A Little Piece of Paris at Home

I should begin by telling you I absolutely love France. Having visited Paris and spent two weeks traveling through the French Riviera, a good french macaron is something I got used to. It was so easy to walk into a little boutique, pick out a few, and eat them along a river while taking in the french culture.

Sadly, that is not a reality back here in Calgary! Until now…


A new shop of sweets has just opened up in The Core – Monplaisir Delicacies. Now, it may not be located along a cobblestone road nestled between old, stone buildings but really, beggars can’t be choosers.

Selling French macarons, Belgian chocolates, and a various selection of nougats, this pop-up boutique is the perfect way to enjoy a little piece of Paris without first sitting on an 8 hour flight.

I eagerly made my way down, camera in hand, to check out the macarons and see if they could rival my favorites back at Laduree. Dangerously enough: they do.


After marveling at the flavors and color combinations through the glass casing, it was time to make a selection and actually test a few. Besides, I was starting to hold up the line of eager patrons.


I decided on a box of ten different macarons – although with close to 22 flavours it was a hard choice. In the end, we asked for two more to eat on the way home.


We carefully canvassed the selection, and ended up with: White Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel Crunch, Espresso, Pistachio, Lemon, Nutella, Rose Lychee, and Dark Chocolate.


But that’s only 9 you say? Well…we did have to pick doubles of a few because I was certainly not looking to share. At this point I will admit, my eyes did have a bigger appetite than my stomach.

The macarons are a pretty decent size. Two inches in diameter, the meringue base is crunchy and fluffy, stuffed with a deliciously creamy ganache filling.     photo-4-17

We munched a few back at home, before saving the rest for dessert the following day.

My favourites you ask?! Dark Chocolate and Mocha. I couldn’t stop talking about them for hours! In fact, I may need to make another stop…

A la prochaine!


Looking for a fun adventure? Why not have yourself a taste taste and head on over to Ollia.

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  1. Thanks a lot for this review and critic of our products. Being compared in such a manner to our masters in delicacies (La Duree), really touches our hearts. Our staff is working so hard everyday to keep the quality of both products and presentation, that this article will surely be seen as a true reward of all our efforts. Thanks again and “A Bientot”. JM MONS – President & CEO – Monplaisir Delicacies Ltd.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my review! It was my pleasure to visit and I am glad it meant so much to you – your team deserves it.

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