French Macarons are better.
I'm sick of the cupcake shop fad.
|by stoned||reply 126||04/27/2015|
I'll alert the media
|by stoned||reply 1||02/23/2013|
Macarons are already over in my city. The new thing is gourmet donuts. At some places, a donut will cost you five bucks.
|by stoned||reply 2||02/23/2013|
Article about the donut thing.
|by stoned||reply 3||02/23/2013|
I've never been to one of the cupcake shops. We have so many of them here in LA, but it has never made sense to me. I don't like anything with a frosting on it. Most of those horrible coatings are just vegetable fat and sugar. It's like eating crisco and sugar, and we all know what crisco really should be used for.
|by stoned||reply 4||02/23/2013|
R3, Glory Hole Doughnuts? Oh, you Canadians are so dirty!
|by stoned||reply 5||02/23/2013|
Macarons are fucking gross. That nasty jam on them is vile. I'll take cupcakes anyday.
BTW, if you don't like cupcake shops, don't visit them. Simple!
|by stoned||reply 6||02/23/2013|
Sugar is poison, guys.
|by stoned||reply 7||02/23/2013|
I'm in London and order my macaroons from Pierre Herme in Paris. They arrive in perfect boxes and securely packed with keep-fresh stuff. Herme do lovely cakes too, I particuarly like the marmalade and ginger one, for special occasions.
(I know Pierre Herme also have a shop in London and a concession at Selfridges, which I will get around to visiting before too long).
|by stoned||reply 8||02/23/2013|
Why would anyone buy cupcakes when they're so easy to make at home?
|by stoned||reply 9||02/23/2013|
Why would anyone want to be fat?
|by stoned||reply 10||02/23/2013|
Learn how to spell "macaroon."
|by stoned||reply 11||02/23/2013|
R8 = GOOP
|by stoned||reply 12||02/23/2013|
Ah! R8! Selfridges! I remember that department store when I went to London when I was 18 many moons ago. That store is gorgeous!
That lady who started the cupcake craze is the one who started the high end chain, Sprinkles. My brother owns a bakery and he said her cupcakes are so overrated that its embarrassing. Sprinkles is thee in place to go and her cupcakes are around and her business is booming because people want to say they buy their cupcakes from Sprinkles. BTW, they are around $3.00 each. We have a Sprinkles near where I live in a very upscale shopping center. My cousin went to buy some cupcakes from Sprinkles and she was shocked how everyone is so crazy for them. She said her daughter is a way better baker than that over priced crap.
|by stoned||reply 13||02/23/2013|
R11, I didn't know that! So is raw sugar better to use? I use unbleached flour and sugar. Also, food dye causes cancer because its made out of chemical garbage. I think pales like Whole Foods sells food dye made from natural ingredients.
|by stoned||reply 14||02/23/2013|
R10, what? I know fat people and they are fat for numerous reasons ,and they don't necessarily want to be fat.Sometimes its a genetic issue, sometimes its a compulsive issue, etc. Its very hard to over come obesity and its not that simple.
BTW, I have watched a program sometime ago that food companies add chemicals in their food that makes you crave more therefore you want to buy more, which ultimately makes a person fat from this vicious cycle of consumption and additive to added chemicals.
|by stoned||reply 15||02/23/2013|
[quote] Learn how to spell "macaroon."
R12 - I imagine that OP would be able to spell macaroon, if that was the word he/she wanted to use.
|by stoned||reply 16||02/23/2013|
I hate coconuts.
|by stoned||reply 18||02/23/2013|
I prefer the macarons at Ladurée [R08]. Macaron is the french spelling.
|by stoned||reply 19||02/23/2013|
Cupcakes = fraufad
|by stoned||reply 20||02/23/2013|
I don't understand these weird, intense food fads in general. They typically spring up around things that are reasonably tasty but don't deserve to have such a fuss made over them. Cupcakes, red velvet cake, bacon (on EVERYthing, including desserts), "cake pops" (who the fuck thought "Sure, cake is okay, but wouldn't it be even better in mock lollipop form?"). Enough, already.
