Thursday, March 17, 2011


Les macarons are, I admit, photographed ad nauseam and discussed over-much - like a Proust madeleine, the thought of a macaron provokes detail, endless detail. In homes, kitchens are turned upside down to attempt replicas of Paris memories.

photo - charlotte marillet

In Rhode Island, you can save yourself the kitchen mess and get the real deal - pretty and pricey gems - from Moondust Macarons (, available at the Pawtucket/Wintertime Farmers' Market (Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

As for where to buy macarons in Paris, that's another endless discussion. Some people will have nothing but cookies from the most famous macaron purveyor of all: Ladurèe (its premier address, in the 6th, is 21, rue Bonaparte). Prices at Ladurèe are astronomical but that's true at their competitors too. Macarons are time-consuming to produce so even your neighborhood patisserie will be expensive. No doubt at all, Ladurèe's perfect specimens, lined up like eatable art in the shop, are a gift you're happy to receive. The but here is this: Ladurèe flavor choices are good but limited and hardly the most creative.

Step into Pierre Hermé's shop in the 15th (185, rue de Vaugirard) and enter a wonderland of colorful, exotic-flavored macarons (and gorgeous pastries). It's a trip. Pierre Hermé is also on rue Bonaparte but the Vaugirard experience is fun and the macarons are first-rate. This is the Pierre Hermé branch where called-in orders are picked up - in the early evening, a brief-case-toting stream of well-shod Parisians passes through, collecting  take-out sweets and dinner party contributions. Stand by the cashier and be stunned.

Grégory Renard is a chocolatier who also makes acclaimed macarons. Renard has three shops but the main one is on a quiet street in the 7th (25, rue Saint Dominique). Delicious.

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