This Page

has moved to a new address:

http://www.thisisglamorous.com

Sorry for the inconvenience…

Redirection provided by Blogger to WordPress Migration Service

16.12.11

{favourite five : owner of ladurée, elisabeth holder}

favourite-five-hed
laily-macarons12

No winter evening's rendezvous on the Champs-Elysées, with its glittering shoppes and glistening holiday lights is complete without a stop at our most favourite "fabricant de douceurs & gourmandises": Ladurée, in all its gilded grandeur.

laily-macarons5

In the early 1900s, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Ladurée's founder, Louis Ernest Ladurée, took two almond meringue cookies and joinied them with a divine ganache filling, creating the macaron as we know it.

laily-macarons7

Prior to that, macarons were simply cookies, which were first brought to France by Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs in 1533.

cherry-blossom

These little round cakes, which made their onscreen debut in the film, Marie Antoinette, are crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, and are made every morning by Ladurée’s pastry chefs who measure precisely, the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, and a touch of magic . . .

laily-macarons1

Ladurée, which began as a tea room near the Place de la Concorde in 1862, has since expanded within Paris, then to other parts of the world, including England, Monaco, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the Arab Emirates, and its most recent location, in New York's Upper East Side, where we met Ladurée's owner, Elisabeth Holder, who is also the sister of the Chairman of the company.

laily-macarons4

The NYC shop, located just down the street from Dior and Chloé, is a jewel box of pastel green, displaying traditional decorative accents, busts, mirrors and classical paintings, showcasing chocolates, crystallized flower petals and of course macarons, all imported from Paris each day.

laily-macarons6

Elisabeth, who began her career working in the fashion industry for the likes of Hermès, moved to New York recently to run the affairs of the newest Ladurée boutique.

laily-macarons3

Elisabeth has said that "The macaron is a grand classique of the pastry arts -- it's not an accessory. It's an experience of pleasure." And so, during our meeting with her, we just had to ask for her:



.......................................................................................................................................................


{top five favourite macarons}


01 | Fleur D'Oranger -- I love it because it reminds of Morocco.

02 | Petale de Rose -- This is one of my favourites because it is a traditional flavour for candles, cakes and tea. Also, it is special because it is associated with Marie Antoinette!

03 | Cassis Violette -- This macaron is so delicate! When you bite it you first feel the black currant and then the delicate flavour of the violette.

04 | Caramel à la fleur de sel -- This one is just tasty and that is why I love it!

05 | Chocolat -- Such a classical flavour for a macaron!



laily-macarons13

. . . and if you weren't already convinced of our love affair with the delectable sweet, see here and here, and here, and of course here . . . and don't miss here


.......................................................................................................................................................

p r e v i o u s f a v o u r i t e f i v e s :

* food editor & author : donna hay
* photographer : debi treloar
* painter : janet hill
* jewelry designer : suzie gallehugh
* artist: michelle armas
* jewelry designers : megan & moira flynn
* actress & writer : shiva rose
* jeweler : camille eddera
* artist: kimia kline
* actress & fashion muse : chloë sevigny
* floral stylist, part 1 : denise porcaro
* floral stylist, part 2 : denise porcaro
* fashion photographer & illustrator : garance doré
* interior designer & architect : nina freudenberger
* entrepreneurs : rent the runway
* designer : rachel ashwell
* interior designer : tricia foley
* photographer : romina shama
* jewelry designer : cc skye
* designer & ceramicist: reiko kaneko
* perfumer : anne mcclain
* model, author & designer : india hicks
* interior designer : kelly wearstler
* fashion designer : tory burch
* designer & stylist : linda rodin
* entrepreneur : alli webb
* founder of ilia : sasha plavsic

.......................................................................................................................................................

{images : one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine; quote via here}

21 | notes :

Nikki Rappaport [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh I love this post and interview. All of the mages are so lovely and completely embody the spirit and flavor of ladurée. Thanks for sharing!

B. in the Know [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love everything about this post! While I was in Paris, which I adore, I frequented Laduree for a couple macaroons, with Petale de Rosebeing one of my favorites!
Much love,
B

Karlita [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh Paris, pastry art and luxury all in one... laduree
Beautiful post!

rolala [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! Love this post! I also posted about macarons today and mentioned Laduree cause I first fell in love with macarons in Paris on an excursion to Laduree. It was so pretty in the shop I din't want to leave. I'm so excited they're in NYC now even though the line can be super long sometimes. I was just there last week. The Petale de Rose is a favorite and I'm also loving the new Praline flavor.

à la parisienne [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Roséline,
This is one of my favorite posts you've ever done. I just recently taught myself how to make French macarons (for a Ladurée-inspired birthday party)and my favorite flavor that I make is pistachio with lemon buttercream-delish. Perhap,since I live so far from the real Ladurée, I will try my hand at the cassis-violette~ that flavor sounds divine!

Le Chic World [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love macaroons and this is such a beautiful post to encapsulate the Laduree feeling perfectly! Loved reading it and hope to visit the NYC store soon! Thanks so much for sharing Laily xo

Teresa at Splendid Sass [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

There is nothing more delicious!
Thank you for sharing your visit.
Teresa
xoxo

Todi [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for this amazing post! Perfect!

Sara [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love the soft light in all of the photos! I also love macarons... especially the Petale de Rose.

The enchanted home [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a spectcaular post. Sending this to my mom who I know will so enjoy it too. Beautiful!

Priscilla Joy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Cause really, is there anything more lovely than a box of Laduree Macaroons....

Have a wonderful weekend.

Stacee at Darling Kichaa [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love your posts! I went to pastry chef school and have to agree that the macaroon is a piece of art and a fantasy itself. I mean, look at them! Does it get more lovely?!

Apricots+Silk [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Perfect perfect perfect post, as always.
The photos are enchanting and my heart beats for Paris! I long to live there someday.
xxxxx

Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Such a lovely post!

xo

www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

Naomi Goodman [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

My most favorite flavor is Caramel à la Fleur de Sel. It had the most delectable flavor that was so unexpected. Sweet with a hint of sea salt. My husband and I travel quite a bit and I adore Paris...I love France period. Although, he's asked no more trips there for awhile {so many cities to see other than Paris}...there is no way I can be in Europe or France for that matter without a visit to my favorite place to have the most delectable macarons ever...Ladurée and of course a museum or two. Happy Holidays.

Sarah Klassen [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a fascinating post, through and through!

Ladurée is so beautiful and special, and I really enjoyed learning more about its beginnings, and more about the owner now as well. When I visit next I must try the caramel à la fleur de sel maracon—but I bet I will leave with a whole box of them if I do :)

Warmly,
Sarah

Mitica Fashion Illustrations [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful pictures! so nice!

realelinkling [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Your blog is like a beautiful dream.

My Beautiful World [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Another wonderful post my friend, so nice to catch up again. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012.

Always Wendy

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

realelinkling -- perhaps one of the most lovely & poetic comments ever -- thank you x

Mia Rivel [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hello Lovely,

Just want to wish you an ever sparkling New Year. Love your blog btw, I'm your newest follower =)

-Mia xoxo
http://naturezfinest.blogspot.com/
http://mias101challenge.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-zero-project.html

Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping in to say hello -- it's lovely to hear from you!

j u s t a f e w t h i n g s
Please note that due to the inordinate amount of spam, comments with links to other sites may not be published; all self-promotion & promotions of give-aways on other sites will not be published; additionally, please include your blog address in the box provided, and not in the body of your comment.

Thank you xo