I never realized how difficult it is to bake these little guys until Ariella tried to make them . From then on I have developed an appreciation and respect for macarons.
Ariella bought me a couple of them from Thomas Haas a couple weeks ago, they are beautifully made, but I found the cookies a little too soft for my taste. But man, they are not cheap at all at about a dollar a piece. But then there is a good reason why it costs so much more than the regular cookies.
As I was exploring K11 in Hong Kong, I found a Paul Lafayet store from the mall’s directory, so I set about to find it, and I got to say this itself was quite an adventure. The shop is not actually inside the mall, I had to find my way through a maze of stores before I found it outside the side entrance, tucked away in a corner.
The display is just goregeous, I have never seen so many macarons in so many different color and flavors. The girl told me that they just added a couple of new favors: black sesame, oolong and Jasmine. They are definitely expensive at 15 dollars each, which is about 2 canadian dollars at the current exchange rate. I thought my brother who has a sweet tooth would appreciate them, so I splurged and got half a dozen. Choosing the flavors was such a challenge, I wanted to buy one of each, but then really they are a little too rich for my wallet.
I went home and presented these little beauties to my brother after dinner, and I had specifically told him that they were to be savored slowly ( at two bucks each, you really have to). I was appalled to see him inhaled these guys, it was like one bite and was gone. It only took him less than a few minutes to inhale four of them and he did leave me with the two I really wanted ! I got to try out the Jasmine and the passion fruit, and they were indeed good. The cookies were crispy and puffy just like the way I like them. The only thing is that the filling is little too heavy for me, they are very sweet and creamy. But overall they were very enjoyable.
Most of all, I am glad that my brother loved them.
” They are pretty good……”
That means he likes them a lot !