Sunday, August 15, 2010

Macaroon Swoon

New York City - Day 1

First things first! Visit to Bouchon Bakery.

I took the red-eye to New York, arriving in the city at around 9AM on a Saturday. The weather was so remarkably mild (I was expecting unbearably hot conditions and in New York, weather like that--mid-summer--is exceptional) that I actually opted for nature over food for my first excursion. [Disclosure: I was sipping cappuccino from Zibetto (1385 6th Ave).] Happy and caffeinated, I possessed the needed alertness to dodge runners, horse carriages, taxis and wandering tourists. After a sun-splashed stroll through Central Park, my first stop was Bouchon (at 10 Columbus Circle, inside the Time-Warner Building).

Not a bad backdrop for a recreational baseball field.

Gourmand, culinary school graduate, girlhood friend, and personal food consultant, Vicki, says that Bouchon's are the best macaroons she’s had. Indeed, they are rather incredible. They are delicate but crusty on the outside, with a velvety ganache-like layer on the inside. And their texture is slight chewy. The macaroons are about $3 each. Not cheap. But you feel like a princess eating these. I mean, y’know... not like I know what that's like but these dainty pastel-colored treats look like they were made for an aristocrat.

Bouchon has other gorgeous pastries as well. It's a great place to go if you are feeling royal or indulgent. On this visit, I drew the line with $9 worth of these little colorful hamburgers. I ate them very slowly with my pinky raised.


Popular Flavors: Chocolate, Caramel and Pistachio


  1. Those look so delicious, especially the pistachio flavor! I wonder if they have them at the Bouchon in Yountville. I would love to try them.

  2. Thank you for writing! I bet they do have them in Yountville. That would save us both a 5,000 mile trip!

    Oh yes, you must try them. ;-)