LaDuree is something of a phenomenon in Paris.
They are known for their macaroons — which come in a rainbow of colors and flavors — but it was this pink confection on the cover of Paris PatisseriesParis Patisseries: History, Shops, Recipes that my youngest son picked when we visited the location on Rue de Bonaparte.
The Style Saloniste did a wonderful write up on the book— the photography by Christian Sarramon is enough to make you you skip dinner and go straight to dessert!
My son, Carter, would tell you his favorite place to eat was Cafe de Flore. One of two very famous cafes (the other is Les Deux Magots) a block from our apartment, we would usually go for breakfast. Carter is sipping his beverage du jour — chocolat!
For my birthday dinner, Grant treated me to an all out culinary experience — L’Arpege.
The brainchild of famed chef, Alain Passard, the restaurant is small, quiet and on a street that would not invite walk ins. Passard dabbled with being a vegetarian at one time and so he is known for his love of vegetables — and raises them to a revered level.
My risotto with fava beans and asparagus was topped with rose petals. It was perfection on a plate. Only in Paris!
While we had a delectable strawberry Napoleon for dessert….the restaurant is known for the rose shaped apple tart – seen above.
I love that we had the opportunity to tell Passard in person how wonderful everything was…as he visited each table during our evening meal.
On my final day, I was fortunate to have my friend, Andrea, arrive with her family. While the dads took the boys to the Catacombs —- she and I hit the shops and enjoyed a kir royale on Rue Saint-Honore.
Followed by dinner with our guys at the supremely hip, Hotel Costes. Since I only had 2 grown up nights out…I was thrilled to absorb the ultra cool vibe at this tres chic restaurant – known for their mix Cd’s, compiled by DJ Stephane Pompougnac.
What’s your favorite culinary experience?