That’s right, you heard me clearly, is it possible that the macaron is soon going to rule the market of portable deliciousness once dominated by the cupcake? I have been saying it for quite sometime that this shift in power was bound to happen, but now that The Wall Street Journal even took notice today, this may be happening sooner than I had thought.
The delectable French treats, not to be confused with the ‘other’ macaroon, are meringue-based sandwich cookies which can be found in a variety of flavors ranging from the more traditional – raspberry, vanilla, and mint – to the more unusual – PB&J, candy cane, and saffron pumpkin. Once a unique and coveted treat that often required a trip to Paris to get a hold of, now can easily be yours any day of the week between the hours of 6 AM and 10 PM via your local Starbucks (you may want to confirm those hours before leaving the house running).
I have tasted my fair share of macarons in the past few years and must say that the real thing does not even compare to what you may find in a Starbucks pack of 12. So if you want to do it right, and can’t fly to Paris tomorrow to go to the famous Ladurée or Pierre Hermé, then you are in luck because DC has a few of our very own ‘macaron gods’ and suppliers of delightful confections.
- Restaurant Eve’s pastry chef Ed Jiloca is known to get uber-creative with his macaron flavors. Metrocurean even says something about a flavor that Jiloca makes called chocloate with foie gras buttercream. Not quite sure how I feel about that though.
- Et Voila, the heavenly little spot, has them on the menu – but you have to call head to make sure they save you some. I am not joking. They go very, very quickly.
- Audor’s pastry chef, Fabrice Bendano offers baking lessons to a lucky few who want to learn how to make this treat all on their own (and it’s not as easy as it looks which is why I am signed up for his class on March 21st). But if you can’t make it to the restaurant or get into the class, they are also available now for purchase.
I am sure that there are so many more places in DC that now carry – or soon will carry – the macaron so please feel free to share them with me so I can update this list, and of course, get my self over there as soon as possible…