Sweets For The Sweet At Epicerie Boulud

Forget generic, let's go for the good stuff. Pink champagne and chocolate truffles in a heart-shaped box made completely out of chocolate.

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and settling for less-than-spectacular in terms of gift giving is unacceptable! Luckily, Epicerie Boulud, located at 1900 Broadway at 64th Street, has turned its production up a notch to provide you with the perfect tasty treat for you to give to your special someone.

We Heart Francois Payard

We've always been a fan of chocolatier and pastry chef, Francois Payard, and let's face it--it's hard not to be. But when the chocolatiest holiday of the year comes around, you know you are in for something special. Francois Payard shops are stocking up on delicious goodies for this decadent holiday and we couldn't be more thrilled. Francois has created great new desserts and flavors just for the occassion, so if you still need to pick up something sweet for your sweetie, now you know where to go.

Well known for his famous macarons, Payard is not just letting you purchase all his usual and seasonal flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and chestnut, but he has added four new flavors to the menu, which you can present to your beau in a heart-shaped box. Indulge in caramel coriander, strawberry basil, lemon thyme and mint chocolate in addition to all the classics ($48 for 17, $35 for 12). Looking for something super traditional? Scoop up a box of V-Day chocolates ($28 for 12, $55 for 30), comprised of specially made flavors such as mint chocolate, mango passion fruit & citrus zest, lemon thyme, and caramel coriander. Presented in a beautiful box, this will have anybody swooning.

Happy National Macaroon Day: Celebrate in Style!

Don't drop the ball on National Macaroon Day - whip up the tastiest and most innovative recipes for macaroons around. Forget traditional coconut, you can head to plenty a pastry shop to score those. But here are some of our more unique recipes for you to try out and make this May 31st unlike any other! Happy munching!

GroupRecipes.com has a very unique twist on the popular macaroon cookie. Add some fruity goodness into your sugary delight with Macaroon Baked Apples. Core your apples and fill the middle with your traditional macaroon ingredients. Bake and enjoy!

Cherry Blossoms & Macarons

Louis Ernest Ladurée first opened the doors to his bakery, Ladurée, in 1862 but it wasn’t until the 1900s that his second cousin, Pierre Desfontaines, dreamed up their famous macaron, made with a ganache filling sandwiched between two almond cookies. Now the famed Parisian maison du macaron is celebrating their 150th year of making delectable pastries in style by releasing special limited-edition boxes of their world famous macarons.

Mythical Macarons
The Fairest Macarons of Them All

For the best tasting macarons, look no further than these three places.

Light and airy, yet luxuriously decadent in a blithe Parisian style, macarons are the elitist response to the cupcake trend. Freshness is key with macarons, so your best bet is to get them at a local bakery. In Chicago, Vanille Patisserie is the place to go. But if you don't want to tramp around in the slushy snow, there are several online options where you can order a box of these meringue-based treats from the comfort of your home. A foodie's affordable substitute for a vacation in the French Riviera.