Top 5 Macaron shops in Melbourne!

Get on top of the latest food trend! Who cares if you pronounce it MAC-A-RON or MAC-A-ROON, they taste amazing so chow down! Here we go, in no particular order…

Café Siciliadolce Pasticceria

Tucked away in the industrial sector of Moorabbin, this Sicilian café makes all the best Italian desserts (including Melbourne’s finest cannoli) and their macarons compete just as well. There are all your basic flavours – the classic French vanilla, strawberry and lemon (which definitely packs a zippy punch) but if you call in advance, you can order the delicious and one-of-a-kind zuppa inglese macaron. For all you non-Italians, this is a classic custard-based dessert similar to a trifle. The nifty variety dozen is a definite favourite and makes the trip to Moorabbin definitely worth the while.

Brunetti

It’s no secret that Brunetti cakes are to die for, but their macarons have stolen the spotlight. There’s the basic vanilla, chocolate and lemon flavours as well as the more extravagant mango or tiramisu. Try the vibrant green almond biscuit and pistacchio cream macaron which is the perfect amount of sticky, chewy goodness. If you’re feeling extra fancy, ask for takeaway and the macaroon will come on its own mini gold plate. For those who like to supersize, Brunetti also make the mother of all macarons, measuring 7cm across.

La Belle Miette

This cute cupboard of a shop is a hidden gem along Hardware Lane which exudes French class and elegance. As a macaron speciality shop, they have some of the quirkiest and eccentric flavours you’ll ever come across; cherry blossom and sake, Pimms and pomegranate or Moet et Chandon and blackcurrant. These little bombshells of flavour will definitely delight your tastebuds and the quaint, Parisian atmosphere of the shop is just an added bonus.

LuxBite

Run by Malaysian couple Bernard Chu and Yen Yee, LuxBite is a modern macaron heaven. With extremely creative and unique flavours, the brightly coloured, hand-crafted macarons not only look picture-perfect, but they taste pretty spectacular too. The Malaysian influence is most evident in the kaya toast and pandan flavours. If those don’t tickle your fancy, there’s also Oreo, Ribena lemonade or vanilla crème brûlée flavours to sink your teeth into.

Cacao

The hand-crafted French macarons are just one of the drool-inducing specialties offered at Cacao. Not one for simplicity either, there are obscure, tasty flavour combinations including violet and cassis, coffee and dark chocolate or peanut butter and chocolate. Caramel lovers, grab the salted caramel macaron which uses hand harvested sea salt all the way from Brittany, France to make the rich, sweet caramel taste ten times better. Excellently, Cacao has two CDB locations – double trouble.

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Time Out: Farmhouse Direct

It’s all the gourmet deliciousness you’d find at a farmers market, delivered to your door

It’s no secret that the Farmers Marker is the ultimate gourmet food hub. It’s where you find the best of the best produce and all those specialty ingredients that the superstores never seems to stock. But the thought of getting out of bed at 7am on a Sunday morning is just too unappealing, so you never manage to get the goods.

Now, much to the delight of all food-lovers, Australia Posts new initiative means you don’t even have to get out of bed to get your hands on the best gourmet foods. Farmhouse Direct is an online superstore of food producers and farmers that will deliver the finest quality ingredients direct to consumers, meaning no more early morning trips to the market are necessary.

It’s got all the benefits of the local farmers’ market though, with all the online stock sourced from local ingredients and suppliers. What’s even better is that being online, it’s open 24/7 so you can stockpile your favourite goods instead of craving it until the next market day.

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Time Out: How to host a MasterChef viewing soiree

A guide for all food lovers to have the ultimate MasterChef viewing party

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With season four of MasterChef in full swing, it’s time to ditch the microwave meals and two-minute noodles and get inspired to cook up a gourmet food storm.

Firstly, you’ll need to stock up on a variety of pretentious ingredients. The South Melbourne Market, where the current contestants will be going later in the season is the perfect gourmet food hub, whether you’re after porcini powder, poussin or even Thai basil.

Don’t forget to head over to the Wild Mushroom Specialist at the Prahran Market to pick up some truffles because they’ll definitely look fancy on top of whatever you’re serving.

But if you decide you can’t be bothered attempting to create a ridiculously extravagant menu in a hopelessly small time frame, just head on over to Josie Bones in Collingwood and see what ex-MasterChef contestants Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins are plating up.

The Rules:

While you’re eating: you must close your eyes after each mouthful to really savor the flavours and make sure you look contemplative while chewing.

While you’re watching: take a shot every time a judge says ‘cooked to perfection.’

Dress code: scarves or cravats must be worn at all times.

MasterChef airs at 7:00pm, weeknights on channel 10.

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