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Laduree Macarons Review

laduree macarons

 

Bonjour! Good Day Monsieur et Madame! As you can guess, we’re gonna be talking french fries today, I mean, scratch that, French Macarons, rather. Have you ever had one of these? I’m 110% sure that you did, or else why would it be everywhere in social media nowadays? (hmmm, y’all hype followers! 🙂 ) They’re like those Diptyque candles  but in the macarons world, and I’m not talking about coconut macaroons either. I’m specifically talking about Laduree French Macarons. Those cute and colorful round sweets that cost an arm and a leg, but the taste is nothing but delicious.

Oh well, let me tell you my experience about these macarons. The first time I had these coveted macarons was when I was in New York. I mean of course, where else can you get these fancy Nancy macarons nowadays? I know 2 locations in NY, which is in Madison Avenue and Soho. There’s also 1 in Miami Beach. Anyway, I went to the one in Madison Ave. and was super excited because that’s was my first Laduree visit and experience. Looking from the outside, the store is in a posh place in town, with high-end stores lurking everywhere. The store itself is neat but tiny, yet it’s well-designed and it looks very quirky. As I was line, I saw all these beautiful and well-arranged macarons and I admit I was quite overwhelmed yet mesmerized. As soon as it was my turn to the counter, I asked the saleslady which looks and sounds French, “How does it work?” I mean, it was my first time, you know… Suddenly she gave me that weird look on her face, acting all frustrated, annoyed, scratching her head, slamming things around like she’s having a tantrum and completely ignoring me while she conversed in English with her fellow coworkers. I was totally dumbfounded. This particular French saleslady was not only rude, but she clearly did not have the patience to sell. In my head, I was like “girl…cut the attitude…” and was about to walk out because I felt my blood pressure rising, but then I realized “I’ve got to have those macarons darn it! so I figured, if I point here, and I point there, perhaps the biatch will start interacting with me. So she did, in English. 🙂 and eventually I figured that there are different sizes and style of boxes that can fit either 6, 12, 18, 24 etc., of macarons with its corresponding prices. I was like, pardon my French and my ignorance, but there were different sorts of boxes to choose from, with teeny tiny letterings that are kinda hard to see, plus it was my first time. But why she gotta be so rude? doesn’t she know I’m human too? I’m gonna buy the macarons anyway, LOL!  A little explanation won’t hurt, you know. Oh! from then on, I’ve heard horror stories about other people’s encounter with this particular saleslady. Even much much worse than mine. If you knew her, tell her I said “Bonjour Bitch!” 🙂 excuse the wording folks! 

My experience in Laduree Soho was way way better. They’re also French, (I guess that’s always the deal)  but they weren’t like that “Barneys-wannabe” saleslady in Madison Avenue. 🙂

So, I got my macarons, now, for the best part, THE TASTE. Unlike most macarons I’ve tasted which are mostly local from my unknown little town, these macarons have a lot more flavor and have a slightly crunchier texture on its shell compared to others I’ve tried. You can really taste the strawberry if it’s strawberry flavor, and you can really discern the lemon flavor as well. Unlike some macarons that are too sweet, these macarons concentrate on flavor instead. Though they may pack a punch when it comes to taste and flavor, be aware that they are really small. Being $2.80 per piece, you would expect these to be quite substantial in size, but nope. My local macaron shop sells macarons at a fraction of the Laduree macarons’ price with quite a pretty good assortment of flavors and are also tasty. May not be “Laduree tasty,” but it’s good enough. Also, these macarons come in cute and uniquely-designed boxes, which of course, counts for the steep price, but can be recycled for any other usage you want them to. Hint: makeup storage.

These macarons are really pricey and probably are overhyped. But hey if you’re in NY, or if you happen to be nearby any Laduree stores, it wouldn’t hurt to drop by or give it a try, right? Just stay away from that snotty Madison Avenue saleslady. Anyway, here are the prices for:

6 pieces macarons/standard box: $21.00

8 pieces/standard box: (pictured above) $26.00

6 pieces/gift box: $24.00

18 pieces Bonaparte Box: $57.00

24 pieces Pink Square Box $73.00

 

You can also checkout the Laduree Charms HERE.

 

laduree french macarons review

 

Au Revoir Everyone! 

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Diptyque Candles Review

diptyque candles review

 

Howdy Candle Lovers! I finally pulled the trigger and tried some Diptyque candles in votive sets. As you can see above, they’re Roses, Figuier and the most popular one, Baies. 