It's as if society at large has OCD coupled with an eating disorder.
|by stoned||reply 21||02/23/2013|
Someone in here once listed the Four Boutiques of the Apocalypse
One was a paperteria another was the cupcaketeria
I don't recall the other two, but I remained shellshocked from the End of Times in my town...
|by stoned||reply 22||02/23/2013|
I took some friends to a cupcake place, I said "my treat".... was I surprised at the bill! I expected to spend under twenty dollars. The bill was just under fifty.
whoops! Oh well, they took care of the dinner tab.
|by stoned||reply 23||02/23/2013|
[quote](I know Pierre Herme also have a shop in London and a concession at Selfridges, which I will get around to visiting before too long).
Surely there's excellent transport from Deptford. You should make the trip.
|by stoned||reply 24||02/23/2013|
macaroons are those coconut confections. Marcarons are the French "cookie".
Macarons look wonderful but are one of those things that don't really taste all that great. Macaroons are appalling.
I think petites fours will be the next big thing.
|by stoned||reply 25||02/23/2013|
When I get into the city, I head to Magnolia. I love their cupcakes. My favorite is the devils food with mocha-flavored butter cream. That's pure heaven. Of course that means another hour on the treadmill but it's worth it. :) If that makes me a frau, so be it.
|by stoned||reply 26||02/23/2013|
Wasn't there just a thread on here about the mice at Magnolia?
|by stoned||reply 27||02/23/2013|
Welcome to 2007, OP!
|by stoned||reply 28||02/23/2013|
I love watching fat people argue over which is the best dessert -- and hourly snack.
|by stoned||reply 29||02/23/2013|
They're both played out. Why can't gay people just have individual tastes instead of always trying to figure out what's "next"? You're a lot worse than fraus in that respect.
|by stoned||reply 30||02/23/2013|
[quote]Why would anyone buy cupcakes when they're so easy to make at home?
Because some of us don't see the point in baking six or a dozen cupcakes when all we want is one or half of one to satisfy an occasional craving for cupcakes.
I don't see the point in buying the ingredients for cupcakes when I can just buy one for $1.50 - $3.00 rather than be stuck with a bag flour, butter, etc because I don't use those things the rest of the time.
And no, I don't want to "freeze the rest" when I can buy a fresh one once in a while.
|by stoned||reply 31||02/23/2013|
The quaint little cupcake shoppe in my quaint little village has been around for about four years. It just went out of business.
|by stoned||reply 32||02/23/2013|
Is this one of those two year old threads that keeps getting bumped?
|by stoned||reply 33||02/23/2013|
No, it looks to be initiated today.
|by stoned||reply 34||02/23/2013|
"Moderation" is a concept lost on a few of the preceding posters.
|by stoned||reply 35||02/23/2013|
It's a crapshoot which one of these food fads will take hold and how long the fad will last. There will be people lining up one day and a year later everyone's gone out of business.
Do the people who start these shops come out ahead of the game?
|by stoned||reply 36||02/23/2013|
1985 -- Cappuccino shop opens in my neighborhood. People flock there for cappuccino, tiramisu and key lime pie.
1987 -- it's an ATM
|by stoned||reply 37||02/23/2013|
[quote]I think petites fours will be the next big thing.
Only if we're going for Swiss Colony catalog nostalgia.
|by stoned||reply 38||02/23/2013|
My neighborhood had a bunch of little bar/restaurants that had Sunday jazz brunch in the 80s and early 90s. They're all CVSs and Duane Reades now
|by stoned||reply 39||02/23/2013|
I'm very sad that Korean green grocers and bagel shops are disappearing.
|by stoned||reply 40||02/23/2013|
Petit fours are divine. I hope they do become the next fad, for some random new recipes and the like.
