7.12.2012

macaron groupie.

(ladurée kuwait: rose water, pistachio and vanilla. i shamelessly chose by prettiest color.)

While traipsing down the Champs-Élysées in Paris last summer, we stumbled across the world-famous Ladurée. The line was tragically long...out the door and down the street. Having never tried a macaron, yet completely romanced by their existence, I was game to wait it out. But, Gabe was secretly minutes away from proposing on our hotel terrace (nervously aware that hundreds of roses + candles were waiting for us) and he dragged my sorry tush out of line with promises of stopping another day.

The next morning the hotel staff brought us a note of congrats + a glass cake stand full of macarons. Ladurée or not, they were delicious and adorable enough to kickstart a growing addiction.

When I returned to regular life in Wisconsin, high on Paris nostalgia + love, I discovered that there wasn't a macaron to be found in my town...not even within a one hour radius. (First world problems! I know.) So, it's only natural that the sight of a Ladurée here in Kuwait lit me up like a candle. Who'd have thought! Quick access to romantic treats in the Middle East...flown in from Paris...and displayed in a mint-painted storefront glittering with chandeliers?

This discovery only furthers my cliché addiction.  Shall we take a walk down Memory Macaron Lane?

(Congratulatory macarons from our Parisian hotel staff.**)


(From Dean & Deluca, on our engagement anniversary this year.
D&D gives hefty samples...but no chandeliers...**)


Given the hefty price tag of  Ladurée Kuwait's $5 macaron (!!!), I'm going to need to supplement our income to feed this addiction. So, uh, if anyone is looking for a non-professional full time macaron photographer, I'm your girl. Have taste for macarons, dabble in Photoshop. Will travel.

But, full disclosure: Might eat your products before shooting. ;)

**Clearly I have a problem with putting my ring on things. I'm aware, and restrained myself in the first photo of this post...it was difficult. ;)

15 comments:

  1. Love it! I've never had a macaron so I'll have to live vicariously through you. Plus I can't get enough of your ring so feel free to keep placing it on cute things! Hope you're having a great time and are feeling better Bethany.

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  2. They are so pretty. Perhaps time for some attempts to make them yourself? I have heard they are challenging to make, but would imagine it might be worth learning if you love them so much!

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  3. Love these photos! And you should put your ring on things--it's beautiful!

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  4. If I had that ring, I'd be taking photos of it too. :) Just had my first macaron a few months ago and am equally obsessed now.

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  5. I say "if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it"... :)

    Had my first macarons in NYC in March. They are a little bit of heaven.

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  6. If I had that ring it would make its way in almost every photo! lucky girl, nice ring and yummy macarons!!

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  7. This post made me laugh out loud. I wish you luck in finding that specific job.

    I'm the one who's boyfriend's mom came to your garage sale back in Eau Claire. She comes to visit in a week, so I will be getting the jewelry she picked out for me. Can't wait! I will send you pictures.

    I think your macaroon store is the same we have here ... the boxes are awesome too, right?

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  8. You are too cute....and that beautiful shiny ring of yours is well, GORGEOUS! I kind of have the same problem. I am in Seattle for work right now, walked by a French Pastry shop, ate 2 macarons as if no calories! Oh well, thats life. What is a macaron-less life, no fun!

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  9. You are adorable. And if I need a macaron photographer, you're my girl.

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  10. I TOTALLY get this! I found the best macarons in Long Beach, CA and the location & hours are SO inconvenient that I have been on the hunt for something easier. Let me tell you, some places don't know how to make them! I finally found that Trader Joe's frozen ones will do in a pinch, and for $5 for a dozen, I'll take it! Any Trader Joe's in Kuwait? Or is that wishful thinking on my part? Good luck with your addiction! xo

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  11. Ohhh I love them so much and I understand your obsession with them. In fact we had a new guy start at my work and he brought macarons made by his sister to a welcome morning tea and I told him that he is 'in.' :) x

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  12. It's 6:01 am in NC and I'm now wondering where I can find a store open that sells macarons for breakfast. Sheesh.

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  13. Pierre Herme are my favourite ... and your ring i am totally in love with :)

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  14. Ohhhhh...so pretty! Such a wonderful memory too. *sigh* And macaroons are a total addiction!

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