Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Macarons from My Valentine
Last week, I saw a video on Desserts Magazine about how to make French macarons and it left me wanting to make a batch of those addictive little cookies soooo badly. But after my first and second attempt at making them, I just knew I didn't have the patience to make them from scratch. So I just watched the video to learn the proper technique and admired the French dialogue. Maybe I'll make them again when I'm not in such a hurry to devour them. Quick confession: I understand very little French and speak even less. Oh but I"m trying. I do have the best intentions to learn more; I have a stack of books and cds to prove that. Je parle francais..someday.
Anyway, I still wanted some macarons. So what's a girl to do? Well, there's only one place I know of that has French macarons here in San Diego. Opera Cafe and Patisserie offers a gorgeous selection of French desserts and pastries as well as a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. And best of all, they have a beautiful assortment of macarons that come in adorable pink boxes. They sell them for $10 a dozen and you get six flavors in each box. Whenever I have a craving for macaroons, this is where I go.
I actually interned at Opera for a short time when I was a pastry student. I guess my instructor, Chef Yves, thought it was the perfect place for me to go since I'm such a francophile. Thierry and Vincent were great teachers and it would've been nice to learn more from them. Too bad I didn't get to watch them make macaroons. I would've loved that!
Since Valentine's Day was coming up, I decided to drop a few hints and told Hubby that I would LOVE some Parisian macarons. No roses. No chocolates. Just macarons, s'il vous plait. And thank goodness he got me some. Oh...have...mercy!
Just in case you're looking for Parisian macarons, I stumbled upon a list of where to find macarons around the world over at Serious Eats. If you have a favorite place to buy macarons, please feel free to share it. You might be helping out someone who's searching for them in your town. Let's spread the love for macarons!
Please note: I am not a paid endorser nor did I accept any freebies of the brands or products mentioned in this post. I just love them and wanted to share them with you :-)