Singaporeans aren’t you lucky! If you love macarons and are heading to / living in Singapore then life is about to get well, a whole lot sweeter for you!
Ladurée (the French macaron artisans) opened doors to the first Ladurée boutique in South East Asia, at Ngee Ann City in Singapore’s famed Orchard Road. I guess that’s just another reason for me to love that great city/country even more!
Recently, I wrote a post Ladurée Brings French Macarons To Westfield Sydney, Australia! about Ladurée opening a macaron shop in Sydney Australia. Naturally, there are many macaron bakeries in Sydney but there is something magical about Ladurée macarons … and people were lining up for up to 90 minutes to experience the magical bites of heaven.
So, knowing the Singaporeans and their taste for good (sweet) food (confections) I wouldn’t expect anything less…
I have read the announcement here, where they also include a brief Ladurée macaron story which I thought you might enjoy:
The Ladurée macaron story
Louis-Ernest Ladurée, a French artist of versatile interests ranging from writing to pastry-crafting, invented the original macaron but unfortunately had his original shop burnt down during the Paris Commune of 1871. In the 1930′s, his second grandson Pierre Desfontaines rose to fame by sticking two macaron pastries together with a flavored ganâche and creating the modern double-decker macaron as we know it!
His gastronomical success was complemented by the genius idea of turning part of his shop into a tearoom. At a time when women were not allowed into cafés and had to keep to the seclusion of their homes, the Laduree tearooms became the bourgeois ladies’ new gourmand social venue.
Wow – what a great story! Hope you have enjoyed it.
I guess the macaron is only increasing in popularity, which is why The Macaron Master is so ‘in fashion’ right now! Speaking of fashion, make sure you visit Orchard Road in Singapore – it’s the fashion capital – and, when (ok, IF) you get tired of all your shopping you can always make a quick stop for a refreshing break at Ladurée Singapore!