As those of you who read my blog regularly may know, I fell in love with the traditional French macaron when visiting Laduree for the first time in Paris. Amazing experience, and one that I think of to this day.
Whenever I see them, I have to try them, and during a recent shopping jaunt through Yorkville, G and I took a detour to MoRoCo Chocolat. This place is fantastic! It has a gorgeous little cafe that G and I are going to go back to when we are in the mood for brunch, and stunning white and glass cabinets filled to the brim with the blessed Macarons.
I couldn't wait to get home to break into the package. The white are vanilla, the green is pistachio, and the purple is lavender cassis. I am a purist, I love the vanilla. In fact, Laduree vanilla is the benchmark that all other macarons must meet.
Sad to say, this one was not quite there, though they were lovely. First, the vanilla was not nearly pronounced enough. Second, the filling was too light, almost more of a whipped cream. It was lovely, too, but just not quite there. That being said, I'd eat another one and would go back in a second to try the cafe.
If you've not been there and you find yourself in Yorkville, give it a go.