Monday, January 11, 2010

Macarons - 5; Jenny - 0

I will be the first to admit it.  I am a total Macaron retard. I am now officially down 5 against the macaron.  I have actually been beaten by a baked good.  WTH??

My quest for the perfect macaron began after my trip to France in 2008 but took full steam when I first sample Miette's Macaron.  I had emailed Helen of My Tartelette and she patiently answered my questions but it wasn't the same as having someone SHOW you.  I even read her step by step instructions on how to make a macaron. Close, but still no cigar.  I even took a class on it but without the hands on from start to finish I still wasn't getting it - plus our ovens were loopy crazy making it even harder to get consistency.

Rachael of La Fuji Mama and I started tweeting each other [usually never a good thing because it's always to plan some sort of mischief!], taunting Helen to come out to LA and play.  Helen, in return, tweeted back telling us to set it up! The major problem we had was finding us a kitchen. I searched high and low for a few months!  Everything was so expensive, too restrictive, or not organized enough. In came Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking to the rescue! She found us a spot in less that 3 days and we were off & running.

Where: Our macaron class will be taking place at the beautiful Academy of Culinary Education.  I used to pass by this place all the time! Great location, perfect set up, and super helpful staff!

When: Friday, March 5th from 7:00pm or Saturday, March 6th from 10:00am.  **Please note that the Friday & Saturday Macaron class is FULL. You can be placed on a waiting list.**

How: Registrations [or to be placed on the wait list] will be handled by Rachael of La Fuji Mama. Please email her at Rachael [at] lafujimama [dot] com.  Classes will need to be pre-paid in order to be confirmed.  [The $55 tuition should be made either through PayPal or check].

We hope to see you guys there.  This will be a great opportunity to learn how to make a macaron from a true Pro!  Please feel free to leave me a message in the comments section with any questions you may have!


When: Saturday, March 6th from 2-5pm
Where: ACE
Cost: $55
Number of openings: 12

The class will address photography basics, such as light (how to grab it -
how to use it - how to modify it), ISO, aperture, white balance, lenses,
myths and misunderstandings of Point and Shoots and DSLRs. It will also
cover styling basics and easy tips to replicate at home to make your food
pop in a picture, composition and trends and hopefully help you find your
own style for where you are in your journey and where you want to go (find
your own groove)!


  1. Squeeeeeeeeee! I can't believe it's actually happening!!!! How awesome are we? And how much more awesome is Helen? :)

  2. So, is it sad that I dont' really know what a macaroon IS? I don't think I've ever had one!
    SO, once you conquer how to make it, let me know and i'll come over and try one! =)

  3. I really wish I could come to the macaron class. I love Helen. I am sure she will share her magic with you!

  4. err.. when you're done with all this macaron fun in LA, can you fly to NY to help me set up a class for the lovely Mrs Tartelette? Yes? :)
    Sounds like good fun! Too bad LA is in freakin' CALIFORNIA!!

  5. Rachael: this is AWESOME!!!

    Pegs: they are super yummy bites of deliciousness!!! i love them.

    Maria: i wish you could find your way to LA!! next time!!

    Zen Chef: Oh, absolutely!!! I'm happy to arrange that!!!
    sincerely, Jenny from WARM [mid 70's] California. How's freakin' freezin' New York??? :)

  6. omg my macs are a disgrace. I cant wait for the class! And to see all you ladies! Its going to be a great weekend!


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