Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons for Easter

April 14th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Cookies, Recipes

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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! So since we're not stocking our place with Easter candy yet, what sweets to have for the holiday? What about macarons?

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Pierre Hermé Hong Kong – Macaron Heaven

January 15th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Sweet Spots, Travel

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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, but Pierre Hermé remained tantalizingly out of reach. For the last few years all I had was my visit to Paris and a class in New York to sustain me. I was over the moon when I learned that Hermé was finally opening shop in Hong Kong, as it’s so much more accessible to me than Paris or Japan. His first store opened in the IFC mall in Central in May 2013; his second store quickly followed in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, in November, right before I arrived.

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Couture Cinnamon: Snickerdoodle Macarons

November 6th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Cookies, Recipes, Tools

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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 cinnamon sticks from Cinnamon Hill, a company dedicated to selling the best quality cinnamon for cooks and bakers. Like most bakers, I have both jars of ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks in my pantry, but I wanted to see what difference some premium cinnamon made. (more…)

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Another Take on Sweethearts: Conversation Heart Macarons

February 13th, 2013 · 10 Comments · Cookies, Recipes

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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 Day came around. If you recall, I had doubts about making my Valentine’s dessert idea come to fruition, but yes! it happened. I must be riding some good new-mother karma still…

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

August 27th, 2012 · 6 Comments · Reviews, San Francisco, Sweet Spots, Sweet Spots

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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 some of the most elegantly formed and decorated renditions of this French confection. I loved her version so much I even had ordered them for my wedding reception, a highlight I still remember fondly.

So I was thrilled to receive notice that Chantal Guillon had opened a second store down in Palo Alto, and even better, I was invited to visit the shop and chat with Mme Guillon herself! I sped down the Peninsula on a sunny Friday afternoon get a look at the brand new store.

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