Little sweet indulgence that brings a Superhero to mind

15 06 2009
BIZU souvenirs_06

Bizu Patisserie Macaron De Paris - from their official website at http://www.bizupatisserie.com

LAST NIGHT’S episode of “Secrets of the Masters” featured a master pastry chef – Chef Yusuf Yaran of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel (I surmise from the plugging of “Circles” and “Red”).   If my memory serves me right, I think he used to be with another hotel. I did take a mental note to pay that hotel a visit just so I could get a bite of these little, delicately pastel-colored sweet confections – thousands of which he makes daily!

Actually, that has just been a thought I’ve been fancying.  Because I’ve never been deprived of these “little indulgences,” as Bizu Patisserie calls them.  And that’s exactly where I’ve been getting my regular fix from.  It all started with one pretty Christmas present from Friendship.  I think it was their canister of 14 of these that she gave me… and got me started into an addiction that from time to time, needs to be satiated.

Bizu’s website perfectly describes these sweet delights that go by such a lofty name as “Macaron de Paris.”  I assume that it is steeped in tradition, being touted as a very popular pastry in many patisseries in France.  “These round pastel-colored pastries are sinfully sweet with crushed almonds and luxurious creme ganache flavors that burst in the mouth.  The texture is quite unique – as each macaron has a light thin crust that gives way to a soft and chewy cookie that is also light and airy.”

Now my mouth is surely watering.

There was a point in the recent past when I would almost always drop by Bizu Patisserie at their Alabang Town Center Branch to get – whatelse?! – canisters and boxes of these luscious macarons de paris.

Eventually, it has become a favorite of Superman’s too.  He particularly likes pistachio, coffee, and caramel.

I have to go back to Bizu!  It has been one of my own favorites, finding it’s rightful spot in my “eNTeNG’s 25.”

eNTeNG's 25 Bizu

From my "eNTeNG's 25" post!





Breaking the fast

15 06 2009

WITH ALL the limitations that the office cafeteria presents, I still enjoy my breakfasts on the five work days of the week.  In these instances, it’s so true that it’s the “company” (read: the state of being with someone) that does count.  These past couple of years, I’ve been sharing the breakfast table with Spider-man.  When Batman was still here in the office, I’d have him over as well.  Actually, I would wait for these two.  I’d rather wait than settle for other lesser mortals.  Okay, that’s too harsh (Hahaha!).  I do enjoy the company of some other people.  Hehehe.  Seriously, I’ve met quite a number of people who I’d love to break bread with – but the opportunity just never presented itself.  That, or I was turned down outright.  Hahaha!

We have limited time for breakfast, especially since office starts at 7:00 AM where I work.  So I cherish the few minutes at the start of each day to “break the fast,” so to speak.  You see, breakfast literally was taken from those words because this meal you take in the morning – usually more than eight hours from dinner time – allows you to break that “fasting.”  And there’s nothing like nourishing the body while nourishing the soul as well, as you swap stories with people who matter.  Over breakfast, I’ve laughed my heart out; I’ve sought advice; I’ve even cried.  So breakfast can really be eventful.

I have very simple breakfast needs.  A lot of times, coffee means breakfast to me already.  But when I get lucky, I’d love to have really good garlic fried rice in the morning, with fish or some meat, and lots of sliced fresh tomatoes.

But whenever I stay in a hotel, I take advantage of the spread that they’d offer on their buffet menu.  I was going through my CD-Rs and whatnot over the long weekend and rediscovered this album of one of my trips.  I saw there pictures of the breakfast I had every single day I was there (at the hotel).  I realized that my choices were pretty repetitive but I do know I loved every single day!  And those were breakfasts that put a spring to my step and allowed me to face all the many people I had to meet with – and really disagree with on some decisions that had to be made.

These memorable breakfasts that I’m sharing with you were at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Shanghai, China.  You shall see from the pictures that my staples for each breakfast were lots of oven-roasted tomatoes, a ragout of wild mushrooms, grapefruit juice, and coffee (of course!).  I traveled alone this one time.  So the food – from morning till night – was what kept me company.  I didn’t feel like lost in translation at all.

Day 1 Breakfast

Day 1 Breakfast

 

Day 2 Breakfast

Day 2 Breakfast

 

Day 3 Breakfast

Day 3 Breakfast