Bizu: Macarons and then Some

Rose, Menthe avec Chocolat, Griotte avec Chocolat

When I was still working in Makati and felt that the world was with me too much and too soon, I would trudge wearily down Ayala Avenue at the end of the day and haul myself over to a small, French-style pastry shop at the Glorietta for a sugary pick-me-up.  There would be cream cheese brownies, strawberry shortcake, and a glorious assortment of artisanal chocolates to choose from.  However, the only things that could brighten my day were these pastel-colored discs sandwiching what appeared to be an assortment of cremes and ganaches in a variety of flavors.  These  were macarons de Paris and, if you’re from the Philippines, you know that the only place you can get them here is Bizu.

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The Brownie to Beat All Brownies

Brownies!
Seriously speaking, who doesn’t like brownies?  I have yet to meet anyone who hates these rich chocolate squares, either the satisfying cakey sort or the tempting fudgy kind.

I hadn’t baked brownies in quite a while and, since Monday was a holiday, I decided to march into the kitchen to make a batch.  Unfortunately for me, I peeked into the jar of unsweetened cocoa and discovered – horror of horrors! – that there was scarcely a little over a quarter-cup of the stuff left.  Now, what’s a girl supposed to do in the face of such a dilemma?

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