“We are a 150-year-old brand and want to evolve and be a part of the change.” says Ladurée.
With the current global pandemic Ladurée has had to adapt and temporarily close its stores, according to local rules and have even started a Ladurée Relief Fund for US employees. Ladurée has 8 locations across the United States, in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami, New York, and over 100 stores worldwide.
Ladurée is revolutionizing and refocusing their business with digital e-commerce making all their gourmet goods available online and shipped nationwide and worldwide. Most locations also offer a “to-go” menu with curbside pick up or delivery and it has even launched the first Ladurée plant based or vegan macarons and goods at the Beverly Hills, California location with Chef Matthew Kenney.
In the mid 19th century, the “Macaron” took on a Parisian flair as it is known today when an enterprising young baker, Pierre Desfontaines, an employee of the legendary Ladurée Maison in Paris, bakeshop and tea salon founded in 1862, thought of creating two Macarons with a sweet almond ganache cream filling sandwiched in between.
Just like fashion designers, Ladurée has imagined new collections and desserts such as the Rose Religieuse, the Rose- Raspberry Saint-Honoré, the Liquorice Millefeuille and the Blackcurrant-Violet Macaron.
This year for the 2021 Epiphany Galette des Rois or King’s Cake, Ladurée presents its Signature Gourmet Galette: crispy golden puff pastry, French-sourced almond and hazelnut cream filling with white chocolate shavings. Topped with a chocolate and caramelized hazelnut tuile.
You can still enjoy Ladurée and order online on laduree.us to be shipped anywhere in North America.
This French bakery is called Main Street Bakery & Chez Fabien Bistro. It is located in Grapevine, Texas also known as the Christmas Capital on historic Main Street. During the holidays Main Street is especially festive as people come from all over to enjoy the Christmas spirit, holiday lights, and activities at Santa’s village. Main Street is lined with original artisanal shops, American, French and Italian restaurants, and local winery tasting bars. This French bakery also offers a bistro experience called Chez Fabien.
I was referred to the area by a lovely Italian lady I met while getting my highlights done at Audra Ballard Hair Salon up the street on Main Street in Grapevine a few days before my birthday. So for the occasion, my daughter and I took a festive stroll there and walked into Main Street Bakery to pick up a French birthday holiday cake. I had taken a peek at the website beforehand and I knew it was too late to order but I had my eye on this fabulous looking cake called ” La Bombe” filled with chocolate ganache and almond paste.
As we walked in rather late in the afternoon I quickly glanced in the display to no avail until I asked the young lady who said she would go check in the back. Lo and behold she came back a few seconds later with a big white box containing that same cake I had drooled over online! The Bomb! My birthday cake patiently waiting for me 🙂 A blessing!
Of course, my daughter wanted to take home some mini strawberry tarts and the gracious young lady added a “Mini Chocolate Bomb” cake to our take-home box as a gift 🙂
The verdict: this cake was succulent, delicate, light and so very festive and it also acted as the bûche for Christmas as it was much bigger than it looked. This cake was truly the bomb! Thank you! Merci!
French Bakeries or les bonnes Patisseries (for pastries) et Boulangeries ( for bread) are spread-out throughout Los Angeles and vicinity. Enjoy all your favorites from buttery flaky croissants, mouth-watering mille-feuilles to seasonal holiday treats like Bûche de Noel or Galette des Rois! These are some favorites French Bakeries ( in ABC order ) based on their genuine simple goodness & authenticity!
ABC Order French Bakeries in Los Angeles and Environs: ***