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8 French Macarons That Push The Envelope On Creativity

It seems as though the French macaron has reached its all time high in popularity over the last five years.  Popular bakeries like Mille-Feuille in New York, Bottega Louie in Los Angeles, and Ladurée in Paris have gained worldwide recognition for their mastery in the bite-sized pastry.  Its no surprise either — not only do their desserts taste like a little piece of heaven, they are renaissance art.

The elegance in its simplicity is great, but we wouldn’t be Foodbeast if we didn’t seek the out of the ordinary and creative. So we dug around the depths of the internet to find a few of the most creative French macarons we’ve ever seen.

Tomato Chutney

@kikyul — South Korea

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A condiment flavored dessert? My palate is intrigued, but I feel like my entire body will shudder at first bite the moment I taste acidity when my mind expects blissful sweetness.

Cheeseburger

@byjaejae — South Korea

This cheeseburger macaron is like if two cheeseburger sliders consummated and had an even tinier slider… ORRRRRRR if a cheeseburger slider cheated on the other slider with a macaron and had an illegitimate love child. Yikes.

Chinese Dumplings

@mellyeatsworld — Toronto, Canada

Be still my xiao long bao loving heart… I don’t think I would be able to eat these. I would be more likely to cherish them forever like they were my own children. I’ve already named all 13 of them.

Totoro

@mellyeatsworld — Toronto, Canada

One of the most iconic characters in animation, Totoro just got even better. Mostly because he comes in a delicious Earl Grey flavored form.

Foie Gras

Le Bouton Restaurant — Japan

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Decadent and elegant. Simple and Delicious. Bad and boujee. Am I missing any other adjectives?

Emoji

Macarons-A-Go-Go — San Francisco, CA

Awwww shit! We should have seen this coming. I hope this was chocolate flavored, otherwise we might have some complaints to file.

Animal Butts

@mellyeatsworld — Toronto, Canada

I think I may have just crowned @mellyeatsworld as the queen of this shit. She put tiny little tushies on her kitty, panda, and bunny macarons. Give her the belt. That shit’s kawaii.

Watermelon

@minjibang — South Korea

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I’m bringing these to the next summer cookout!  Nothing goes better with BBQ than sweet confectionaries disguised as summer fruits.

The Mouse

Crissa’s Cake Corner — Singapore

Sure, it may not be an original concept, but who doesn’t love the mouse?! Anytime anyone turns anything mouse-shaped, its got to be acknowledged, right?

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Hit-Or-Miss Sweets

Rainbow-Colored Macarons Might Be Too Beautiful To Eat

Macarons (not to be confused with macaroons, the soft coconut cookies) have always been notorious with color. A large part of their allure, outside of whatever delicious heavenly matter they’re made of, is their bright and vivid colors.

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Who wouldn’t be attracted to that?

Redditor spartan1977 decided to make macarons at home one day while employing her 4-year-old son as her culinary assistant. She decided to shake things up and try to create something new and special, and did she ever.

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The macarons she made turned out to be a hit, garnering loads of adulation and praise all over the internet. Many Redditors jokingly accused her of parading around on the website as Spongebob Squarepants trying to peddle his Pretty Patties, which actually pose a striking resemblance to regular brightly-colored macarons.

On the other hand, many user were grateful for the beautiful creation, some even vowing to make them for their own social gatherings.

For more information on how to make these bad boys, check out the Reddit thread here.

 

 

Photo Credit: Flickr

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Fast Food

This Is What McDonald’s Looks Like In France

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When we think of the interior of a McDonald’s, we picture coffee spills on the floor, the smell of deliciously stale burgers and loud kids running around unsupervised. Not so much the case in France, however.

Our pals at 7DeadlyMag recently stopped at the burger chain in Montparnasse, a spot in Paris, and it’s a completely different world. The aesthetics are more like an actual bakery than a burger spot.

“If it wasn’t for the McDonald’s logo emblazoned on the walls, you might mistake it for a well-stocked Starbucks.” -Charisma (7Deadly)

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Peep the many different macaron flavors, Canelés, and slices of strawberry cheesecakes.

Like the US’ on-again-off-again relationship with the McRib, French McDonald’s offer seasonal items that stand apart from the staple menu. This includes the Fromage Pane, a sandwich with a breaded cheese patty that oozes out once you bit into it.

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Let that soak in your cranial taste buds for a second.

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Finally, even McDonald’s coffee gets an upgrade. The location boasts a legit espresso machine for patrons to get they caffeine fix from.

Makes us seriously consider booking a trip to France. I mean, we’ll probably do other stuff too, but we’d stop into a McDonald’s.

Photos: 7 Deadly Mag

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Sweets

Poop Emoji Marshmallow Peeps and 4 Other Edible Poopies

Matthew Nomageddon, author behind the Nomageddon food blog, is blending the world of Poop Emojis and Easter’s very own Marshmallow Peeps. His Poop Emojis are called Poop Peeps, they’re beautifully coated in brown sugar and they’re dangerously easy to make.

