You simply can not come to Paris with out having at least one box of quality Macarons. A true Parisian would tell you to go to Laduree or Pierre Herme…depending on who you talk to…
Laduree is known as the “original”…the best, the most authentic and the most regal. It’s flavors consists of the most delicious basics, such as; carmel, vanilla, coffee, blackberry, rasberry, black licorice, chocolate and lemon. I personally love that the flavors change depending on the season. In the summer there is coconut, citrus, cold mint and almond. And for the winter; soft fruits & spices, chestnut, praline, fig & date. YUMMMM
But then there’s Pierre…
Pierre Herme is basically the opposite of Laduree. It’s the new more modern, more hip macaron house in Paris. It started in Tokyo. The baker, Pierre Herme is known for his rejection of perfection, which is evident in his macaron’s mismatched tops and bottoms, strange fillings in the middle and colored powders sprinkled on top. But, what makes Pierre Herme most famous and sets it apart from the rest is the absolutely INSANE flavors. Every time you bite in to one of these macarons you are completely pleasantly surprised yet shocked at the same time. Expect flavors you have never ever tasted in your entire life before…foreign territory for the tongue.
What are these bizarre flavors you ask? For starters, jasmine…which I thought would be like eating perfume but it was indescribable and so lovely, same with the rose. There is a pistachio/griottine/cherry, as well as chocolate & yuzu (a japanese citrus), olive oil & vanilla, buttery salted caramel, milk chocolate & passion fruit and so much more…lots of names of fruits and spices from strange places in the world that I have never even heard of.
Soooooo, if I REALLY had to choose, I would go with my good man Pierre, I mean, he is like the Willy Wonka of Macarons…or the Berty Blotts. There is something about the chewy fillings and the element of surprise that you just can’t beat.
Now I’m hungry.