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macUpdate

remember in the last post, i mentioned my disappointment of receiving damaged macarons from sucre?  & how i emailed the company & told them?  well, i didn’t think i would hear from anyone from there… BUT i did!

chrissy from sucre emailed me a few days after i had sent that initial email.  she was very apologetic.  AND she informed me that she had already re-sent another sampler pack to me @ no extra charge!  i wrote her back & thanked her for her kind gesture and professional customer service.

i started to rethink my opinion of sucre

well, a couple of days ago, i received the “make-up” order…. BUT sadly 😦 all the macarons in there were CRACKED.  mon dieu, much worse than the original order!

sigh, at this point i realized that the folks at sucre really have no control over their fragile goods once they are in the hands of UPS.  chrissy had mentioned in her response email to me that as much as they carefully & thoughtfully package their fragile confections, they are, unfortunately, somewhat at the mercy of “the whims” (chrissy’s words, not mine) of UPS’ handling and delivery… 

so, i emailed chrissy again to tell her the above & that i appreciated their efforts, etc… & that she needn’t send another box… bec. frankly, i don’t care to be disappointed in a box of cracked up macarons…  i really doubt another box would make it either!

as before, i didn’t cry over broken macarons… i salvaged what i could & decided to have a photo shoot of sorts, before they all got discarded (aka eaten)  🙂

i tried to photograph them in as flattering light as i could manage.  most all the macarons were crushed on the one side… so i tried to not show the underside.  but the crumbs… they were hard to brush off mainly because they stuck to the filling & i didn’t want to chance cracking them even more!

as imperfect in appearance as they were, they were still quite very tasty.  the lemon ones were my favorite ones, i think. 

one of these days, when conditions are oh so right for macaron making, i will have macarons that are not on crack, er, i mean not cracked :)…

& that will be a day of celebration, for sure.

mac attack

lately, i’ve become obsessed with all things macarons…  i am determined to learn how to make them…correctly & successfully 🙂  have been scouring the internet for the 411 on these delectably sweet french confections.  you might say that i’ve gotten “a big mac attack” wicked bad.  a week ago, i ordered a sampler box from http://shopsucre.com… i received my goodies the other day, but was  disheartened to find that pretty much all my macarons were damaged…there were crumbs everywhere!  yes, i have contacted the company & told them all about it, even sent pix like this one: 

to express my disappointment and dissatisfaction.  i have not heard a response from them, suppose i never will.  but companies need to be told when their products arrive damaged & not as described…   and above all, how all  that simply is not acceptable… yadda yadda…

oh well, instead of getting my knickers all bunched up in a twist, i decided to make lemonade, so to speak.   i took what macarons i could salvage from the “wreckage” and set up a little still life that i could sketch and paint.  don’t get me wrong, the damaged macarons were still delicious.  heck, they should be!!!  omg,  after paying a premium for these rather high-priced french cookies, one tends to expect nothing but the best!  so, long story short, this is precisely why i want to learn how to make my own macarons… so i will never have to be crushed by, well, crushed  (& overpiced) macacrons again! 🙂

i guess the moral of my lil tale here: when the cookie crumbles, go ahead & enjoy the crumbs 🙂

fancy an itty bitty book swap?

just posted sign-ups in our little group on facebook.  if  you are so inclined & would like to join in on this fun book collaborative, please give me a shout out here & i’ll fill you in on the whole itty bitty scoop.  having a facebook account, while not entirely essential, would be a plus, as our group there is private and by invitation only.  we have had, however, peeps join in on the fun who aren’t on facebook… we just touch base via email.  that has worked out just fine in the past.  please do think about it…sign-ups end april 24, 2011.  mail-by deadline is july 8, 2011.  have a super sunday! 🙂