Until the fraus go mad and make a red velvet petit four.
|by stoned||reply 41||02/23/2013|
These foods fads are lame. Upper class white women who act like they've stumbled upon gold.
I eat what I want to eat.
|by stoned||reply 42||02/23/2013|
You *are* the frau, R42!
|by stoned||reply 43||02/23/2013|
Red Velvet Cupcakery is awesome
|by stoned||reply 44||02/23/2013|
Cupcakes are good (once you pull most of the frosting off).
Macarons are bad (and a completely different thing than macaroons).
|by stoned||reply 45||02/23/2013|
You people don't know from bad dessert food until you've tasted a supposed dessert from any place owned by Eli Zabar.
|by stoned||reply 46||02/23/2013|
At least I understand the cupcake fad. Everyone ate cupcakes growing up and there's a sense of nostalgia to them and they're a bit of a comfort food. The macaron craze makes no sense to me. No one had heard of them until a couple of years ago and now they're everywhere. As someone else said, they're pretty, but only okay tasting, so I don't know why they're such a big deal. And generally they're $2 for a cookie the size of an Oreo. A total fucking rip-off.
|by stoned||reply 47||02/23/2013|
Macaroons have been around forever, my grandmother made them.
|by stoned||reply 48||02/23/2013|
I only know of the macaron because of Blair Waldorf.
|by stoned||reply 49||02/23/2013|
Which word did OP intend?
|by stoned||reply 50||02/23/2013|
R47, whatever happened with that bastard transferring his vermin-infested food to another location?
|by stoned||reply 51||02/23/2013|
The ones in the first pic, R51, are macarons, in pink, yellow, and green.
|by stoned||reply 52||02/23/2013|
A picture of la differance:
|by stoned||reply 53||02/23/2013|
r8 the concession at Selfridges looked a little tired when I was there last week.
It was my first visit to the store (having lived overseas for many years) and it was pretty great. I was more fascinated by the architecture!
|by stoned||reply 54||02/23/2013|
Here in DC, pupusas are all the rage.
And vegan crap.
|by stoned||reply 55||02/23/2013|
I'd love to see petit fours become a fad, too. Yum!!
|by stoned||reply 56||02/23/2013|
A couple of years back I remember reading that pie was going to take over the niche that cupcakes were slipping out of, especially artisinal/organic/local/sustainable (blah blah blah) pie cooked by bearded trust-fund brats in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I don't think it really happened, although around that time bacon and fried chicken suddenly became chic within that same crowd. Now, it's beer.
|by stoned||reply 57||02/23/2013|
Vegan crap is popular everywhere, R56. I went to a BBQ place (hipster style) and half of the sides had the magic (V) next to their names.
|by stoned||reply 58||02/23/2013|
The people who do the most prattling on/bitchfighting about these kinds of fad places are people who don't actually eat any of what they buy from there.
|by stoned||reply 59||02/23/2013|
I wish various forms of empanadas/pierogies/piroshki would become street cart food. There are so many cultures that have small, closed pies like empanadas -- meat, vegetable, fruit, cheese -- you could get a wide variety of food out of small closed pies. Use phyllo dough, too.
|by stoned||reply 60||02/23/2013|
You mean like Hot Pockets, R61?
|by stoned||reply 61||02/23/2013|
Give me a moon pie & an RC Cola any day!
Mock them if you like, but they are delicious!!
|by stoned||reply 62||02/23/2013|
I mean like dumplings, empanadas, spanakopita, pierogies, piroshki, kreatopita, samosa, etc. I do not believe "Hot Pockets" use sauerkraut, spinach, pork, eggs, pumpkin, farmers cheese, spiced potato, spiced peas, apples, cherries, honey, nuts, cabbage, etc that all of these versions of closed pies use.
