MACARONS VANILLE // 02 | Valentina Duracinsky: MACARONS VANILLE // 02

February 13, 2016


best macarons in Paris

A little while back I started a new series on the blog called 'Macarons Vanille'. I started it because of Pierre Hermé and their strange reason to make the classic vanilla macaron a seasonal thing (or something. I still don't understand what the rules are for its return to the front and center of the display. It's so good... I wish I could get it all year long. So I started a search for the next best thing. This means going around Paris, tasting all the vanilla macarons in the city! I'm hardly finished, but it's definitely been loads of fun. 

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Let's start with my first time at Carette. mmm fancy place for sure. Right in front of the gorgeous Place des Vosges, where I spend many afternoons in the summertime, reading or listening to music on the grass looking at the blue sky. I can't do that right now because the weather is shit. It's winter. But Carette is still there, and even if you can't sit on the grass, you can sit on the terrace or inside closed doors because Carette is also a fancy-ass restaurant and café. I always laugh at places like Carette with the €7 coca-cola and the €4,5 espresso... How do they get away with it!? I've never tried the food because I don't know if it's actually good and worth the price or if it's just overpriced. Possibly both. A chicken caesar salad doesn't have to cost more that than 20€ anywhere, I reckon.

But the macarons looked good and I was on a quest to find the almost-perfect vanilla macaron (anything half as good as Pierre Hermé will be amazing!) and Carette was on my list. So I went in. The macarons were 

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Eric Kayser

At the Moose, I used to go get the bread at Eric Kayser every evening. There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread, I tell you... But then there were also pastries. So many pastries... I never bought anything though. Well, except this one time that I bought myself a vanilla macaron. You know, for research. 

The macaron was definitely good. See, I always wondered about boulangeries and their macarons. I only ever tried places that were KNOWN for their macarons, and was afraid that any old boulangerie might not have good macarons. But Eric Kayser's vanilla macaron was good.

If I were going to a dinner party, I probably wouldn't take a box of Eric Kayser macarons. As a gift your safest bet is to go with the big names, right? Pierre Hermé, Ladurée, Dalloyau... Then again, Ladurée are not high on my list (more of that later) but what can you do? They are the world-famous brand for macarons. Reputation means a lot in those situations.

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I have had so many macarons in my life, I didn't think it was possible to screw one up. I thought maybe macarons were just always delicious. But I was wrong. Walking around Paris with some friends, I decided to finally stop in this cute little store in the Marais and try one of their vanilla macarons. I'd never heard of Damyel but I walk around that area so much, it was as good a time as any to try this patisserie. Unfortunately, this was not good. It was too sweet and had no vanilla flavor. It was bland and like eating pure sugar. 

However, I passed a Damyel store the other day and it said "chocolatier" under the name, and reading up on them, I see they are more known for their kosher chocolate. If you've ever tried them, let me know what you think! I hardly want to discourage people from going to this shop after one lousy macaron. I bet their chocolate – what they are known for – is much better.

So that's it for vanilla macarons this week. I shall continue trying them and letting you know what I find! If you find anything exceptional, let me know! I definitely want to try all of them.

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