Macarons are so popular now and for good reason! They are beautiful, taste amazing and make such pretty favors, “cakes” , towers, however you wish to use them, macarons are just a lovely thing to have around. And now there is a new source for your macarons. Macaron Bee in Georgetown. It is a teen tiny little shop with no seating or or anything but 16 pretty and delicious flavors of macarons. And my favorite part, they offer the adorable towers for events (like the one below) and deliver! Stop by and try them out or use them for your next event. I can wait to be able to use them for an event. Oh and they are a husband wife team, love that!
My husband and I recently moved to the Hill and one of the first things I noticed was a tiny little store called The Sweet Lobby. I kept looking at it, wondering what it was (since I did not happen to see them win on Cupcake Wars) and wanting to go. Until one day I asked a friend who had told me about getting some cupcakes on the Hill where she got them and she told me The Sweet Lobby! Yay, exactly what I had hoped for, it is a sweet shop right in my neighborhood! Finally this past week I popped in after a meeting. The shop is teeny tiny, packed with customers and the staff is lovely. They have cupcakes, macarons, madeleines and tea.
I felt I needed to try a true sampling of what they had to offer. So I picked up four cupcakes (red velvet, s’mores, chocolate vanilla and chocolate salted caramel) and four french macarons (red hot chili chocolate, rose, vanilla and lemon rasberry). They had lots of other delightful looking flavors of both the cupcakes and macarons. My husband and I sat down for some serious taste testing. First up was the chocolate vanilla for me and the red velvet for him. He was immediately in love. He loved the cake but really loved the cream cheese frosting. I believe this may be his favorite red velvet cupcake (though I have not confirmed that). I thought the cake on the chocolate vanilla was amazing! It was so moist and yummy and I loved how they frosted the cupcake with a chocolate glaze (I guess that is what you would call it) and then the vanilla frosting was on top of that. I was not thrilled with the frosting. This is totally a personal thing and I am probably in the minority, but I want a sugary frosting. I’m talking I want to taste the grains of sugar in my frosting…sheet cake from the grocery store frosting is what I’m talking about here! So that being said, the frosting was light and yummy, but not sugary enough for my tastes.
Next we tried the macarons. I tried the rose and my husband the red hot chili chocolate. The macarons themselves were lovely. Sweet and a little crunchy on the outside and pretty, they have cute sparkles on top which I loved. But again, the filling didn’t do it for me, not sweet enough. But on day two we hit the jackpot. We had saved the s’mores and chocolate salted caramel cupcakes and the vanilla and lemon raspberry macarons. The s’mores cupcake was awesome!!! It had the moist yummy chocolate cake but with a sweet, gooey toasted marshmallow frosting. YUM! And while the chocolate salted caramel and vanilla macaron were good, the lemon raspberry macaron was perfect. The fruit filling is where it is at with the macarons!
All in all I’m excited there is a nearby place to get beautiful macarons and a yummy cupcake. Next time I try the madelienes and their tea! And I’m excited to report that they cater! So next time you need sweets for your wedding or event, The Sweet Lobby is a great option!
I LOVE Valentine’s Day! Not just because I love love, but because I love pink and everything is pink at Valentine’s Day and because I love sweets and it is all about the sweets! Really there could not be a more fabulous holiday but one in which we celebrate our love with candy! If you are planning to make some sweets for your Valentine then I personally want to try all of these!
Red Hot Fudge
Milk & Cookie Lollipops
I love this cake and how cute are the ice cream scoops!
My stand on favors is that nobody will miss them if you don’t have them. But if you are going to have them, make them something a) edible (like a candy bar, coffee cart or food truck b) homemade or c) something they won’t want to leave on the table. I cannot tell you the number of candles, picture frames and almonds I’ve packed back up and sent home with the bride and groom. Which is why I love the idea of DIY favors, something homemade is always going to seem more personal.