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This is for real: Starbucks sells Macarons!

Miss Glitzy spotted this at a Starbucks outlet in Tokyo. There were 3 flavours (Caramel, Maroon and Apple Cinnamon) available at that store and each individually packaged like a cookie.

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Each macaron was huge – with a diameter of 4.5cm with artificially polished surface. Each macaron costs 220 yen (about S$3.40).

First impression – it is expensive, since the Pierre Hermé macaron, albeit a lot smaller, only costs 230 yen each. Next, in terms of appearance, the Starbucks macaron was reminiscent of the Icing Room one.

However, a bite of the Apple & Cinnamon macaron proved to be a pleasant surprise. The shell was crumbly, slightly chewy and sweet. The apple cinnamon paste was sour so it balanced out the sweetness of the macaron shell. The cinnamon in the filling added some spicy fragrance to the macaron, which was very unique.

Please don’t ask what “maroon” flavour means – due to language difficulties, Miss Glitzy was unable to get an answer from the barista.

PS: Stay tuned for the review on Pierre Hermé macarons!

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy: halfcup

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Tucked in the heart of the vibrant night scene, Nectarie is the place to go if you want some desserts after dance and booze.

There is an assortment of 7 macaron flavours to choose from and each costs only $1.17 (including service charge and GST). Miss Glitzy bought 4 macarons for the taste test.

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The macarons are small and dainty, but the surface of the shell didn’t look very polished. However for only $1.17 per piece, the macarons were nicely packed in a Chinese takeaway box whichwas quite a novelty. The unique packaging is already worth the money and it makes a cute and affordable gift!

Teh Tarik: The shell crumbles easily but the macaron retains acceptable level of chewiness. The Teh Tarik macaron didn’t taste that local but this was probably the first tea flavoured macaron we have tasted that actually kinda worked. The tea flavour in the after taste was somewhat refreshing.

Lavender: This was the prettiest of the lot. The macaron shell was a pale lilac colour with bits of lavender on the shell. As there was no rose macaron, we bought this for the taste test instead. The shell tasted crumbly and dry, somewhat different from the Teh Tarik. There was no strong lavender flavour and the chocolate filling appeared measley.

Chocolate: The texture of this chocolate macaron was very different from the Lavender – it was very moist and chewy. If you were to taste this without opening your eyes, you might mistake it for a brownie.

Green tea: The green tea macaron was obviously smaller than the rest and the chocolate ganache looked really generous. There was not much quality control in making the macarons. The green tea flavour was quite dull and Miss Jazzy wanted to rinse off the dull after taste!

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The M Connoisseurs applaud Nectarie for its affordable macarons and unique packaging. Quality wise, the macarons were rather average.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy: halfcup
Miss Jazzy:

Nectarie le’Dessert Patisserie
3C River Valley road
#01-05 The Cannery, Clark Quay
Tel: 6305 7628


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Hello everybirdy!

We are the Obolo Ms! We are belly belly excited because The M Connoisseurs are going to try us and award us cupcake points. We have been good and we are  high quality macarons. We need to do our best to make Master proud.

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Miss Geri Beri bought us from Master’s house at Joo Chiat. There were so many of us.. 12 flavours in all. And all of us cost $2 each. But only the 3 of us were selected. What an honour!

Oops, we got too excited that we forgot to introduce ourselves individually.

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Bittersweet Chocolate: I taste like your life – bittersweet with a little luxury. Miss Glitzy likes my polished shell with chocolate speckles. You can tell that appearance is so important to her – that’s so shallow! But that Miss Jazzy thinks I taste like a brownie. If I am a brownie, I am the high-class brownie.

Chocolat-Passion: My name is spelt like that – Chocolat without the “e”. I have yellow shell that’s infused with Passionfruit flavour and I’m filled with generous milk-chocolate ganache. If you are into exotic flavours, pick me! Miss Geri Beri loves me but that shallow Miss Glitzy thinks I’m too sour!

