Sunday, January 18, 2009

Paris, sweet and cold Paris...

"Let's cross, there's another one on that side of the street"

That was probably the sentence that I said more often last weekend while I was in Paris, for the first time. Soooooooo many great bakeries, patisseries, cheeseries, chocolateries, and other food related shops, that really makes it difficult to walk straight in a street without "zigzagging" all the time!

Paris was, as I imagined, beautiful. So many thing to do, to visit, to see, to eat, to live... Everything is huge there: the monuments, the avenues, the macarons...

A French friend of mine told me that I HAD to go to Ladurée, because they have the BEST macarons in the Universe. And I think she might be right!... Not only the macarons, but everything there was so perfect and delicious looking! I wanted to buy each and every variety of entremets, pastries, bonbons... But I needed to focus, I was there for the macarons, and macarons I got! And I got them BIG!

Macaron heaven in pistachio and raspberry flavours!

"Honey, they blew up the Macarons!"

Yep, I'm pretty much in love...

Ok, with my full belly, I can do some normal turism sightseeing now. Wanna come with me?

The triumphal Arch of Triumph

The view from the middle of the Eiffel Tower. Everything covered in snow...

Cold? Who, me?

I'm getting hungry again. Maybe a rocher chocolate from L'Atelier du Chocolat is what I need...

... Or maybe I could bite into that lady's baguette? Parisians carry their baguettes everywhere, all the time... It makes you crave them!

It's almost night, let's carry on with the turistic activity.

The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur on top of a hill. Gorgeous and with a wonderful view of the city from up there.

The Seine River and the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

I could show you so many more pictures of other Parisian beauties, but I'll end here and leave you with these ones that I'm sure you'll love:

Pierre Hermé Macarons: Chocolate & passion fruit and Salted butter caramel.

That was the last treat before heading back home. Back to real life now! Not so cold, but not so sweet either...

65 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

IN-FREAKING-CREDIBLE!!! I miss Paris - haven't been in quite a few years.

Katrina said...

AWESOME, Rita! Now I want to go to Paris--have never been to Europe! Really, I want to try those macarons! Please pass me a, hmmm, chocolate, caramel, pistacio, any will do!
Great trip!
Hey, check me out at the Levain Bakery blog, www.itsallaboutthecookie.blogspot.com

Katrina said...

Nope, I was wrong, it's
www.itsallaboutthecookie.wordpress.com (NOT blogspot!)

Reeni♥ said...

What beautiful pictures and gorgeous macarons!!! I'm so jealous!!

Trixy Tran said...

HOW AWESOME! I'm jealous of your vacation-eating-adventures!

basicallybaked said...

Thanks for sharing the sights. I've never been to Paris.
Those were BIG Macarons

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Looks like an amazing trip! Love all the macarons!

Darius said...

Great photos...really!

Ingrid said...

Ooo-lala! Just wanted to say that! :-)

I've never been to France and I've never had a macaron. I'm not sure which one I'm missing out on more!
~ingrid

Heather said...

all those gorgeous macaroons! they're so beautiful! glad you had a lovely time in paris :)

Tanya said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! I've never been to Paris, but I'd love to go someday. Those macarons sound to-die-for!

Bob said...

Glad you had a good time! Love that Eiffel Tower shot. I want to go to Paris too, but I don't care about the tourist stuff. I just want the food. :D

Colloquial Cook said...

Ohhh, I don't miss the Eiffel thingy in the least, BUT i want those Ladurée macarons! I'm getting my return plane ticket now!

morgana said...

Madre de mi vida y del amor hermoso.... ¡¡¡ Qué pedazo de macarons !!! Y cuánta variedad también. Me he quedado tiesa de la envidia al verlos aunque se me ha pasado un poco al verte tan abrigadísima. ¡¡¡ Qué fríó tenía que hacer !!! Y con lo friolera que soy yo...

PEro de todos modos creo que merecería la pena. Me pasaría lo que a ti, que estaría zigzagueando todo el tiempo de una tienda a otra como una niña pequeña delante de los escaparates de juguetes para reyes.

