Vanilla bean, hibiscus and black sesame French macaroons by Macarune
These were ordered for a Milestones celebration party at work yesterday. Because two of my coworkers are getting married and another one is having an August baby, I got to be involved with party-planning via Macarune. Fun and profitable -- just how I like it!
I spent the weekend baking/decorating these goodies and couldn't have been more proud when the tray emptied within a few hours. The vanilla bean ones are merely cute with little red hearts symbolizing the unions of those getting married. Apologies in advance for the cheesiness.
The hibiscus ones are this season's favorite with semi-crunchy bits of hibiscus petals soaked in Persian rose tea, surprising you with every bite. It's floral, girly, and possibly the macaroon I would say is the most characteristic of my own personality. Yes. If I were a macaroon, I'd be the Macarune hibiscus macaroon. Which macaroon are you? Quiz to come :)
And the black sesame ones are my coworkers' favorite with a tasty Asian flavor if you're a fan of these healthy delectable seeds. As I am, shamelessly so, I have to resist licking the batter from the bowl every time I bake these. Mmm...
It dawned on me this past weekend how little time I spend promoting Macarune. Sure I have these posts on my blog, this Facebook page, this Flickr album, and this KQED Bay Area Bite blog interview article. Even so, quite a number of Macarune customers come from referrals and this Chowhound thread - not my own doing. Perhaps when I have the time, you'll see a little more. Fingers crossed.
Following the party, I received a 20-minute massage courtesy of the agency. I think 20-minute massages are merely a tease. It's like taking a guy to a strip club -- there's no substance whatsoever! Therefore, I'm making a booking for a full 90-minute one at Teashi this weekend. After all, a girl has to spoil herself and not to mention prep for a very-important-someone's return ;)