Chez Karine sweetened up my mid-week when they sent over some macarons and creme brulee.
Pardon the pictures, I was at the mercy of the office fluorescent and my phone cam.
The cute packaging had me cooing in incoherent fake French. And I was not disappointed by what was inside!
I. Macarons by Chez Karine
I am used to locally-made macarons having a crunchy outside and a candied inside. This was melt-in-your-mouth love. The covering had just the right kind of chewy, not overly crisp, and the inside flavoring felt like butter to the taste. I even enjoyed the fruit flavored macarons (strawberry, and what I think is a mango-passion fruit mix) – which I usually turn away for the chocolate and coffee flavors.
This, by far, has to be the best set of macarons I ever sunk my teeth into.
II. Creme Brulee by Chez Karine
I braced myself for this. I am a huge fan of the creme brulee, and managed expectations upon seeing that they were pre-packed. The Amelie in me missed cracking the top open.
The standard creme brulee flavor (center jar) had a taste of that crispy top with the syrup at the bottom. It’s creme brulee to go, definitely, but it hit the spot. It’s not to be dismissed as your average leche flan or kitchen pudding, however. It’s a little bit of heaven, in all it’s rich, creamy goodness with each spoonful.
I thought I’d have a bit to taste at first, then blinked and found I had gobbled it all up.
I am particular about my favorite desserts, but this proved me wrong. Heck, writing this all down makes me crave some more.
Thank God Chez Karine is opening a cafe in Serendra, Taguig, on June 24, 2012. I can hardly wait to go there, girl friends and boyfriend in tow, for coffee and confectionary dates.