Pierre Hermé Macarons at SF Cooking School

SF Cooking school macaron class It’s been a while since my pastry school days, and oftentimes I feel the itch to get back into class to keep up with the newest trends, brush up on old skills, or just to be around some nice shiny professional equipment again. After talking to chef Nicole Plue about […]...

Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons for Easter

Happy almost Easter! I’m looking forward to Isabelle’s first Easter egg hunt, since she was too little last year to go hunting for eggs. She’s still too little for Easter candy, fortunately: hopefully when she’s older and finds out I kept all the chocolate bunnies and jellybeans from her she won’t hold it against me! […]...

Pierre Hermé Hong Kong – Macaron Heaven

One of the highlights of my visit to Hong Kong was a long-awaited reunion with one of my favorite patisseries: Pierre Hermé. While the macaron craze seems to have leveled out in the US, it’s going strong in Hong Kong. Ladureé and La Maison du Chocolat, among others, have already opened branches in Hong Kong, […]...

Couture Cinnamon: Snickerdoodle Macarons

Thanks for your patience! The winner of the Bar&Bean giveaway is:   Reader 18, Grace! Congratulations and thanks all for entering! From chocolate to spices: the holiday baking season is getting underway and I’m looking forward to filling my kitchen with the familiar scents of all things sweet. Recently, I was given two packs of […]...

Another Take on Sweethearts: Conversation Heart Macarons

Happy Year of the Snake! I know this looks like a Valentine’s themed post, but I thought I’d deliver the Chinese New Year greeting first. The first day of the year of the snake was on Sunday the 10th, meaning there was very little time to recover from the New Year dinner gluttony before Valentine’s […]...

{SF} {Palo Alto} Chantal Guillon’s New Store

While the macaron craze may have have subsided slightly in the blogosphere, they’re still popular here in the Bay Area – no self-respecting patisserie would be without a rainbow-hued selection of these little sweets. My choice for satisfying my macaron cravings is Chantal Guillon – a little shop tucked away in San Francisco that featured […]...