I am at the first ever Hot Sauce Expo at the East River State Park in Williamsburg and Dana’s is here with a ghost pepper macaron! I actually met Dana and she was so sweet!! She gave me one of her limited edition jelly donut macarons when I told her I was a big fan! 🙂 I was totally starstruck when I met her.
Macaron Parlour on Saint Marks has a Cheetos macaron. They sprinkle each one with cheesy orange dust.
They also make a candied bacon macaron that has a real strip of bacon inside.
Camotes de Santa Clara are hand made sweet potato candies from Puebla, Mexico. Sweet potato paste is mixed with fruits, such as strawberries and coconut, and rolled into a little 5 inch log. They are sold wrapped in wax paper for $1.50 per piece at various bodegas throughout Corona and Elmhurst in Queens.
You won’t find the new saveurs de Noël macaron listed on the menu yet but if you ask nicely enough the staff at Ladurée NYC might be able to find some in the basement!
It is my new favorite macaron! The “Christmas flavors” are chocolate, candied clementine peel, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla. The person who helped me at Ladurée today said it was “chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and calamansi” but I double checked in the holiday collection guide and it confirmed the first description (no calamansi). This delicious macaron is very rich, much like a brownie.
Here is a shot of two “Christmas flavors” macarons, two chestnut, one blood orange with ginger, and a hazelnut guimauve.
The new Christmas box, inspired by famous Indiennes of the 16th century.
For my grandparents’ 60th anniversary I made a brownie-torte with chocolate ganache and strawberries. The ganache was just heavy cream, bittersweet chocolate and butter melted in a bain-marie. It was kind of amazing.
While hiking in the Hudson River Valley, just an hour outside of New York City, we came across few wild wineberry bushes. Wineberries are a species of raspberry with origins in eastern Asia. They have very large, hairy calices, as you can see in the photo. A man we met on the trail told us that these berries were once used to make wine, since grapes do not grow well in this region.