A Rainbow of Colourful Treats from Olivia Macarons

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Ever since it opened back in 2013, Olivia Macaron has been my go-to spot to grab my favourite French treats! I love the way these turned out as a rainbow of delightful pastries, with, from top to bottom, red velvet, rose (always my fave!), lemon-basil, almond (close runner up!) and honey-lavender. Not pictured are some of their current seasonal offerings: passion fruit (a local take on Pierre Herme’s famous mogador combo that pairs the tart fruit with milk chocolate – I’m allergic to cocoa, so I’ve never been a fan) and black sesame.

What’s your ultimate favourite macaron flavour? Please share in the comments and have a wonderful #MacaronMonday!  

DC en rose: Cherry Blossoms Season in DC

I don’t typically gush up over a few pink petals like this, but I’ve been pretty swept up in the citywide cherry blossoms celebration this year. I blame my eagerness to switch from red wine to rosé at the end of a long winter 😉 Usually, I find the whole festival annoying: local restaurants and bars stretch their menus to add cherries to everything (need I mention the cherry trees in DC don’t actually produce cherries?), tourists take over the streets with their selfie sticks and, worst of all, my sinuses go nuts from the pollen influx. But this year, I’m got really into it and I just can’t get enough pink. I too have caught cherry blossoms fever! Here is some of what I enjoyed this year:

1. WALKING AROUND THE TIDAL BASIN

Cherry blossoms are fickle delicate little flowers, and the weather doesn’t always cooperate with the timing of the festival. The first year I ran the cherry blossoms 10 miler, my friend Caitlin came down from New York eager to run surrounded by pink flowers. Instead, it rained two days before the race and all the blossoms were washed away. This year, we were so lucky that peak bloom fell not only on a weekend (and on the weekend of the parade and the 10 miler at that) but that it also happened to be a beautiful sunny and warm weekend. Don’t believe me? Check out some of my pics! I got up at the crack of dawn on Saturday and Sunday to try and beat the crowds around the Tidal Basin (keyword: tried!) and it certainly was worth every minutes of lost sleep.

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2. SIP INTO SPRING

Bars and restaurants throughout Washington offered special flights, tastings and/or parings of seasonal wines through RAMW‘s Spring Wine Fling. You can read more about that here.

3. SPEAKING OF WINE: IT’S FINALLY ROSE REASON

just in time for spring, The Red Hen‘s co-owner and Beverage Director Sebastian Zutant released Dahlia, a pink wine produced in partnership with Virginia Wineworks in Charlottesville. Dahlia is a very decent rosé and it was the first I drank this season so it will have a special place in my heart this year!

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4. DOG TAG BAKERY’S KYOTO CHERRY ROSE GREEN TEACLAIR & OLIVIA MACARON’S ROSE MACARON

I love pastries. I love rose. That’s all there is to it. The teaclair could have been a little more flavourful, it was a little too subtle for my taste, but it looked SO pretty!

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5. ODYSSEY’S CHERRY BLOSSOMS CRUISE

The trees had yet to bloom when we set sail from South West D.C. but it was great discovering the city I live in from a completely different angle. The boat cruised down past the national stadium all the way to the Kennedy Center, which is beautiful at night, and the Georgetown Waterfront. The cruise reminded me a little of Paris’ bateaux mouches minus all the commentaries, plus a lovely dinner and some bubbles.

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Odyssey Cruise offers a variety of experiences throughout the year, including bottomless mimosa brunch cruises, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day cruises, full moon dinners and a July 4th fireworks special cruise. You can find more information on their website. I’ll just say that while I loved the night-time cruise, I think I’d love to do a day-time one in the future so I can take pictures and really see the sights.

Did you enjoy cherry blossom season this year? Anything in particular?

Saint Paddy’s Day Treats at The Sweet Lobby & Olivia Macaron

Two of the best macarons shops in Washington have cooked up special Saint Patrick’s Day treats! Obviously both are going green, though Olivia Macaron’s Irish Cream macaron has a hint of gold dusting too!

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What would your ultimate Saint Patrick’s Day macaron flavour be? I love Bailey’s so I think that’s be a great flavour… but I also think an Irish Whiskey Caramel macaron would be pretty awesome!

Images courtesy of Olivia Macarons’ instagram and The Sweet Lobby’s Instagram

Olivia Macaron Venturing out of Georgetown

No, the Georgetown purveyor of colourful macarons is not opening a second boutique in Shaw. At least not yet (how great would it be though??) But there’s still some good news if you love Olivia Macaron but don’t love trekking all the way to M Street… you can now purchase a limited selection of macarons to go along your favourite coffee blend at La Colombe in Bladgen Alley.

Olivia Macaron now available at La ColombeObviously, there’s a lot less flavours available at  La Colombe, but it’s great to know that there are some available in Shaw right? Also, if you can’t make it to (or don’t want to) Olivia Macaron or La Colombe, Olivia delivers nationwide (just call 202.965.1000 for orders.)

La Colombe is located at 924 N St NW. Olivia Macaron is located at 3222 M St NW. 

New March Flavours at Olivia Macaron

March flavours at Olivia Macaron

Picture courtesy of Olivia Macaron via Instragram

 

Peak bloom for the Cherry Blossom has been announced for April 8-12, 2014 and it seems SO SO far away. Luckily, some amazing spring flavours are popping up at Olivia Macaron to help us wait until Spring. There’s a Cherry Blossom flavour, of course. Everything turns cherry blossom in DC this time of year, as well as a Lady Grey, Earl Grey flavoured macaron that sounds really good to me (love me some bergamot.) And then there’s two boozy flavours: Irish Cream for Saint Patrick’s Day, and Mimosa.