Tuesday, June 10, 2014

3rd Time is A Charm: Macarons

When this fancy little French dessert made its first debut in the US a few years back, I had always wondered what the fuss was all about but of course couldn't find any Macaron Boutique here where I live (and now there are shops specialized in these delicate delights all over town). I am obviously very late in hopping on the macaron bandwagon but better late than never right?

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One day I had a chance to visit the famous Jean Philippe Patisserie in Vegas and in my mind I was determined to try the macarons. I had my hope up that it would knock my feet off but so wrong the macaron was rather...meh...bleh..and sooooooooo bland. I was so disappointed and thought heck why this dessert had nothing special yet became so popular? Was it famous because of its cute look? There's no way I would pay for stuff that tasted like this.  Little did I knew, I had yet to experience a good macaron. Two years later, more Macaron Boutiques popped up around town I thought I wanted to give it a try again. I randomly picked a fancy Macaron by Patisse in a high end River Oaks area based on good reviews on Yelp. I was so excited and couldn't wait to try. It cost $2.25 something per piece and we got 4 different flavors. Two were "meh" to say the least and the other two had good flavors, not enough to convince me to go back though. At least that gave me a hope that a good macaron boutique must exist somewhere out there. Don't give up yet. Keep trying. Unlike my husband, he rolled eyes every time I said let's go try more macarons.

Recently I came across a deal on Groupon that led us to discover a small but awesome macaron place "Oui Dessert". The establishment appears fairly new. The minute I walked in, I had mixed feelings. No high hope but I was willing to give it a shot, nothing to lose with those deals (except for $11 + some taxes). I picked 8 different flavors + one choc chip cookie + one chocolate covered eclaire with Groupon deal for three of us. OMG, their macarons
totally blew my mind away. Each bite was a heaven sent. Oh gosh, that lavender..hazelnut..strawberry...raspberry...chocolate...pistachio and more. It was that good!! Even my husband who insisted he no longer wanted to try after two attempts and made an assumption that all macarons suck and were ridiculously overpriced mutually agreed that each bite packed a full punch of pleasant flavor and you could tell what flavors they are without having to guess (not like artificial flavoring). If you love macaron and happen to be in Houston, check them out.
Third time is truly a charm! I want more macarons!! Blow that diet!!
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  1. That looks delicious! I tried it once and thought meh. It was okay, but it didn't make me want to go back. I guess I went to the wrong place. Looks like I need to try again :)

  2. Those look delicious! I have a hard time justifying dishing out that $2.25+ for a tiny little pastry, but they sure are tasty. They're expensive because they're super hard to make and very finicky. I've tried to make them a few times, but I think I'll stick to treating myself every once in a while :)

  3. impossible to not love macaroons!
    my favourite are lemon and vanilla
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  4. they look so so delicious. someone i know started making her own and they were so so tricky and she had to go through many batches until she started perfecting them! i don't think i ever tasted a good macaron yet. i guess i will know when i have!

  5. Those macarons look yummy! I always marvel at the array of flavors they can be created in. Glad that the third time was a charm for you with these :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  6. Ooooh those look delicious Nelah! Glad you found a place that knows what they're doing. There's nothing more horrible than a messed up macaron. I'm eyeing that eclair :)


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