Thursday, November 30, 2006
16, Rue Royal, Paris
Despite the fact that I feel very crowded and occassionally rub elbows with total strangers..... and I am seated at a marble-topped table made for a person much, much smaller than myself..... Laduree still remains a haven of calmness for me and the many Parisians that are regulars .
Mouthwatering delectables entice you as soon as you enter this establishment. Counters are arranged to perfection with assortments of pasteries and of course, their famous macaroons, teas and cofffees, eclairs, petits -fours, chocolates, house cakes, brioches, pains au chocolates and an entire assortment of condiments to tuck in your suitcase for your travels home.
Croissants are the essential French pastry and simply put, nothing beats the real thing.....Once in a "blue moon" I will run across a croissant that appears to be flakey, but pick it up and it is loaded with fat and generally leaves a huge grease mark on the plate and all over my fingers. I give up! I just wait for the real thing! Sunday mornings in Paris are the best time to indulge in eating croissants.....but remember, no butter! I ordered an almond croissant......that's what you are looking at.