Josh instructed us to go to Bouchon Bakery and pick up a selected number of goodies. No problemo! He wanted some macarons, a brownie, and a TKO (Thomas Keller Oreo). Easy enough - he made my shopping list for me, too :)
In May 2011, Chef Thomas Keller opened the second New York location of his signature Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center.
Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center offers Keller’s unique twist on traditional French boulangerie fare. The menu includes a wide selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and viennoiserie. For the sweet tooth, the Bakery presents a wide assortment of classic desserts including hand-made chocolates, pastries, cookies, tarts, and traditional French confections.
Designed by premier restaurant designer Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design, Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center is at the heart of this New York landmark, directly across from the studios of The Today Show. Large hand-painted murals by French artist Paulin Paris adorn the walls above the retail area, echoing elements of Keller’s acclaimed Bouchon restaurants in Yountville, California and Las Vegas. [SOURCE]
The TKO is an elegant oreo. The chocolate shortbread cookie is thick and a bit more bitter - rather than sweet. But the inside was this very sweet, white chocolate center. Truthfully, I didn't love the cookie part of this, but I ate the cream out of the middle.
The brownie was kind of the same for me - it was chocolately, with chips inside. Not my most favorite, but I understand why others love it. It's in the shape of a cork, bouchon, which is cool.
My favorite part was the macarons, though! A mini caramel and a mini vanilla found a place right in my belly. I noticed their regular macarons are actually quite large. But they were out of the caramel, so I looked toward the mini ones and luckily found both a caramel and a vanilla.
These are really, really good. I often overlook trendy dessert foods - like cupcakes - but macarons are totally worth the hype. The light crackly outside that gives way to soft meringue. Lots of texture and sweetness. Get all the macarons you can!