It’s crazy to think that it’s been almost two years since my very first visit to La Bamboche. Two years since I sunk my teeth into two amazing, delicious macarons that melted in my mouth and made my heart happy with their beautiful fresh flavours. Two years since that fateful first visit, a visit that would eventually lead me through a joyous macaron journey, learning about them, tasting them, and loving them to the point where I would crave them every week and get my family just as hooked and amoured by them! I remember that day well. It was a warm summer day in June 2011. I was walking north on Yonge Street toward Eglinton when a flash of black and white caught my attention from the corner of my eye underneath the brim of my bucket hat. I walked in, took in the delicate pastels of their pretty macaron towers and dove into my very first La Bamboche macarons: the bright and sunny citrus Yuzu and the fruity matcha taste of their Green Tea Mango!
And now here we are, nearly two years later, celebrating the success of Macaron Day TO for the 2nd year in a row, my first as a Macaron Day Ambassador, and watching our macaron love grow with each passing day. And has it ever grown! I’ve gone from wanting them in my belly once in awhile to wanting them ALL.THE.TIME! My dad shows me articles on macarons in his Chinese newspapers, I’m thisclose to starting a little macaron memorabilia collection (I’m really only one mouse click away from buying me a macaron charm necklace and macaron stationery set on Etsy), I keep track of all my favourites, and I keep up with seasonal flavours the same way I keep up with cupcakes. Truthfully, it’s been tough splitting my myself between cupcakes and macarons but I suppose there could be much worse things in life, no?
I can’t believe I have so many favourites from all the places I’ve tried in the city. Every spot has their own unique way of making macarons – some are a little thicker in meringue cookie and filling, some are a little bigger in a diameter, and some just go kooky-crazy on the flavours – Butter Avenue dished out a popcorn flavoured one just for the Macaron Day festivities! Even though I didn’t get to Butter Avenue for their one-of-a-kind popcorn one, I did skip on over to La Bamboche that morning (c’mon, what would a Macaron Day be without a stop to the event’s organizing patisserie?) and got myself a delighted look and taste of a slew of flavours that I had never tried before! Blood Orange Yuzu! Hazelnut Praline! Green Tea White Sesame! In addition to their special edition one for the day (Raspberry Vinegar!) and my FAVOURITE, Strawberry Champagne, I got myself one of each of those 3 new flavours for me and ate all 3 before the end of the day.
God do I love them like crazy! They’re each so wonderful and delicious in their own way. Their was such a delicate nuttiness and toastiness to the Green Tea White Sesame, combined with the earthiness of the matcha green tea and the slight bit of crunch from the sesame seeds. This one truly surprised me the most because I think out of the 3, this one has the most complex notes to it. You don’t expect that subtle toastiness to be so yummy but that’s what makes this macaron. I know I mentioned buying one earlier in March, but I had saved that one for my family so this was the first time trying it myself.
The Blood Orange Yuzu had such a deep, juicy flavour to it with a complex flavour profile of an orange married with a grapefruit and a pillow-soft white cream filling. The filling is the same as their regular yellow Yuzu. It’s the meringue shells that make the yuzus different. And the Hazelnut Praline? HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL. Think Nutella. Multiple that by 100. Then add the airy texture of nutty meringue shells and super thick, fudgy praline filling and you have yourself the Hazelnut Praline. FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC. These 3 flavours are truly standouts and I’m so happy I got to try them. I had their Blood Orange Yuzu and their Green Tea White Sesame again just the other day!
It’s been a wonderful, fun journey into the world of macarons and I feel really lucky to have Michel and Stephen at La Bamboche welcome me into their patisserie and I can only see things growing more fun and delicious as the year goes on. Next time? Maybe I’ll get to show you all their fabulous green tea croissants and petit gateaux!
La Bamboche serves two locations in Toronto. One is located at 4 Manor Rd. E., off Yonge St. south of Eglinton Ave. and the other location is at 1712 Avenue Rd., north of Lawrence Ave. East at the corner of Avenue and Fairlawn.