As I struggled to decide what macarons to get at La Belle Miette, the young girl behind the counter asked me what flavours I liked. My response? Anything odd will do. The weirder the flavour, the more I want to try it. Normal is boring. Especially normal people – going through those normal conversations and normal routines, can’t someone just scream out purple monkey dishwasher? To meet someone with a quirk or something a bit odd about them, life becomes a lot more fun and interesting. And if you’re fortunate enough to meet someone with the same quirk as you, then there really is nothing better than being understood for who you truly are. I think this quote says it best:
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love.”
In the end I was able to decide on a few odd flavours but I couldn’t help my jaw dropping at the cute as a button La Belle Miette shop with a showcase of pastel rainbow coloured macarons. The shop itself reminded me a lot of Laduree - even the boxes :)
Biting into the light as a feather macaron shells with smooth tops and pastel colours – man, this place is tugging at the right heart strings. The highlight flavours were:
- Salted caramel – chewy caramel where they weren’t scared to dose it with a good amount of salt. None of that weak ass ‘salted caramel’ I’ve eaten ;)
- Green tea – actually tasted like green tea but I missed that bitter punch.
- Rose – sweet fragrant rose that reminded me of musk sticks.
From right to left: ‘Bastille’ – Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant, Lavender, Mariage Freres Earl Grey Chocolate, Violet & Blueberry, Rose, Green Tea (~$2.50 each)
- Lavender – wasn’t too bad with it’s slight, pleasant perfume flavour.
- Blackcurrant – tasted quite strange with mix of a chocolate filling and subtle blackcurrent.
- Earl Grey tea – dominant chocolate filling with a slight earl grey flavour. It was a weird pairing.
- Champagne flavoured (moet et chandon with blackcurrant) – flavours were quite mild with a hint of champagne and dollop of blackcurrant in the middle. Although it didn’t have an alcoholic taste to it, the flavours in the end were so subtle that at times I felt like I was eating sugar.
What won me over in the end was the light, dainty macaron shells and the salted caramel (it’s very hard to find a good salted caramel). Wouldn’t hesitate to go back!
So guys I have a question for you, what’s the weirdest macaron flavour you have tried? Mine was a Coca-Cola flavoured macaron.
Melbourne Series 2014
C and I went for an extreme food crawl through Melbourne for 4 days during the Adelaide Cup holiday. We thought we were smart going only on an Adelaide long weekend. We were not. It was Labour Day in Melbourne – luckily things were still open :) Here is a list of the places we ate at: