Thursday, August 30, 2007

Joyce Bakeshop

I met Crystal out in Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon at Joyce Bakeshop.

We had coffee, and I had some sort of tasty bun for lunch.

My first experience with this bakery was last March (March 3, 2007) when Susie brought many, many of their macarons to a party we threw for Crystal at our apartment in Washington Heights. They were awesome and extremely satisfying, and they went quickly.

Our favorite macarons are from La Maison du Chocolat, but those go for $2 or $5 a piece, small or large. Our least favorite macarons are unfortunately from Bouchon Bakery in Columbus Circle. The first and last time we shared one from Bouchon we didn't even want to finish it.

I bought a half dozen of Joyce's macarons to bring back for Mabel, hazelnut flavor and chocolate flavor.

The chocolate flavor was good but the whole thing was like a fancy brownie. The hazelnut macaron was really good and good in a macaroon-like way. Two crisp shells with soft insides sandwiching hazelnut cream. And only $0.75 a piece. These are not "true" French macarons in that they are probably not made in the correct French way and the texture is less fine than the ones from La Maison du Chocolat, for example. But they are still satisfying in the same way and are a real pleasure to eat.

Joyce Bakeshop
646 Vanderbilt Ave (btn Park Pl and Prospect Pl)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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