Color matching macarons is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
It's a challenge to capture the nuances of framboise (raspberry) macarons.
Little paintboxes are my other obsession. I gave many away when I moved to Paris. And I have probably replaced everyone of them by now.
When I saw these pretty boxes in Charvin's window the March letter came together.
Some paintboxes have macaron-shaped color pans, but the quality is mostly kids level.
Still this guy was using them on the bridge near Notre Dame.
This looks like fun doesn't it?
To hustle your watercolors on a bridge in Paris.
Dalloyau has a window full of floating macaron boxes. I almost ended up painting floating macarons raining down on umbrellas for the March Sketch Letter...
In the end the beautiful colors won out.
Did I say we just have 18 days until it's Jour du Macaron?
The 20th of March annually has become the day you can wander from patisserie to patisserie in Paris (and New York too now). You give a donation to charity and receive in return a macaron (if the patisserie is a member of Dessert Relais patisseries and many are in Paris.
These days Jour du Macaron has become WEEK-END du Macaron so you have 3 days of macaron hunting.
March's Sketch letter had to celebrate Paris macarons?
Finding macaron souvenirs to put in the envelopes, on the other hand, was harder than finding hens teeth. Some of you may be lucky enough to get a cow or Brie bookmark from the Salon de l'Agriculture. Or an offer to subscribe to a monthly supply of French cheeses no less!
Bear is counting off the days on the calendar till Jour du Macaron.