Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Calories don’t count on the Week end (especially at Ladurée)

I am kinda back in Cebu.

I mean, my body has landed, for sure. But my mind is still somewhere in a paradisiac Parisian little shop.

All week long, as I was painfully chewing this infamous Jewish bread that tastes like cardboard (matzo anyone?), I only had one name in head (and in stomach!): Ladurée.

Like Tiffany’s, Ladurée does not need any definition. You don’t eat a basic macaron there. You are savoring un Ladurée!

Emilio Pucci and Ladurée are cosigning this ephemeral collection of macarons.  The limited edition box contains the Pucci macaron flavoured with lemon and rose that has been specially blended to evoke the dolce vita of the Italian Riviera...

Emilio Pucci and Ladurée are cosigning this ephemeral collection of macarons.
The limited edition box contains the Pucci macaron flavoured with lemon and rose that has been specially blended to evoke the dolce vita of the Italian Riviera…

The glorious French pastry opened its magical doors more than 150 years ago. Just imagine that Abraham Lincoln, Beaudelaire and Charles Dickens could have met up there for a high tea, playing checkers with chocolate and vanilla macarons…

History meets food and fashion: the shop could only be Parisian! Open the door of one of their beautiful stores, and here is a glimpse of the jewels you’ll find. Bon Appétit, and remember that only memories are worth counting – definitely not calories!


39 comments on “Calories don’t count on the Week end (especially at Ladurée)

  1. ItalianHurricane
    April 10, 2015

    I think my stomach is trying to tell me something… 😛

    • estelea
      April 10, 2015

      😀 Probably the same things mine is now shouting at me! are you still in Brazil?
      Big hugs back to you!

      • ItalianHurricane
        April 10, 2015

        Yep, I’m still here! I don’t really want to go back to Italy, except for the food… 🙂

      • estelea
        April 10, 2015

        I totally hear you!!! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Yvette Bouaziz
    April 10, 2015

    Franchement, moi je dis que tu devrais te faire payer. même en macarons. (Toutes tes relations en profiteraient).
    Toute cette pub gratuite!!!! Ils vont avoir du mal à fournir!

    • estelea
      April 10, 2015

      suis d’accord. Même pas difficile sur le choix, imagine comme je suis simple, finalement 😉 ❤

  3. luciledegodoy
    April 10, 2015

    Bonjour my friend! You delivered the goods, as promised, and I am delighted. It is a temptation one cannot resist! I am so looking forward to be in Paris again soon. Ladurée is a guaranteed destination.
    Thank you so much!
    Have a beautiful weekend in Cebu.
    PS. In a while your head will be joining your body in Cebu…whilst the heart never leaves Paris.

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      Oh, I adore this Ps, so well said 🙂 while in Paris, make sure you visit Pierre Hermé too. His macarons are pretty special too, he is more into the experimental, less traditional, but not bad (and my mouth is watering again). I went for a walk today in Cebu, and tell you what, feels good to be back in the tropics too 😉 this weather, smiles all around, and next WE back to the beach… Have a lovely week end XXX

      • luciledegodoy
        April 11, 2015

        You’re welcome dear.
        Thanks for the tip. I had forgotten it. Another Parisian friend prefers his than Ladurée macarons!
        You see, Cebu is welcoming you with open arms!
        Thank you and enjoy your weekend too!

  4. that traveling nurse
    April 10, 2015

    Yummm, I love macarons! When I visited New York the last time, Laduree was high on my list and bought lots of macarons. 🙂 I was like a kid in a candy store!

    And welcome back to warm and sunny Cebu. Glad you had a lovely holiday in Paris.

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      Thanks so much 🙂 Cebu has been super welcoming, awesome weather, smily faces, and was good to reconnect with my flip flop!

  5. brittabottle
    April 10, 2015

    Oh, goodness! Looks absolutely delightful! If I could, I’d hop on a plane to Paris right now, just to visit this place!

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      WIsh I could Fedex you some, but they say they must be eaten within 4 days 😛 X

      • brittabottle
        April 12, 2015

        Ah, darn! Well, it’s the thought that counts. 🙂

  6. anroworld
    April 10, 2015

    Hm, looks nice!

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      And tastes super nice too 😉 Cheers!

  7. dianasadventures
    April 10, 2015

    ooh yummy photos hehe, if only i could reach out and grab them from my screen! Sigh, I’ll have to wait until summer to go to paris and eat laduree. thank you for sharing 🙂 Happy Friday!

