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Macaroon Heaven at Ladurée

28 Jul

GirlSeeksShoe here.

I’ve been rejecting my blog lately, so here’s something to make your mouths’ water.

In Paris, we passed this beautiful patisserie; its windows were enough to make us stop and drool, and then go and spend an inordinate sum on some pastel macaroons.

I have since learnt that Ladurée make the best macaroons in the world, and the most beautiful. The packaging is sublime, and they are dotted around the world to entice those in the know to splash out on some flower-coloured delights.

Just some of the packaging you can choose from.

The flavours are so intense, and literally explode in your mouth. Try orange-blossom and be amazed. Chocolate lovers should definitely go for the best tasting chocolate ever.

I also bought a bag, because what fashion addict doesn’t collect bags from the places she’s been? I got the one with the macaroons splashed over it, but it was a hard choice.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

P.S. Visit their website http://www.laduree.fr/en/scene and feast your eyes.

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FBF Friday – Food…

17 Jun

GirlSeeksShoe here.

Summer food is just glorious. Synonymous with a Pimm’s picnic in the park, or a fresh sorbet, and even the music form an ice-cream truck… summer food is easily the nicest way to transition from comfort food in winter to a never-ending stream of barbecues. As a student the food I eat tends to be cheap and quick to make, and in summer this is all the more vital… who wants to be inside cooking, when you could be at the beach eating?! My favourite summer recipe is definitely quick and a picnic essential. Plus, it tastes amazing even though it is super-healthy (the best foods are generally bad for you)…

How to make GUACAMOLE:

You need;

  • 2 large ripe avocados (halved, peeled and remove the stones)
  • The juice of 1 lime or lemon (I prefer lime but it’s up to you)
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion
  • 1 large tomato (skinned, deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 fresh green chilli (deseeded and finely chopped… remember not to rub your eyes!)
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander leaves finely chopped
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Put the avocado into the bowl with the lime or lemon juice and mash to make a textured but noy smooth paste.
  2. Stir in the garlic, onion, tomato, chilli, coriander and sugar.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (you can add some extra lime or lemon juice if you want to).

This recipe takes about 10 minutes and serves 3/4. You can eat guacamole with tortillas, use it to make nachos, and even have it as a healthy snack with celery, cucumber or carrots!

So slip on your shades, grab some friends, and enjoy.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Visit www.modlychic.com to check out the other Fashion Beauty Friend’s Friday participants’ favourite summer recipes!

You Are What You Eat?

21 Apr

GirlSeeksShoe here.

When I was little, I used to think that everything I ate made a home in my stomach. Apples would grow into apple trees, icing would become wallpaper, bread would be a bed, and chips would be people. Etc etc. Like I said, I was little. Obviously, I don’t believe that anymore, but I still have a soft spot for pretty food, particularly cupcakes. My reasoning is that if you are what you eat, and you eat pretty food, you are pretty. This totally fits in with beauty being on the inside… it’s in your stomach!

My obsession only rocketed up a few levels when I started watching Ace of Cakes. But it skyrocketed when I visited Magnolia Bakery, in New York. First, I happened to walk past their stall in the Food Court at Grand Central Station. How could I not buy a slice of cheesecake for my mother?  Then, well, if I was there… they were written up in Vogue after all. And Vogue never lies.

So, I sat down with my double chocolate cupcake.

Holy…

In the words of Katy Perry: “Boom, boom, boom.” Fireworks indeed. A veritable explosion of the taste buds, in fact.

To the annoyance of my family, I then loudly and continuously proclaimed that these were The Best Cupcakes In The World. I was attacked with “But you haven’t tried every cupcake in the world! You can’t say that!” and “Just come to Washington D.C, and I’ll show you the best cupcakes”. To no avail. Their words fell on deaf ears… I was a Magnolia Bakery convert.

 This was, however, by no means the beginning of my cupcake epiphany. I had always loved them, making it a ritual to buy one from the Selfridges Food Court (London) every Christmas and anniversary of my birth. Something about the candy-coloured icing – and, ohmylord, what a altitudinous swirl of icing – mixed with the soft cake underneath, in all the flavours under the sun… it got to me. For someone who had always loved colours, and pretty things, and being a girly girl, cupcakes were drops of paradise.

During that same trip to New York, several days after my “conversion”, we headed to the Rockefeller Centre. We passed some lovely shops, and then… I saw its cosily lit windows from down the block. Magnolia Bakery. The full-sized shop! No-one needed convincing really. My mother still remembered the cheesecake, my brother wanted a hot chocolate, my father knew they did eggless biscuits… I could call it fate (if I was so inclined). They were doing a charitable venture; purple cupcakes, proceeds go to Epilepsy Awareness etc. Well, purple happens to be my favourite colour, and there was one chocolate-based purple cupcake-with-a-daisy-on-top  left.

 Of course, I bought it. After taking about a thousand pictures and staring at it for a while, I savoured every mouthful.

Another thing about Magnolia Bakery… I would honestly recommend it as a tourist attraction. Not just for the cupcakes. Because  you can see them making the cupcakes in the window. The whole process if you wish. We stood there for about half an hour, just watching in awe as a baker filled the middle of the cupcakes with icing, and then iced the tops perfectly. The middle!

Another place that recently astounded me was the Selfridges Food Hall. I really hadn’t expected anything to have changed when I walked down there, so this display just blew me away:

The macaroons and meringues made me salivate, I am not joking. The excruciating part was, though, that I could not eat anything as I had just had a MAC make-over done for my night-out. *sob*

Of course, I could not let a post about pretty foods go by without an ode to the chocolate eclair. No, not the poorly wrapped sweet. The cake.

 

Now, this may not seem pretty to everyone, but following the theme of beauty on the inside…

*sigh*

Now also SeekingCupcakes,

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo