I was for a short trip (4 days) in lovely London, which felt like way too short of a trip to see the city properly. But I managed to visit Ladurée, as I feel like as a pastry-admirer I should always stop at Ladurée. Already having checked off every Ladurée location in Paris, this is my first non-French Ladurée location. And which lovelier setting could I possibly imagine than having Ladurée next to Chanel, Rolex, and Fendi in Harrods department store?!
I was in desperate need for chocolate after hiking up 7 floors of shopping heaven, so I ordered a hot chocolate, which is more like a molten bar of heavenly chocolate. If you remember, I made the recipe for Ladurée's hot chocolate a while ago, see here.
Dorie Greenspan writes in her book Paris Sweets: "Whenever friends ask for a list of things they should do in Paris, I always tell them they must go to Ladurée for hot chocolate – it is one of the delights of being in the city. Chocolat chaud made in the Ladurée style is unabashedly rich, luxuriously thick, textbook smooth, and the kind of delicious that forces you to stop all reasonable conversation so you can sip and murmur, “Mmmmm.”"
Next to the chocolate chaud, I ordered a Ladurée favorite of mine - the St. Honoré Rose Framboise. I previously ordered a Saint Honoré Rose Framboise when I went on vacation in Paris during a Summer. Rose-flavours, whipped cream, and a rapsberry filling skyrockets this dessert into my all-time favorite pastries.
It almost slipped off the radar to mention that I visited Budapest in Hungary last October!
I've been wanting to visit this city for a while and I kept on hearing such great
things about it from everyone.
I was there for a few days, but long enough to confirm that Budapest is indeed a gorgeous city
worth visiting! Here are my photos:
The incredible architecture from the Parliament's building. It is such an eye-cather that can be seen from many points in the city.
The center of the city to do some shopping.
The famous Chain Bridge with its lions.
Panoramic Budapest views; with the Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament in the far left, and the city center at the right.
Buda Castle and its magnificent night view.
The prettiest church I have EVER seen -- or at least, the prettiest roof! Matthias Church.
And just general prettiness from Budapest. Have you ever been?
If you ever want to take several credit cards with you and indulge in Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta,
Jimmy Choo, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, and many others, pay a visit to Il Bacio. You can leave your husband waiting at the bar.
And after seeing this incredible ice cream rose all over the web, I knew I had to try it!
So delicous and pretty from Gelato Rosa.