November 25, 2013

Let them eat ... macaroons!

{Review of Chantal Guillon Macaroons}

Macaroon Display Tower at Chantal Guillon
Chantal Guillon, 437 Hayes Street, San Francisco

The history of the macaroon dates back to the 16th century when Catherine de Medicis married the Duc d'Orleans—future king of France (Henri II) and brought her pastry chef to the French court. Thus an Italian almond-based cookie known as the "macaron" was introduced to France.

Window decoration at Ladurée boutique on rue Bonaparte in Paris (July 2012)
Originally a simple recipe of almond powder, egg whites and sugar, the macaroon evolved into a delicacy that spread to villages all over the country. 

In the mid-19th century, Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Louis Ernest Ladurée—founder of the celebrated maison de pâtisserie and tea salon in Paris—came up with the idea of filling macaroons with buttercream, chocolate ganache or jam. 

Today macaroons are fashionable cookies in Parisian pâtisserie shops. This delicious treat has also become en vogue all over the world.

"Gossip Girl" indulging in Ladurée macaroons! {Image from CWTW}
Here in San Francisco, Chantal Guillon offers the finest French macaroons in an array of enticing flavors, presented with flair. Her shops are as enchanting as jewelry shops, featuring colorful macaroons sparkling like gems within a sleek crystalline case.

Assortment of macaroons at Chantal Guillon's Hayes Street boutique in San Francisco
Since the shop's opening in 2008, Chantal Guillon has delighted the local SF foodie audience. 

Cassis-Violet, Raspberry-Lyche and Orange Blossom-Strawberry Macaroons at Chantal Guillon
You're sure to be swept away by the colorful assortment resembling a painter's palette, from Persian Rose to Raspberry-Lychee and Yuzu Hazelnut. You'll want to sample them all, and why not? You deserve the royal treatment!

Image from Sofia Coppola's "Marie-Antoinette" film (2006)

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Anonymous said...

I love that movie! :)

@the_bear_clan said...

Wow! This looks amazing!! My mom just adores macaroons and I am always looking for ways that I can find something nice to give her as a gift. She would absolutely love this place so I plan to take her here on my next mother/daughter outing. She will feel so excited! I can't wait to go, thanks for the great tip. :)

Miss Patisserie said...

Chantal Guillon is amazing! What a great idea for a mother/daughter outing! Your mom will love it!!

Bumbie said...

I love macaroons more than chocolate itself! But this blog makes them look even more beautiful than usual, and the history is something of which I was never aware. Thank you for posting all this. I cannot wait to visit and taste and browse and taste and purchase and taste.

Miss Patisserie said...

Thank you for your comment! Hope that you enjoy your visit! Have fun sampling all of the different macaroons!