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j'adore des macarons...

You might say I am a little obsessed with these petit cookies. Their crisp chewy shell and the rich dense fillings of raspberry, chocolat or even caramel. Their lustrous brightly hued shells in fuchsia, Robin's egg blue, rouge red, and mocha brown. Biting into them is an innocent nostalgic bliss only comparable to days on Daddy's shoulder at the fair with giant elephant ears in your hands. Even just staring at these mini luxuries give way to an instant smile. Your eyes gleam, your mouth salivates, your heart beats faster. Could it be? Are macarons my soul mate? Will I meet them on my next blind date? Are they the new equivalence of tall, dark and handsome for the single gal? Maybe so. I would certainly trade a full box of Laduree's macarons with a glass of wine and some Sandra Bullock flick over a night with a cute stranger any day! What's worse, is that I just discovered, not even 12 hours ago, a quaint little cafe by school that sells macarons for only $2. That's a steal for NYC. And get this. They have mini choux too! I had to try them, as I am suddenly finding myself in an absorbency of French culture mode and have always heard of this infamous choux pastry. I opted for the caramel filled mini choux, generously sprinkled with sugar and perfectly browned. OH MY GOSH. Can we say heaven on Earth! I'll do a full bakery review later this weekend.

What I really wanted to tell you lovelies is that I am going ahead with my foray into professional baking early. Why not right? There is inspiration all over the place! Reading A Homeade Life at our book club. Surfing through my fave blog Franish Nonspeaker. Seeing all the writers turned foodies enjoy life the way Europeans do. Its my turn darn it! So I am going to go pick up a catalogue at the Culinary Institute which has been on my New Year's resolution list for months (maybe even years...ouch). I'll do a pastry course, see what I can learn, and go from there. I might even have a few tricks up my sleeve with my ami nouvelle Mandy. Etsy comes to mind. Shhhhh. And then when I finally make it to Paris on my study exchange program, I'll take a master course on macarons so I can really give Pierre Herme a run for his money. Ah, oui, more like a walk, but you can find my confidence endearing for now. And who knows, maybe a small bakery in San Francisco, that is, if I fall in love with the city the way I'm expecting to, come this November. Life is full of dreams. Its time I make some come true...

What about you? What are you going to cross of your list?!

17 comments

  1. i am too! i can't wait to make some as soon as we get into our apt!! and oh my gosh i want that keychain!!

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  2. Oh. My. Gosh. I would kill, KILL for that keychain! ... (and the Miu Miu pumps)

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  3. Me to, J'adore les petit macaron xoxo

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  4. @Mandy, haha you totally commented right before I finished the post. So funny. Your new apt...my goodness I am waiting for that moment too. Will they be your first batch of macarons!?

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  5. @Paris Pastry, are you kidding!? Me too. My ex boyfriend would always say "I would kill babies for that" and it was so dramatic and wrong. But I mean..that key chain is SOOOO cute, I'm starting to consider who I just might kill for it lol

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  6. @Cate, looky you! Your French is great ;)
    xoxo

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  7. Just wondering, what is your college major :)? French culture, culinary arts, etc. hah there's just so much you love <3

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  8. I've never tried a macaron and I really really really want to! I absolutely adore the way you describe them.

    They keychain is SO cute!

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  9. I've never tried a macaron either, but I want to. They look so delicious! Love the photos, have a nice weekend!

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  10. Ooh la la! Your blog is so deliciously covered in macarons! I'm quite enjoying it.

    Congrats to you on following your dream, lovely! I'm sure it will be an amazing experience. (:

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  11. i had a lemon macaron from Laduree and after that, sorry, i just cant go back to non-Laduree macarons. LOL

    omigosh! that's what im gonna do once im graduated from design school, move to NYC and get into the french culinary institute. and be-real-life-friend with you of course Lola!!

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  12. @Chelsea, lol you made it sound like a bad thing. I know, I love a lot of different things! My major is Writing & Literature, minors in Theater and History. I am considering narrowing down the History minor to French history. We shall see :)

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  13. @Jen @Gabrielle, you guys, you MUST try them! Macarons are divine. Do you have any bakeries around where you could at least try one? It doesn't even have to be a French bakery, sometimes even bread shops have them :)

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  14. @Casee Marie, thanks so much sweety! Following dreams is fun, and helps you wake up in the morning ;)

    @SugarCrawler, ohhh lemon! I'm not a fan of lemon baked goods, but maybe I should try a lemon macaron. But are you saying you like Laduree more than Pierre Herme? I haven't tried either. You're so lucky! And yes yes please move here to NYC so we can be best of baking friends!! Sounds perfect. xoxo

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  15. @La Lola No, I've made macarons once before and they actually came out great except a tad too small!! Well, the first pan I did burned a tad bit on the bottoms but the rest were perfect look wise! I'd say they were a success but I think they could be better.

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  16. These look AMAZING! My mouth is actually watering! Well done.

    So What If I Like Pretty Things
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  17. OK, where did you get that key chain??? I MUST HAVE IT!!!! Going to try and get to Laduree in Harrods next weekend to see if they have it!

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