The colorful macarons Ladurée are famous throughout the world
If you have seen the pastel shade paradise of “Marie Antoinette” (2006), a movie of Sofia Coppola, you surely remember the beautiful pastry examples present in many scenes. Previously, if you wanted to taste the famous macarons from Ladurée, a Parisian house funded in 1862, you had to go to Paris or another distant city.
The good news is that the delicious macarons Ladurée are coming to Lisbon. The luxurious Avenida da Liberdade will receive them in the formerly space of Fashion Clinic, at Tivoli Forum. The owners of the new Ladurée shop will also open a restaurant in Tivoli Theatre, named Je Ne Sais Quoi, with a bar downstairs.
Ladurée’s macarons are very special. The word has roots on the Italian “maccherone”, meaning thin paste. This French specialty drifting from merengue has 4 to 5 centimeters of diameter and mixes almond, sugar and egg whites. Between a cake and a biscuit, macarons are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, melting in your mouth.
According to history, the macarons have been invented in Italy during Middle Ages and have arrived in France by the hand of Catherine of Medicis during XVII century, by the time of her marriage with the Duque of Orleans. The recipe has quickly expanded through French territory. The origin of the Parisian macaron know today comes from the XIX century, created by an ancestor of Ladurée house.
Ladurée’s macarons have many colors, corresponding to their flavours. There you can find these little almond delicacies with traditional flavours, such as chocolate, vanilla, coffee, pistachio, raspberry, mint and coconut. If you appreciate surprising flavours, try the marshmallow, rose petal, salted caramel and cherry.
Macarons are a reference in France among the luxury pastry and great chefs compete with ideas for new variations. During the past years, these petit-fours have gained recognition throughout the world and become one of the most wanted and shared delicacies, especially on social networks as Instagram. The waiting is coming to an end as Ladurée’s macarons will soon be tasted in Lisbon.
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