Friday Fun!

Back in the day I had a blog feature (which sounds more organized that it was) called FridayFun. It was all about fun things to do over the weekend. Today I was looking through some photos and I realized that I had photos for just such a thing, and for a feature I wanted to start called TreatWatch. Yay!

La Bonne Vie is a French-style bakery found at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake. They’ve only been open a few months, and I’ve been dying to try them. However, through some bit of bad luck usually when I get there they seem to be 2/3 sold out. But it doesn’t matter too much, because I’ve been there to try one thing, the thing touted as “the next big thing” in treats. The French macaron.

Not to be confused with the macaroon (note the two o’s), the thing with the coconut and the egg whites, macarons are made from almonds, sugar, and… egg whites. (I didn’t say they were totally different.) Macaron are two cookies made of the aforementioned ingredients sandwiched with a filling. I decided to try two, a lemon with lemon filling and a chocolate with a mint filling.

I don’t know what the professional tasting criteria is for a macaron, but for me, personally, I’m looking for a few things.

  1. Exterior flavor – Not too sweet, not too bland
  2. Interior flavor – Not too sweet, tastes like the flavor it’s supposed to be
  3. Texture –  Crunchy exterior becoming chewy as the teeth sink in

As an illustration, I think here you can get a good idea of the crunchy/chewy balance:

As always, please ignore my lack of manicure.

So, the results: Texture-wise, they absolutely met my expectations. Flavor-wise, for maybe the first time in my life, I actually preferred the fruit flavor to the chocolate flavor. The chocolate mint was good, with a chocolaty flavor and a mint flavor that was just the good side of mouthwash.  The lemon was excellent. Sweet, but not overly so, with a little bit of tang.

In the end I give these macarons a solid two (frosting covered) thumbs up.

*More on this tomorrow

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So, it’s time for the Friday edition of ShanKnits.  Fridays are for fun!

Okay, to be more specific if you’re doing this whole life thing right, hopefully everyday is about fun and happiness as well as productivity, progress, good works, blah blah blah. But, Friday is a special day, it’s the day Shannon posts about things that might help you enjoy your weekend. And, being that I, Shannon, am more than a little bit known for the randomness, who knows what will happen?

This week’s Fun Thing – Really, really Belgian Waffles

I have very fond memories of my trip to Belgium a few years ago. I visited two cities, Brugge (Bruges) and Bruxelles (Brussels). As a good portion of any of my tourist experiences involves food, two of the things that I really, really wanted to do there were have waffles and fries. While not a fan of what most Americans think of as “Belgian Waffles”, those airy, deep pocketed things that it are impossible to butter, I was pleased as punch to find out that there is another kind of waffle in Belgium, the Liege waffle. While the Brussels waffle is eaten with a knife and fork, served as a dessert, and often topped with whipped cream, fruit,  and/or ice cream, the Liege waffle is a street food, like hot dogs or tacos. It’s a dense yeast-based waffle with clumps of sugar in it and a golden exterior. While the former is easy to find at many breakfast places, the latter has been hard to come by in Salt Lake, outside of a cart at the Farmers Market.

Well, good news. Pierre , the owner of the aforementioned cart has opened a permanent location now, just across the street from Pioneer Park. Bruges Waffles & Frites serves exactly those things, waffles and frites (fries). You can get a waffle with chocolate, whipped cream, and/or chocolate, or a cone of fries with your choice of 7 or 8 different mayonaise-based sauces.  They do have one other item, a Flemish stew, but I couldn’t tell you anything about that. (Yet.) Pierre is tri-lingual, so if you speak French, Flemish, or English, say hi.

You can find Bruges Waffles & Frites at

Bruges Waffles & Frites
336 West Broadway (right next to Tony Caputo’s)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801).363.4444
info@brugeswaffles.com

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