In spirit of Poop Emoji-inspired delicacies, are here 5 other ridiculous desserts fashioned after my favorite emoji:

 

Poop Peeps

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Marshmallow peeps-inspired, covered in brown sugar. Genius. Poopy. Easy recipe.

Poop Emoji Cupcakes

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What a time to be alive. This is a sweet cupcake to throw in an enemy’s face, or give to a loved one. It’s the beautiful line we get to walk when talking about poop emojis.

 

Rice Krispies Poop Treat

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Instagrammer MisterKrisp is known for the raddest of rad Rice Krispies treats sculptures, and her Poop Emoji Treat does NOT disappoint.

Poop Emoji Meringues!

Poop Emoji Ice Cream Cone Cookies

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Melbourne-based “Amateur baker” Vickie Liu is a cookie-decorating genius, and her poop emojis show her style off to a T. Follow her on Instagram for more beautiful, non-Poop Emoji creations.

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A Terminal-By-Terminal Guide To Eating At LAX

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Airports are magical places. No, not because of the giant flying vehicles that allow people to travel across the world at tremendous speeds. They stopped calling that magic years ago. Rather, it’s that they’re meeting grounds for loved ones and adventure seekers all looking for their place in the world.

However, traveling cannot be done on an empty stomach.

This is why we went through all the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport to find the most delicious and drool-worthy menu items you should try. Whether it’s before boarding or after a long, exhausting flight, the airport dining experience is detrimental. So when there’s good food to be had, you really need to know where to find it.

Also, there’s booze. Booze everywhere.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

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Who: Ford’s Filling Station

What: With a name like Ford’s Filling Station, you’d better believe travelers will expect to leave with a belly full of fuel. The Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese is a perfect combination of savory…and savory. You’ll probably still feel it resting comfortable in your stomach, miles into the air.

Where: Terminal 5

Spanish Omelet

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Who: bld (Breakfast Lunch Dinner)

What: If you’re in the mood for a rustic breakfast, Breakfast Lunch Dinner should do the trick. The Spanish Omelet is stuffed with chorizo, fingerling potatoes, roasted piquillo peppers, paprika, and manchego cheese, and it’s served with herb-roasted potatoes and choice of bread.

Where: Terminal 7

Pastrami Sandwich

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Who: Cole’s

What: Nothing goes better with a nice tall glass of beer like a hearty Pastrami Sandwich. Stacked with a generous amount of cured meat, the sammich is served with a pickle spear bar side.

Where: Terminal 4

Champagne and Caviar

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Who: Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar

What: Feeling fancy? You’re already in the international terminal, why not indulge yourselves further with some champagne and caviar? Served with crackers and other hors d’oeuvres, it’ll be a light snack to tide you over until your in-flight meal.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Macarons

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Who: La Provence Patisserie and Cafe

What: If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, look no further than a box of assorted macarons. These colorful pastries, albeit pricey, will definitely bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Or you can just buy a box for yourself and eat them while you’re waiting for luggage.

Where: Terminal 4

Tacos

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Who: Loteria! Grill

What: Tacos galore. Perfect for someone looking for a quick, light and savory meal. Includes different styles of pork, beef, chicken and veggies prepared in savory marinades and salsas. Order them in singles, pairs or platters.

Where: Terminal 5

Pizza

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Who: 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

What: Travelers can choose from a pre-designed pizza, like the classic Margarita, or build their own from 800 Degree’s list of toppings and sauces. Either way, the pizzas should put you in a comfortable slumber for the majority of your flight or the car ride from the airport.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Veggie Bowls

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Who: Real Food Daily

What: The LAX and Pasa[dena] Bowls. The Pasa bowl features quinoa, club seitan and mixed veggies over a bed of rice. The LAX Bowl boasts black beans, jalapeño cashew cheese, guacamole and a lime-cilantro dressing over brown rice. A perfect spot for vegetarians, vegans and anyone looking for a healthy meal before flying.

Where: Terminal 4

Lemonade

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Who: Lemonade

What: Lemons. Water. Sugar. Who would have thought that three simple ingredients could become a beverage popular enough to open a restaurant around? With tons of stores all over California, and one in the Middle East, Lemonade is a light pit stop through the terminal. They don’t just have lemonade either, food can also be found.

Where: Terminal 5

LAX Burger (Umami)

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Who: Umami Burger

What: An Umami Burger with port-caramelized onions and a Stilton blue cheese spread. Greasy, juicy, savory. That’s pretty much all you need to know here.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Chicken and Waffles

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Who: Engine Co. No. 28

What: An insanely crispy piece of chicken thrown on top of a savory Belgian waffle. While Engine Co. doses the sucker with a special sausage country gravy, don’t let that deter you from drowning it in maple syrup as well. They also serve some chili that’s pretty fire, although you might want to pass on that if you’re in for a long flight.

