I don’t know why, but I’m hungry for macarons right now! Perhaps it’s because of this delicious photo or maybe it’s because I really loved the Iced Mint Macarons of Ladurée. The good news about that is that they are finally back in the assortment of Ladurée again. Thanks guys! You have made this girl very happy :)
Tell me, what is your favorite macaron and from who?
Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥
One word. Boulangeries!
Reason 3 is the lack of ‘bakeries’.
I missed them so much in London. Besides the sights and public toilets you never need to search for something delicious in Paris. Bakeries and pastry stores are everywhere. World famous names, a little less known names, charming, cozy, large or small…they are all there! When you visit a city very often you create your own favorite places. That’s why I also have my favorite bakeries in Paris: La Parisienne, Coquelieot en Poilâne and for a delicious bag of madeleines I go to Blé Sucré.
In London, there were also a few bakeries to find, but they missed that cozy atmosphere and local products. I also got the feeling that little bakeries and stores are being overwhelmed by the large advertising signs from brands like the Subway… such a shame. Does anyone know if small businesses get the opportunity to grow in London?
It’s a fact that Paris has a lot more bakeries and pastry shops than London, but Paris also scores some extra points with their macarons and galettes. Both pastries with a history.
The lesson I’ve learned about this is that you have to ” be so good they can’t ignore you”. Stand out in big cities like Paris and London!
Share, share, share! I’m curious about your stories. Who knows a great bakery in London that doesn’t belong to the big names?
Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥
Time for foodies and goodies
Sweet, colored and it tastes heavenly. I think we all know what I’m talking about…macarons! I’m crazy about them and I’ve tried them almost everywhere in Paris. It’s so cool to experience all those little artworks at different bakeries or at the famous pastry stores. The Parisians sure know how to make great combinations and how to take care of a big variety. I’ve had lots of crazy flavors. They got olive, lavender, cheese, pistachio, chili, honey…I can go on for hours but I think you got my point ;)
I’ve once wrote a post about Ladurée, a famous pastry store in Paris. They invented the French macaron we eat today. A fun fact is that the beginning of the macaron starts in Italy. Yeah, I was a bit shocked too, but the meringue-based pastry is named after the Italian word for pasta ‘Maccarone’. The Italian monasteries made biscuits from a mixture of ground almonds with sugar and protein, similar to our macaroons. Catherine di Medici (Queen of France from 1547 to 1559) introduced this cake in France. It was mentioned there Maccherone. After many, many years, the French bakery Ladurée in Paris got the idea to combine two macarons with a filling, and that my dear followers, was the beginning of the macaron we know today.
The macaron is so popular in French that they got their own special day, ‘Le Jour du Macaron’. I haven’t experienced it myself, but it’s on my bucket list. The proceeds of all the macarons go to a good charity. During ‘Le Jour du Macaron’ there are different routes trough Paris to pass unique locations where you can taste some good macarons!
Note: A delicious recipe of my own macarons (and many other fun recipes) can soon be found on the new website www.worldofparis.com.
If you ever gonna bake a cake for me, don’t worry if I will like it or not. If it’s homemade and sweet, I’ll like it! I love discovering new bakery’s and I have to say.. I’m pretty good at it. If I see something that I don’t know yet or if I see something familiar but it looks better than I ever had, I have to try it.
At the same day I found this amazing bookstore ‘Book-Off’, I also found this little modern bakery named Blé Sucré. The first thing I saw were the colored chairs in front of the bakery. The second thing I noticed was a little bag with 4 Madeleines. They looked so delicious and perfectly baked, I had to buy them. The third and last thing I noticed was an angry-looking woman behind the counter. Not very inviting, but in Paris I’m quite used to that.
I didn’t want to eat the Madeleines in front of a grumpy woman. So I decided to take them along, back to my hotel room. Where I could eat them in peace and with a hot cup of mint tea ;) Did you know you can buy the most amazing mint tea at an ordinary Carrefour supermarket. The house brand is no less than a cup of tea from Palais des Thés.
Going back to the Madeleines, I’ve never had them so good. Not too dry, not too wet. Good taste and didn’t crumbled. Plus a sweet glaze for a fresh taste.The lady of Blé Sucré probably stops all of her love into it. That explains her bad mood. All her love is in the Madeleines so there is nothing left for the rest of the day. Good mood or bad mood, I’ll definitely be back for some more sweetness!
Here’s the address:
7, rue Antoine Vollon
The weekend is over and that means… almost time for Christmas! Before we gonna eat way too much food and we can’t see anymore of it. I would like to tell you more about one of my favorite snacks called the ”Bisou de Mousse”.
