Friday, February 19, 2010
Madeleine Patisserie: La Maison du Macaron
If heaven had a flavor, it wouldn't always be chocolate. No, my heaven would know that to convince me of its holiness, it'd better work harder than that! Perhaps it would BEGIN with chocolate, but then the complexities of spice, sweet, & salt would have to be displayed to my palate.
The taste of heaven is something I look for here on earth. I also go looking for taste's sibling, texture. Both are important elements to celestial dining. That being said, this sacred duo of food can be witnessed firsthand at the humble Madeleine Patisserie just by taking one bite of their macaroons.
Clearly their macaroons are the keys to the pearly gates! I can't even begin to fathom how they captured the taste of a blossoming Rose. In the dead of winter, it was spring upon my tongue- a floral bouquet that was both comforting and refreshing. Next, I moved onto the Port Wine and White Chocolate. The deep rich nose of a fine port wine was blended effortlessly with the usually too sweet white chocolate. The blending of these two characters became as classic a pair as Ms. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. D'Arcy!
Then came, as God intended, the marriage of Caramel and Fleur de Sel. Never was a more revered pairing brought to me in such a humble presentation. Land and Sea, Heaven and Earth were brought together in this holy macaroon. The salt of the sea brought added depth to the slight sweetness of the caramel. Then there was the perfection of the texture; it had a pliable crunchy exterior that delicately submitted to your bite to reveal a moist pleasurably chewy interior within. This journey to Nirvana ends with a decadent creamy center of bountiful flavor seduction- the concentration of the flavors of caramel and fleur de sel.
Go to Madeleine Patisserie and leave this earth for a little while. With a huge sundry of artisanal crafted flavors you're guaranteed unlimited entry to the Elysian Fields!
P.S. Macaroon Flavors Sampled (so far):
Rose, Port Wine & White Chocolate, and Caramel with Fleur de Sel.