Archive | September, 2012

La Belle Miette Macarons.

27 Sep

xarToday I took my cousins, my sister and my sister’s friend to the city to show them the various methods to get to my school. It wasn’t too bad, especially since I expected loud conversation etc typical of fourteen year old girls.

I also had to go to Chadstone to get my iPad replaced because the screen had smashed. It was really expensive to replace, $279. So now I’m broke again. Oh how bad my luck is:( What lit up my day was that right near Myers was a La Belle Miette stand. If you don’t know what La Belle Miette is, you should!

La Belle Miette is a small French patisserie specialising in macarons. They use chocolate from the French chocolate house Cacao Barry and Belgian Callebaut, Girgar butter (high quality Australian dairy made in the European tradition) and premimum grade almonds. Their flavours are unique and absolutely beautiful which I think is due to one of the owners Maylynn (or so it says on their site, she is the daughter of a natural perfumer).

They have the following flavours:

72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

‘Bastille’ – Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant

Caramel a la Fleur de Sel

Cherry Blossom & Sake

Mariage Freres Earl Grey Chocolate

Hazelnut Belle Miette

Lavender

Lemon

Mango & Coconut

Passionfruit Chocolate

Pimm’s & Pomegranate

Pistachio

Raspberry

Raspberry Chocolate

Rose

Strawberry & Vanilla

Vanilla

Violet & Blueberry

They cost $2.50 each, except for 72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela) and ‘Bastille’ – Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant which are $2.80 each. I bought six in a gift box, which came to a total of $18.30 for me.  There are also complimentary boxes, but they aren’t as pretty and sturdy.

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My Flavours (L-R): Cherry Blossom & Sake, Rose, Raspberry Chocolate, Violet & Blueberry, Caramel a la Fleur de Sel, 72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

The macraons themselves were really crunchy, light and fluffy at the same time if that makes sense… They are really hard to cut into neatly!

Cherry Blossom & Sake

The taste is quite normal. It could be just me but I think it tastes plain? In comparison to the other flavours which had stronger evidence of the flavours used. It was probably about only half sake/cherry blossom flavoured.

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Rose

This one was definitely rose flavoured! It is really nice, I really liked this one. If you don’t know what rose tastes like, imagine the scent of rose water/ pure rose scented oils or perfumes and translate that into a taste. The flavour was like a burst of rose. It was delightful.

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Raspberry Chocolate

This definitely had a strong chocolate flavour. The chocolate was a dark chocolate, very rich. It tasted almost decadent. However, you could also taste something else – raspberry. The chocolate does overwhelm the flavour of the raspberry but you can still taste it. It adds a little something to the chocolate. The raspberry isn’t bitter but sweet.

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Violet & Blueberry

I must have a thing for flowers because this is the third one I purchased with a flower taste. This one was superb. There was a balance in the flavours, both were evident in this creation. The blueberry was sweet and the violet delicious. I have no idea how to describe the violet flavour, its just flowery.  It’s not a bad thing and I have no other words on how to describe it but if you had the Rose one, you’d understand.

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Caramel a la Fleur de Sel

I’m going to be honest, caramel isn’t on my list of favourite flavours for anything. It’s too sweet, too heavy and its sticky. This was no different. It’s also supposed to the most popular flavour which is why I bought it but for me, it was just sweet caramel. Its too much for me but I’m sure it’s really nice for others. The caramel also melted really fast as you can see from the previous images where there is a brown smear on the white sheet of paper.

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and last but not least, 72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)

I love chocolate and I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate and tasting this was like… pure decadence ( which coincidentally was the theme of my formal). It was heavenly. The chocolate was dark, rich and wonderful. I would highly recommend this one, even if it is a 0.30$ increase in price. It was delicious!

I would recommend La Belle Miette for special occasion, just because it is so pricey. I was with my cousin and decided to be spontaneous and purchase these as I wanted her to also taste macarons since she was so lacking in experiences. I would most likely only purchase more as a gift to my lover or my mother, for special occasions such as valentines day, anniversaries or my own birthday.

You can find them here or here (facebook).

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Sometimes I wish I was still a kid

9 Sep

That age we all were in, where life was simple and boys had cooties. At my age, most girls are looking for guys, dating or just plainly hooking up. Love is all about our whimsical desires. I don’t really know many girls in serious relationships (and by serious, I mean past the 2 year honeymoon phase). So I have really nobody to talk to, nobody who really knows what I’m going through and how to give advice that wasn’t “he’s not worth your time, dump him.” Its sad when that is the first response that is given to any relationship trouble. It shows me how little that people care about even fighting for love anymore. It’s probably why the divorce rate in first world countries are so high – we simply want to take the easy way out because we can.

Life isn’t easy and that lesson is taught to us wayy to often, more than it should be taught. In the same vein, love isn’t easy either and it isn’t meant to be. If it was easy, we wouldn’t place such high value on it. However, it seems with everything else in our lives becoming easier, we expect love to be as well. But guess what? Love is the hardest thing anyone will go through in life. There is nothing harder than handling love.

You might be thinking, what does this girl know? She’s only 18. But I do know. I have gone through life experiencing so much hardship. I’ve gone through all kinds of discrimination, abuse/bullying, depression, I’ve even been assaulted in a public place and is just naming a few of the things I’ve been through. I’ve gone through a lot and I understand a lot more than people my age and heck, more than what people twice my age might have gone through.

But my beacon of light through all of this has always been my man. We’ve known each other for more than 4 years and have been on and off throughout those four years, more often on than off. He was the one who was there throughout my darkest times. whenever I was crying or hurting. He was even there when I was angry and I took it all out on him. He’s honestly the best guy I’ve known my whole life and he too has gone through a whole lot of shit.

But our relationship has never been easy and I highly doubt it will ever be easy. We fight often and make each other cry a lot. Honestly, I love him more than he loves me right now and we both know it. Just yesterday, I had to fight to even keep him in my life. Stupid right? There are so many more fish in the sea right? But you know what that line means? That there aren’t many dolphins left.

I love him with all of my heart and I know most people have told me to just leave him, that he’s an asshole and he doesn’t treat me right etc but they don’t know him. They don’t know everything that has happened. They could never understand. He is the sweetest, smartest and bravest guy I know. He hasn’t saved a life but he lives seperate from his family who are doing good for the world, on a low income. He studies whilst looking after his house and cooking and cleaning. He is absolutely amazing and nobody could ever compare to him.

You know how everyone has that best friend, the one that knows you like no other? Well he’s that for me. He is the love of my life and I will always love him. He knows and understands me so well. It’s hard for me to hold on, and its hard for him too but we keep trying because tomorrow is always another day.

I know some of my friends would be angry that I am still with him and fighting for us, but I don’t care. I really don’t care anymore. They caused a rift between us once but will never again. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I would not be here, strong and alive if it wasn’t for him. Yes, sometimes we don’t talk for months but we both know that the other is there and that we still love each other. I’m his princess and he’s my prince. I love him more than anything and I will always fight for him.