Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Pierre Herme in Strasbourg, France
And now it was my turn to choose what to do! This was pretty simple; I had it all planned. MR was in for no surprise, he knew it had to do with food. And he wasn't wrong. LOL. A couple of years ago, Manila, the capital city of the Philippines went through this macaron craze (and so did the rest of the world!). For years, I've been hearing the names Pierre Herme, Laduree, Fauchon - who's better than who, who's more popular, who's more expensive. I've never been a big fan of Macarons. But then again, I've never had the opportunity to try the ones they brand as "the best in the world", so I couldn't help but wonder if my lack of enthusiasm for Macarons came from that.
The last time I was in Strasbourg (a year ago), I stumbled by chance on a stall that read Pierre Herme inside the Galeries Lafayette in Strasbourg. I was in a hurry to catch the last train going home at that time. When I was settled in the train, I wondered to myself if I had read the stall right or if my eyes were playing tricks on me and wanted me to see what I wanted to see.
When I got home, I quickly looked for their website online and it was confirmed. I made a mental note to myself to come back. My memory is pretty good for stuff like this. LOL.
So for you who guessed it by now: yes, my thing to do was drop by the Pierre Herme store in Galerie Lafayette. I think MR was a little surprised (or disappointed), but after several years of hearing about this, this was my chance to understand what the hype was about. Metz does not have a Pierre Herme store and who knows when I would be back in Strasbourg again. (I later found out that they do home delivery in France and Europe - check out their website for info!).
While mostly associated with his Macarons, Pierre Herme is more than that. He is an excellent French pastry chef and is also known for his delicious chocolates.
So we got a box to go which I made sure to carefully carry with me. Even if we were driving back home, I was clutching it close to me. I think I mostly amused MR, as he looked at me with half-smiling side looks.
MR wasn't getting any of this and I have to admit I might have added some dramatic effects just to annoy him. Or he was still annoyed at the man back in the store. While everything looked beautiful with the different colors of the macarons and the chocolates, we had the misfortune to have someone quite arrogant serve us our orders. Dressed in all black, he barely talked to us, mumbled his words, and sadly looked down at us. It was quite an awkward moment. Forget about buying chocolates, I just had to get the hell out of there ASAP!
We brought home a box of 7 Macarons (18 Euros). Out of the 3 boxes available, MR chose the green one or London landmarks.
The Tate Modern, The London Eye, The British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Bus, Tower Bridge, and Pierre Herme and his fabulous Macaron (ahem...!)
I delicately opened the box. YES!!! Everything was in place and intact.
Next came the best part - Taste-Testing!!!
Rose and Petales de Rose / Rose and Rose Petals
Pistache / Pistachio
-still no comment (...uh-oh...)
Citron / Lemon
-again, nothing happened (was I in for disappointment???)
Chocolat au Lait & Fruit de la Passion / Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit
- and just when I was about to give up, this came. The combination of the creamy chocolate and the sweet tartness of the passion fruit just did it for me! <3 <3 <3
Chocolat Pur Origine Bresil, Plantation Paineiras / Pure Chocolate Brazil Origins, Paineiras Plantation
-biting into this was a wonderful experience!
Caramel au Beurre Sale / Caramel with Salted Butter
-good, but not as good as the 2 previous ones
Huile d'Olive & Vanille / Olive Oil & Vanilla
-suggested by the man in the store. This was probably the most unusual combination of flavors we got. Unlike the Rose one, the flavors were present, with the olive oil at the first bite and the vanilla creeping in last. While I wasn't a fan, MR loved it. Which successfully proves that we all different tastes and thank God for that! :)