Most likely many of you, who read other food blogs, have heard about the macarons. That's not macaroons, but macarons. I think that would be pronounced, in the French, like mac-a-rown. The s is silent, and you'd nasalize the rown too. Very swishy. I'd seen pictures of these gems on some other blogs, but two weeks ago when DH and I drove through Yountville and stopped at Bouchon Bakery, they had bunches in their display case. I had to try one, in chocolate. It was only (ha) $3.00 for one. It stayed in the car for 2 days before I brought it into my cousin Maxine's house, where we were staying in Walnut Creek. We cut it in 4 quarters. I ate my two quarters in a jiffy. They're hard to describe, other than luscious. Soft. Smooth. These had a lovely chocolate flavor. Ideal with a hot beverage of some sort.
Probably only upscale bakeries will have these, and I'd guess Bouchon's would have ranked up there with the best there are outside of Paris. This macarons was absolutely to die for. If I see them again I'll definitely buy more. Well, maybe just one. They're quite rich with the filling in the center. Who knows how many calories there are. I don't want to know! The meringue-like outside cookie part is not crunchy or chewy, but has just a little bit of texture. And the filling was so utterly smooth. So, there's your lesson in French and pastry for the day.