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      Paris + summer + Ladurée = you have the perfect combi my dear 🙂 Have an Orange Blossom for me, those ones are so incredible 😛 and a rasberry. Or blackcurrant. Chocolate was pretty good too I must say. Did you know that Ladurée has a shop dedicated to chocolates as well, with special macarons by St Honoré?
      Have a lovely WE my dear!

      • dianasadventures
        April 12, 2015

        Wow, thanks for all the tips! can’t wait to try it. haha

      • estelea
        April 13, 2015

        my pleasure 😉

  8. Yvette Bouaziz
    April 10, 2015

    Dis leur de se présenter de ta part! La durée doit savoir que tu es à l’origine de ce regain de popularité.

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      L’an prochain je fais Pierre Hermé 😉

  9. Amanda Afield
    April 11, 2015

    That looks delicious! How can you possibly choose? Or just try them all I suppose 🙂

    • estelea
      April 11, 2015

      Oh yes, you should try them all! and in case you are more into chocolates, there is far more in one of their shop called Les Marquis de Ladurée. It is so hard to choose, they look as good as they taste 😛
      The good thing is their price, so expensive that you have to be reasonable .. at some stage 😉 Happy WE!

  10. Amy
    April 11, 2015

    Agree! Why count when you want to enjoy?! 🙂

    • estelea
      April 13, 2015

      Carpe Diem, totally 😀
      have a beautiful week!

  11. Fabio
    April 12, 2015

    Dear Estelea, The photo of your children looking at the goodies mesmerizes me! What a moment! Thanks so much!
    In regard to the book (Life form, the title in English), I have already reached the middle. It is a strong manifest against wars of any kind. I am really enjoying the author! Amelie Nothomb writes brilliantly! Her fiction is so “real” that I googled “Vanitas vanitatum sed omnia vanitas” to read her op-ed at The New York Times. Of course, I could not find anything. Writing via letters is so powerful. I read a book by Amos Oz years ago in Portuguese (I cannot remember the title) where the author had used only letters. A great book as well. I will try to find the title. More comments will come in regard to “Une Forme de Vie”. Thanks so much, my dear friend! 🙂

    • estelea
      April 13, 2015

      And wait and see the end…. I love as well the way she describes her relationships with her readers, we can totally relate as bloggers. She gives so much importance to writing, exchanging, her “duty” to answer to all the letters with a proper pen. This part really echoed in me, especially when she says that she wonders why some people would consider a 4D relationship more genuine than the “epistolary” ones.
      (dont tell anyone, but I googled the OpEd as well 😉
      I am so happy you are having a good time with this book! I have been following the advise of Benedict – a great Brit blogger who graduated in Spanish and Portuguese literature, and bought “Conversation in a cathedral” from M. Vargas Llosa. WHat a book! I haven’t recovered yet 😛
      And I am still savoring the little Judaism 10 best ideas. I am reading a chapter a night, and I learn so much. Thanks a lot! Have a lovely week!

      • Fabio
        April 15, 2015

        Dear friend, I will finish the book by the weekend. Looking forward to reaching the end, as you gave me the heads up. I will put “Conversation in a cathedral” on my list as well. On Sunday, I am going to a conference for 2015 Yom HaShoah, in La jolla. Have a wonderful rest of the week! 🙂

      • estelea
        April 16, 2015

        you are a very busy man, but as long as it is with interesting things, it is very exciting 🙂 I read and re-read the part on the Shabbat and really like the interpretation. I like the way he reads the religion, so much more inspiring than all the conservative ones I read mostly based on “don’t”. thanks again for the recommendation 🙂 WIll tell you more next week! Enjoy the reading and the Conf, all the very very very best my dear 🙂

      • Fabio
        April 16, 2015

        Thanks a bunch and same same to you, my dear! Will write again soon! 🙂

  12. LifestyleswithLia
    April 12, 2015

    Hello dear friend!
    Welcome back to Cebu — I’m glad it was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed following your adventures!
    Ahhh, this post makes my mouth water! Your photos are divine…I wish I had a few of these beauties with my Sunday morning coffee today!
    Many, many hugs to you my friend!

    • estelea
      April 13, 2015

      They do perfectly match with coffee. Morning coffee, lunch coffee, mid day coffee and decaf I am afraid 😉 THanks so much for your kind words, big big hugs to you too!
      Have a very sweet week 🙂

      • LifestyleswithLia
        April 13, 2015

        Indeed, any type of coffee or tea would be superb with these gems !!!
        Big big hugs!

      • estelea
        April 14, 2015

        Huge hugs and lots of virtual macarons all the way to NYC 🙂

      • LifestyleswithLia
        April 14, 2015


  13. Fabio
    April 16, 2015

    Estelea, Please see this:

    And I treasure your friendship!

    Take care! 🙂


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