Living in Tampa Bay has blessed me with many opportunities to nurture my love of food. Since my arrival in 2003 from the San Francisco Bay Area, I have seen so much growth and innovation in culinary arts that I am proud to live here. About 5 years ago, I was introduced to Le Macaron at the International Plaza in Tampa as part of a food event that I had organized. I will never forget walking in and being mesmerized by the stunning display of colorful macarons. From that moment I was hooked and these colorful French confections are one of my favorite ways to indulge my sweet tooth. That night I had the opportunity to introduce about 30 people to this gorgeous pastry shop and learned so much about the history of these vibrant little gems that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Last month I was invited to visit Le Macaron French Pastries™ at their location in St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. I was beyond excited to venture out of Tampa for the day and explore another city. Truth be told, after living here for almost 15 years, I have only been to Sarasota a few times and all were very brief visits. It has been on my list for quite sometime to explore the area and indulge in their food scene.
My children and I were greeted by founder, Rosalie Guillem (her daughter Audrey Guillem-Saba is the co-founder) and her beautiful granddaughters. I was embarrassed because we were over an hour late due to traffic conditions and me not being familiar with any shortcuts on how to avoid traffic. Being that it was also New Year’s Eve weekend, it seemed that everyone was out on the road and enjoying the last days of 2017. I was so happy to be out of the car and to sit inside the beautiful location of Le Macaron French Pastries™ on this gorgeous December day in Sarasota. Rosalie made us feel right at home and I was finally able to relax after the 2 hour drive. She offered us assorted macarons, coffee, hot chocolate and other pastries.
While sitting with Rosalie, I learned so much about the company and how they started. They opened their first location in 2009 in Sarasota by 2012 began franchising due to the popular demand of these incredible pastries. With macaron flavors such as raspberry, black currant, vanilla madagascar, coconut, bubble gum, sicilian pistachio, passion fruit dark chocolate, rose, seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and more, you are certain to find a favorite (or three). My personal favorite is sicilian pistachio and the number one seller is vanilla madagascar. For a list of locations and to see if their is one near you, click here.
Aside from enjoying macarons on any occasion, they are wonderful for special events and make fantastic corporate gifts. To learn more about their special event offerings, click here. I know I am already planning some spring events with Le Macaron and can’t wait to share my ideas with you! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I am excited to share my love of these French delecasies with my loved ones.
I will be heading back to Sarasota in February and stopping Le Macaron again. If you are ever in Sarasota, I urge you stop by. St. Armand’s is beautiful and I can’t think of a better way to spend a relaxing day shopping and indulging in macarons.
**Disclaimer: I was invited to visit Le Macaron in exchange for my review post. As always, all opinions are my own.