Mouthful of Sunshine

Satisfaction in every bite

Sweet and Blue – Tim Hortons

ImageMay 30, 2012
Tim Hortons, Richmond BC
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Blueberry Donut
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I was actually looking for more soup from Tim Hortons today. Thanks, Vancouver, for another chilly day. However, I was not feeling like a creamy mushroom soup so instead, I opted for a Blueberry Donut. Blueberry is my ‘go-to-berry’ when it comes to featured flavours for desserts. Blueberry spreads and jams have also been one of my all time favourites since I first had it years ago – Smuckers Blueberry Jam.Image

I actually like the blueberry preserve inside this Blueberry Donut. It was not overly sweet but sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. The light, aromatic blueberry flavour was nice even though it was somewhat artificial. It is Tim Hortons after all so I am not expecting anything too special. The density was just right as well. I would have appreciated more filling though. There was barely enough to allow for one perfect bite into the otherwise nicely made donut. It was soft and chewy, slightly moist, and quite fresh. It was not stale or stiff and so the powder sugar seemed to make it nice and fluffy. Some bites were seriously lacking blueberry though. Tim Hortons really need to start upping their fillings in their donuts and Timbits or they do not taste as good as they can be. 

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Warmed Up and Sweetened – Tim Hortons

ImageMay 29, 2012
Tim Hortons, Richmond BC
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Hearty Vegetable Soup
Raspberry Timbit
Honey Dip Timbit
Chocolate Glazed Timbit

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Today started off chilly with some showers but luckily, the rain ceased after class so that I was not forced to use my umbrella to get home. It was still a little cold, though, so I decided to follow yesterday’s route and see what Tim Hortons had in store for me today. This time, as it was slightly earlier in the day and during peak lunch hours, the lines were even longer. The seats in the restaurant were almost full and the atmosphere was a chatty, uplifting one.

I was very glad they had the Hearty Vegetable Soup today. It is their lowest-calorie soup option and there is nothing like a nice tomato broth with large chunks of various healthy veggies to make me happier on a chilly afternoon. I was decently surprised to find a very wide variety of ingredients, actually. Not only were there carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, celery, and potatoes, there were also kidney beans, peas, and chickpeas. I love it when vegetables are mixed with all sorts of beans in a soup. The tomato broth was quite aromatic but not heavy. It was not watery either so the flavour was quite dense and complex with the herbs. Once again, I am satisfied with the soup and with so many more options, I will be back again soon.Image

The timbits were just calling out to me today so I had to get three. First, their only filled timbit option today, was the Raspberry Timbit. This was not great as I could taste it was not fresh. I hope it was not from yesterday but it was definitely baked no later than early this morning. It was kind of hard to bite, which made the confectionery sugar come off all over the place. The yeast part was dry and a little stale. The raspberry filling tasted good, with a nice – though artificial – flavour. However, there was only a little bit of the filling and not enough to be even called a ‘fill’ing. The sweetness and tartness was alright, but they should definitely put in more than the size of a kidney bean.

The next one was the Honey Dip Timbit. This was also not too fresh but it was definitely more fresh than the raspberry one. The dough was still somewhat moist on the inside. Mine just happened to be a little on the small side and further deflated or squished up. The glaze was not applied too evenly but the flavour was wonderful. This is my first time actually eating this timbit as far as I can recall. The honey flavour was just lovely and refreshing. It was super sweet but in a good way. After all, honey tastes so much better than just sugar.

ImageFinally, one of my all time favourites, I just had to get the Chocolate Glazed Timbit. This one does not taste stale since it is a cake base. Perhaps that is why I have always loved this one the most, since the flavour is always nice and rich and it always tastes fresh. The glaze was lovely, surrounding a semisweet chocolate cake. The cake was just moist enough for a doughnut type of dessert and very soft and chewy. It was also very dense, which is another reason why I love it. A bite actually feels like a bite, rather than some of the ‘fluffier’ timbits that just seem to disappear once you eat it. Chocolate and sugar glaze will always work for me!

For those who love doughnuts but do not want to eat an entire one and prefer variety, Timbits are the way to go. I should mention that I am quite amused by how these little round doughnut treats are called Timbits at Tim Hortons, Munchkins at Dunkin’ Donuts, and Doughnut Holes at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Both Timbits and Munchkins come from the respective chain’s name but I guess Krispy Kreme just cannot be altered to create a new name. Maybe like ‘Petite Kremes’ or something? Oh well, at least they are all roughly the same treats anyways!

