July 14 we can celebrate the French national holiday locally. While I’m sure you would truly love to be in France…or even French-speaking Montreal, you can still celebrate with a great champagne (it can be champagne ONLY if it is made in France – otherwise it’s a Cava), and macarons.
Macaron shops are popping up everywhere and they are fabulous take-aways for your wedding reception…or any wedding related food event. They are totally bite-sized, come in tons of flavors and honestly no one I know can resist. Did you know that these cookies made their first appearance at Catherine de Medici’s wedding in 1533 – they were married for life. So I think that’s a good sign.
Here are a few places where you can find them:
Kee’s Chocolates SoHo – 80 Thompson Street
Macaron Café – 625 Madison Ave (enter on 59th Street)
La Maison du Macaron – 132 West 23rd Street
I know your first thought…French pastries’…French Champagne right. Nope. The dryness of the champagne will be a bit too much for the dessert. So go for something that’s a bit bubbly, but sweeter like Cerdon du Bugey, or a sparkling rose. Of course they are also just as delish with an herbal tea or coffee.
So thank you to our friends in France for Champagne, Fashion and Macarons . Viva la France!!