Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cookie Monsieur

Lei Chic“You are so Américain,” your sister said in a fake-French accent, adopted after three months at her company’s Paris office. “I wouldn’t expect you to understand.”

You’d been laughing at the pretentious way she was calling Folgers “café au lait.” Making fun of things fussy and French was fun. Why do they have to make everything so difficile, anyway?

Then, she opened the box of macarons. Like a rainbow of pastel puffs, they beckoned to you from the box. You fell in love at first bite: how deceptively light it was, how the delicate meringue shell hid a chewy center and how a decadent smear of cream filling held it all together.

In flavors like pistacio, guava, matcha green tea, and caramel with Hawaiian salt, they’ve totally rocked your top slot as most crave-worthy sweet snack. (Sorry, cupcakes.)

Only a handful of places carry them, because they’re so hard to make. But they're set to become the new cool treat du jour. But now you know before tout le monde catches on.

So let's just keep that secret entre nous.

You can feed your new macaron addiction at Honolulu Coffee Company and Pacific Place Tea Garden at Ala Moana Center. Patisserie La Palme D’Or makes macarons for special order in batches of 20 or more, call 808.941.6161.

Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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