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a rant about Miette Cakes

anne | Jul 30, 200301:11 PM

There have been previous discussions about Miette baked goods - some hate it, some love it. I'd say they have their hits as well as their misses. What really bugs me is how overpriced they are.

In any case, I discovered my first french macarons at Miette and fell in love with them (not having any other standard to measure them against). Yesterday, at the Ferry Plaza Farmers market, the macarons were on sale for $3 a bag (usually $5). There was a sign that said "slightly jostled", which I took to mean that there might be some cracks or smushed ones. I bought a bag and discovered that they were not merely damaged, but just plain badly baked. It looked like the cookies had failed to rise properly and in the process of lifting them off the cookie sheet, they stuck and had to be ripped off.

There are cookies you can mess up a bit yet leave their integrity intact (for example, shortbread cookies - even if they're broken, still taste the same). But delicate cookies like macarons - once you mess up, they're headed for the trash bin. I'm mad because what decent establishment would try to SELL their mistakes? And mislead people? AND still charge too much?

Let me tell you, I, for one, won't be seen patronizing their new permanent store in the Ferry Building!

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