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Strawberry for Spring – McDonald’s

ImageMay 28, 2012
McDonald’s, Richmond BC
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Baked Strawberry Pie
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My 100th post! Anyways, I have been waiting so long for this and was decently surprised when Mom brought it home after work. With both of us being fans of McDonald’s pies, this was not to be missed. I wonder why McDonald’s is not advertising this at all. It is on their website and it is a special flavour, unless they are planning to have it for a long time. Even then, shouldn’t they publicize it a bit more so that people know it is available?Image

The Baked Strawberry Pie is like the apple version so it is technically a turnover and not a pie. As usual, I am glad it is baked and not fried. The warm treat was quite a lovely addition to my afternoon. The pastry shell was crumbly and not too sweet with a slight buttery taste. It was not over baked and too black around the edges, which sometimes could happen with the consistency of McDonald’s. The strawberry preserve filling had a very artificial flavour to it. However, it was a good balance of sweetness and tartness. It was a light preserve and was not very dense or thick. There were some pieces of strawberries in it but it would be nice to have less artificial flavour. I am still glad, though, that the size was not too small and it tasted like it was freshly baked, unlike the cherry one I had in Philly a while ago. I think the strawberry beats the cherry any day, but I am not so sure if it is better than the apple. Regardless, it is still a nice change. 

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Comforting Classic Chicken Noodle – Tim Hortons

ImageMay 28, 2012
Tim Hortons, Richmond BC
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Chicken Noodle Soup
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Not feeling up to cafeteria food, I decided to go and enjoy a bowl of hot soup at Tim Hortons on this slightly chilly day. The Tim Hortons at Richmond Centre was super busy even at 2pm and most people seemed to be getting a late lunch. Despite all the customers and long lines, at least I know the food will be fresh. I was tempted to get a soup, donut, and drink combo as the new S’mores Donut looked very tempting but I was not in the mood for a hot drink. Perhaps next time, I will just get the donut.

The Chicken Noodle Soup came with a fresh oven-baked roll. I love how they have ceramic bowls and even the silverware made it seem like it was not fast food. The soup was warm and I was actually quite pleased with it. Not necessarily low in sodium, it was at least low in fat. The soup was not too oily either, which made it easy to drink. The chicken broth was nice although I did not get much chicken, only a few very tiny pieces. I did, however, get a lot of round carrot slices much to my delight. I did not expect the pasta to be al dente – it is a soup after all – and it was not. I was glad, though, that each rounded piece of bow tie pasta was still intact. The red pepper and onion bits was not very obvious in the taste. The soup roll was also nice even though it was not warm. The crust was slightly hardened and chewy and the inside was extremely soft. Overall, I though the meal was quite delicious for a fast food standard. It makes for an affordable, quick lunch on a chilly day so I will definitely go back since cafeteria food is extremely boring and expensive. 

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Convenient Store Turns Exotic – 7-Eleven

ImageMay 27, 2012
7-Eleven, Richmond BC
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Blueberry Tea Latté
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I had a coupon that expires tomorrow so I decided it was time to use it and claim a large hot drink from 7-Eleven. They have pretty much turned into a fast food convenience store, with a variety of freshly prepared foods throughout the day. Coffee, tea, hot dogs, pizza, and nachos are among the least surprising. Slurpees are an old favourite. What is slightly more peculiar are their donuts, muffins, and other baked breakfast goods, as well as cappuccinos, lattes, and iced coffee of various flavours. I would not be surprised if they churned out grilled paninis and salads soon, like Wawa’s on the east coast in the US. They already offer breakfast sandwiches, taquitos, and creations like their Maple Pancake Sausage.

Back to the coupon, though, and their hot beverages. Thinking tea bags are too boring and perhaps Mommy does not want their new French Vanilla Cappuccino, which I actually want to try, I opted for the Blueberry Tea Latté. It was actually a lot better than I had expected. The blueberry flavour, although tasting like an artificially flavoured syrup, was strong and pleasant in my opinion. There was enough steamed milk in the latte so that it was not just milk but still rich and creamy enough that it did not taste very watery. I actually love almost any sort of sweetened, milky beverage. It honestly tasted like just blueberry milk tea, which I guess is what it is, and I was so tempted to pour a cup of tapioca pearls into it to make it bubble tea. It would actually make a very decent bubble tea for what it was.