You could have a whole city block of food carts selling small closed pies from various cultures all over the world. Sweet, sour, savory, spicy, pickled -- and they're all just small pies. Nothing fancy or as fancy as you like.
|by stoned||reply 63||02/23/2013|
Those fried pocket pies sound like grease bombs to me.
|by stoned||reply 64||02/23/2013|
Donut Planet in New York is the worst. Their stuff would give a non-diabetic a sugar seizure.
|by stoned||reply 65||02/23/2013|
Cupcake shops are still a fad outside of little flyover hamlets where fraus want to start a little business to get out of the house?
|by stoned||reply 66||02/23/2013|
How will they get enough contestants or Cupcake Wars if thefts is over?
"My name is Sandra, and I'm doing Cupcake Wars today to prove to myself that I am the best. I also want to do this for my mother, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for Stage 4 ovarian cancer. (Tearing up) Mom, I love you! You taught me everything I know and someday, I hope to be a success at something. I hope that something is my shop in Bumfucke. I'm famous for my combination peach brandy mojito margarita bacon and jalapeño pepper cupcake! Thank you, judges."
|by stoned||reply 67||02/23/2013|
What I've made for you today judges, is a peach cobbler cupcake with mocha almond maple ricotta filling, topped with blueberry marscapone, drizzled with a chocolate ganache and decorated with a musical note made out of caramelized onions and crystalized raspberry lemonade.
|by stoned||reply 68||02/23/2013|
[quote] macaroons are those coconut confections. Marcarons are the French "cookie".
R26 - Macaroons are both of the things above.
|by stoned||reply 69||02/23/2013|
No, R70. They're not the same.
|by stoned||reply 70||02/23/2013|
I hate cupcakes.
I think the next big thing will be cannelles.
Weird, I just saw an article today about the french macaron fad. I don't think I've even tried one before - I always thought they had artificial food coloring, which I try to avoid.
|by stoned||reply 71||02/23/2013|
"I can't believe I cam all the way from Pittsburgh for a rat cake!"
|by stoned||reply 72||02/23/2013|
I hate meringue
|by stoned||reply 73||02/23/2013|
The sad thing about food fads is that most able-bodied people could learn to make and create these things for themselves, with practice, and without copying a cooking video. I think many respected or popular food establishments are given way too much credit (meaning, to the point of fad).
|by stoned||reply 74||02/23/2013|
R75. Not sure what a cooking video has to do with anything, but re: cake, sometimes it's just easier to buy it instead of make it.
Also, we in the flyover states have been stuck with being able to buy nothing but fake supermarket chemicake for decades. I love the fact that I am now able to *buy* a cake that's made of cake (or other) flour, sugar, butter, eggs, etc., instead of firing up the KitchenAid.
This cupcake fad led to the opening of lots of more complete bakeries where I live, and I will not soon forget that.
Eat a cupcake, cupcake.
|by stoned||reply 75||02/23/2013|
r54, is this your guy?
|by stoned||reply 76||02/23/2013|
People want ONE cupcake. They know how to make cupcakes. They don't want to make 12 or 24 cupcakes. They just want ONE. So they buy one cupcake from a store.
Same with donuts. Same with a slice of cake or pie. They know perfectly well how to make a cake or a pie -- they just want a slice, not the whole thing
How is that so difficult for people to understand? I don't want to make an entire cake or pie or dozen cupcakes.
|by stoned||reply 77||02/23/2013|
I know it's easier to buy, R76. What I'm saying is that people can get crazy over someone else's food as if it's the Second Coming of Christ, when sometimes just it's either a matter of cooking practice or acquisition of quality ingredients.
|by stoned||reply 78||02/23/2013|
R79, you were R75. I was R76.
