On the walk from the office to the bus station at the end of every workday, I always pass by the Luxe kiosk near the Ayala Avenue entrance of Makati’s Glorietta. This wee cakeshop has a rather fetching display of luxurious-looking (hence the name, I think) cakes and batches of neatly wrapped cookies looking like a regiment of soldiers standing in orderly attention.
Caramel cakes, rich chocolate tortes, and such niceties as English tea biscuits, Florentines, and these particular darlings – the St. Germain almond meringues – are certain to catch your eye.
What you get are crunchy, sweet cookies kissed with just enough cocoa to give it a smoky hint of chocolate. It’s like nibbling classic Italian baci di dama (a similar meringue confection made with cocoa and ground hazelnuts). These are lovely on their own, but I’ll bet they’ll be even more gorgeous with a cup of milky tea.