Shock! Horror! I can hear the reaction in the blog world to the title of this post. But really, I haven't been as impressed by macarons as I was expecting. Admittedly, we've only tried the above macarons from Laduree, but they're supposed to be one of the best.
Or perhaps my underwhelming taste experience was because I (like a true Art Director) selected my macarons by colour rather than flavour. I hear that some other houses - Pierre Herme, for example, are really experimental with their flavours. They offer Huile d'Olive et Vanille (olive oil and vanilla) or Chocolate and Foie Gras. Or a Wasabi and strawberry combination. Hmm, not so sure.
The redeeming factor of my Laduree experience was certainly the packaging. It didn't actually matter what the morsels tasted like - they looked so fantastic. The French are really great at packaging things beautifully. Some of the best advice I've been given was that each time you buy something in Paris and the sales assistant asks if it's a gift - say yes! The item then gets specially wrapped. But then, I am easily seduced by a bit of ribbon and paper.
Maybe I just need to keep trying macarons until I find my nirvana? There are enough patisseries here for that to be a full-time occupation. But then I'd need a few more months and and insulin on stand-by.