Vancouver Bakers Market – Review for Say See Bon Macaroons

by Mijune on October 13, 2009 · 14 comments

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Event: Vancouver Bakers Market – Review for Say See Bon Patisserie Macaroons
Last visited: October 3, 09
Area: Vancouver, BC
118-408 East Kent Ave South
Price Range: $1.50 cupcakes $3-5 pastries1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

**Recommendation: Matcha Macaroons

It’s about time we’ve had a market dedicated to bakers and pastry chefs! This is Vancouver’s first Bakers Market and I made it a point to attend the grand opening day. I need to be honest – I do personally know the people organizing the event, so I’m going to try my best and stay non-biased.

To my surprise the set up for this market is relatively small. I was expecting to see something to the degree of the Portobello fashion market, so I actually dedicated a couple hours to explore it. It took me about an hour to complete it and that’s because I took my time revisiting each vendor, taking pictures and talking to people etc. It would take most people probably 20-30min tops to finish the whole thing so there’s no need to make a day out of it. The style in which it was ran was more of a baker’s fair, and baked goods ranged from professional macaroons to home baked cupcakes.

On the whole it is a great concept and I can’t wait until the word spreads so it can grow faster. It’s a great event to support local bakers and talent. It’s on every Saturday for the month of October so if you have a couple hours on Saturday I recommend you to check it out. Heads up though, they sold out of baked goods by 2pm on the first Saturday it opened – so try to go earlier.

This blog is dedicated to my personal favourite at the market: Say See Bon Patisserie – Parisian Macaroons!!! I’d go again just for these!

On the table:
  • **MatchaMacaroons 6/6
    • It really depends on what you like – I prefer the Matcha macaroons over the chocolate ones…just because it’s something different and new.
    • This is so freaking good! It’s a hand made Parisian macaroon. It’s not the American coconut macaroon that you may have tried before. These ones are different, and I’d chose these over coconut ones.
    • The Matcha macaroons have this creamy, matcha, white chocolate, caramel-like filling sandwiched between this almond/matcha flavoured meringue cookie. That was a mouthful and so are these! The meringue is made with quality ingredients so it doesn’t taste like pure sugar or have a gritty texture as it dissolves. It’s not a hard macaroon, but one that is lightly baked to perfection.
    • Just look at that texture! This macaroon/cookie is really light – it has a very thin and delicate crispy outer shell and then the inside is all chewy and delicious. There’s no preservatives and it’s made with organic egg whites and no flour so these macaroons are really airy and tender. When you take a bite your teeth sinks right into it and then it just melts away in your mouth. The middle is nice and soft and also chewy! Very cookie like. It has this nutty taste from the ground almonds/extract and yet it is still quite sweet from the white chocolate and sugar. It all balances out with the strong matcha flavour. The combination is just to die for! Truly amazing.
  • Chocolate Macaroons 5.5/6
    • This is just as good as the matcha ones, but I appreciate the creativity of those ones more, so that’s why I gave this one a 5.5 instead of a 6.
    • It’s made with a good quality 70% cocoa/chocolate, which is the perfect percent for this macaroon. It’s not too sweet or rich and it’s not bitter either. It’s a gourmet chocolaty treat!
  • Price
    • 2 for $4
    • 6 for $11
    • 12 for $22 (which doesn’t make sense to me…?)

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 gratinee October 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I didn't know there was a Baker's Market. And I have never had a macaron in my life. Isn't that terrible? I will definitely check it out. Thanks for all your information.

2 Mijune October 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Oh then you must go and you must try!!! But these are not the American coconut macaroons, these are Parisian ones – more cookie like and almond based instead of coconut. You should try both if you've never tried either :)

3 Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I've tried her macaroons and they are awesome! Just like the world famous LADUREE in Paris!!!

4 Mijune October 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I know right?! She's got a solid recipe for Parisian Macaroons and I just love her creative twist by adding Matcha powder. Genius.

5 Anonymous October 24, 2009 at 7:11 am

Wow those are pretty expensive macaroons. I hope they live up to their price.

6 Mijune October 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

I know, the price is pretty steep. $2 for a golf ball sized cookie…but they're handmade and she uses quality ingredients. Real ground almonds, not just the extract. They really are delicious.

7 eatnabout November 24, 2009 at 7:04 pm

The correct name for these pastries is Macaron, and not Macaroons, for like you said, they're completely different things. Macaroons are those god-awful coconut things, while Macarons are these heavely little things.

8 Mijune November 25, 2009 at 11:53 am

Good to know! I called them "Macaroons" because that's what the owner/baker of these "macarons" called them. Thanks for differentiating them, I appreciate it.

9 Baker's Market January 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

The Baker’s Market is a FREE fun event on Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm, February 16, 23, March 2, 9, April 20, 27, May 4, 2014.
It’s where passionate bakers sell their baked goodies to the local community. Free samples, free parking, free admission.
Located indoors at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver, BC V5X 1C7.
If you are a baker or sell baking related supplies, we’d love to have you join us as a vendor too.
http://www.bakersmarket.com
info@bakersmarket.com

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