image via Chantal Guillon
I have to admit something about macarons. When I look at them I think, "Eh..." then I think, "Expensive little beasts, aren't they..." But as any good macaron lover knows, it's the taste that slays you. As we were enjoying the sights and sounds of San Francisco, I decided a delicious taste of San Francisco was in order as well.
We popped into the beautiful little shop Chantal Guillon, on Hayes Street, in the Hayes Valley neighborhood and chose a few to sample. The shop was welcoming and charming. The tough decision was choosing which ones to sample. In the end we picked Tahitian Vanilla, Italian Pistachio, Lemon and Passion Fruit. We walked out with our small morsels in a bag and decided to save them for later since we were about to each lunch. A few hours later, tired and walking through a depressing and ugly part of town towards another destination, I decided it was the perfect time to pull our small treasures out of their pretty little bag.
We were dying. Dying in a good way. So, so tasty. We talked about them long after we'd eaten them. We bit every cookie into quarters to savor the rich flavor as long as possible. Trying a new flavor was again a whole new "oooh....ahhh!" moment. I can seriously still taste those cookies on some spiritual level.
It will be impossible to go to Hayes Valley again without stopping into to this lovely shop for its delicious and colorful gems. Check it out next time you're in the area, add it to your San Francisco travel ideas list. Oh and they ship cookies as well. You can taste this deliciousness for yourself without even traveling to San Fran. Either way you won't be disappointed.