Macaron Day at Pierre Hermé

If you only swear by Pierre Hermé macarons, you have a great reason to indulge this weekend. Every year on March 20th, the French pâtissier hosts Macaron Day in his boutiques worldwide. The event was so successful in the past that it has been extended to last until Sunday 23rd this year in Paris and…

Pierre Hermé ice cream and new store in Le Marais

The much-loved Pierre Hermé recently opened a new store in the trendy Marais. I wanted to see what the place looked like but above all I needed to have a taste of their new ice cream. The sweltering weather in Paris calls for a little refreshment! Located on a small street (details), this is Pierre…

Les Marquis de Ladurée, Ladurée’s new chocolate boutique in Paris

Les Marquis de Ladurée is Ladurée’s new Parisian boutique entirely dedicated to chocolate. I discovered the place entirely by chance while strolling down the rue de Castiglione. My eyes were drawn to the dramatic macaron cakes in the window and, intrigued, I opened the door. I enquired through a salesperson about the history of the…

NY diary: the Caudalie Spa, a view from Chanel and other delights

After a day of cultural bliss on Museum Mile, I treated Maman Ritournelle to another pleasure: a morning of luxurious pampering at the Caudalie Spa. The perfect Mother’s Day gift! We headed to the Plaza Hotel first thing in the morning, walked through the lavish marble lobby and took the elevator up to “heaven on…