Insatiable Girl

BEVERLY HILLS: Paulette Macarons

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 26, 2011
9466 Charleville Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
310 275 0023

My brother Johnny brought these home for me (thanks 哥哥!), so all my judgments for Paulette’s are based off day-old macarons… which were still damn good. I’m typically not a huge fan of macarons; they were the cupcakes of a few years ago in New York, all hype. Everyone was selling them and everyone was eating them. I had Bouchons and some other places and while they were all good, I never understood why people loved them. They were airy and just nothing special. But it’s been a while now since i last had them, so maybe I appreciate them more now? Shrug.

I loved Paulette’s ganache because it had a consistency that reminded me of mochi. It was so good, I had four macarons in a span of five minutes and for anyone who knows me, that’s a lot considering I rarely eat sweets. I highly recommend you get their sweet wedding almond, earl grey, and pistachio macarons. And I personally would stay away from their violet and passion fruit ones… not because they weren’t good, but because they were really tangy when I wanted/expected something sweet.

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DIAMOND BAR: Gook Hwa House

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended by sue on January 22, 2011

2825 S Diamond Bar Blvd (Inside H Mart)
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Their red bean and custard cakes are HORRIBLE. They are by far the worst cakes of these kinds I have ever, ever tasted. Even if they paid me to eat it one more time, I would not. Stay the hell away from these things if you like your taste buds.

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Posted in food, taipei, taiwan by sue on December 16, 2010
No.88, Sec. 5, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City

ChiaTe has the best pineapple cakes. I was skeptical at first because my parents’ client took us there, but I should have known with the line coming out the door. They have just the right amount of sweetness and the pastry itself is not that flaky. ChiaTe has a wide variety of flavored pineapple cake as well, but I’ve only had their cranberry one which is worth a try. It’s not just cranberry sauce; it actually has chunks of cranberry inside. However, I have to admit, I’d rather just have the original flavor. Another thing worth getting is their milk cakes, which is actually another pastry, not a cake.

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NEW YORK: Fat Witch Bakery

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on May 23, 2010

75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Great!
Directions: ACE to 14th, L to 8th Ave
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: Lemon Bars

I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but the lemon bars here could possibly change my mind. It’s sweet, but not toothache causing. The pie-like crust on the bottom is the best part; I could easily eat a whole pie of just the crust in one sitting. Yum. The lemon bars are only sold during the summer though, so I might have to come back soon to get some more.

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Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 19, 2010

10 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
212 777 1930

PRICE: Reasonable
DIRECTIONS: 6 to Astor, RW to 8th St
RESERVATIONS: It’s a bakery!  You don’t need them.
MUST GET: Green tea cookie custard!

I used stop here on my way to school everyday during my last year at NYU, back when this place was no bigger than a closet. Now that it has tripled the size, I thought it might not taste the way I had imagined. Luckily, I was wrong. I had my usual green tea cookie custard and a curry pan (pan means bread in Japanese; panya means bakery), both tasted the same as it did years ago. And if those two are a reflection of their other dishes, which from looks alone I think they are, I recommend you stop by for a snack or a quick meal. Besides their bread selection, they also sell sushi, rice bowls, and (surprise!) Mexican food… I don’t know if their Mexican food would be any good though, so don’t hold me to that one.

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NEW YORK: Bouchon Bakery

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 4, 2010

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
212 823 9364

PRICE: Reasonable/Expensive
DIRECTIONS: 1ABCD to 59th St/Columbus Circle, NQRW to 57th & 7th
RESERVATIONS: It’s a bakery!  You don’t need them.

Hot cross buns from Bouchon Bakery. I don’t have anything to compare these buns to, but they were pretty good. A hint of spice in the breading and ginger in the frosting. So for all you Catholics out there, try this out next year.

(I’m not Catholic or religious by any means, but Joe is.)

NEW YORK: Two Little Red Hens Bakery

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 4, 2010

1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
212 452 0476

PRICE: Reasonable
DIRECTIONS: 456 to 86th St
RESERVATIONS: It’s a bakery!  You don’t need them.

Went here in search of hot cross buns (who knew this was more than just a song??), they sell out quick which is a good sign that it’s a good bakery. So instead of getting hot cross buns, I got myself a coconut cherry muffin. Delicious. I didn’t think the pairing would go that well together, but it was a pleasant surprise. It’s too far for me to ever come back here again unless I just happen to be in the area, but if you or someone you know lives in this hood, give it a try. I would get their cupcakes though; everyone who was in front of me in line got at least half a dozen cupcakes, but 9AM is a bit too early for me to fill up on a sugar high.