"Have you ever been to Panya Bakery?" a friend inquired recently. "They have a bacon-flavored macaron."
She said the two magic words. Bacon and macaron. I was repulsed and Alex's face lit up.
So today, I needed a quick bite in between my hectic schedule and decided Panya was a good spot to hit up. For bacon macarons, or whatnot.
Like a normal person, I bought some sushi. Like a fanatical foodie, Alex got macarons: raspberry-rose, chocolate-passionfruit, and white chocolate-bacon. Complete with bacon bits, apparently. While I ate my abnormally-sized California roll (aside: I will usually never pay for a California roll because I'm a little bit of a sushi snob, but the rice-to-filling ratio was so high and I needed to get my money's worth for a long evening of calling babies; don't ask), Alex thoughtfully chewed over some of Panya's macarons.
Number one, the raspberry rose. He bit into it and made a face. This was highly unusual. Normally, macaron consumption is followed by ecstacy-faces. Not Ronald Weasley faces.
I was concerned, so I took a bite. I've never had such...resistance from a macaron before! It was so chewy...like the texture of gum crossed with astronaut ice cream. So weird! It tasted like a typical rose macaron, and the raspberry made it a little sweeter I guess, but it was so weird to have to nom nom nom like a cow chewing her cud. Bizarre.
A little more sushi later, we had the chocolate passionfruit. This one felt more like a macaron, thankfully. The chocolate was very rich and almost fudge-y, but the tangy passionfruit cut through it very well and made an otherwise-cloying macaron taste actually quite light and refreshing.
Finally, the moment of truth: white chocolate bacon. Alex likened it to a chocolate-covered pretzel, salty and sweet, with a good balance of ever-so-slightly-bacon flavor balancing the white chocolate. I thought it tasted rather chemical-y and medicinal. I'm sorry, the classic white chocolate bacon combination has not won me over. I do recommend it, though, as a step outside your comfort zones and an adventure to check out the very cute, very affordable Panya Bakery.
8 Stuyvesant Street
8 Stuyvesant Street