Rose: My name is so short and simple but everyone loves me. They love my white rose-flavoured buttercream that’s so thick that I look extremely seductive. Miss Jazzy loves me but she loves all Rose macarons, I think. Miss Glitzy said I emit some light fragrance. Of course, I need to have some killer charm to compensate my simple and common name.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy:
Miss Jazzy:
Miss Geri Beri: halfcup

Obolo
452 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427665
Tel: 6348 9791


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Tucked at the quiet Henry Park Apartments, ET Artisan Sweets is like a girl’s dream-come-true. Scones! Cupcakes! Meringues! All these colourful girlish delights kept in those huge glass jars with silk ribbons tied at the handle – they simply look irresistible. And who can forget that eye-catching red-and-white polka dot cake that looked absolutely great for girlish parties!

etasweets1This is the place that a girl can stay for hours and hours. The little cafe has only 2 tables though. You also get a chance to watch the baker decorate custom-make cakes in the baking studio through the glass panel!

Of course, Miss Glitzy did not forget her mission for the day – to review ETA’s macarons for the M Project.

Each macaron costs $2 per piece. There are more than 10 flavours to choose from so you are literally spoilt for choice. For the purpose of this review, Miss Glitzy chose Rose, Berry Chocolate and Chocolate Chip flavours. ETA sells Chocolate macarons too but coincidentally, it was sold out when Miss Glitzy was there!

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The macarons are of reasonable size, with diameter about the width of a namecard. The surface of the macarons were quite polished, which Miss Glitzy thought was a relatively good sign.

Chocolate Chip: The shell felt a bit dry and it was too crumbly. But the chocolate ganache was pretty good. Overall, the macaron was not too sweet.

Rose: This has got to be Miss Glitzy’s favourite rose macaron to date. The macaron shell has the right mix of crispiness and chewiness. The rose ganache was generous yet not overwhelming. The smell of rose was not giddily strong, to Miss Glitzy’s delight!

Berry Chocolate: This was interesting because the macaron shell was berry-flavoured and slightly sour but the ganache was chocolate. It was a sour- meets -sweet kinda feeling. For those who love exotic flavours.

Verdict:

Miss Glitzy: halfcup (Decent macarons and not too sweet!)

etasweets2Indeed, Miss Glitzy thought the macarons were not as fantastic as their cupcakes! Seriously plugging the Blackforest Cupcake which had cherries hidden inside the pink cream! Miss Glitzy loves hidden surprises!

At $4.50 per cupcake, it’s definitely the must-try at the cafe. And true to the ETA style, these cupcakes were not crazily sweet too.

The cake shop also accepts orders for custom-made birthday or wedding cakes.

ET Artisan Sweets
32 Holland Grove Road
Henry Park Apartments S 278807
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday: 8.30 AM – 6 PM
(65) 6468 6700

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The desserts at Da Paolo Gastronomia send a common message, “Pick me, Choose me, Eat me!”

No kidding, be it the chocolate cakes, gigantic scones, meringues or cupcakes. All of them look equally delicious. Nonetheless, Miss F.D did not forget the task of reviewing the Macarons and bought a nice pack from the Sail.

Da Paolo sells macarons in packs of 6. You don’t have the luxury of buying them them one by one, neither can you choose the flavours. A pack of 6 macarons cost $12.

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The first impression of the “Italian Munchkins” (Miss Jazzy, 2009) is that their macarons are bigger than Canele’s or Bakerzin’s – the diameter of each macaron is about 5cm. The shell didn’t look so polished though. The rough shell was reminiscent of the Icing Room’s macarons. Thus, the M Connoisseurs were quite skeptical at first.

Interestingly, the Da Paolo macarons taste better than they look! The macaron shells were crispy and hollow initially and very chewy subsequently. The Connoisseurs kinda like the chewy after bite.

Orange – The taste was a bit artificial, felt like biting an orange Mentos sweet. The M Connoisseurs are not fans of this.

Chocolate – The chocolate was great! First bite is the crispy shell, then you sink hard into the chewy portion. Next, you taste the hardened chocolate which was neither too sweet nor bitter (nor sour). The chemistry between the chocolate filling and the macaron shell was delightful. And the macaron was quite big, like a chocolate cookie.

Lemon – Oh the horror! It tasted like detergent.

Green Tea - The ganache was generous and creamy. It was a tad heavy and the flavour was too strong and overwhelming for Miss Jazzy or F.D. Despite all its intensity, Miss Glitzy loved it to the core.

Raspberry - Miss Jazzy needed to overcome the disappointment that there was no Rose macaron. The raspberry one was very sweet and Miss F.D. thought it tasted like the raspberry jam in the Marks and Spencer jam sandwich cream cookies.