What do _you_ think is the Second Coming? Surely something gets _you_ going the way you accuse other people of getting excited about food.
|by stoned||reply 79||02/23/2013|
I keep waiting for this blogger to make toenail clipping cupcakes with smegma frosting.
|by stoned||reply 80||02/23/2013|
I know you were R76, R76. Excuse my siggy faux pas. I'm not accusing you of anything; that's just the way I talk. And no, I guess I'm not a very impressed person. I just think food fads get way out of hand and pretentious, especially among the groups in bigger cities who tend not to even eat it--they're just in it because it's the thing to do.
|by stoned||reply 81||02/23/2013|
|by stoned||reply 82||02/23/2013|
I'd love to be able to get pelmeni (Russian dumplings) and Persian tadig, which is often called Persian crack because it's so irresistible.
Also, Persian sangak bread, which is the most delicious bread on earth.
|by stoned||reply 83||02/23/2013|
Isn't petite fours just little cakes? And do you have to buy 4 at a time? What if you just want won?
|by stoned||reply 84||02/23/2013|
Food is the new tech. If you want o make money, start a food business.
Now we are seeing artesanal vinegar shops. Pumpkin spice balsamic vinegar.Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar. Lavender vinegar.
|by stoned||reply 85||02/23/2013|
Goat dairy farms. Goat milk. Goat cheese. Goat yogurt. Goat milk moisturizing products containing 50 nutrients. Goat milk soap. Goat milk fudge.
|by stoned||reply 86||02/23/2013|
Oooh. We should start human woman dairy farms, yeah? Sadly, that makes more biological sense, since we're the only mammal who habitually drinks the milk of another.
|by stoned||reply 87||02/23/2013|
Growlers. Growlers. Growlers. Growlers. Growlers. We will only sanitize and re-fill our own, though.
|by stoned||reply 88||02/23/2013|
I was talking about Macarons. That's why I said French Macarons, r12, you plebeian nitwit. The meringue cookies, not the coconut things.
I can't believe some people could possible find them not tasty. They're all over Paris and are quite pretty in the windows of bakeries. When made right they melt in your mouth and are very light.
They're much harder to make than cupcakes, which is probably why the cupcake fad caught on. And in my city they're still opening frauish little cupcake crapcake shops. Boring.
|by stoned||reply 89||02/23/2013|
Wonder how the goats feel about that, r87?
|by stoned||reply 90||02/23/2013|
R90 I have had exactly one macaron in my life, dyed Easter yellow, supposedly from a *fabulous* French bakery. I didn't like it. Not the flavor. Not the texture. I would have to be really, truly hungry to eat another one.
|by stoned||reply 91||02/23/2013|
I hate like the cocnut ones but not the other types of macaroons.
|by stoned||reply 92||02/23/2013|
I think chocolate starfishes will be the next big thing.
|by stoned||reply 93||02/23/2013|
I can hear every last one of you hissing and swishing.
|by stoned||reply 94||02/23/2013|
|by stoned||reply 95||02/23/2013|
I don't like meringue (as in lemon meringue pie). Not a fan of coconut macaroons either.
I believe the "four" in petit four is from the French for "oven"? You sound like quite the yobbo, R85.
|by stoned||reply 96||02/23/2013|
If petite fours are just little cakes, how is it different from a cupcake which is also just a little cake?
|by stoned||reply 97||02/23/2013|
Victim cultures are puerile so since they've elbowed their way to the front, you have all these silly food fads that are taken very very seriously.
|by stoned||reply 98||02/23/2013|
R99 "Victim cultures"?
|by stoned||reply 99||02/23/2013|
So the donut thing hasn't caught on anywhere else, eh?
|by stoned||reply 100||02/23/2013|
I thought Portland had weird donuts, too.
|by stoned||reply 101||02/23/2013|
Indeed it has, Torontonian.
|by stoned||reply 102||02/23/2013|
|by stoned||reply 103||02/23/2013|
Donuts, in the form of Krispy Kreme, were big for a little while in 2002, and then they went away. Dunkin Donuts opened a lot of stores here, including the first kosher DD, about five years ago.
The only independent donutterie here is owned by a gayhater. I'm not even going to publicize their name.
|by stoned||reply 104||02/23/2013|
"Victim cultures are puerile so since they've elbowed their way to the front, you have all these silly food fads that are taken very very seriously."
