Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Ladurée – Upper East Side, New York

Posted on: Wednesday 04 April 2012

New York was quiet on a Sunday morning. Four days of volatile spring weather concluded with drizzle as we walked to the Upper East Side for sweet souvenirs. I had scrawled Ladurée‘s address in my notebook for last September‘s trip but avoided the opening weekend. I had mentally prepared myself for a queue out the door and was surprised by an empty footpath. Hello Kitty macaron decals decorated one window.

Macaron towers and Ladurée branded merchandise were displayed in another.

The macaron towers reminded me of a MasterChef Australia pressure test where contestants were challenged with Adriano Zumbo‘s olive, beetroot and raspberry macaron tower.

Sea foam walls were calming and accentuated the colourful macarons on the counter. Tiers of ribbons cascaded down wrought iron bars on a mirror.

Different sized boxes were neatly stacked on shelves interspersed by mini monochromatic macaron towers.

I resisted the themed boxes (Hello Kitty!) and purchased two classic boxes of eight, one for us and one as a gift for our French friends.

I was careful with the bag on the flight and there were minimal cracks on the macarons. From bottom: pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, caramel with salted butter, raspberry, coffee, orange blossom and praline.

Despite my lack of appetite due to laryngitis I gleefully halved each of the macarons with Mr S.

I have happy macaron memories and they’re best shared!

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