After doing a little more research, I realized 7-Eleven offers a large variety of hot drinks. I would actually love to try Crème Brulee, Cinnamon Cookie, and Cookies & Cream Cappuccinos. The Bananas Foster one sounds exotic as well. Who knows, they may even have other flavours of tea lattes. At $1.99 for a large, I may not actually try it as there are so many other beverage options I have yet to explore. However, at least now I know they have some interesting beverages if there ever comes a time I am desperate for a cup of hot drink that I can get close to home.

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Disappointment and Surprise – 安娜饼屋–Anna’s Cake House

ImageMay 26, 2012
安娜饼屋 – Anna’s Cake House, Richmond BC
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核桃拿破仑蛋糕 (Walnut Napoleon)
烟肉葱包 (Bacon & Green Onion Bun)

吞拿鱼包 (Tuna Fish Bun)
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Three more pastries remained from our long-awaited visit to Anna’s Cake House after 6:30 for their discount. I just could not eat everything in one day. Yesterday’s cakes were mediocre and definitely not worth the full price they charge. Today’s on average were even worse.

The 核桃拿破仑蛋糕 (Walnut Napoleon) was not as bad as I thought. The three layers of puff pastry were not too bad and were decently flaky. It was kind of hard to break apart but since I am not a fan of puff pastries at all and so do not actually recall ever eating a Napoleon, I cannot judge. The cream filling in between had a decent amount of chopped up walnuts. The cream was the hard kind of Asian cream, denser than that on the cakes and more buttery tasting. Especially after slightly freezing it, it holds its shape and can almost be bitten into. It was not too sweet or too oily, though, and since I have not had this type of cream in the longest time, a bite was pleasant.

ImageThe disappointment came with the buns. Their 烟肉葱包 (Bacon & Green Onion Bun) had only the onions and bacon that were visible from the outside. It may look decent, in a fancier shape than usual, but nothing about the ingredients were good, just very very average. The bun was soft and moist despite being left overnight so that was actually not too bad. It was very lightly sweetened, or perhaps I am just sensitive to the sugar they put in Asian bread dough. At least it was chewy enough and in general not over baked. Image

The worst out of everything we purchased yesterday was the 吞拿鱼包 (Tuna Fish Bun). First of all, it was the bread. The dough was not as soft, moist, and chewy except for a little bit on the edge. They probably put an egg wash over this but regardless, it was over baked. The top was too dry and golden-brown for my liking. The bread on the inside was also kind of dry. The two pieces of scallion on top did not do much. The filling was just a little blob of canned tuna mixed with some mayonnaise and chopped onions. There was very little and more than half the bun was just the slightly dry bread. The tuna tasted very ordinary and the onions did not prevent it from being bland. There was not enough mayonnaise either to make it a little richer or creamier. 

ImageWith so many Asian bakeries around Richmond, all the buns I have gotten so far were acceptable and of decent quality, except for those from Anna’s Cake House. Yet, they still charge $1.50 regularly for each of the buns. I can get them cheaper and of way better quality from Maxim’s Bakery or T&T Bakery any time. All three places bake their buns fresh each day but the other two manage to keep their prices down while increasing the quality – something Anna’s Cake House seriously needs to do. Even Kam Do Bakery’s buns look fresh and of great quality with low prices (I was there one late afternoon and they were still baking fresh buns!). What mystifies Mom and I are the hordes of people that wait every Wednesday to Friday for the discounts at 6:30 and then madly grab an entire tray or bag of these buns. I certainly do not see the point. It is a shame T&T waits until 8:30-9:00 before they start offering discounts but comparing the quality, I would rather wait two more hours for much tastier buns with more varieties. 

