It's National Macaron Day

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

Macarons from La Pâtisserie Bakery (photo by La Patisserie Bakery/ Facebook)
When La Pâtisserie owner Soraiya Nagree announced earlier this week that she would be giving away miniature macarons in honor of National Macaron Day, we got curious about what other purveyors of the delicate French treat might be offering, as well. Here's what we discovered.

La Pâtisserie
602 W. Annie, 512/912-0033
Nagree and her staff will be giving away miniature macarons as long as supplies last. No definite details on flavors, but she usually offers such things as almond, cardamom honey orange, chocolate, chocolate espresso, lavender, pistachio, rose, salted caramel vanilla, and wild strawberry.

Elizabeth Street Cafe
1501 S. First, 512/291-2881
This bustling, upscale Vietnamese cafe always has macarons among the French pastries in their case. Today, look for sparkle berry and lemon blueberry.

Delish Bakery
209 W. Third, 512/473-4118
New managing partner Callie Speer says that she and her bakers will be riffing on the theme of Girl Scout cookies for their macarons today. So look for variations on the theme of chocolate mint (Thin Mints), coconut caramel (Samoas), peanut butter and chocolate (Tagalongs), peanut butter (Do-si-dos), and lemon (Savannah Smiles). Maybe one of their favorites will be yours too.

Whole Foods Market
525. N. Lamar, 512/476-1206
Stop by the candy island in the Downtown flagship store and check out the multiple flavors – vanilla, espresso, raspberry, rose, peanut butter, chocolate – of the macarons they've imported from France.

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
1905 S. First, 512/448-3727
2406 Manor Rd., 512/912-6628
Olivia O'Neal reports that today's flavors from pastry chef Kendall Melton will be a luscious lemon lavender and chocolate bourbon.

Macarons from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop (photo by Sugar Mama's/ Facebook)
Walton's Fancy & Staple
609 W. Sixth, 512/542-3380
When Gesine Bullock-Prado developed the product line for Walton's several years ago, French macarons were already her signature item. The classy bakery continues to offer the dainty treats and general manager Cass Whitton tells us pastry chef Christina Villarreal's repertoire includes such delights as salted caramel, chocolate, spicy peanut butter, pistachio, passion fruit, vanilla, mixed berry, bubble gum, and even banana on occasion. There will be multiple flavors available in the shop today, but the Bailey's Irish Cream made specifically for St. Paddy's Day is all gone.

1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888
Pastry chef Janina O'Leary almost always has some inviting macaron variation among her dessert offerings and today is no exception. She's featuring a macaron ice cream sundae with rhubarb jam and thyme ice cream.

Texas French Bread
2900 Rio Grande, 512/499-0544
We're told pastry chef Kasi Herzog's current flavors are blueberry, honey, and cherry.

Central Market
4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000
4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-4300
Check the dessert department near the bakery for a dizzying array of imported French macarons every day.

Bribery Bakery
2013 Wells Branch Pkwy. #109, 512/531-9832
Jodi Elliot tells us that the strawberry basil macarons she offered yesterday at her newly opened spot were a big hit and she'll have another surprise flavor for customers today.

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