macaron monday


Just a little something sweet to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day this week! Even though I’m not super big on celebrating Valentine’s Day, I’m also not one to pass up a sweet treat!

My friend brought these over to share, and they are some of the best macarons I’ve ever had! They are made by a company called Atelier Kawashima, which is based in Fairfax, California.

Atelier (which means artist’s workshop) Kawashima (the last name of the creators) sells their macrons to local grocers, as well as boxed individually as wedding favours (which I wish I had known about twelve years ago when my husband and I got married)! Macarons are a traditional French pastry made of egg whites, ground almonds and sugar. These macarons are delightfully soft, not too sweet (common for Asian confections — yes, I know these are french macaron, but they have an Asian crafter’s touch), and they come in the most delectable and unique flavors — like meyer lemon, chocolate, pistachio, chestnut with matcha green tea filling, grapefruit with pomegranate jelly filling, blueberry, raspberry, and hawaiian sea salt with caramel filling (my favorite). I have never had filled macarons before (cream with caramel or jelly or ganache), but let me just say, these are goooood!

Atelier Kawashima macarons are sold at fine grocers like Bi-Rite Market, Rainbow GroceryGluten Free Grocery in San Francisco, as well as Woodlands Market and Comforts Cafe in Marin County, California.

Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to enjoy a little sweet treat for yourself!


  1. Great shots. Really like the lighting that you have used. Although I think IMO they could have had a bit more DOF. But nonetheless they are great shots.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you, Todor, and thanks for sharing your opinion! Yes, I agree that the chocolate one, in particular, could have used a bit more depth of field. I was trying to keep the look a bit more ethereal as macarons are very light and delicate.

  2. Delightful imagery, Neely! Brings to mind the best macarons I’ve ever had, compliments of our friend who lives in France’s Savoie region. Claude packed our picnic basket with the pretty macarons as we headed back home via Alsace and Switzerland.

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