Sunday, March 21, 2010
Then one day I had an awe inspiring moment, the one where the clouds separated and the sun shines down on you. It happened in Napa Valley, my husband surprised me with a three day vacation to San Francisco, a first for me in so many regards. It was our first time in SF, my first time away from my young infants and the first time we had ever had a chance to go to California's wine country. It was during the wine touring that we stopped at a little place for lunch in Yountville- Bouchon, where I had one of the best meals of my life. Not wanting it to end we decided to grab a sweet treat from the Bouchon bakery next door. And that is when I saw my first real (yes, I used the word real, I don't know what came first, but I will never go back) Macarons. I was dumfounded, what were these sweet delectable cookies in intriguing colours? We bought several and fed them to each other as we drove through the surrounding country side, savouring every morsel of the ethereal delicacy.
Sadly I did not find out that it was Jour Du Macaron until two days before. I have been wanting to make them on my own (another first) and this would have been a good excuse, but it never came together. With a heavy heart I reconciled myself to a macaron-less day. However the same day I found out about Macaron day was the same day I found out that March 20th was also the date for a local Baker's Market- a farmers market for bakers! I didn't put the two and two together, and well I should have. Macron day was saved! There in the first case I saw were piles of raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, lemon and mint cookies. I literally 'B' lined to them dragging my young son with me where the vendor gave me kudos for knowing that it was Macaron day. Why wouldn't the world celebrate a day like this?
Thank you Sweet Thea for saving Jour Du Macaron for me. I bought 5, one each of the varieties in a cute little travel box that allowed them to make it home one one piece. Especially amazing considering my three year old insisted on carrying the box! They were sweet, flavourful and light. I have no idea why anyone would want to eat those leaden globs of coconut that call themselves macarons (maybe the spelling is different and that is why?).
photo by me.