Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Smuggled Pierre Hermé

Pierre Herme Macarons
So what precious cargo did the Mean Librarian bring me from Paris? Pierre Hermé macarons! Boom! Keep reading.

Pierre Herme Macarons
When I went to Paris seven years ago (writing that made me feel old) (and made me realize I need to get back to Paris), I didn't know about macarons or Pierre Hermé or Lauderée or any of it. I was simply happy to have a new lease on life, and too busy being mesmerized by their markets. But now, now I know! So when the Mean Librarian said she was visiting a friend in Paris, my first response was "Pierre Hermé," my second response being "Please, please, please, please, please!" She relied on the counter person's help, having the lady pick out her six favorites. Going simply off the enclosed menu I believe I had Isaphan (rose, lychee & strawberry), Pietra (hazelnut-esque), Mogador (milk chocolate & passion fruit), Infiniment Rose, Infiniment Caramel, and Infiniment Chocolate Porcelana.

Pierre Herme Macarons
Even though they were all much less than fresh and had seen better days, they were all exquisite. The flavors come through beautifully without being cloying, and I can only imagine what they're like freshly made. As I ate them I tried to pick a favorite, but it wasn't until the very last one--the chocolate--that I fell in love. Deliciously dark and decadent, I could eat this macaron forever if allowed.


yixiao said...

looks divine! thank goodness i don't live near or on the same continent with the boutique =p

Jennette said...

Ha! I'm going to have a very similar-looking blog post in a couple of days, but mine were bought at the CDG airport and are probably, therefore, even less fresh. ;)

Anonymous said...

It's hard to compare with Laduree which sticks with classical flavor whereas Pierre Herme is much more original, you need to taste his Olive oil- vanilla, delicious !

Anonymous said...

What a lovely treat! I'm sure it was absolute heaven. Thanks for sharing.

Kristy said...

Mean Librarian?! What?? (ok, it's true.)