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Jean Philippe Patisserie, Las Vegas, NV

29 Jun

I was in Las Vegas for a mini vacation. Staying at Aria, it was super convenient to get down the elevator every morning to find that Jean Philippe Patisserie is right next to the guest room entrance. I grab my coffee and a pastry there before I am out and about to enjoy the sun.

Jean Phillipe is famous for his chocolate but at the patisserie, he also offered a lot of different lovely delicious sandwiches and sweet creations. One that caught my eyes was nonetheless, the Rose Macaron with Fresh Raspberry. The macaron was catchy not only because of its vibrant reddish pink color, but also of its size and beautiful edible sugar coated rose petals lay atop.

JeanPhilippe

The macaron cookie shell was of thinner type, so it wasn’t as chewy as expected. In between all the fresh raspberries were some delicious and very fluffy pastry cream. The rose petal was amazingly floral and delicious. The macaron this size was hard to eat but when you take a bite of all the component together, oh my, it was unforgettable! You get the crunchy sweet shell, tart raspberry, soft fluffy pastry cream–the different flavor and texture become very unison in the mouth.

Jean Phillipe is also available at Aria Hotel as well as Bellagio Hotel.
Extra tip: I personally find that it’s easier to find and get this decadent macaron at the Aria than Bellagio! Also,  call to see the macaron availability before heading over!

ARIA
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 230-2742

and

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 987-6667

Miette Patisserie, San Francisco, CA

26 Jun

One of my favorite macaron flavors has to be hazelnut. It’s rich and nutty! Hazelnut flavor macaron is like one of the standard that every shop should have along with vanilla and chocolate. Of all the places I’ve tried, my favorite hazelnut macaron has got to be the ones from Miette Patisserie.

Miette Patisserie made their macaron with ground almond with the skin intact. And unlike most macaron shops, they do not use food coloring in their cookie shell and buttercream. Also, instead of placing them in the refrigerated display, they place them in these really cute jar. So as you move along the line, they are right at your eye level–super catchy and mouth-watering.

miettemacjars

Okay onto macaron tasting…so one major reason that Miette is one of my favorite macaron shop is because they have the chewiest macaron cookies! They’re thick and they are chewy! After a bite, you can see individual grain of almond meal that come together. The shell is also not as smooth as other shops because they coarsely grind their almonds. The buttercream is also to die for! It’s so light and super, duper silky! Yup, silky!

Miettemac

If you do plan to visit Miette Patisserie at the Ferry Building, try going on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday afternoon, when farmer’s market is also present! I can easily spend half a day there enjoying the lively atmosphere and delicious food!

Miette Patisserie
1 Ferry Bldg, Ste 10
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 837-0300

and

Miette
449 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-6221

Pierre Herme’s Macarons!

30 Apr

My good friend Mei went to London for work recently. I ask her if she can bring me back some Pierre Herme’s macaron (if she doesn’t mind and has the time to stop by the boutique).  Ahh! The day after she returned, she stopped by with them! A whole box of 12.

The box is silky red. I felt it and looked at it, as if there are magic inside! Mei said they charge extra for the box. I plan to keep the box and set it aside with my Laduree one.

Unlike Laduree, Pierre Herme placed a plastic holder in the box, on top and under the macarons, securing them.

I couldn’t resist and didn’t wait for my first one to reach room temperature. Just from one bite, I can tell it’s not super sweet, and it’s to my liking. I brought the second one to room temperature, and omg, it was divine! Super chewy, the buttercream was velvety.

I cannot express how happy and thankful that Mei brought these back for me. I don’t think I’m visiting London anytime soon. So, it means a lot to me to able to try his macarons without paying a lot for shipping and have the box go to a lot of postal handling.