At the French Christmas markets, they love to tell you that the ”Bisou de Mousse” is a typical French specialty. Something I certainly won’t deny, but .. the predecessor of the ´Bisou de Mousse´ was created 200 years ago in Denmark, called a flødebolle. They became a huge success and soon they were sold in many northern European countries. Each country made up a different name for the flødebolle.
“Negerküss” (translation: Negro Kiss) in Germany
”Tête de nègre” (translation: Negro head) in France
”Negerzoenen” (translation: Negro Kisses) in The Netherlands
“Negerinnentet” (translation: Negro tits) in Belgium
”Negro kisses” in England
In the 19th century the French patisseries created a new ‘Bisou de Mousse’ with a modern twist. This is the one we know today. An airy foaming mixture topped with chocolate. In the 20th century they were sold in bakeries outside France. It wasn’t a mass production, you can compare it with buying a macaroon at Ladurée. After WWII they were produced in greater numbers and in boxes for supermarkets. To make it a bit more complicated, this wasn’t in France but in Germany. After Germany the rest of Europe followed. Different variants of the ‘Bisou de Mousse’ can also be found in countries like America and Israel.
Because of the fame in all those counties, several names were perceived as racist or discriminatory. Which is understandable because ”Negro Tits” doesn’t sound very charming.. Between 2005 and 2006 it was announced that the countries had to change their names.
Today, we know our chocolate friends under the following names:
‘Negerküsse’ became ‘Schokoküsse’ (translation: choco kiss) – Germany
‘Têtes de nègre’ became ‘Bisous de Mousse’ (translation: kiss of foam)– France
‘Negro kisses’ became ‘Angel Kisses’ – England
‘Negerinnentet’ became ‘de Zoenen van Buys’ (translation: the kisses of Buys) in Belgium
‘Negerzoen’ became ‘Zoenen’ (translation: kisses) – Nederland.
Quite an adventure for such a little pastry. Why don’t we call it a ”Bisou de Daniëlle”? I know, too selfish. But, don’t forget to try one at one of the Christmas markets in Paris!
They say that Obama flew to Paris for a box of macaroons from Ladurée. Hmm.. that must be a freaking delicious cookie, I guess? And mister president is right, if I had a privet jet I would also fly to Ladurée to buy a box of his delicious macaroons ;) Ladurée is without any doubt the number one macaroon-store in the world. In the whole world? Yes, Ladurée has more than 40 other stores dived all over the world. But the first Ladurée store is located near Place Vendôme, which is of course… in Paris.
It all began in 1862 when monsieur Louis Ernest Ladurée started a bakery in Paris. Unfortunately, a fire in the bakery caused some problems but also had a positive turn. Because the fire monsieur Ladurée had the possibility to change his bakery into a pastry shop. With success. Over the years, Ladurée has become a big company with unique pastry’s. It looks like Obama isn’t the only one who likes the macaroons from Ladurée beacuse, Ladurée has 191.341 ‘likes’ on Facebook. We all know that, that says a lot these days!
Ladurée is a must-seen for everyone who visits Paris for the first time or hasn’t been there yet. And if you can’t visit a Ladurée store because it’s too far away, just go to their website. You can read about their history, the history of the macaroon, news, see a movie or buy some macaroons or other gift items. The website has a lot of interesting information and cute illustrations, which are typically Ladurée. And the macaroons are, as always, good looking and full with perfect ingredients. They are almost too perfect to eat. Almost ;)
Hey, monsieur Ladurée! What do you think of my macaroons?!
As you may have noticed, I’m a girl. And as you all know, girls love good chocolate, pastry and whipped cream.. in other words ”everything sweet”. My boyfriend tries regularly to get me on the healthy path but, I guess I’m not ready for that, yet. The weak woman inside me, can’t help it to fall in love with all those wonderful bakeries with showcases full of colorful pastry’s. I bet I’m not the only one, right lady’s?
I was wondering, why girls love sweets so much? Whatever it must be, Paris takes advantages of it in a really pleasant way :)
Because, I’m so obsessed with all those ‘eye catching’ creations, I have considered to follow some bakery classes. *FLASH*, there was my imagination again. I thought about having my own bakery store somewhere in Paris. I would love to have true customers, some lost tourists and sometimes a street cat who is looking for some leftovers. But at the same time, I know that if I had my own bakery, I would turn into a big fat cupcake and nothing would be left for the customers, only a few crumbs for the cat.
Never say never but I think a bakery is not gonna happen. I want to show you a bakery, La Parisienne. It’s a perfect example of what my bakery could look like. It’s a bakery (boulanger/patissier) which responds to the needs of a woman and a man! From delicious sweets to crunchy bread. La Parisienne has a modern look but, the quality is good old-fashioned.
You can find La Parisienne at the following address:
12 rue Coustou
Montmartre, 18th district
Metro: Blanche, Abbesses or Pigalle.