Italian Hazelnut Florentines and the Granville Island Market

Recently, I was down in Granville Island for a wedding and between the ceremony and the reception, I decided to hang around and explore one of my favorite places on earth. The Granville Island Market. It is just a beautiful place and a bit of a culinary heaven, in my books. I completely forgot to take good photos of anything and really just took random cell phone photos.

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My Macaron Adventure – Tea Party Continued and Contest Winner

Macarons are hard. Seriously. They are incredibly finicky and if you mess up one little step, they lose the incredible charm that is associated with this little french cookie. When Rina told me that she wanted a french themed tea party about a month ago, I was so excited! I have always loved French macarons, but they were often too pricey for me to just buy and gorge on. A few years back, I had purchased a dozen macarons from Little White House¬†from Fort Langley and I have been in a love affair with them since. It’s a shame that they cost $18 for the dozen. (Still totally worth it!)

So I naturally jumped at the chance to make them. Although you see a beautiful photo of some successful macarons (courtesy of Alanna Milaney Photography), my initial journey was anything but perfect.

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