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Around Town: Macaron by Patisse and Bite Macarons

Attention macaron lovers: It’s National Macaron Day!

Pierre Hermé declared the first “Jour du Macaron” in 2005, to bring the French delicacy into the international spotlight and raise money for his charity. It has since become an international phenomenon.

If you are a macaron aficionado feel free to skip this part 😊 If you are not a macaron aficionado then read this: A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron commonly consists of a ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or maccherone, the meringue.

The related macaroon is often confused with the macaron. In English, most bakers have adopted the French spelling of macaron for the meringue-based item, to distinguish the two. This has caused confusion over the correct spelling. Some recipes exclude the use of macaroon to refer to this French confection while others treat the two as synonymous. The two food items are different, and the terms in English distinguish them.

Per Wikipedia, did you know that Macarons have been produced in the Venetian monasteries since the 8th century A.D. During the Renaissance, Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs made them when she brought them with her to France in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France.

Here in central Houston there are 2 macaron boutiques that stand out for me. Macaron by Patisse and Bite Macarons.

Look at the absolutely stunning Macaron by Patisse located in the River Oaks area.

Photo via Contour Interior Designs

Inspired by a small bakery in Paris, France, Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design re-created a modern European Macaron Boutique in which the Macarons appeared to be displayed in a gorgeous jewelry like case. The highlight of space is the striking, large yellow chandelier.

Macaron by Patisse offers absolutely stunning macarons that almost are a shame to eat! But you must! These stunning creations are delectable! Like the Fig and Goat Cheese macaron or the Lavender White Chocolate. All of their macarons are made fresh, daily, in-house. They are made with all natural ingredients, with no added preservatives. Important to me is that most of their macarons are GLUTEN FREE and only 50 calories each!

Photo via Macaron by Patisse

Photo via Macaron by Patisse

They even have a location in the Galleria so you can enjoy a sweet treat while shopping!

Photo via Macaron by Patisse

Then there is Bite Macarons in the West University area of Houston.

Per Bite Macarons, “we spent months designing our bakery, trying to come up with an interior concept that would create the perfect, macaron experience. Inspired by modern European and Japanese architecture, we designed our space to be simple, clean and comforting. This way, the focus is completely on your macaron experience.”

Bite is airy and gallery-like with the colorful macarons taking center stage!

Photo via Bite Macarons

Bite Macarons literally offers the colors of a rainbow and more in gorgeous pastel hues. Flavors include, Passion Fruit, Black Currant, Pistachio, Honey Lavender, Raspberry, and more! And, I love the modern black, matte box that they come in. Perfect for gifting!

Photo via Bite Macarons

You can even purchase cute macaron trees at Bite for your next party or event!

Photo via Bite Macarons

And, if you can’t leave your home or office don’t worry… You can order a yummy box of Bite Macarons via DoorDash!

So where do you like to get your macaron fix here in Houston? Give a shout out to your favorite purveyor of macarons in the comments section of this post.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Raffi says

    What a great post – love the pictures too…
    Maybe it’s time for me to try these delicacies!!

    Like

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