I was wondering what’s the fuss with all these fancy schmancy scented candles? why are they in almost every blogger’s photos? I swear, I’ve been dying to know, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger until I saw a Diptyque store at Grand Central NYC, and the rest was history. 🙂 

What do I think of them? They’re really pretty, with a capital P. 🙂 There’s something sleek about a white candle/wax in a clear glass jar, which has a nice and crisp white label that identifies the scent. This is nothing like your ordinary scented candle for sure. Even without lighting these candles, their scents trail everywhere and mind you, they’re really strong. Not in a bad way though, they’re more perfumey and quite soapy at the same time. But it’s not a bad combination, it’s actually very pleasing to the senses. FYI: How d’ya pronounce “Diptyque?” Is it Deep-tick as in fleas? Is it Dip-tike? No girl, read mah words, not lips, it’s “Dip-Teek” so they say…

They definitely smell high-end. The kind of scents you usually notice upon entering some high-end stores, like the friendliest place on earth called Barneys. 🙂 hahah, (don’t get me wrong, they’re not all like that, you know… 🙂 ) I definitely understood now why a lot of people went gogogaga with these, they smell soooo gooood it’s addicting! Everytime I light one of these candles and close my eyes, I could hear Iggy Azalea in the background singing “I’m So Fancy” 🙂  But of course, I open my eyes and realize “it’s a damn expensive candle I’m burning!”  Lawd what has gotten into me?…. I’m really going to hell…  🙂  but wait, let’s see what I got;

diptyque baies candle

Baies – Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the most famous Diptyque candle of them all? Baies my queen readers! With a mix of roses and blackcurrant leaves, this scent is fruity, sexy, fresh, and just lovely. If you’re planning to buy just one Diptyque candle in your life, (which probably you wont, I guarantee it) then go with this one. The scent is strong, so strong that I could smell this anywhere inside my house. Even if I cover or hide it, it’s still haunting me everywhere like a ghost. 🙂

diptyque figuer candle

Figuier – Never knew Diptyque could make a fig-scented candle this good. This candle smells like Fig and nothing but the Fig or Fig wood I should say. This is the preferred scent of Marc Jacobs, you know him? I do, he’s my next door neighbor, like some 300 years ago…LOL! Anyway, this scent is also gorgeous, it’s smells like a strong, perfumey and milky fig. A lot of people are definitely in love with this.

diptyque roses candle

Roses – Roses are red my love, violets are blue…my second favorite scent next to Baies. This indeed smells like a bouquet of roses, as in so much so. Its scent is also strong and might be slightly similar to Baies, but that’s because Baies has roses in it too. 

 

To sum it all up, these candles are great! they have such intense and unique scents. I’m actually surprised and amazed at how good these candles are. Now, when it comes to price point, are they worth it? Hmm, that’s the million dollar question. Girl, it depends. If you can afford it, why not coconut? right? Personally, I would love to buy them all, but I think it’s better to pick only what you like/love the most, and probably buy a few limited editions here and there. They’re really wonderful candles, and I’m now a convert, but after all, they’re just candles.

 

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L.

 

 

 

Nespresso Pixie Review

nespresso pixie review

 

Kon’nichiwa Friends! This post is dedicated to all the coffee lovers out there. I truly cannot imagine a world without coffee. We’d probably be all sluggish by now, pinching ourselves to wakeup and pretend like we’re paying attention to every single thing that we’re doing. I swear, a quick caffeine fix is really a game changer. But let me tell you, not all coffees are created the equal, and not all coffees are prepared the same as well. Lemme introduce you to my Holy grail coffee maker, the Nespresso Pixie. 

This portable espresso maker packs a punch. It’s everything that I need in a coffee machine and it saves me money. And of course, it tastes as great as Starbucks. 🙂 The price of this amazing little espresso maker can’t be beat, but it’s not all the price that I raved. I love how it’s easy to use, no brainer at all.

 

 

nespresso pixie espresso coffee maker

 

Likes: 

  • it’s extremely portable
  • nice cable length
  • water tank is removable
  • easy to understand instructions and relatively easy to use overall
  • has a power saver mode
  • free Nespresso pods to try
  • can choose between an Espresso or Lungo size
  • foldable
  • foldable drip tray
  • robust body
  • doesn’t need to refill water tank all the time
  • easy capsule/pod insertion
  • has “used pods” catcher/reservoir
  • ergonomic handle
  • has empty water tank detection
  • heats up really fast: 30 seconds
  • one touch buttons
  • convenient power cord storage
  • makes fast and great tasting coffee

 

Slight Dislikes:

  • can be quite noisy
  • needs to use only Nespresso pods 
  • pods are delicate and can be easily dent

 

nespresso pixie pods

 

As someone who is also a fan of Keurig K45 Elite, I realized that this little espresso machine makes coffee tastier and overall better than most drip coffee machines nowadays.  Though it can never replace the versatility of Keurig machines, the problem with drip coffees is that they tend to leave a very bitter aftertaste, while espressos lose the bitterness when added with milk. They also seemed to taste more concentrated than drip-brewed coffee as well. Yet somehow, I still think when it comes to coffee, it’s all about personal preference and taste. 

Now, what’s the difference between this “Pixie” model versus the “Inissia?” While I haven’t tried the Inissia, I think the difference is quite minimal. The Nespresso Pixie is more compact and has an aluminum body, while the Nespresso Inissia is made of plastic, lightweight, doesn’t have empty water detection, and is not as compact. However, both machines brew the same.

When it comes to taste, there’s really not much difference between this and Starbucks. You may not get the Starbucks portion is one preparation, but the punch is still the same. This nice little espresso machine can awaken the dead. 🙂 even with just one shot. Plus, each pod costs around $.070-$.0.75 dollah, so that’s something to consider, and Nespresso has a wide range of Pods to choose from, depending on which Nespresso machine you have. So grab one now, they’re on sale here.

 

That’s it for now folks! Happy Monday!

 

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