Thursday, December 20, 2007

La Maison du Chocolat

La Maison du Chocolat. This is where Mabel and I got our wedding chocolates. It is our favorite chocolate shop in the world.


I took Crystal here on her visit this past week, and we did a sample of LMC's greatest hits: candied chestnuts, macarons, and their hot chocolate. We left out their ganache-filled chocolates, but those are superlative as well.

It was a really cold and miserable wet day when we visited the shop. After we left, Crystal went through the 4 stages of it's-an-awful-day-but-wait-I-like-this-hot-chocolate.



First stage: Eww! It's windy and cold!




Second stage: God, why is it such a miserable day?




Third stage: Hey, wait, this chocolate isn't half bad.




Fourth stage: Happiness





The candied chestnuts are sublime.

The macarons are the best ones we've had, although we've never tried ones by Pierre Hermé. We did try buying them after lunch at Ladurée two years ago but a French woman cut in front of us to order and we were so infuriated that we gave up. That was before we knew that a line is literally a foreign concept to the French (we took it too personally) and before we had our first good macaron. Anyway, we made a big mistake.

Robyn at seriouseats.com and Girl Who Ate Everything wrote three great posts on the subject of macarons. The first is an introduction and short history, the second is a list of where you can find them here and across the world, and the third contains more first hand experiences with macarons. She loves LMC's the most too!

We went to the Madison Ave shop on this visit, but there is another location in Rockefeller Center that is just as good. Something to note about the Madison Ave shop. They have a nice cafe in the back where you can get their hot chocolate and other delicacies, but they close it off around Christmas. Their US shipping center is based in that shop and they use the cafe space for storage during the holidays.

Along the same lines, I noticed that even though the Madison Ave store is pretty professional and polite, there seems to be an amusing fly by the seat of your pants feel to the place. It's as if the people working there sort of don't know what's going on or they're just filling in temporarily or something.

You don't get that feeling at the Rockefeller Center store, though maybe it's too uptight there. I took Vickie once and she was totally creeped out. I don't know. I kind of like the nice service.


La Maison du Chocolat (Upper East Side)
1018 Madison Ave (btn 78th and 79th)
New York, NY 10021

La Maison du Chocolat (Midtown)
30 Rockefeller Plz (49th St, btn 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10112

2 comments:

crystal said...

you are a dorko...

it is pretty funny...

l, c

David said...

You were so adorable!