Fantásticas fotos, espero que te lo hayas pasado fenomenal.

Me

Emily said...

I came across your blog on tastespotting. I was just in Paris last week! I had the passionfruit maccaron at Pierre Hermes and it was incredible! I think it's a very good thing I did not buy more than 2, lol. BTW, it was chilly, wasn't it!?

HoneyB said...

I want that pistachio macaroon!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow you had rocking time there i think...

pigpigscorner said...

Looks like a great trip! I love Laduree! They have the best macarons!

Tartelette said...

Ahah! That's exactly what my husband used to say when I took him in town a couple of years back...and I thought I was bad!!
Your post made me homesick but in a good way...the way that makes your heart swell up :)

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

Olá Rita!!!

Fico contente pela viagem a Paris ter sido óptima!!!
Eu estive lá há uns 5 anos, mas na altura a pastelaria não me emocionava como hoje e perdi todas esses lugares de perdição!...
Os macarons têm um aspecto de morrer!!

Ainda bem que estás de volta! :)

Beijinhos!

noble pig said...

Oh wow, what a trip...aren't the bakeries fabulous. It's been a while since I've been but Oh my goodness how I would love to return!

Mar said...

oh my god, see delicious, I like pistacho macarons, I want Paris but I don´t remenber eat macarons there, send me one...
A kiss

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Envy, envy envy! Paris is on my list of place I MUST visit, but never have. I don't care what they say about Parisians. I MUST go.

That macaron display was awesome. It was a whole rainbow of cookies. Gorgeous photos all around.

Madeleine said...

Que macarrones tan enormes!!! se veían deliciosos!

Me da envidia (de la buena) que te la hayas pasado tan bien, con todo y frío! :)

Oye y cuáles macarrones te gustaron más???

Saludos!

Robin Sue said...

What a wonderful trip! I am so jealous. I miss Europe and hope to go back soon. It looks like you ate your way through Paris but with all that walking I am sure it did not matter. Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures. Great Post!!!

Lore said...

Rita, I'm so glad you got to go to Paris and taste those macarons! And thanks for taking us with you on the tour :). Now I miss Paris all over again...sniff-sniff

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never been to Paris. It looks magical!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Oh this brings back such great memories - Hubby and I went there last May on our honeymoon !! Love Paris!!

Katie said...

Im glad you had a great time! I love it there and pistachio macarons are my favorite. All of the shops make me wish that I lived there.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Thanks everyone! Yes I had a great time and the macarons were as good as they look like!

Morgana- Si que hacia fresquito, vaya y que fresquito, el sabado estaban -3ªC de máxima!

Emily- How cool! Chilly? Really I haven't noticed, lol!

Madeleine- Buena pregunta! Pero me han gustado más los de Ladurée, pero también eran más grandes...

Robin Sue- Oh yes! I've walked and walked and walked...

Zoe Francois said...

This is my ideal trip! I'm so envious and so happy for you!

Mobula said...

Que daría yo por una macaron de PH o de Laudurée!!! La quinta esencia de la sofisticación pasteril!!!

Que envidia!!!

ana

Cakebrain said...

Oh how I envy you in Paris! It has been so long and when I last was in France, I had not discovered macarons yet! what a shame! You lucky thing! what fun!

Ragne said...

Oh Paris!! I am really-really jealous... and so yummy macarons.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Nice glimpses of Paris and I love the closeup macaron shots too :D Which did you prefer? The Laduree or Pierre Herme macarons?

Y said...

Love your photos! Reminds me of my trip to Paris.. sigh. I believe we got the same macarons from Laduree! :D

Maria said...

Paris is one of my favorite cities. I really need to go back. The macarons look incredible! Great photos, thanks for sharing!

SiHaN said...

oh freak! i'm so jealous!! laudaree and pierre herme?! tts damm lucky.. *fumes*. hha.

Cathy said...

I adore everything about this post. It looks like an amazing, amazing trip!

Zesty Cook said...