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Asian Coffee Delicacies – 安娜饼屋-Anna’s Cake House

ImageMay 25, 2012
安娜饼屋 – Anna’s Cake House, Richmond BC
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黑森林蛋糕 (Black Forest)
栗子蛋糕 (Chestnut Slice)

意大利芝士蛋糕 (Tiramisu with Coffee Cake)
咖啡蛋糕 (Coffee Cake)
咖啡挞 (Cappuccino Tart)
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Finally, after a long first day of interning, I got back to Richmond, met up with Mom and shopped at Lansdowne until 6:30, when Anna’s Cake House offered their usual Wednesday-Friday discount. It is 20% off everything and 30% if purchasing more than $15 worth of Asian pastries and cakes. There was a huge line up and we even had to get numbers to avoid problems. So many people just started grabbing buns when the sale started, and the cake display cases were almost invisible. Luckily, we were near the front of the line so we got everything we wanted.

First, the 黑森林蛋糕 (Black Forest) was quite a large piece. The chocolate shavings on top were quite decent – a mix of milk and white chocolate. The cream was not overly sweet and the chocolate sprinkles were plentiful on the side. The chocolate cake was soft and moist. It was wonderfully spongy like the usual Asian cake. Light and fluffy, it tasted very fresh despite being in the display case probably all day. The only big disappointment for this was the cherry filling layer in the middle. For a regular black forest cake, it should be soaked cherries. I know it is the off season and cherries are only starting to be sold in grocery stores – and that they are very expensive right now – but I was more than a little take aback when I discovered two measly cherries in my cake. The rest of the red cubes in the filling were coloured jello. It was chewy and sweet – a lovely jello – but in a black forest cake? That is almost ridiculous, especially when the cake is already $3. I expected better.

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The 栗子蛋糕 (Chestnut Slice) is a childhood favourite. I love chestnuts and I love chestnut paste. They actually had two varieties today – one a triangular slice with only cream on top and the other one (the one I got) a round cake with half a strawberry. The triangle slices were bigger but the lady in front of us bought all six slices that they had left so I had to get the round cake. The strawberry on top was not very fresh as it had marks of being squished in the box on top. It was not glazed either, which would have made it look like it was a better quality. The cream was light and the white Asian cake soft and spongy. The chestnut paste was actually quite decent. It was a thicker paste than usual, more dense with a higher ratio of chestnuts I believe. It also had a less smooth texture than most chestnut pastes I have had so you can really taste the little ground chestnut bits. It was decently sweetened but like all Asian desserts, remained nice and light.

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The 意大利芝士蛋糕 (Tiramisu with Coffee Cake), though not very visually appealing, was actually not bad. There were no mascarpone cheese and coffee soaked lady fingers. I was glad two find several layers, though, of cream cheese cream and light coffee cake. Again, the cake was soft, spongy, and moist with a very fresh taste. The cream was also light but had enough cheese to distinguish it from a regular whipped cream. The cocoa dust layer on top gave it a slight cocoa aroma. I would have liked to see a better presentation, which it was very obviously lacking. There were no decorations of any sort. I am not sure why they put almond slices on the side, but it did add a nice crunch to it when you ate that part of the cake. Image

The 咖啡蛋糕 (Coffee Cake) was actually surprisingly decent. The plentiful almond slices on top added a really nice crunch to the ground nuts-coated cake. Each bite had that wonderful, nutty aroma. The coffee cake was so light and delicious, just sweet enough to be tasty and not hide the coffee flavour. Two thick layers of cake were sandwiched between very thin layers of cream, which provided a nice contrast. The softness of the cake needed that little creaminess to balance it out. At only $1.80, this, in my opinion, was the one that was most worth the money. 

Finally, I also tried the lovely 咖啡挞 (Cappuccino Tart). It was the most visually appealing out of all their cakes and buns, hands down. It was simple yet elegant. The chocolate shavings were great and that mini dollop of cream just looks very cute. The cappuccino-flavoured cream, or at least I think it was a cream, tasted sort of like a coffee mousse. Regardless of what it is, the cream-like filling was light in flavour as expected – not too sweet and with a light coffee aroma. It was very creamy and smooth but not at all heavy. The tart shell was also quite good. I do not like flaky shell and this was one I approved of. It was more of a shortbread cookie kind of shell that crumbled somewhat easily but still able to hold its shape. The tart shell was also lightly sweetened and did not taste heavily of fat or shortening or butter.

ImageOverall, Anna’s Cake House was not a huge disappointment and had some delights to offer. Nothing was particularly bad. It is only a question of whether each dessert was worth the price we paid for. With the discount though, I am not the least bit surprised to see so many people waiting for 6:30 to come. I might go back for some other treats although the choices are quite limited from here on. I still have three items for tomorrow that I have not yet tried. What I did not buy were the mousse cakes and cheesecakes as they looked just too ordinary. The buns also lacked variety and uniqueness, so I guess if I do go back, it won’t be any time soon. 

