As I walked down the flaming hot streets of Manhattan alone in July, I found myself overcome with a need to cool off. Sweat seeping through every fiber of my blue linen romper, I was beginning to lose sight of where the day was going. When you read about record high heats in New York City, those meteorologists are talking business! Wearing makeup here is basically pointless if you plan on being outside for any more than 10 minutes because by then it's sure to all melt right off.
Anyway, as I was saying... I needed to cool off. It was just after lunch and my mouth was watering for something sweet to much on as I strolled down West 23rd Street. That's when I got off my phone and spotted a cute little window display of a macaron shop. You may remember from my post from last year that I am quite the macaron fan. I walk in and immediately my eyes are going wild. There are so many flavors! I decided to pick four for $11:
- Graham Cracker Key Lime Pie - The most refreshing of them all, the Key Lime Pie is supple in texture with a cool whippy filling. This was exactly the treat I was looking for.
- Dalila - I'm not sure this is what the flavor was called, but it was definitely a trip to the senses. Yellow and pink, this macaron fills your palette with anise, rose, and other floral notes that are surprisingly less sweet than they sound. It's a bit more tropical than I'd hoped, but the miniature delight sure kicks a punch in terms of texture with its classically fragile outside and jelly-like filling.
- Pink Champagne - This one is the most interesting macaron of the bunch, visually. The blush pink macaron calls for attention with its gold dusted top shell moments before creating an absolute heaven in your mouth. Yes, it was really that good. Perhaps not the most refreshing of the bunch, but definitely at the top in terms of beauty and flavor.
- Toasted Vanilla - Take some time to admire the untouched Toasted Vanilla macaron. The outer shell is smooth and fragile. And here's the macaron after the first bite. The texture was buttery and soft without feeling heavy or at all sticky.
Next time you're in NYC I recommend you get a bite at La Maison du Macaron on 132 W 23rd Street (nymacaron.com).