Desserts are delightful temptations. Ones, frankly, I can't resist and don't want to. Everything in moderation of course. But when you find a place that seduces you with the colors, flavors and aromas of every sweet dessert you can imagine... And, all you have to do is just walk to the next location and burn those calories. It's like finding a bit of paradise.
And for me, that place is Paris with its macarons, pastries and of course chocolate!
I'm not a pastry connoisseur, so when I heard alot of people raving about the macarons from Pierre Herme. I thought big deal. I thought macarons were macaroons. Macaroons are a coconuty type cookie that I really don't like. Macarons, however, are "sandwich-like pastries made with two thin cookies and a cream or ganache" in between.
And Pierre Herme. Well, he's the creme de la creme of French pastry chefs and his macarons are to die for.
His flavors are wild and fun. Often pairing spicy or tart flavors with the sweetness of vanilla and of course chocolate. Passion fruit and Chocolate. Wasabi and Grapefruit (Yeah, I know!). Rose, which is my favorite. He's got Cherry and Pistachio. And all sorts of chocolate - from Mexico, Venezuela..Yummy!
His first shop opened in Tokyo not in Paris, given the Japanese national obsession with French pastries of all kinds.
When I get home, I'm bringing a bunch back and I won't be a sweet girl and share. Hmmm...
Website: Pierre Herme.com
The BBC did a study a couple of years ago that seemed to show that "melting chocolate in one's mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intensive than that associated with passionate kissing." Whoa.
Two thumbs up for chocolatier Jean Charles Rochoux. His chocolate truffles simply melt in your mouth. You can get them in these stylish little matchboxes. That means you can buy alot. He's also known for his chocolate sculptures. Can't say anymore than that.
Website: Jean Charles Rochoux
Last, but not least. La Reine Astrid. This is a great little place to find chocolate and bon bons of your choice. Named for Queen Astrid of Belgium, the shops' colors are orange and chocolate. Very enticing and happy. Love their chocolate caviar, which is for making hot chocolate. Also, picked up a beautiful lime green tea and candied flowers (violet, rose, mint leaves etc...).
Website: La Reine Astrid