Saturday, June 17, 2017

Circle Your Way to Le Macaron in St. Armands

A walk around and through St. Armands Circle is a unique experience. As you walk around the circle, you are surrounded by beach goers, tourists, locals, street performers and art galleries.  The circle itself is full of statues reminding visitors of the area’s rich culture and youthful history while you snack, shop and relax.  A short walk from Lido Beach and a short drive to now famous Siesta Key Beach, St. Armands is a popular destination in Sarasota, FL.

At the corner of one of the circle’s “quadrants” is a delightful escape into European delights: Le Macaron.  This location is one of many throughout Florida. There are even many locations in the US.  On this corner they sell gelato, truffles, and most importantly, French Macarons.  There is both indoor and outdoor seating so when you visit, take a moment to sit, enjoy the sunshine and these delicious treats. You can expect to find macarons with soft cookies and delicious fillings.

The flavors I tried on this day were Lemon Cream, Raspberry, Belgium Chocolate, Orange Chocolate Grand Marnier, Sicilian Pistachio, and Vanilla.

Lemon Cream: This soft cookie absorbed some of the cream. The delicious lemon inside was sour and sweet.  Overall, this macaron had a great texture. Considering lemon macarons are my favorite, I liked this one.

Raspberry: This treat was filled with raspberry preserves. The filling was perfectly absorbed into the soft delicious cookies. I loved the texture of the raspberry seeds. It was not too sweet and was my favorite of the trip.

Belgium Chocolate: This macaron had a very dense and chocolatey filling accompanying a chocolate cookie. This one had a nice amount of chocolate filing, enough to satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings. I enjoyed the whole thing.

Orange Chocolate Grand Marnier: This macaron had a clear Grand Marnier taste with a hint of orange flavor and subtle chocolate flavor. It was a beautiful orange cookie with a fun orange and chocolate cream. It had a soft delicious cookie and great cookie to filling ratio.

Sicilian pistachio: With a strong pistachio smooth filling, very soft cookie, and great after taste, I found that this cookie absorbed a lot of the cream but made it soft and tasty.

Vanilla: Finally, this had a vanilla bean cookie, with a flavorful, light, fluffy, buttery cream.  A solid macaron.

Who should go here: This is a great location for first time French macaron samplers and macaron lovers. You will not have to worry about trying something fresh, as all of the cookies are soft and delicious.

I’ll definitely be stopping back to try: Their newest flavors, since they frequently change and Basil White Chocolate and Salted Caramel.

Le Macaron
382 St. Armands Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-552-8872

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Le Divin in Saint Martin- Their Macarons are Divine! (Near Sint Maarten)

Upon my second visit to the island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin, I was pleased to find that so many more businesses were open!  Unknowingly, I had last gone during the off season when, apparently, very few bakeries actually make macarons.  I am pleased to report back that there were so many more opportunities for French macarons this time around!

During my travels, I happened upon this great bakery.  Le Divin is a French Bakery located in the Port de Marigot, on the French side of the island.  They have a lot of open space with seating, a lovely view of the port, view of the market, and most importantly, French macarons! The staff was delightful and I enjoyed the macarons and look forward to visiting again!

The flavors of macarons that I tried were strawberry and vanilla.

Strawberry: This macaron was sweet with a nice soft cookie.  I was filled with a with a delicious buttercream filling. I liked that it was delicate but didn't fall apart. The macarons were not as smooth visually as I am used to seeing, but they sure were tasty.

Vanilla: This macaron had a soft shell, yummy buttercream and was very buttery. I really felt there was a great filling-to-cookie ratio. 

Who should go there: If you are visiting the island, then you will surely also be visiting Marigot.  In this case, you should go there!  It's spacious, full of delicious French pastries and a variety of French macarons for an extremely good price.

I'll definitely be stopping back to try: Pistachio and chocolate

Le Divin
35 Bd De France Front De MerMarigot, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Phone Number: 069014953

Saturday, October 31, 2015

MacarOn Café - Full of Filling and Surprises

During the Bastille Day celebration at 60th street and Lexington Avenue, I thought I would visit the first place I had a macaron in NYC, MacarOn Café.  I was so happy that they had a stand at the festival and I was happy to buy a whole box.
Their macaron flavors can best been described as a blend of classic and seasonal, but with a flair for the dramatic.  Besides being beautiful, these macarons have the most generous amount of filling between their cookies.  Sometimes, when you try a macaron, you struggle to identify the flavor.  With MacarOn Café's macarons, there is so much filling that the flavor is clear and enjoyable.
The flavors that I tried this time are Lemon, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Pistachio and Orange Buttercream.
Lemon: This macaron had more of a natural color with a delicious lemon cream.  It had a natural flavor and it not overly lemony. This is great for someone looking to try a lemon macaron but is hesitant because it's undeniably delicious.

Peanut butter and Jelly: This macaron had delicious peanut butter with jelly preserves. The peanut butter was so creamy. The pink sugar crystals were a nice touch. 

Pistachio: This macaron was not overly nutty and had a great buttercream filling.  The cookie had a great color and wonderful aftertaste.

Orange Buttercream: This macaron tastes exactly like it was described. It was subtly orange with a thick creamy buttercream filling. It had a wonderful size macaron and a generous amount of cream.

Who should go here: Anyone looking to try macarons or see how these classics compare.  You will not be disappointed!  I have always been fond of their sandwiches, as well.

I'll definitely be stopping back to try: Dark chocolate, Rhubarb. Matcha Green Tea and I'll have the lemon again too!

MacarOn Café
Flagship Store:
750 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 983-2370