This weekend I broke all of the rules. It’s been so warm out! I think it’s making me do crazy things. At the top of that list is eating dessert for breakfast. And not just any dessert, but macarons (while watching Gossip Girl re-runs I might add … how very Blair Waldorf of me). Macarons may seem like the cliche blogger treat, but there’s a reason we love them so much – they’re light, airy, and oh-so-decadent. It’s a sweet treat that keeps you from feeling that post-consumption guilt. Well, unless you eat like 15 of them…
Macarons: Macaron Cafe c/o | Mug: Etsy | Plate: Vintage | Book: Amazon
Fun fact – macarons are actually really difficult to make (I would know, I’ve tried). Having been a part of such an onerous process helps me recognize a good macaron when I taste one, and I really appreciate each little bite! Macaron Cafe has some of the best macarons around, and they’ve definitely become one of my go-to spots in the city. Last week they sent over a variety pack for me to sample and you can imagine the kind of restraint it took to photograph these guys before getting to enjoy them.
Let’s talk flavors, because the kind of macaron you choose to indulge in can really color your opinion of this
food group treat as a whole. The coconut one had a strong coconut flavor, but was by no means a death-by-coconut situation. As someone who’s not generally a fan of coconut, I actually kind of enjoyed it. Next was a rose lychee macaron. The floral notes were very forward, but it was still sweet. More important, it didn’t taste like you were drinking a perfume bottle. I’m dying to know how they can make it taste as good as it smells! Last we had a few nutella macarons. These were sweet without being too sweet, and had subtle notes of hazelnut in each bite. Since I like to consume my sweet calories in the form of chocolate, this was definitely my favorite.
So, next time you’re contemplating which dessert to ruin your dinner with (or in my case breakfast), I suggest you go the French route and grab a macaron over a cupcake.
Your taste buds (and waistline) will thank you.