list for next time. They look divine.

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49 Leslie April 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’ve always said in my next life I am going to live in a Laduree pastry box! I am eagerly awaiting all of your Easter celebration posts. I’m following them on your sister’s blog too! Each post is more intriguing than the next! So fun!

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50 Carina April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

We always split the box 50/50.

The children’s dentist is just around the corner from the Champs Elysee store so we head there afterwards, full of giggles that France’s first family tweet beside us in the salle d’attente.

As for the 50/50 split – standard chocolate, and to die for ‘Caramel au beurre salé’!!!

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51 r8chel April 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I have never eaten a macaron… anywhere. I need to change that!

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52 Clare April 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Raspberry and the pistachio.But also their scented candles are divine and mine is still going after a couple of years!. Pauls is a fabulous eatery with the children and also for bread on the run if you are near.Being a chain they are all over the place so nice and handy too.The comment about Amorino made me remember that we ran out of time : ( I just love that you are living somewhere that enables you to ask your sister to swing past Laduree and pick something up on the way!! How wonderful

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53 Michelle April 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I love the vibrant colors!

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54 Robin April 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Is there anything more beautiful!!!

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55 Kathy Ayers April 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Those look amazing! I love the colors. I don’t think I have ever seen any cookie quite like that. I think you must be having such a grand time! I hope the days don’t fly by too fast. It is almost summer!

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56 Lianne April 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Those are the most beautiful little macroons I’ve ever seen! I love the saturated colours!

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57 CMN April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Well, let’s pause for a second to talk about the PACKAGING… That was what got me when I went to Laduree years ago — the fabulous packaging! I had no idea what was up with all the pretty cookies, but I just simply had to have a box. So that was that — cookies were purchased in order to get the box.

And just to think… you got BIG boxes. What a score!! Fingers crossed that you’ve saved them and will use them for storing something special… children’s artwork? Baby June’s Sunday best? Tickets, brochures, and little souvenirs from weekend adventures? However you use them, it’ll be such a smile just to pull out those fabulous boxes every time! Call it another great souvenir of France. :-)

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58 Jen April 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Wow, those look dreamy. I feel like hopping on a plane to Paris right this minute to experience that yumminess (and the pretty packaging!).

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59 Marinka April 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

That’s almost too beautiful to eat. I’d have to be blindfolded.

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60 Dana April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I got excited and thought this was a giveaway :) They look heavenly! I would want to taste every color.

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61 Andrea April 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

We had Laduree macaroons this summer while in Paris and were really blown away by them. My favorites were vanilla and chocolate. They were one of the best treats I ever had!

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62 Ken April 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Surprising to me, my favorite flavor was Rose. Very light, sweet, slightly fruity.

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63 Sila April 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I.Want.All.of.Them. :) :)

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64 Roxanna (miguelina) April 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

My neighbor brought some from Paris and I could only eat one, because I felt bad raiding her stash. They sure are pretty!

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65 barbara smith April 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Oh yummy! I so enjoy reading your colorful blog. Thanks for sharing!

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66 From Belgium April 28, 2011 at 1:23 am

Pistachio no doubt! They are delicious aren’t they. Laduree has published a book featuring their best macaron recipes. It has been on my wish list for a long long time…

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67 Jess (Where My Heart Is) April 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

I love their chocolate and pistachio flavor best. When we stayed in Paris in December our landlord left us a huge box of Laduree macarons to apologize for some renovations which were happening in the apartment below. We didn’t hear a thing as the works happened while we were out during the day :). It gave us a great opportunity to try all the flavors though. It was an extremely generous gesture!

Can’t wait to see more photos of the Easter Hunt!!!

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68 Aliesha April 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

I think I’m obsessed with the macaron pictures! I keep coming back over and over again to look at them! I’ve never had one, but they look fantastic. I think it’s the awesome color combinations that I’m loving.

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69 Sarah {Daily Design Inspiration} April 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

You know … I have never eaten a macaroon. But they seem to be THE THING these days. I’m going to have to find a place that sells macaroons in Denver. I love how these look kinda like Easter eggs in their boxes.