"[R99] 'Victim cultures'?"
R100, I think R99 is referring to a rape-test kit.
|by stoned||reply 105||02/23/2013|
Rape kits and cupcakes? Who knew.
|by stoned||reply 106||02/23/2013|
It's alright, R99. I know what you mean.
|by stoned||reply 107||02/23/2013|
"Rape-kits and Cupcakes" sounds like the title of 70's era Elton John song.
|by stoned||reply 108||02/23/2013|
Hey, thanks R103/104! I was starting to think the fancy schmancy donut was a silly Canadian fad, but evidently some unoriginal Canadians just stole the idea from our American friends.
|by stoned||reply 109||02/23/2013|
Well, rape kits should come with cupcakes. I mean, you'd need something a little soothing if you're going through hell.
|by stoned||reply 110||02/23/2013|
My Mom used to make cupcakes with a denser type of frosting that was much flatter on top than the mountains of frosting you get on cupcakes now. The frosting was either chocolate or vanilla and you could slowly peel it off and eat it on its own.
|by stoned||reply 111||02/23/2013|
Donuts are so addictive that people gave them up. All but one of the donut shops in our town, closed.
|by stoned||reply 112||02/23/2013|
I hate petite fours. I hate jelly and bad chocolate icing.
The best cookies I ever tasted are linzer tart cookies made by my mom's 90 year old former boss from Germany. She still gets the ingredients shipped from Germany every year around Thanksgiving and starts baking for Christmas. The cookies are made from really tasty flour that has a sort of nutty flavor. They're not very sweet, which I like. But I won't eat the jelly. Thankfully, she only puts a little jelly in the middle. The rest of the cookie is blissfully jelly-free.
So nice to eat a tasty, dense cookie that doesn't consist of nothing but sugar and air.
|by stoned||reply 113||02/23/2013|
I thought a petit four was more like a bonbon from a Whitman's Sampler box than a cupcake?
|by stoned||reply 114||02/23/2013|
[quote]Well, rape kits should come with cupcakes. I mean, you'd need something a little soothing if you're going through hell.
|by stoned||reply 115||02/23/2013|
"The cookies are made from really tasty flour that has a sort of nutty flavor."
Almond flour most likely. More common in Europe but easily available in the U.S. (I think Trader Joe's carries it).
|by stoned||reply 116||02/23/2013|
Fatty Patty LOVES cupcakes. She loves them.
|by stoned||reply 117||04/23/2014|
There was an attempt to make cupcakes a "thing" over here, but nobody was particularly interested, so it failed (as do most pretentious fads over here). Macarons have no hope of a look in.
|by stoned||reply 118||04/23/2014|
r56 You mean cube cakepops, with no stick?
|by stoned||reply 119||04/24/2014|
[quote]My Mom used to make cupcakes with a denser type of frosting that was much flatter on top than the mountains of frosting you get on cupcakes now. The frosting was either chocolate or vanilla and you could slowly peel it off and eat it on its own.
You mean your mom made Hostess cupcakes?
|by stoned||reply 120||04/24/2014|
Ready for a mimi pie craze
|by stoned||reply 121||04/27/2015|
I'm surprised there's still a bunch after the recession. Paying $6 for a cupcake is ridiculous even when you're not unemployed or poor. When people started losing their jobs and cutting back, these kinds of places were the first things cut.
|by stoned||reply 122||04/27/2015|
r122, that's the reason I didn't invest in Starbucks 20 years ago. I figured when a recession hit people would quit buying expensive coffee drinks.
I only invest in mutual funds now.
|by stoned||reply 123||04/27/2015|
And we can all SEE YOU, R94, clutching your pearls.
|by stoned||reply 124||04/27/2015|
Fuck cupcakes. Give me a nice slice of frosted layer cake instead - any day.
|by stoned||reply 125||04/27/2015|