The first time I came across a macaron was in San Francisco when I was in culinary school. The Ferry Building on the Embarcadero is the home of Miette Bakery, where my love affair began. A Box of six of these little “cookies” is $14.00…and I thought, how amazing are these cookies that they are over $2.00 each? Almost on principle I didn’t try them. But as a student of pastry, I felt the need to at least try one. My classmate selected a ganache filled chocolate macaron for me and I bit into it. A crunchy, smooth like an eggshell crust gave way to the center, it was like meringue, but firm and chewy and filled with creamy chocolate ganache. It was sweet and light and was like nothing I had ever tried before because the extent of my French cookie education was provided by Preppridge Farm.
Since then, they began to pop up in places I never wanted to see them and in conditions I never would want to eat them. [Fade in: the theme song to "Titanic"] These cookies are delicate, petite and just plain special; they don’t belong next to the protein plate at SBucks. OK OK I will stop my love song to the macaron…for now [cut music].
The only thing I have left to say is try one. Your life will forever be changed.