Where: Terminal 8

Corned Beef Hash

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Who: Campanile

What: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Corned beef hash is one of the most under-appreciated breakfast foods out there. You got your savory potatoes, deliciously salty corned beef and a shamefully yolky poached egg.

Where: Terminal 4

Steak

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Who: B Grill by BOA Steakhouse

What: There’s nothing better than a nice, juicy, well-seasoned steak. If you call yourself steakhouse, you better believe people are you going to expect a great steak. Needless to say, B Grill delivers, even with the high-speed expectations of diners running late for flights. Their BOA Burger is pretty legit, also.

Where: Terminal 7

Breakfast Pizza

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Who: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

What: Our two favorite foods: breakfast and pizza. Breakfast pizzas will always hold a magical place in our hearts. Sammy’s boasts two morning pies on their menu, one featuring sausage, mushrooms and eggs, and the other, bacon, cheddar and eggs.

Where: Terminal 4

Philly Cheesesteak

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Who: Rolling Stone Bar & Grill

What: Comfort food at its finest. Made with marinated beef, sauteed onions and melted provolone, Rolling Stone serves their Philly cheesesteak on a toasted bun topped with diced red and green peppers.

Where: Terminal 7

Cupcakes

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Who: Vanilla Bake Shop

What: Honey-roasted peanuts just can’t satisfy a sweet tooth like a cupcake can. Vanilla Bake Shop pretty much has it all: chocolates, macarons and cupcakes. We recommend trying a red velvet cupcake, or three.

Where: Tom Bradley International Terminal

Kogi Tacos & Quesadilla

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Who: Kogi

What: You would think the last place you’d find a Kogi truck would be smack dab in the middle of an airport. Yet, here we are. Nestled in the heart of Terminal 4, Kogi recreated an authentic truck serving the same fusion foods you find on the streets. A wild Roy Choi may occasionally appear.

Where: Terminal 4

The LAX Burger (The Counter)

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Who: The Counter

What: Yep, another LAX Burger. This burger, however, features quite a few more toppings than its Umami counterpart. Stacked with onion confit, sauteed mushrooms, horseradish aioli and a brioche bun, the burger boasts a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef patty.

Where: Terminal 7

Fish Tacos

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Who: Slapfish

What: A cajun rubbed fish taco for those craving some seafood before some quick globe-trotting. The tacos are topped with cabbage and a tangy tartar sauce. Though if you’re gonna cross the ocean, you might want to ease up on that sauce.

Where: Terminal 2

Stinky Fries

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Who: Sea Legs

What: Fries drenched in a three-cheese garlic fondue. It’s topped with shaved parmesan and truffle oil. Just remember to pop a mint before boarding, cause you’ll probably devour these.

Where: Terminal 2

The LAXisHappening website also features terminal-specfic information on all the restaurants availibable at whatever terminal you’re in.

Photos by Peter Pham. Cover image photographed by Brian Yamamoto

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First Place Prize For Sumo Wrestlers Is a Humongous Macaron

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If you’re a kick-ass sumo wrestler and straight whoop on everyone in the competition, you win a plethora of first place prizes, including a giant green macaron.

It’s legit. It’s not a Photoshopped meme, or a still from a YouTube prank, it’s a real macaron, made by French patisserie Pierre Hermé, and presented in the Sumo Senshuraku tournament in Japan.

Thankfully, the France-Japan Friendship Trophy, the Czech Republic Friendship Trophy, the Yusho Trophy and the 4-foot tall Prime Minister’s Trophy were also presented to Hakuho Sho, the competition’s winner. But the “Big Macaron” is a nice, tasty prize as well.

H/T RocketNews24, PicThx SumoForum

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Macarons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Macarons

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Sweets

$1000 Sundae Puts a Ring on It, Literally

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We thought we’d seen it all with the $175 Richard Nouveau burgers, containing gold flakes and black truffles from the Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York City and then again with the $1000 pizza, topped with six types of caviar, from Nino’s Bellissima, also in New York City. But no, we were wrong. There was still something more extravagant and more decadent to come.

Chef Sebastien Chamaret at swanky Meatpacking district restaurant Bagatelle, takes pricey menu items to a whole new level with the $1000 ice cream sundae.

The ‘Mauboussin Mega Sundae,’ also referred to by the restaurant as the ‘Jay-Z of desserts,’ costs $1,000 a pop. The over-the-top dessert consists of vanilla ice cream (that’s the normal bit), chocolate truffles, homemade macarons, Dom Perignon Rose sorbet (which costs around $300 a bottle) with gold leaves (yes, real gold) and chocolate vodka sauce, gilded brownies and fresh whipped cream. No big deal right?

The epic creation is served in a giant martini glass alongside a white gold steel Mauboussin ring made exclusively for Bagatelle.

Warning, if you are a sweet tooth, don’t go near this. Bankruptcy over ice cream sundaes is not good.

H/T  Zagat