WOW - I am jealous! Those pictures are awesome not too mention the cookies. YUM

Dawn said...

that took me away for a while...it's been ages since I've been to Paris.
That salted caramel macaron :::sigh:::
Where did you stay? Was it nice? Comfy?

jillian said...

The macarons and photos make me want to leave for Paris tomorrow! I love it there!

Lina said...

I wish I was there! I'm so jealous! I actually got married in Paris a few years ago. So romantic!

mavele said...

Oh Rita que maravilloso viaje. Sin duda una ciudad encantadora y una comida aun mas encantadora. ¡Esos macarons se ven taaan ricos! Espero aprendas a hacerlos para luego explicarnos cómo hacer para que queden tan fantasticos :-D

Por cierto, te he dejado un pequeño premio en mi blog, espero lo recibas con agrado.

Un abrazo y sigue disfrutando de París!!

Dragon said...

Oh wow! Look at those lovely, lovely macarons!

Selba said...

I'm really enjoying your pictures in Paris.

Macarons... yummy :)

Zen Chef said...

Yippie! You survived the Parisians! ;-)
I LOVE the pictures on this post Rita. Looks like you had a heck of a good time. Those macarons are fantastic!! Love the PH passion-fruit. mmmmmm... One day we'll meet in Paris and part-ey. :-)

Jude said...

My goodness those macarons are huge. Throw some this way :)

Jenny said...

What fun Rita, felt like I was right along with you during your trip. Totally jealous! Those macaroons are gorgeous!

Emily said...

It looks like you had a good time, but... you woul have had a better time if you stole that lady's bread and sprinted off. What a story that would make!

Have you made macarons before? I'd like to give it a try someday when I'm not feeling lazy.

LOVE LOVE LOVE all the Paris pictures.

Jeanine said...

Oh wow! That is so, so cool! Paris looks like it was a memory that will not soon fade. And those macarons look amazing! Thanks for the tour. :)

Bridgett said...

Amazing and gorgeous photos! You lucky girl...it looks like a sweet treat paradise!

Natalie said...

I was there in December and I miss Laduree so much!!!

Brentwood Kitchen Shopper said...

Your trip looks amazing! What great pictures! I'm so jealous! There is nothing like Paris and there is nothing like eating in Paris...

Natashya said...

What, you didn't try the foie gras macaron?
Looks like you had an awesome time! I am so jealous..

Marie Reed said...

I live right next to Paris in Saint Fargeau! What a small world! I always go get macarons at La Durée and then a little mini bottle of Champagne across the street at the Monoprix... and then I sneak that into the movie theater with me which is a few meters from that!

Julia said...

The photo you have of the woman's back, she's carrying bread, I have the exact same picture from my Paris visit a few years ago. I must dig it up and send it to you somehow. It's creepy how similar it is!

Kevin said...

Food shopping in paris sounds like great fun! Those macarons look so good!

Shreya said...

lovely pics! looks like you had great fun:-)

Suzana said...

Oh Paris! Can't begin to imagine how cold it must have been... Vou daqui a 2 semanas e mal posso esperar!

Adoro as cores dos macaroons... lindas de morrer, comer, digo! ;)

Bj

Raelynn said...

SO, I just found your blog, and it's right up my "taste buds"...you've got a new reader!

P.S. Paris...lucky girl!!!

Maris said...

great photos! Next time, take me with you! :)

Ann said...

You know I'm jealous! I want to go!

I love love love macarons! My fave is the the caramel macaron - and I've been unable to find a recipe anywhere for this flavor!

Pen Pen said...

I'm so jealous!! I went to 'Sucre' in New Orleans and had macaroons, but I MUST go to the macaroon TEMPLE: Laduree!!!
Take me with u next time!!!!!!

heidileon said...

I see you did the whole macarron-chocolate culinary trip in Paris!

I personally adore Laduree, the tea salon is gorgeous isn't it? An even thought Pierre Herme is a *grand* I prefer Pierre Marcolini's chocolates....oh and La maison du chocolat, those choc eclairs are awesome...J'aime bien Paris!!


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