Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fiore's Bakery - Jamaica Plain

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Fiore's Bakery is right beside the Harvest Co-op in Jamaica Plain, MA. They have been there for quite a few years but most recently, they've been offering a lot of gluten-free and vegan baked goods and sandwiches. The other day, I was walking past there and thought it looked a little different. I hadn't been in there for at least a year or more, so I went in to see what they had in their bakery case. To my surprise, they had almond macaron! The guy called them "macaroons," so I had to double check to make sure they were not those coconut cookies that I don't like. Macaron are a French thing, made with almonds and egg whites. I just had to try those and added a cupcake just because those looked good too. If you want those macarOOns with the coconut bits, they have those too.
Almond Macaron and a cupcake
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As I was walking home, I ate one of the macaron and realized that the guy put 2 in the bag! Yay! They're actually $4.99/pound, around 50 cents each. I was actually tempted to go back and get some more because they are really good! Even though they're not sandwich cookies like they are traditionally made in France, the macaron was very good. It had the texture that you want - slightly crispy on the outside and soft & chewy on the inside. However, they are a bit on the sweet side so make yourself a cup of tea or coffee to cleanse your palate between bites.

Almond Macaron
As for the cupcake, it was alright. Compared to the macaron, it was like an afterthought. Having said that, I'm usually not a big fan of cupcakes, so I'd suggest that you go try them yourself to make your own judgement on those. I didn't try any of their sandwiches but if you need gluten free or vegan food, this is one place to go. The other place would be Fazenda, across the street from Forest Hills station.

Perfect almond macaron

Not bad but not as great as the macaron!


  1. The Italian version is like this, made with almond paste, with no filling - and we just call them macaroons. Almond heaven!

    1. Oh! I didn't know that Italians made macaroons. Good to know. Delicious whether we call them macaroons or macaron. :)