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Family-Style Macarons – Simply French Café

ImageMay 23, 2012
Simply French Café, Vancouver BC
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Raspberry Macaron
Lemon Macaron
Chocolate Orange Macaron

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This little cafe I discovered online during one of my macaron-scouring surfing sessions. It looks pretty and pink and quaint on their website so I was eager to try out their macarons while still hot on my macaron hunt through Greater Vancouver. They even offer macaron classes so I thought their macarons must be quite decent. Not to say they were bad, but the overall feel of Simply French Café just did not live up to their website. I guess webs can really be misleading!

My first impression from the outside was that it would be decent inside. Having read reviews online about the doubtful cleanliness of the place and after seeing pictures, I was not too surprised. The place did not look dirty exactly, but it did not look spotless and neat and polished and quaint and a billion other words that comes to mind when one hears ‘French’ and ‘café.’ They had a display of scarves, art, and various other knickknacks. The chairs and tables were wooden, giving the place an old, rundown feel. It was not very well lit and the colour scheme made it darker and gloomier. Needless to say, I did not like the atmosphere as it was no where near an upscale cafe. 

Now onto the macarons. They were in the chilled display case so they were quite cold when the lady put it in the pastry bag. However, as I bit into the Raspberry Macaron, I realized these are not half bad. It was not a very thick macaron, and the cookie lacked volume for the soft and moist centre. However, the shells were delicate and crisp, and the little layer inside was soft. Near the filling, it was a little more gummy, but the filling was light and sweet with a light raspberry aroma. It did not look very pretty, as none of them were perfectly round and smooth, but after putting it in my mouth, I found it tasted better than it looked.

The Lemon Macaron was similar. The taste was very obvious for this one with a creamy lemon ganache filling. Again, the thin shells did not offer much soft and moist centre but the taste was decent. I found out that the almond flour they used must have been somewhat homemade because after a bite, I could still find bits of ground up almonds between my teeth, large enough to realize they were there and identify them as almond bits mixed into the shell.

Finally, the Chocolate Orange Macaron was more of a disappointment. The filling was just a regular chocolate ganache filling with mixed in orange peel for the orange part of the macaron. I would much rather have an orange-flavoured chocolate ganache as I am no fan of orange peels. The chocolate was not the rich, smooth kind either. It was of rather poor quality, as was the chocolate chip on top. The filling was also harder and thicker, which made the sides a little awkward and a bit hard to bite into. The edges would sort of crumble and I got no chocolate with that first bite. 

Presentation wise, this place, including its macarons and even some of the cakes I was hoping to get, was very lacking. There was only an elderly man sitting there with a cup of coffee and a newspaper. I was going to get a Groupon but I am glad I did not as I probably would not have been able to spend the entire amount. Looking at the place, I did not want their cheesecakes, which looked as if bought from elsewhere as there were wax paper between each slice. The place did not look pleasing enough for me to get a panini and salad or soup, either. They also had smaller, packaged macarons, with the mint one available separately. I do not think it would be the $2.50 for the big one, but did not bother asking. I do not think I would come back, despite the okay macarons I got. 

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SlurpFREE Day – 7-Eleven

ImageMay 23, 2012
7-Eleven, Vancouver BC
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Crush ‘Lite’ Cream Soda Slurpee
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Slurpees are one of those things that everyone else get every other day and yet, the number of times I have had one are few and far between. Despite one so close to home, I do not buy things from convenient stores, just like I have not used a vending machine more than five times in my entire life. I just don’t. So about 1/3 of the times I have had Slurpees over the years were on July 11 when they give them out for free. For one reason or another, they decided to have a SlurpFREE Day yesterday. Well, why not enjoy something cold and sweet on such a beautiful day?

