Carette is a beautiful art deco salon de thé that’s been at Place du Trocadero for over 80 years. But this I didn’t know until Carol told me when we were sitting at the new Marais location. Whereas the original establishment is riche et royale, where we were perched was quite casual; the perfect spot from which to watch the world sashay by. (And sashay they did, these incorrigible Frenchies.)
So, a Sunday tea date. What might accompany my pot of thé de menthe?
I stole a look inside to let the taste buds start percolating. Strawberry and rhubarb tart with these naughty-looking crunchy bits?
Raspberry gateau? A hedonistic slice of rich, dark chocolate cake?
I’ve found I like things that begin with C. And so I got the classic cherry clafoutis (I even made this lovely custardy dessert once).
Carol ordered un chocolat. Trop modest, I thought, until I saw what she’d been up to earlier in the day.
All around us, people were indulging in plates of vibrantly-colored macarons.
Pistachio, cassis, café, lemon, vanilla, raspberry, rose…
As soon as Carol saw the colors, there was no going back. We went inside so she could buy a box.
A beautiful hot pink box! Filled with macarons!
I was very jealous, and contented myself with admiring the macaron displays.
(And plotting my return to get a box myself.)