What does seem to migrating this way are Parisian style macarons whose spelling adds an "O" for whatever reason when the treat crosses the Atlantic. A new place in Cleveland Park, Cacao, serves dozens of varieties along with some other divine looking French pastries.
So is this the next big thing? I am not so sure; I thought these sweet treats were just okay. The macaroons do actually taste like the flavor descriptions from plain vanilla to pistachio to rose. And the cookie part is light with a nice crunch and a moist inside giving way to the smooth, sweet cream filling. But they lacked a certain zip and I don't think I will be back for more.
One thing that really irked me was the $1 upcharge for the plastic box. Really?! That seemed tacky. And at $8 for six--without the box--it was not as if these were inexpensive treats.
My favorite macaroon can be found not in Paris but from Sucre in New Orleans; I've actually mail-ordered them (last year for Mardi Gras, along with their fancy King Cake) and they arrive quite fresh.
|Sucre's Mardi Gras Macaroons|