Before I left for Dublin, two of my friends who had been there last summer told me that there was one place I absolutely HAD to visit, partly because I am crazy obsessed with baking, and partly because this place is simply dabomb.com.
And now I pass this message on to you: go to Queen of Tarts. It took me wayyy too long for me to get my butt there. Don’t be like me.
Chocolate fudge ganache cake. Chocolate chip Bailey’s cheesecake. They also have some real food… if you’re into that (there are times when dessert just has to be your meal. This is one of those times).
PLUS it has a punny name, so naturally I loved it before I even stepped foot inside.
I realized that this sugar rush coincided with (and probably was triggered by) that lovely time of the year called finals. Which led me to my new addiction…
Macarons. Have you ever tried them? You shouldn’t. You will become addicted. Immediately.
They’d always intrigued me, but I was never brave enough to try them (I’m relatively low-risk/wimpy when it comes to new foods, believe it or not). Seriously, my life will probably never be the same. The texture alone is something incredible! Crispy and chewy and gooey and full of flavor from the filling. Kicking myself right now for turning down La Duree when I had the chance.
If you remember, on my first morning upon arriving in Dublin, I saw a rainbow within minutes of getting to campus. Well, fortuitously enough, I saw this DOUBLE rainbow on my very last day. Freaky? I thought it was just a little.
The double rainbow ended a week long rain marathon (one thing I do NOT miss about Ireland), that later turned into a gorgeous golden sunset, a lovely parting sight before my 5 am departure the next morning.
And just like that, it was over and I was on a plane, on my way back to Pennsylvania.
So let’s get back to these amazing macarons. I don’t know if I can ever attempt to make them, because macarons are famously fickle if you want to achieve that perfect texture. Although they don’t require many ingredients, precise measurements are a MUST, and a kitchen scale would be your trusty sidekick for this one.
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