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tomato, macaron

apple | Aug 27, 2004 01:15 AM

i am a regular lurker on this board, but this is my first post in a long time.

i had the most delicious tomato today. i bought it yesterday at the union square greenmarket, at the corner stand with all of the different heirlooms. it was purple and green, and big, with a loopy shape like a flower. i wish i could tell you the name. i cut it up tonight, and ate it with salt and pepper and good balsamic and olive oil. it was most intense tomato experience of my life. and it was a bit strange - i'm a cook at a high-profile 3-star, and our current menu features an heirloom caprese salad that requires me to prep tons of heirlooms every day for service. i've been living and breathing tomatoes every day for the past month. so it was strange that it almost felt like i was tasting that tomato for the first time.

i also had a scrumptious macaron yesterday. it was my first visit to financier on stone street, after reading several glowing reports about it a year or so ago. i got one pistachio and one lemon. both had that crucial eggshell-like crust and cakey inside that i crave so often. to give a fair critique, i should add that they were maybe a touch too soft, and that the lemon was a touch too sweet. i wouldn't say that these rival the ones at herme or mulot (my favorite), either. but they were delicious. this is very big mews for me, because i've found that it's surprisingly hard to find a real french macaron in downtown manhattan. i was so happy.

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