Thursday, April 16, 2009

what rocks? (macarons)

french macarons
(mathematical cookie bliss)
[2 delcious cookies (ground almonds + egg-whites + sugar) x 1 cream-filled center] +/- raspberry jam = a world of no regrets
why they rock: the above equation is so intuitive and decadent that it almost makes math look fun (hell, it almost makes parentheses look fun too). nevertheless, let me tell you what is fun: eating a double-decker cookie with a sweet, sugary center that falls under the guise of "exotic eats," thereby not only satisfying your fickle taste buds, but also making you sincerely more worldly during the masticating process.

why else they rock:
for years, the "macaron" has been unfortunately confused with the "macaroon." has there ever been a more concise and delicious situation of less being more? it's like, okay, macaroon, we get it, you've added an extra "o" into your name, but dont' you dare think that makes you anywhere close to better. who do you think you are, speghetti-o's?

seriously, what's the deal with their rocking:
everyone loves an inspirational rags to riches story (except for socialites whose wealth is inherited). well, like a struggling musican toiling for a "break," the macaron existed for centuries in the kitchens of anonymity. things changed, however, in 1792 when two carmelite nuns seeking asylum in Nancy during the french revolution baked and sold macaroons in order to support themselves, thus becoming known as "the macaron sisters." (relatedly, a screenplay about these devout siblings may or may not have been recently optioned by paramount vantage. currently attachments to this project include ellen paige and queen latifah as the sisters, rob corddry as the cookie-tester, and nate corddry as the cookie-tester's blacksmith brother, who gets slapped repeatedly for suggesting the sisters try creating a human macaron...with him in the middle. no director is currently attached, but there are rumors. there are always rumors).

this submission was conceived and inspired by ms. tina yeh whose inordinate love for the macaron stems from her belief that "one bite into this sinful little thing, you are brought back to your first kiss under the brightly lit porch at your parents' house while your entire family stared on from behind the curtains while attempting to remain hidden." thanks, tina!


  1. Yummy. I love macarons. Can you suggest a good place to get them in NYC?

  2. have you tried ma dukes? if not, you are making a huge mistake.

  3. great macarons can be found at La Maison du Chocolat. A bit pricey, but definately worth it!