Le Jour du Macaron Comes to Chicago

Le Jour du Macaron Comes to Chicago

by Valerie Beck, chocolate expert and macaron maven

What fun it was to celebrate the first Macaron Day in Chicago this year on March 20 – following more established versions in Paris and New York – to benefit Esperanza Community Services!

The way it worked: macaron lovers and charity supporters made donations to Esperanza at participating pastry shops, and received a macaron in exchange.

I jumped in at these beloved locations:

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago,

Luscious chocolate mint macarons at the Waldorf Chicago
Luscious chocolate mint macarons at the Waldorf Chicago

Toni Patisserie,

Delightful hot chocolate macaron at Toni Patisserie
Delightful hot chocolate macarons at Toni Patisserie

and Alliance Patisserie.

Chocolate passionfruit and more at awesome Alliance Patisserie
Chocolate passion fruit and more at awesome Alliance Patisserie

By the way, what’s the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? The macaron is a colorful French sandwich cookie that comes in endless flavors (chocolate passion fruit is my favorite lately), and the macaroon is a coconut haystack cookie of Italian origin that comes dipped in chocolate if you’re lucky! Read more about these 2 different cookies on my previous blog post Macaron vs. Macaroon.

Here’s to philanthropy through macarons, and Uplift Through Chocolate!

Your friend in chocolate,

Valerie

chocolateuplift@gmail.com

Sweet Christmas 2014

Sweet Christmas 2014

by Valerie Beck, chocolate expert from a family so chocolate obsessed we put artisan chocolate sauce on practically everything, when not eating it from the jar

Hendrickx white chocolate bread with pepperming hot fudge sauce by Puffs of Doom
On our holiday sweets table: Hendrickx white chocolate bread with peppermint hot fudge sauce by Puffs of Doom

I hope you are enjoying a delicious holiday season!

Here are a few photos from my family’s Christmas, to wish you a sweet holiday and delicious new year!

We enjoyed Christmas Eve lunch at the Hotel Burnham in sweet home Chicago
We enjoyed Christmas Eve lunch at the Hotel Burnham in sweet home Chicago
Cheers!
Cheers!
Glorious buche de noel by Toni Patisserie
Glorious buche de noel by Toni Patisserie
Christmas walk
Christmas walk
We love Chinese food on Christmas!
We love Chinese food on Christmas!
We love chocolates all the time. These are the new bonbons from Hendrickx, and they are delicious.
We love chocolates all the time. These are the new bonbons from Hendrickx, and they are delicious.
val and van
Yours truly (left) with my sister (right)

 

Have a beautiful season, and “keep eating chocolate!”

~ Valerie

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