Tuesday, September 12, 2006

LA, LALA, LALALALALA, LALALALALA, DOODOODOODOO...



......perfect breakfast, perfect lunch, mirabelles, mousse au chocolat


Certains l'aiment (chocolat) chaud at Angelina - fun to play with the little pot of cream, making swirly shapes before slurping its divinity. I can't believe I got high on hot chocolate, then I had to lie down.



In the important matter of the macaroon challenge I had a clear, hands down favourite. I went to both Laduree and Pierre Herme in rue Bonaparte and purchased ten macaroons from each, all different flavours. (No, I didn't eat them ALL at once!) Then I sat in the Jardins du Luxembourg under a tree and commenced my testing. It's a hard life. The first Laduree macaroon tasted pretty nice I thought. But as soon as I tasted my first Pierre Herme the jig was up. After the yummy smoothness of P.H and the subtle, balanced flavours - Americano Pamplemousse (Campari and Grapefruit) Huile d'Olive and Vanille - sounds weird, tastes divine, I didn't even want the Ladurees anymore. They tasted too crumbly, a bit gritty and the flavours too strong. And although I was trying not to judge on anything other than flavour, I must admit I preferred the experience of the Pierre Herme shop with its quiet professional atmosphere, to queueing up with a coachload of Japanese tourists in Laduree. It felt a bit 'Disney'. I hate that feeling, but maybe that's just me. So now I know I'm a Pierre Herme gal - how useful this information will be in daily life has yet to be asserted. Not that you know, I'd turn down a Laduree, or any kind of macaroon if you offered me one. Just in case you were going to.

9 comments:

l'embrouillamini said...

I want to be back!! I don't think my macaron research was extensive enough!

It's interesting to read that you preferred Pierre Hermé. I think maybe if my macarons hadn't got squished I would have enjoyed them more.

I need 24 hour access to macarons!

Bombay Beauty said...

Jealousy is a word I seldom use. I am generous and kindhearted. It gives me pleasure when my friends and acquaintances travel to nice places and have fun, eating exquisite foods and seeing beautiful things. Nothing makes me feel better. Really.

Cheers,

BB

P.S. You have utterly ruined my day.

P.P.S.>:-|

P.P.S. ;-)

P.P.P.S. Glad you enjoyed Angelina. It really does get you high.

Lola is Beauty said...

I have a great card I must show you that says "Congratulations! Honestly I'm not jealous!" Don't it make ya sick? Come now BB - you are something of a jetsetter yourself...

eurobrat said...

Aahhhh! I'm salivating onto my cat (here by my computer) just looking at those gorgeous photos.

Must check out PH when in Paris next month...

merci!

Julia said...

*sigh*

That's from my heart...

*grumble*

That's from my tummy...

gracia said...

'Sigh' and 'g-rrr-umble' are right. Every photo looks a tasty treat! Now, if only I had a ready supply of macaroons before me tonight...
cheers, grache

Monica said...

oh... I want back to Paris
that mousse au chocolat...

elle muliarchyk said...

Dear Lola, I love your blog and your sensual and passionate approach to food - like to a piece of art. I live in New York and it's one of my passions as well. Usually I search for the most decadent and exotic creations, like the reacent one was at Morimoto - baked oyster, with a piece of fois gras and a sea urchin - all in one shell! Righ now I am on the quest of finding the best Eggs Benedict in the world. I look forward to more of your culinary blogging!

Badaude said...

have you tried the macarons at bon marche? Particularly the passion fruit...
xb