Mouthwatering Macarons in Singapore!

On a recent flight to Singapore while waiting for the inflight entertainment to start, I was leafing through the inflight mag looking at the pretty pictures.
Suddenly a picture of some brightly colored macarons caught my eye.
Now Tommy doesn’t get along well with gluten which limits the range of sweets he can gorge himself on. However macarons are on the allowed list so the photo piqued my interest and I felt Tommy awakening in his lair.
Reading further I discovered that the famous French Patisserie, Laduree had opened up in Singapore and was not far from the hotel where I would be staying. Gently arousing the Boss from her slumber with a quick elbow to the ribs, I told her of the grand plan formulating in my stomach brain.
Sure enough after settling into the hotel room we headed down Orchard Rd to Ngee Ann City to sample some French sweetness.

Laduree Ngee Ann City
The shop is a delight to the eyes with it’s chandeliers and pale green interior lined with gift boxes and macaron towers. Taking pride of place in the center is the glass case filled with multicolored macarons.

Laduree Ngee Ann City Interior

Not knowing where to start we asked the helpful staff for advice. They are not cheap at SGD$3.80 each so financial propriety won over gluttony and we chose four different flavors based on their recommendations.
Macarons packed and paid for we walked out the door and after only a few steps unable to resist temptation any longer we decided to eat one. 30 secs later the bag was empty and we were back in the shop being greeted again by the knowing grins of the shop assistants!
Throwing financial caution to the winds we bought another selection of flavors and this time vowed not to eat them before returning to the hotel room, which was an exercise in extreme willpower as they are mouth-wateringly delicious.
The dark chocolate and the salted caramel were my particular favorites, although I have to say it is hard to pick one flavor over another as they are all very good. Tommy was just grateful for some sugar.

Laduree Macarons
So if you find yourself in Orchard Rd in Singapore pop into Laduree in Ngee Ann City. Your taste buds will thank me.
By the way, I am off to Hong Kong this week and I hear another “Master of Macarons” (just made that up but it sounds like a French Superhero) has opened in the IFC Mall on HK Island. It is called Pierre Herme and another blogger reckons it is better than Laduree. Never one to believe something without testing it for myself I intend to pay Monsieur Herme a visit. Watch this space!

Ladurée Singapore

Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, #02-09 – Singapore

Tel: + 65 6884 7361

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Possibly the greatest culinary invention ever devised! – Cake in a Jar!

Haute Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake in a Jar

Haute Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake in a Jar

The Boss and I discovered this little beauty the other day.

Heeding the ever-present demands of the  ever ravenous Tommy, we headed off to the Juhu Branch of “Country of Origin” a newly opened patisserie in Juhu, one of Mumbai’s upmarket suburbs.

So named because of the foods from all parts of the globe, Country of Origin provides a wide selection of teas, chocolates, fresh-baked breads, and sinful desserts.
Presented with a mouth-watering display of desserts we struggled to make a decision but finally settled on the Haute Chocolate and Hazelnut Jar. Other flavours include: Cookie Dough, Caramel & Cream, Cookie Dough & Hazelnut Crème, Red Velvet and Black Forest Cake.
All one needs to do is place it in the Microwave for 30 seconds before eating, however the Boss and I being anti-Microwaves, instead went “old-skool” and kept the jar in a pot of hot water for 20 minutes ( yes I know, amazing restraint!) until the chocolate on top had melted and permeated the lower layers.
Mmmm, heavenly deliciousness! Now if I can only figure out how to get Roast Chicken and Mashed Potatoes in a jar, my kitchen larder will be complete!