Even if you’re not a food focussed traveller, people who visit Paris will always come away with a fantastic food related memory usually relating to some sort of pastry or dessert. With sweets, desserts and bread usually being an afterthought in my diet, I was curious to see if the pâtisseries of Paris could bring me to the dark side.
When Paris went from dream to reality, one of the things I was most excited about was being able to indulge in macarons every day. It’s funny because in the classic question, “sweet or savory” my answer is always savory, except when it comes to gummy candies and macarons. In the past couple of years since the macaron explosion hit North America, whenever I see a macaron I just have to taste it. And although I’ve had some really great ones, more often than not I’ve been disappointed. I mapped out where the places around Paris I wanted to try and even thought that I’d sample a macaron a day. That idea got somewhat sidetracked when I discovered that there was so much more to Parisian sweets than the search for the perfect macaron.
The “problem” with macarons though, is that you can’t buy (or eat) just one. I started to find a flaw in my quest in that if I was going all out to try macarons, I’d be limited myself to just one sweet indulgence in a city of so many. I was pondering my quandary when I stumbled upon the most delicious treat.
And because once I find something I like, I can’t stop focussing on it.
By abandoning my macaron quest, I enabled my tastebuds to experience all kinds of pleasurable sweets starting with éclairs but branching into so many other amazing confections.
Don’t ask me why I thought this Pierre Marcolini macaron was the “best” I’d ever had. Maybe it was because I wasn’t expecting to find it, maybe because it was free. It’s funny how little treasures are found when you least expect it. Life is sweet.
Berthillon – 29-31 rue saint louis en l’ile, 75004 Paris (+various street-side locations)
Pierre Marcolini – 3 rue scribe, 75009 Paris
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