I am a lucky, lucky girl. Lucky to have these beautiful little macarons show up on my doorstep the other day, but even luckier to have the sort of friend who thinks of me while traipsing around Paris’ finest bakeries and then FedExes these treats across country upon her return to Boston. But then my best friend Amanda is perhaps the most outrageously and thoughtfully generous person I know. Not only does she love to give presents, but she chooses her gifts with such thought that the girl would make a fabulous personal shopper, were she not already a brilliant geneticist. For instance, when I was living in Norway for several months doing research, I found myself rather homesick and isolated at times. When I couldn’t find English language reading materials, Amanda sent shipments of books and magazines. When I desperately wanted some familiar American foods, I received a shipment of mac and cheese, tortellini, and my favorite snack foods. Perhaps the most over the top is when I casually mentioned that I couldn’t find a bagel in the entire city, a FedExed shipment of bagels arrived on my doorstep. That is the kind of friend Amanda is.
I had heard of the famous and colorful macarons at Laduree, but had never tried them, what with the pastry shop being located in Paris and all. Not only are they visually stunning (even when a little banged up from their Transatlantic and cross-country journies, as these are), but wow, they’re really delicious as well! Sandwiched inside the exceptionally light and crisp cookies are delectable jams and creams. The light brown salted caramel macaron, for example, has a smooth and creamy layer of caramel on the inside, whereas the red berry one has a rich, decadent berry jam. We are slowly working our way through the box, trying to make these little delights last as long as they can. I don’t think Laduree ships to the US, but you can drool over their lovely website while planning your next trip to Paris.