You may have seen Kirsten Dunst relish upon them in Sofia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette, or heard Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl claim that they are her favorite pastry in the world… your stay at the Hotel Saint Petersbourg in Paris should not go without a taste of the legendary macarons.
Louis-Ernest Ladurée, an artist of versatile interests ranging from writing to philanthropy and of course, pastry-crafting, had his original shop burnt down during the Paris Commune of 1871. But in the 1930′, his grandson rose to fame by sticking two macaroon pastries together with a flavored ganâche.
His gastronomical success was complemented by the genius idea of turning part of his shop into a tearoom. At a time when women were not allowed into cafés and had to keep to the seclusion of their homes, the bourgeois ladies adored this new gourmand social venue.