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70 Jennifer April 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

We love, love, love macaron over here and my sons *do* think of them as a snack. They also get offered free macaron all over the place when we are buying other stuff. I really like cassis from Laduree (and their Isphahan macaron cake is amazing), but overall I prefer Pierre Herme (esp. vanilla-olive, but they have a lot of lovely flavors and glittery tops). In Batignolles near where I live there is a lovely hipster macaron-erie called Acide and they also offer atelier for making macaron. And my favorite tea house/chocolate shop La Petite Rose has a delicious eponymous rose-flavored macaron.

Thanks for sharing the photographs–they are lovely.

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71 diana April 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

my sister just went to paris to celebrate her 40th birthday, and brought a box back for us. i kind of feel bad for any other macarons i will ever eat- they will never compare!

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72 My Traveling Troop April 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

What perfect Easter-looking treats — almost too pretty to eat! I’ve never had a macaron. Might have to save my first experience for one at Laduree. :)

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73 dunski April 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

For a lot of people I would’ve gotten Paul’s too, esp. for kids.
I love Laduree (salted caramel, nice boxes and colors), but I prefer Hevin (“only” chocolate flavors but many) and dalloyau for having extremly good yet expensive macarons… heavenly tastes. (www.dalloyau.fr and http://www.jphevin.com)

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74 Anna April 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

Lovely! My favourite flavour is Pistache, but my REAL favourite is the BIG macaron aux pistache from PAUL, have you tried those yet? Big as a cinnamon bun and bursting at the seams with goodness. Quite the treat, more like a minor lunch. I think you’ll like it :)

And thanks for posting such lovely pictures from the garden, the ribbons look wonderful!

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75 Debbie D April 29, 2011 at 1:28 am

I love macarons, these are beautiful..Oh the colors, I bet they were sweet as can be! Great idea for Easter!

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76 The Shutter April 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Best macarons ever! A photographer’s delight.

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77 rkwpnw April 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

OMG I LOVE almond macaroons.

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78 Inha April 30, 2011 at 6:12 am

gorgeous and delicious! caramel is my favorite too :)

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79 la maman de Loulou May 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

Wonderful ! Ohh, we love them so much. Any occasion is a good one. We had a little box for May 1st (after all this easter chocolate ….) and our favorites right now are pomme verte (green apple), réglisse (liquorice) and citron (lemon). Such wonderful flavours.
I am discovering your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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80 la maman de Loulou May 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

And Anna, I think I don’t make a mistake in saying there is a link between boulangeries PAUL and Ladurée (I don’t remember which bought the other one) ;)

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81 the emily May 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

so beautiful! i just bought 10 macarons at laduree on the champs elysee last week. it was beautiful and so exciting to be there…and then i forgot about them and didn’t eat ANY of them. they were all stale when i remembered i even had them! i’m so mad at myself.

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82 Munjaal V. Kapadia May 16, 2011 at 6:03 am

You’re so right when you say that buying macarons from Laduree feels like an event. Recently my folks were in Paris on a holiday and my Mom got us a box of Laduree macarons, on my request. Having them 2 days later in Mumbai, India, I was instantly transported mentally to Paris.

And yes, caramel is by far the best flavor for me. The full bodied sweetness being offset by that slightly salty caramel flavor. Heaven.

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83 Kathryn May 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm

O.M.G……….Memories of yumminess!!!!!!!!!!

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84 Judyt November 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

Wow! So many macarons… Im so jealous :O
When i was in the Ladureé first (and maybe last) time, i could buy just 6 macarons :S My favorite were green apple and lemon macarons ;-)

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85 gyoza*girl March 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

those are gorgeous! such pretty colours and i’m sure they all tasted as good as they look, if not better! i’ve adored macarons since before they became *trendy* in the past few years, and Laduree macarons are my favourite! i got my parents to hand-carry some back on the plane for me from Paris to Vancouver. :) my faves are caramel and pistachio. thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

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86 Joan April 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

I love all the exotic flavors you find at Laduree, flavors that we don’t see here in the US; violette, rose, fleur d’orange, passion fruit… But the best one I ever had was a few years ago, griotte, which is apparently something akin to a morello cherry. It was delicious.

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87 Dianna Gilhooly October 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thank you! What a beautiful vision: your lovely home and yard. Loved the cobbled wall. The macaroons made my eyes widen and my mouth water. What a feast for the eyes. I love France.

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