Launch Party of Vendôme Macarons in Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City

Interior of Vendôme Macarons in Saks Fifth Avenue in Snacks Last night was the launch party of Vendôme Macarons found in the luxurious department store, Saks Fifth Avenue‘s SnAKS in New York City. Being surrounded with the beautiful people, the fashionable, and a couple of socialites, you know you’re in a swanky party — but all in the name of macarons!

Ladurée Holiday Party in NYC 2012

At Ladurée’s Holiday Party On Thursday night, I was invited to Ladurée‘s New York City flagship location for their first holiday party. Their windows were decked out in ornate holiday attire of gold and rich forest green. Attendees were chic Upper East Siders and fashionable people (I saw Frederic Fekkai, the famous hair stylist to the celebrities and Reed Krakoff, the handbag and clothing designer, and Mr. Krakoff’s wife) while I was there.

Rosé and Macarons at Ladurée for its SoHo Opening Announcement

Ladurée’s window Last Wednesday, Ladurée thrown an intimate party for a select group of VIPs to celebrate its (almost) one year anniversary and their official announcement (of the long rumored) opening in SoHo (to read more details at The New York Times’ article toward the end). Essentially, this SoHo boutique will be at the current Barolo space at 398 West Broadway (at Broome Street). It will feature the famed tea salon and pâtisserie that most of us who been to Paris knows and craves, and a large garden. Supposedly, this would be the largest flagship, even larger than their Champs-Élysées,..

Ladurée’s Pied de Coq box & November’s Featured Macaron Flavor, Black Forest

Ladurée’s Pied de Coq box and their signature shopping bag and my Black Forest macarons Earlier this week a Ladurée loyalist friend of mine told me about this macaron house’s limited release of their fashionable box Pied de Coq – a take of the traditional houndstooth pattern with bold fluorescent colors. I do admit I am a fan of their beautiful boxes and good macarons, so I stopped by yesterday at their Madison Avenue boutique. As expected, the line snaked around twice filled with Ladurée macaron lovers, mostly residents of this neighborhood. Waiting for nearly 30 minutes, I finally got..

Recap Day 2 of StarChefs ICC 2011: (Almost) Pierre Hermé Day

Pierre Hermé and his assistant teaching his first workshop Day 2 of StarChefs ICC 2011 was essentially Pierre Hermé (link to his company store) day on my agenda. Despite the fact that there was a cocktail/mixology class at the same time of his workshop, nothing can replace my undying love for Monsieur Pierre Hermé’s divine pastries and legendary macarons. Seriously, if you ever go to Paris you must go to any of his boutiques (especially on rue de Vaugirard in the 15th Arrondissement) and buy his macarons and pastries. Anyway, at StarChefs ICC we’re fortunate to see the master present..

Ladurée in New York City

Ladurée As of the past week or so, almost everyone in the Internet, food forums to respectable food websites talked about Ladurée. In case you haven’t caught up in my Parisian travels of last year (here’s my photo set of my stops to this brand’s patisserie as they have many locations in Paris), Ladurée is where one should get their macarons or if you’re a macaron virgin, this is your baseline. For some, the gold standard. The biggest shocker to me when I walked to this boutique this morning was that it lacked their signature tea salon! If you ever..

Itzy Bitzy Patisserie Macarons for February

My good friend, Mitzy Budiono, the woman behind Itzy Bitzy Patisserie, has given me a batch of February’s featured French-style macarons flavors to sample this past weekend. Yes, she’s the one who I would deem as the Pierre Hermé on this side of the Atlantic or at least New York City. February’s flavors As the container is labeled, this month’s rotation (of six flavors) consists of coffee, chocolate hazelnut, mango, Earl grey, strawberry chocolate (chocolate ganache with strawberry gelée bits within the filling), and Champagne (dark chocolate ganache with concentrated Champagne flavor sans the effervescence). Stacks of macarons They all are..

A Sampling of Desserts at Bouchon Bakery, Shake Shack, and Mitzy’s Awesome Macarons

[I'm supposed to write about my brunch with Helen at Shopsin's that took place two Saturdays ago but I don't feel like it. I'll post it once it's ready to go...] Last Thursday when I gotten my free sandwich from AQ Kafe, I walked over two blocks to the Time Warner Building to visit Bouchon Bakery for something sweet to cap off my lunch. When I peered in their refrigerated pastry case, I saw something I haven’t eaten since I was a wee lass, Ho-Hos. That’s one fancy Ho-ho…