The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown: The First of Two New Contenders

Bel Cafe – When I set out to prepare and write my Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown series of posts, I thought I had all of the major contenders in the city covered. I was unaware that I left out two of the city’s highest rated macaron producers: The Urban Tea Merchant and Bel Cafe. It would be unfair for me to crown the king of local macarons with these two producers left out. Thus, I am delaying putting out part 4 of the showdown until I have sampled the macarons from The Urban Tea Merchant and Bel Cafe. For those … Continue reading The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown: The First of Two New Contenders

The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown Part 3: Texture

continued from part 1, and part 2  – Part 3 – Texture:  Like parts 1 and 2, the five producers are ranked from first to fifth in this comparison. The main factors I considered in comparing the textures of the macarons were the texture of the outer shell, the texture of the inner shell, and consistency. The textures of the fillings were generally good and did not become a factor in determining the rankings of the five producers. 1. Thomas Haas The macarons from Thomas Haas had the best and most consistent texture by far. All of the individual macaron … Continue reading The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown Part 3: Texture

The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown Part 2: Taste/Flavour

Part 2 – Taste/Flavour… In case you haven’t read part 1, it is here. Taste/Flavour In a perfect world, I would be able to purchase similarly flavoured macarons from each of the individual producers and do an apples to apples comparison of them. But I was unable to for several reasons. One reason is that most of these macaron makers do not make many similarly flavoured macarons. Another reason is that even if they do make the same flavoured macarons, they may not have those specific flavours available at the time and/or day that I visit them. This was exactly … Continue reading The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown Part 2: Taste/Flavour

The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown Part 1: Aesthetics

Part 1 – The Looks… The original plan was for me to review Thierry and Thomas Haas individually before doing a comparison of the five heavyweights of the Vancouver macaron scene. But during my drive to Theirry a few days ago, I realized that it was unfair to compare something I was eating at the moment to something that was eaten days or even weeks ago. I can’t even remember the details of a television show I watched just two days ago, how do I expect myself to remember exactly how a macaron I ate five days ago tasted? I … Continue reading The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown Part 1: Aesthetics

Preview: The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown

I went out and bought macarons from Thierry, Soirette, Thomas Haas, Faubourg, and French Made Baking today so that I could try them together. Hopefully, after tasting all of them, I’ll be able to crown the current king of macarons in Vancouver. I have to admit that trying so many macarons at once is much more difficult than what I had imagined it to be. I don’t know if I’ve ever had so much sugar in one sitting…I am writing this preview as I’m taking a break after trying about half of the macarons. Let me tell you that I … Continue reading Preview: The Ultimate Vancouver Macaron Showdown

Mass Appeal 3: Americans love our macarons

Day 21 – Soirette Macarons & Tea… The preliminary results are in on whether macarons drive more traffic: they don’t. The daily views I get on the two days after I posted about macarons are about the same as the daily views I get when I post about any other restaurant/topic. Digging deeper I find that a lot of the views on the macaron posts actually come from the United States and not from locals. Woa! People who don’t live here like to look at words and pictures of macarons from a place that they can’t drive to within half … Continue reading Mass Appeal 3: Americans love our macarons