Je suis amoureux..
A couple weekends ago, Andy and I hopped on the Eurostar and headed to the world's most romantic city for the weekend. Not only is Paris renowned for being romantic, but for its love of food and sweet treats too. What would we do without croissants? When I think of French food, I think of cheese, wine, rich and creamy, hearty dishes like boeuf bourguignon or a light, delicate dish such as classic crème brulée or cheese soufflé. The French know how to cook. They pretty much invented Nouvelle cuisine. For me the thing the French excel in is the macaron. A chewy little meringue cookie sandwich with a buttercream or ganache filling. I attempted making these myself once, which you can find here.
You can easily find macarons in the UK, Lidl even sell some for £3.50. Bargain! But they're never as good as the original thing. Ladurée, founded in 1862 host the best macarons in France. According to good old Wikipedia, 15 thousand macarons are sold everyday. And four of those were sold to me! One pistachio, one ice-mint, one cherry and one lemon. These four, tiny gems cost 8€ - they don't come cheap. A box of thirty macarons cost about 60€, but four was enough for a little sugary pick-me-up. I've been to Pierre Hermé before where I paid 5€ for a single macaron, which in my defence was bloody delicious but didn't quite beat Ladurée.
You can see more of Ladurée on my vlog above. Paris was just dreamy, and I'm dying for another city break. Good thing I'm off to Barcelona next week. My bank balance is crying, but my soul is cheering for some more travelling..
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.