I don’t like them. I want to like them. I have tried to like them. I
have tried to like them so much that I am blogging about them but I..
just..don’t. On occasion, when presented with the opportunity, I will
take a nibble. Hoping that somehow a fledgling taste bud will have
popped up somewhere in my mouth, finally gratifying my need to like this
flaky, chewy treat. Call me crazy, but somehow I feel I would be a
cooler person if only I liked macarons. So far, no such luck.
I am forever inspired by this ….cookie. Really, a cookie? Actually,
it is a wee bit of an obsession. Whenever I travel and pass a bakery, I
just have to peer in the window for a quick visual fix. Perhaps it
can be chalked up to my love of all things French? Really, I just adore
their rich saturated colors, the neat little rows, cookies all snuggled
up together. I mean, who doesn’t like looking at a box of macarons?
They are always packaged so beautifully, as if they are just waiting for
all the beautiful people to come buy them and whisk them away. If I
were a macaron, I would be stuck up….because I could be.
So, I will wait patiently for my palette to step it up and delight in this little piece of culinary perfection. In the meantime, I will pay homage to the mighty and mystical macaron the only way I know how…. by championing its beauty, its history, and the culinary creativity inherent in its making.
Some tasty Macaron facts:
once heard that every 7 years, your taste buds change. If that’s the
case, there is still hope for the macaron and me to rendez -vous. Is
this true? Must investigate…
The history of the macaron
(originally an Italian cookie) dates back to the marriage in the 16th
century of Catherine de Medicis to the Duc D’Orleans, King of France. So
blah, blah, blah, macarons eventually became known as a French cookie,
but as you see, they have a royal background. I told you they should be
Consensus is that Laduree in Paris is THE place to go
for macarons. Reviews pretty much sum up that they are wonderfully
delicious, the epitome of inspired culinary flavor combinations and the
packaging is dreamy. Since the closest I will be to Paris anytime soon
is more likely to be Paris, Texas, I did a little investigating. You
can order Laduree macarons online through
Goldbely, https://www.goldbely.com/laduree. Or, if you are jetting
around the states and happen to be in New York, DC, LA, or Miami, you
can find a Laduree bakery and get up close and personal with these
famous French cookies.
Ally and Eloise Bakery in Columbia, SC,
my hometown, makes beautiful macarons and by all reports are delicious.
She also offers a 25% discount on Macaron Mondays. Find her at
Many independent bakeries make macarons, so check with your local bakers.