The holidays have passed and our home was filled with many wonderful treats, especially FRIANDISES (Fr., sweets). I’m going to tell you about the best macaroons, the best chocolates and also my favorite jam and tea. These products are available online and also in shops in NYC, Paris, London and Tokyo.


Pierre Hermé Jams

Pierre Hermé is a French pastry chef, most famous for his macaroons. He has been called “The Picasso of Pastry” and is heir to four generations of Alsatian baking and pastry-making. Hermé worked with Fauchon, the fine food establishment and Ladurée, also famous for their macaroons, before he opened his own business in Paris in 2005.

The jams are prepared in Alsace by Christine Ferber. Pierre Hermé has exclusively created the recipes and only fresh fruit is used as a base, not pectin. You will find the main ingredient in almost all jams is sugar — but not with these jams. I have Confiture de Framboises a la Violette (Raspbery fruit with hints of violet) and Confiture de’Oranges Amères (Bitter Orange Marmalade).

All can be purchased on their online shop or in their shops worldwide.

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Beautifully boxed Pierre Hermé jams

Confiture d’Oranges Amères by Pierre Hermé
photographs by ladyalicephotograhy.com


Mariage Fréres Tea


My absolutely favorite tea in the world, bar none, and first stop in Paris to buy a special Assam (I’m in good company, Judi Dench only drinks Assam). This past Thanksgiving my partner found this tea in Selfridges. Please try it, it is sublime.

Teas can be purchased from their website: www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/UK/welcome.html or in one of their many locations throughout France (there are also shops in Germany and Japan and one in the UK)

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Assam loose tea from Ceylon in fabulous canister
photograph by ladyalicephotography.com

We will also have lunch at one of their tea salons; will tell you all about it in early March when I return from Paris.

Photo via hipshops



Premium handmade chocolates, I have talked about them before. I bought orange peel and truffles from this company which is based in France. If you are keen on attention to detail, this is the one for you — there is no other company like it.

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Pouch that holds box of chocolate


zChocolat.com has received recognition of its products, website and business model through awards  including “The Grand Trophy”, “Best Young Company”. Headquartered in Aix-en-Provence.” (wikipedia)

These are especially wonderful at Christmas but also great for birthdays!


Can be purchased in New York at:
620 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 246 4416
Tollfree: (800) 554 0924

also: 25 East 61st Street, off of Madison Avenue,  where I usually buy them.


The chocolatier and creator of Chocolate Springs is Joshua Needleman. It is obvious that he loves anything chocolate and is a master at his craft. Every year I get 1 or 2 Buches de Noel, a Christmas log. I love the champagne cognac truffles. The meringues are wonderful.

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Chocolate from Chocolate Springs, Lenox, Massachusetts

The cafe is open every day from 9am – 9pm, Friday-Saturday, 10pm. The cafe menu has drinks, tea, gelato, and pastries. You can order online or visit: Chocolate Springs Café, 55 Pittsfield/Lenox Road, Lenox, MA 01240


Pierre Hermé Macaroons

Photo via paris4travel

There are seven Pierre Hermé stores in Tokyo, six in Paris and one in London and an online shop

Here is a list of some of the amazing unusual flavor combinations:
Rose & Rose Petals, Salted Butter Caramel, Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit, Rose Litchi & Raspberry, Vanilla and Caramel Bits, Pistachio, Lemon, Chocolate & Foie Gras, Candied Chestnut, Lemon & Flaky Hazelnut Praline, Rose & Quince, White Truffle & Roasted Piedmont Hazelnut slivers, Green Apple Lovage & pieces of Sour Apples.

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Macaroons made by Pierre Hermé

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Charming Pierre Hermé macaroon box
photographs by ladyalicephotography.com

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