The Meetup at the Cheesecake Factory with the Greater Pittsburgh Celiac and Gluten Free Living Group yielded a bunch of information and a plethora of suggestions. One that stuck with me was the mention of gluten free macarons from the Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale (213 North Avenue). On this single digit temperature Saturday morning, I was up bright and early because my parents’ cat, Lexi Belle, decided that I should be. Apparently she was bored and looking for entertainment in the form of a Trish.
My quick trip towards Pittsburgh led me to a small issue in the form of parallel parking. Yes, I can do it but don’t have to do it often. I was trying to pull into a fully iced over spot and had a car in the way of the front end of mine. Once I did overcome this tiny bump, I wandered down to the bakery and couldn’t believe the aromas emanating from the front door. Heavenly but I had to remind myself that I could only indulge in their selection of macarons. There were 15 flavors. Yes, you read that right. Fifteen. I decided to get one of each and be on my way.
Later in the evening, I began my experiment of trying to determine which of these mini masterpieces was my favorite. Conclusion? Mandarin orange (tasted like a Creamsicle), chocolate (similar to chocolate lava cake) and espresso (reminded me of coffee ice cream) were my top three. Marzipan was dead last…for me at least. These delicate French pastries were vibrantly colored and would tempt all ages into buying an assortment to taste.
Another observation…trying to eat a box of these treats seemed to give me gas. I have no idea why, but about six cookies in, my tummy was a tad sore. Did it stop me from polishing off the box? No. I was on a mission. Just slow down and savor them rather than devour them in one sitting.