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November 6, 2009

What better way to start a new blog off than to write a post about food?

One of my favorite things in the world to do is have afternoon tea and I recently did so in Paris (which is of course one of my favorite cities in the world).  We sat at the famous Laduree’s outdoor section on the Champs – Elysees and had macaroons and tea.  I did experience some sticker shock as the place is expensive, but what in Europe isn’t?  Basically if you sit at any outdoor cafe you can expect to spend about $10 on a coffee, or even just a Perrier with a slice of lemon!  (I guess the Costco crates of sparkling water are not readily available in Paris).  In any case I was sitting on the Champs – Elysees and that is worth every penny. 

A photo of the outside of the Laduree.  I am not an architectural buff by any means but I was really taken by the details and scrollwork.

Laduree

Trying to keep my Amex bill to a minimum I ordered an Earl Grey and two of their famous macaroons.  While macaroons here in the United States are coconut confections with a crumbly texture, the Laduree macaroons were more like soft sandwich cookies.  I ordered the chocolate macaroons and they were light and had a really nice fluffy textures when biting into them.  The sweetness balanced the tea well. 

Macaroons

I SO wanted to purchase the beautiful china to take home with me and I braved the long lines inside the restaurant to take a look.  Lets just say that until I can sell a kidney I will have to enjoy the tea cups by looking at the millions of pictures I took.  (I did take those two sugar packets as a consolation prize though).

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. TheDinMan permalink
    November 11, 2009 7:49 pm

    This place, La Duree, is really cool place to visit. I am not into macaroons but they have lots of desserts aside from the teas and coffees. The decore is really amazing. The Champs Elysee location is the one to go to since they have other locations.

    Another place that was hyped up was ‘Paul’, a bakery. We went to one near L’Opera if I recall but I wasn’t that impressed.

    Champs Elysee in Paris is definitely a nice street to go up and down. Some days it is insanely busy during tourist season – a sea of people as far as you can see.

  2. August 28, 2010 8:36 pm

    for some reason I suddenly got the idea to look at your very first blog post!
    I love tea time, too. I rarely have tea in the afternoons though…but I love it when I go home to my parents’ home and they have chai, chivda (sp?!), besan ladoo… the whole spread set up for me! I don’t count calories I eat at my mom’s house 🙂

  3. February 2, 2012 1:30 am

    I’ve heard so much about Laduree…am yet to taste their macaroons though! RIght now macaroons are becoming the dessert du jour in Mumbai. They remind me of whoopie pies, at least the way they look.

    • February 2, 2012 7:42 am

      Laduree is overpriced but it is great…just for the experience. It is a beautiful restaurant!

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