Since they were also promoting the new flavour, I decided to try it – the Crush ‘Lite’ Cream Soda Slurpee. Having never been a huge fan of cream soda, it is one of those drinks that I will take a sip of once in a while just to remind my taste buds what it tastes like. Kudos to 7-Eleven for having the ‘Lite’ version with 30% fewer calories. But I was disappointed to find they do not have any Diet Coke or Coke Zero or some other sort with NO calories. These sodas are so popular now that it is SURPRISING to not see any everywhere you go. The pink, I must say, was pretty. I have a soft spot for hot pink. Pink cup, pink slurpee, and that pink straw really brightened up my afternoon. The drink itself was nothing out of the ordinary. It tasted sweet, like a regular cream soda. After a few sips, I have had enough. Just to get some flavoured ice slush in my mouth again felt oddly refreshing though!

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A Little Burst of Sunshine – Faubourg

ImageMay 22, 2012
Faubourg, Vancouver BC
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Cappuccino Macaron
Raspberry Rose Macaron
Pistachio Macaron
Cassis Macaron
Mango Lime Macaron

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I have been wanting to give Faubourg a try for quite a while. Conveniently, it is located on my way to and from UBC so I just need to hop off the bus and hop back on, whereas many of the more upscale bakeries offering macarons and other goodies are in or near downtown Vancouver. I fell in love with macarons after trying them out, despite the fact the first few I ever ate had horrible texture. I love anything sugary and sweet, though, so I was willing to give them one more chance and Sugar Philly really sealed the deal. I was content with a few others and not so much with some. Now, it is Faubourg’s turn.

They had thirteen flavours and I picked five, thinking thirteen is way too many for one day. First on the plate is the Cappuccino Macaron. The Espresso flavoured ganache has very strong and lovely coffee flavour. I love that nice coffee aroma in almost every kind of dessert and was pleased to find it was not faint at all. I was also quite appreciated the two different coloured shells of the off-white and light tan. It certainly reminds me of a cappuccino with the foam on top! The texture was not good on this macaron, though. The outside of the shell was delicate and crisp but the inside had started to shrink and harden. The filling kept it moist enough to chew but I would bet it was not freshly made.

Next, the Raspberry Rose Macaron was the second best of the five. The lovely and bright pink is so pleasant to look at. Just seeing that colour makes me smile! The flavour was again very distinct. The raspberry and the rose were both present and in a decent amount. I do not like it when the flavours are too faint. The ganache is very much preferred to a buttercream filling, as the latter can get quite ‘oily.’ This macaron had a perfect texture: crisp and delicate shells with soft and moist centres filled with smooth ganache filling. It was definitely a bite to brighten up any day!Image

The Pistachio Macaron was the most disappointing. I first saw it in the display window the first time I walked by on my way to Moore’s Bakery. The pretty green colour may seem gross to some but I love any rich, bright shade. The black sesame on the shell gave it a nice, sesame aroma. The flavour for this macaron was quite horrible, though. It tasted very strongly of artificial pistachio flavouring, kind of like artificial almond flavouring. I have not had many pistachio desserts so I have never come across an almost pure artificial pistachio flavour but this totally turned me off. Adding to that, the macaron was extremely hard. It was not just hardening, it was hard. The shell was more like a crumbly cookie texture and very sticky to chew, almost glueing my teeth together.

The Cassis Macaron had a similar texture. It was not as hard, but very gummy. The shell on this was very thick so that might have helped prevent it from hardening. What saved this macaron is the cassis or black currant ganache. The flavour was fabulous, texture aside. It was distinct and fruity, perfect for a nice summer day. The rich purple shade was also very visually appealing.

Finally, making up for all the negatives in the other macarons, the Mango Lime Macaron was my absolute favourite of the day and tops my list of favourite macarons ever. Let’s start with that bright, sunny yellow decorated with clear green sugar sprinkles. It just looks so refreshing – definitely a little burst of sunshine! As I bit into it, I could tell from the way the outer shell crumbled that it was freshly made and the inside was as it should be – soft and moist and slightly chewy. This one had the perfect texture. The mango and lime ganache on the inside was incredibly sweet with the right amount of tart to give it a very refreshing taste. Mango and lime always works on any dessert. Combined, they taste even better.

Overall, I was not pleased with the texture of the macarons as three of the five had serious shell issues. However, besides the pistachio one, the flavours were magnificent. That alone will make me go back and try some of their other flavours. However, at $1.79 plus tax a piece, they are very expensive for a treat the size of a loonie. They definitely need to step up their consistency and make fresh macarons every day. Perhaps instead of ensuring the availability of all thirteen flavours, a few less flavours with each one the perfect texture might be better.

 
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