Monday, December 18, 2006

La Maison Du Chocolat...

La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat Caramels, original watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"

I went into La Maison du Chocolate near Rockefeller Center thinking I'd get some small macarons. They only had GIANT macarons in. My baby macs were sold out!
What to do? No question. I invested in 4 Big Macs.
For art's sake of course :)
La Maison's Xmas theme is "Cubism" after the artwork of Sonia and Robert Delaunay. You can buy their sapin/Fir tree made entirely of chocolate "cubistic" designs.
A most unusual tree don't you think?
It so happens the Delaunays called their art, Geometric Abstraction. Not a good theme title for a chocolate shop. La Maison's "Geometric Abstract Christmas" theme.
Look! Geometric Abstract Bûche de Noëls!
Your average French Bûche de Noël looks like a faux frosted, rough log of wood, covered with mushrooms and mistletoe and other woodsey accoutrement.
La Maison du Chocolat is not afraid to break an old tradition and take it to new heights...
Along with my 4 Big Macs I fell victim to their caramels. I'm a sucker for caramels. Remember the days when a square chocolate was ALWAYS filled with caramel?
My family always "hid" the chocolate box in the bottom drawer of a small chest in the living room. The square caramels were always M.I.A. (missing in action)...
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat Big Macaron, watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"
La Maison's macarons are flown in from France several times a week, so there's a nice element of risk when you go there. At least you know you're getting the real thing. I've developed a serious addiction. 1 Big Mac = 4 small macs in my estimation.
Round the corner from La Maison du Chocolat on 49th street is 6th Avenue with all it's splendid decorations!
Especially these giant red Xmas balls..they go with eating La Maison Big Macs don't you think?
Can you spot Radio City in the background? :)


  1. I'm getting a Mac attack with all of this blogging about macarons! LOL.

    I'm going to have to get my mother (who lives in Manhattan) to bring some up when she visits this weekend for the holidays.

    I have yet to taste one and I'm dying to try them.

  2. Scrumptious! Each time I read your blog, my mouth waters! LOL! You know, I have family in NY and I usually go there for Christmas. I have yet to pay a visit to La Maison du Chocolat! It's now on my list of places to visit when in NYC.

  3. I love the fountain picture. Your site is always a treat for the eyes.

  4. This is spooky. I just rang la maison du chocolat in London to chase an order I placed online last week. Got a strange woman telling me she couldn't speak and put the phone down on me. I rang another number, found that my chocolates had been delivered to the wrong house. Aghhh!
    Lovely chocolates though! wherever they are.

  5. Anonymous11:58 AM

    Time when square chocolates were the caramel ones...Thanks for the memories. But now that caramels au beurre salé are always available, I wouldn't go back.

  6. What a treat, this blog! Giant macs and New York pictures! *joytotheworld* Thank you from the bottom of my heart! :-)
    The geometric abstract Bûche de Noëls remind me of an Austrian chocolate cake, "Rehrücken" (saddle of venison), an oblong cake with chocolate icing.
    I must admid I love the French old-fashioned ones better.
    I remember those giant red balls, along Park Avenue maybe in years past?

  7. Kris said...Time when square chocolates were the caramel ones...I wouldn't go back.
    I would!
    You knew what you were getting back then. All these fancy flavored ganache fillings.
    Bah Humbug!
    Course I just wolfed down 4 like that in a tiny Fauchon pink tin.But there was nothing else in the house...
    I liked those candy maps on the bottom of the box. They helped build up anticipation.
    And no tea flavors back then.
    What Lipton tea chocolates?
    I don't think so :(

  8. Anonymous5:17 PM

    What a great NY photo,Carol!!Really fantastic
    Well,now that I know of your choco-addiction (only for Arts sake of course;D)
    I understand the place your family chose for that chocolate box ;-)

  9. Anonymous5:49 PM

    You lucky soul, getting to enjoy those delicious macarons! :) I wish we could get them near me, but then again I'd probably get addicted to them and ask for a daily "subcription" or something....

    I love your art work. It's always such a joy to visit your blog. If I wasn't a student on a budget, I'd buy some of your pieces. But maybe that time will come too.

  10. Thannks for taking us along on your mac hunt, Carol, Love those buches de noel.

    I'm telling you, my macaroons pale by comparison. They look nothing like yours!

  11. Love your blog. I'm going to list you on my "morning coffee visits"
    Delightful. k

  12. 4x Big Macs! Carol you are addicted for sure! :o)

  13. The top painting is great. Very bold.

  14. The artistic way you combine words, images, moments of your day and the swirl of your delicious paint brush.


  15. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Love the New York City photo. Thanks.

  16. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Coming here is loke opening an advent gift every day. Sweet anticipation. Lovely blog.


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