Lavender – This was a good substitute of rose! Miss Glitzy had never tasted something delicious from lavender and this was the first. The ganache was a light floral taste that was not too sweet. The aroma complemented with the ganache. And with the macaron shell of the right consistency, it was the winner of the Italian pack!

Final verdict (out of 5 points):

Miss Glitzy:

Miss Jazzy: (Oy Humbug man! Reckon my expectations were too high. Gobi still takes the cake!)

Miss F.D:

Da Paolo Gastronomia is located at The Paragon B1, Great World City B1, Holland Village, Cluny Court and The Sail@Marina Bay.


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On the beach by the sky
Down a path between the stars
Kindred flowers perfume
A heart in search of dreams

There is this quaint little dessert shop at Clarke Quay Central called Gobi and it sells Macarons!

Much to everyone’s delight, Miss Jazzy managed to get the stuff – there are 7 flavours available and she purchased a box of 6. Each piece cost $2.50 each.

The cutie pies were reasonably sized and looked every inch well-made. It was somewhat love at first sight.

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Matcha
The M Connoisseurs mistook it as Pistachio macaron initially, due to the pistachio bits on top. Miss Jazzy found it flavourful. The shell crumbled easily yet the macaron was quite chewy.  It was a unique flavour with light fragrance of the pistachio. Miss Glitzy wiped up all the crumbs like a vacuum cleaner while Miss Frazzle Dazzle (F.D) found it very authentic.

Calming Floral
There was a light floral smell which was delightful. Taste wise, the macaron was sweet but did not leave much of an impression. Miss F.D. was like the Simon Cowell when she said that the flavour was hardly memorable.

Rose
Miss Jazzy loves the Rose to bits. She called it “a dream”. How dramatic could she get? The ganache was generous but the taste was not too overpowering. The balance of the shell and the ganache was quite balanced.

Camomile Dream
This felt like it was right out of the tea bag! It felt very different and pretty mind-blowing as the M Connoisseurs had never tasted something like this before. This was also the least sweet of the lot, probably a great choice for tea lovers who are in search of tea infused macarons.

Black Sheep
Look wise, the Black Sheep looked like a mini hamburger with generous serving of chocolate filling. This was the best chocolate macaron that the M Connoisseurs had tried so far. Chocolate macaron with a right tilt of sweetness – not sour or bitter.

Morgan Blend
The purple shell was misleading as it got the Connoisseurs guessing if it was Lavender or Blueberry flavour. According to Gobi’s website, Morgan Blend is made from Lapsang Soucheng tea is blended with bergamot oil and dark chocolate. It tasted a tad weird and artificial.. like Smarties – funny how tea infused macarons don’t seem to work. The Connoisseurs still prefer the authentic Black Sheep over this.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):
One of the best so far!

Miss Glitzy:

Miss Jazzy:

Miss Frazzle Dazzle:

GOBI
The Central #01-27
Tel: 6534 8187

Katong Mall #03-13 (available for pick-ups only)
Tel: 6345 2127


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Bakerzin is almost like the mother of macarons in Singapore. Ask anyone in Singapore where to get macarons and everyone will tell you “Bakerzin”.

There were many flavours to choose from and the M Connoisseurs chose Rose, Chocolate and Yuzu.

Bakerzin’s macarons are the cheapest among the lot that we have tried so far – each piece costs S$1.50.


Obligatory picture of the three cuties

Overall, the macarons looked well-made and tempting. The Yuzu macaron had pink specks on bright yellow shell and a generous wallop of cream. Miss Glitzy could feel it calling “Choose me, choose me…”

Chocolate: The shell was well made with the right balance of chewy and crispy texture. The chocolate cream was a tad sour though.

Rose: Strong rose flavour and Miss Jazzy liked it. Miss Glitzy still prefers TWG’s for it’s lighter flavour.

Yuzu: Very different and unique taste. This felt like a much better version of the disastrous passionfruit macaron from The Icing Room. Bakeries should invent more interesting flavours like this. The fruity citrous taste was refreshing with a tinge of sweetness. Pure bliss.

Final verdict (out of 5 points):
We love good macarons at good price!

Miss Glitzy:

Miss Jazzy:

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