We hopped into Justa Bite because I couldn't resist the sign infront of their store that read "Bite-size eclairs"... I love cream puffs and eclairs, but I can never finish those over-sized eclairs with enough filling to leave me that custard taste in my mouth for the next month. The idea of a bite-size eclair was very intriguing. It was even more of a nice surprise when they told me they had green tea bite size eclairs.
The offerings at Justa Bite are different because they show The Chef's background and personality. Kim, The Chef, is Asian, and she is letting her background show nicely through her Western pastery arts. They have various Asian-inspired desserts, like the green tea and mango eclairs. She also told me that she was going to be introducing other non-traditional eclair flavors in the future. In addition, they offer something they call a Japanese cheesecake. I really, really, really wanted to try it, but since this was after I had stopped at XOX already for a chocolate over-dose, I stuck to three eclairs. Any volunteers who live around there willing to try it and report it for us????
I chose green tea, custard, and whipped cream eclairs. I bit into the first eclair - it was filled with just the right amount of whipped cream to fill my mouth with gentle sweetness. It was airy and light, pure and tender. The sweetness would have perfectly matched a glass of milk. The chocolate on top added a faint smell of cocoa that made me gitty inside. The eclair was a two bite treat, just enough to leave an impression on my mind before I devoured it. The second eclair - which, incidentally, was the same as the third eclair, but was so yummy, I didn't bother to raise the issue that I didn't get my green tea eclair - was custard-filled and a little more grown-up. Maybe it's because I learned to enjoy custard later in life, but this one tasted a little more sassy. The custard was smooth, silky, and creamy with the right balance of sweetness to match a well-brewed cup of coffee. Again, I devoured each of these in two bites. The three bite-size eclairs satisfied me despite their small stature. They were exactly my kind of treat - delicate, compact, with well-balanced sweetness and buttery skin.
In my first round of encounter with these eclairs, I was so mesmerized by them as a package to properly taste the outer layer. But I know that the skin carried the cream well, or else I would have noticed some friction. Each component gave its best to support the whole, resulting in the petite treat that packed a punch. Yum!
I should have tried the more adventurous flavors. In retrospect, I would have. But my mind was clogged by chocolate already, and I couldn't quite get myself to consume something that might be potently sweet. Now, knowing the delicacy of the custard and whipped cream eclairs, I'm not afraid to try the other flavors. I'd even consider making the drive to Justa Bite as the main destination next time...
I wish I could post more than one picture here, because the cross-section view looks nice too. If you'd like to see the cross-section view, you'll have to go to my blog...
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