My first macaron was in 2013 and it was the worst thing ever. Yep, I said it. Worst. Thing. EVER. I guess my first mistake was that I purchased a French dessert in a Korean bakery (one that shall remain nameless). The fuchsia raspberry flavored macaron I was so anxious to try tasted as if I ate a spoonful of sugar. No raspberry flavor, no butter, no vanilla. Literally, nothing but sugar. I have to admit, I was disappointed and wrote off every macaron as a tasteless, sugar cookie. Then one warm December morning, I stumbled upon Miel Patisserie on my way to work....
I found this super cute French bakery called Miel Patisserie on my way to work one morning. I was actually in need of some coffee and was tired of going to Starbucks and Peet's Coffee on Walnut St. I was looking to change up the scenery a bit but I knew I couldn't be picky because a lot of shops weren't open by 8am. As I strolled down 17th street, I saw the chairs outside and a sign in front of the door ( a true indicator that this store was open) so I walked in. The interior reminded me of how all the French bakeries in movies looked , bright, welcoming, and intimate. It seemed like the perfect place for one to enjoy a cup of coffee alone or with a few friends.
As I placed my order for coffee, I decided to take a peek into their many different display cases. There, lined up very neatly were freshly baked buttery croissants, intricately designed cake slices, and brightly colored macarons. I was drawn to the color of the macarons and the flavor list was just too enticing to pass up. I ended up leaving that from the bakery with a freshly brewed cup La Colombe coffee (seriously, the best coffee ever) and three macaron flavors to try: Blueberry, Salted Caramel, and Rose.
When I tell you that these were the yummiest, most buttery cookies I have ever had in my life! I couldn't make this up! One cookie was all I could handle that morning because it was so rich! I have to tell you, the view from my office and this coffee/macaron duo was the perfect way to start my morning. If you're in the Philadelphia area, definitely take a stroll to 17th and Walnut to indulge in a little bit of French love from Miel Patisserie.
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