We were at Gastronomica, the hugely enjoyable gastronomic trivia night run by Slow Food Melbourne. This time round it was held at Matteo's (where we ate very well - these days, the Matteo's menu is a whole lot more cosmopolitan than when I last visited several years ago for an Italian birthday banquet for Nonno). There was a table of us food bloggers at the quiz night and I must say, we romped it in! It was only the first time I'd been, but I'm looking forward to going back next time to help defend our title.
Anyway, Essjay was fresh off the plane after weeks of gastronomic delights in Spain and France, and our jaws dropped when she arrived at Matteo's carrying a Pierre Hermé bag that kept disgorging boxes of macarons, like clowns climbing out of a tiny clown car.
The round box was from Pierre Hermé, the small box from pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki and the large box from Ladurée. In terms of looks, the Sadaharu Aoki macarons won hands down, but in terms of taste my favourites were probably the ones from Pierre Hermé.
Mellie (of Tummy Rumbles fame) and I had heaps of fun doing a side-by-side taste test of salted caramel macarons (my favourite flavour!!) from Pierre Hermé and Ladurée, and we decided the Pierre Hermé was superior.
The Ladurée flavour that I was excited to try cos it sounded so interesting, but that I decided was better in theory than in practice, was the apricot with white balsamic vinegar. The violet one from Sadaharu Aoki was pretty special though.
Only two and a bit weeks until my next trip to Sydney - looking forward to going back to Zumbo for some of his macarons!
Oh, and for those who missed it, George Calombaris made some rather snide and childish remarks about food blogs in an article about Melbourne food blogs in yesterday's Herald Sun. Kate from the blog Eating Melbourne wrote up an excellent post in response, which mirrors my sentiments exactly!