First things first! Visit to Bouchon Bakery.
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.