This pretty much sums it up
I admittedly have a massive sweet tooth -- I've seriously contemplated getting hypnosis to kill my chocolate addiction.
But then I figured, life is too short, and in no way worth living without the occasional (or daily) Milky Way.
My recent obsession as of late are French macarons
(not to be confused with macaroons
, which are typically made with coconut and are a staple in most Jewish families during Passover
; not that they aren't delicious as well.)
My current macaron obsession is Pierre Hermé
, a gourmet macaron and chocolate shop which has been in Paris since 2001. I am actually waiting for the prime moment to dedicate myself to writing a blog post worthy of this brand -- so stayed tuned for that.
In the meantime, I wanted to tempt your taste-buds with two beautiful shops I discovered on my recent trip to Bordeaux:
M le Macaron:
As I was
walking down Rue des Remparts
, a cute street in the center of Bordeaux's old city full of tea rooms and gift shops, I noticed this little store called M le Macaron
(38, rue des remparts, 33000 Bordeaux
In addition to the funky window displays, I couldn't resist the vibrant assortment of colors and macaron flavors on display.
I had to go in.
I wanted to branch out from the standard flavors you can find in any typical French boulangerie, and take this opportunity to explore some of the unique flavors the shop had to offer.
If my memory serves me correctly, I'm pretty sure I tasted the following:
Adorable window display at M le Macaron
- Litchi Gingembre
- Lavande Pêche
I believe I also tried one they were featuring for fall, which was a mix of apple and hazelnut -- in any event, they were all delicious.
M le Macaron also offers a variety of savory macarons, including pretty adventurous flavors, such as Petit-Pois Chèvre Menthe
(peas, goat cheese and mint) and Volaille Fumée Moutarde
(smoked-chicken and mustard).
I could not make these things up if I tried.
I will admit: I wasn't crazy about the texture of these macarons. They were a bit softer, smaller and more crumbly than the ones I'm used to (aka Pierre Hermé
-- yes, I know, I'm a snob.) But what they lacked in texture, they completely made up for in color, taste and originality.
It's definitely worth stopping by M le Macaron if a) you like trying original and bold flavors b) you like macarons and c) well, if you are ever in Bordeaux.
Chocolaterie Biscuiterie Larnicol MOF
Chocolaterie Biscuiterie Larnicol MOF:
Another awesome find for anyone who loves window shopping and chocolate was Chocolaterie Biscuiterie Larnicol MOF
, located right at the Place de la Comédie
This was one of those stores that almost does itself a disservice, as its products look practically too beautiful to eat. Luckily, in addition to the works of art on display, this store also sells traditional chocolates
that you can pick yourself and pay for by the kilo.
As you can see from the sideshow below, this store offers everything from adorable chocolate cats and ladybugs to an edible electric guitar. They also sell macarons
, but stick to more traditional flavors like chocolate, coffee and pistachio.
I spent about five full minutes snapping pictures, until the woman in the store informed me that customers were only allowed two photos each. Oops.
I did also manage to do some sampling (purely for the sake of research). To be honest, I wasn't blown away by anything I tried. Don't get me wrong, every piece of chocolate I had was tasty -- but nothing I tried really mirrored the pizazz that was on display.
So while I would still recommend taking a trip to Larnicol if you're ever in Bordeaux, you don't really need to venture past the window displays.
Unless of course you're willing to shell out 25€ for a chocolate cow -- then I think it would be totally worth it.
Check out the sideshow below for more photos -- for those of you who might be trying to shed some pounds before the holidays, I would avert your eyes.