A few months ago I concluded the “No Macaron Left Behind” mission — not by choice but because my Work & Holiday Visa was days away from expiring. Sadly “macaron consumption” is not on Australia’s skill shortage list, and there is no sub-class of visa for those on wicked cool food missions. Australia’s a welcoming place but not THAT welcoming.
But how can you really conclude a mission that’s called NO macaron left behind?! While it was originally intended for sampling as many flavors of Adriano Zumbo macarons as possible, I have decided to continue the mission wherever and whenever macarons are to be found. I have missed the 2-3 bite sized treats and I’m not the only one. Several friends and readers asked for MORE macaron love, and I’m here to deliver, m’dears!
I just returned from a 10-day trip to London, and before I’d even crossed the pond, two friends sent me articles and suggestions on patisseries to visit. Bless your hearts!
71-72 Burlington Arcade
London W1J 0QX
On a beautiful, sunny day (I left London with a TAN!), I met up with six of my Londoners and my pal Anna from Sydney to try the macarons at Ladurée.
I had no idea how these macarons would compare to Zumbo’s, but I was excited to introduce some of my friends to their first ever macaron. One suggested I will one day be named the “giver of macarons to the world” — if only!
The Ladurée macarons were quite different to the ones I’ve become familiar with at Zumbo’s. The shells were very thin (though you can’t tell from the photo) with no ultra-thin outer crispy layer. The filling was thick and two of the four flavors I tasted had a filling that was similar to the consistency of a jelly bean. While the shells and filling didn’t match my expectations, the flavors were beautiful in their subtleties or punch.
A friend offered me a bite of her salted caramel macaron, and it was a hit. Not as good as Zumbo’s foodgasmic version, but a good alternative!
Begins with a light orange taste and finishes on a more floral note
Lemon and thyme:
Thyme is recognizable straight away and is present in just the right amount. Nice lemon finish. My favorite of the four.
Blackcurrant and violet:
My friends and I didn’t notice any violet, but the blackcurrant was very tasty — like we’d stuck a spoon in a jar of homemade jam.
22 The Pavement
Clapham, SW4 0HY
Shel and I ventured to Clapham to try a few macarons at the appropriately named patisserie, Macaron. She chose raspberry, I chose blueberry, and we decided to add in a salted caramel.
Before we took our first bite, we both observed that the three macarons couldn’t be more different. They were like papa, mama, and baby bear — the salted caramel was bite-size while the blueberry would need 3-4 bites. The raspberry seemed to have a fair amount of filling, while the other two had very thick shells and a very thin layer of filling in the middle.
The colors were beautiful, but the tall shells, lack of filling, and varying sizes left me wanting. At only 1 quid a morsel, however, I didn’t feel too cheated.
My time in London may be over, but I still have more food adventures from the city to share, and of course future macaron outings to orchestrate. Out of curiosity I looked at flights to take me to Sydney for Macaron Day in early November. The price was very reasonable, and I was tempted to book the flight, but I didn’t create a “tight pants, no money” blog tag for nothing. This girl’s gotta work for a few months to get back on track. But Zumbo, Qantas, VAustralia, SMH, SBS…I’d still take you up on a sponsored trip in a heart beat O:-)
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