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The Top Five Hotels For Eating Macarons

November 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Usually trotted out into the lobbies of all the top Parisian hotels during fashion week, the colorful little Macaron treats are now showing up more and more often both outside the City of Lights and during all seasons. It's almost a full-blown hotel trend, these little tasty tidbits, and we've found five properties that'll happily place one into your palm.

But first, you must know the difference between a macaron, of which we speak, and the macaroon. A macaron is a delicate little thing made of egg whites, almond powder and sugar, which resembles a mini pastel hamburger. A macaroon is a coconut lump which is really yummy, it's true, but not what we're discussing here. Now onto the Top Five Hotel For Macarons.

· Four Seasons Hong Kong:
You're very far from Paris, yet really not all at the Four Seasons. In boxes of six, they offer nothing but the best macarons, sourcing a selection from Ladurée, the Parisian patisserie which originally begot the handmade cakes back in the 1930s. Choose from flavors including pear, caramel, strawberry and currant.

· Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Paris:
As the only hotel in Paris to serve up macarons from the famed French pastry chef Pierre Herme, the Hôtel des Académies in Monparnasse is a destination for those who love afternoon tea and seek something difference. With the 4.50 Euro a la carte tea service, the selection of Macarons is an additional 8 Euro and includes pistachio, black currant, balsamic vinegar, white truffles with grilled hazel nuts, chocolate and foie gras, wild roses with fig and foie gras, as well as black truffle. And it's all served up in the hotel's special tea lounge.

· The Dolder Grand in Zurich:
Although not true macarons, the fact that the "Luxembergli" treats are filled with champagne chocolate earns them a place in our list. They are airer in consistency and colored gold just for the Dolder Grand, a collaboration between Chef Claudio Schmitz and the Spruengli Bakery. Order up a Luxembergli (just one, to start) at the hotel's Garden Restaurant and enjoy the luxury party in your mouth.

· Hotel Le St. James in Montreal:
Leave it to a North American hotel to dream up a Coca-Cola-flavored macaron. Diners at the XO Restaurant can munch on these as well as other flavors like violet, lime and green apple—or all of them, since they're not on the menu and are presented as a surprise as part of the restaurant's tasting menu. Handmade daily by Executive Chef Michele Mecuri, they are more than worth the guessing game.

· Le Meurice in Paris:
The king of the Fashion Week macaron frenzy is Le Meurice, with their "detox macarons." Ingredients in these treats are rich in vitamins and antioxidants "to promote kidney health and provide defense from signs of aging," and yet they maintain scrumptious flavors like green tea and candied grapefruit cream. Each macaron is made in-house by the hotel's world-renowned pastry chef, Camille Lesecq, and thus it's no wonder that even size 0 models can't resist them.

[Photo: Milk Magazine]

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Yummy

Brown Palace in Denver also has delicious macaroons.

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