My friend and I were looking for a central cafe for high tea. We decided on Oui Desserts after reading the good reviews on Yelp. The cafe is spacious, clean, and inviting. The menu is written on a chalkboard hanging on the wall. The available pastries are neatly displayed in the covered shelf, and various cookies are contained in cookie jars. My eyes were naturally drawn to the beautifully colored macarons.
There are 13 different macaron flavors. Each macaron are sold at a different price. This concept is new to me because the cafes which I have been so far, sell their macarons at a standard price. The macarons’ price varies from $1.50 to $.175. However, Oui Desserts has a special promotion. Buy a dozen for $1 each! So I decided to get 12 macarons! This is by far the cheapest price I paid for macarons!
The macarons are petite and have bubbly surface on the cookies. I wonder why… The flavors I bought were pistachio, hazelnut, strawberry, blueberry, rose, lemon, lavender, chai, raspberry, chocolate, salted caramel, and vanilla. The only flavor I did not get was the mint chocolate as I am not a big fan of mint chocolate. The macarons are wonderful! The flavors are really good and the cookies are so crunchy. My favorite is the pistachio flavored macaron. I can’t get enough of Oui Desserts’ macarons!
I was at H Mart shopping for my groceries when I saw a petite bakery called Tous Les Jours. The bakery sells many delicious looking breads. But what caught my eyes were the beautiful cakes and macarons! The cakes looked so creamy (not the type of cakes I like) and definitely looked appetizing. Unfortunately the bakery does not sell small slices of cakes like Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake, etc. So my eyes turned to the colorful macarons. Three new flavors were introduced to the macarons family this year. I got two of the new flavors – Black Sesame and Chai. I also bought three other flavors: Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, and Apple Pie. The macarons look so pretty, just like the picture! However, the price of each macaron is quite expensive.
Though the macaron is expensive, the taste makes up for the worth! The fillings are fantastic! The cookie is also very crispy and crunchy. Overall, the quality of the macarons is worth every penny I spent.
I chanced upon Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe when I was having dinner at Kata Robata. The cafe looks so pretty inside and it is so clean. The cafe sells beautiful cakes and the cakes look delicious. The cakes and cookies are gorgeously displayed. I was so tempted to buy a single slice of every cake! But I got to control this craziness!
Deciding what to buy from the cafe was so difficult. At last I settled for a red velvet cookie with white chocolate dip, and three macarons. I chose the caramel, vanilla bean, and cookies ‘n cream macarons.
The red velvet cookie was wonderful! It was not too sweet and every bite was just plain happiness. Great combination of red velvet and chocolate! The macarons were equally exceptional. They were all sized equally, and the fillings were delicious. I could taste the distinct flavor of each macaron. They were not too sweet and I could not get enough of them! The macarons were not as expensive as the ones I bought from other cafes, and this made the macarons so much worth eating again and again and again.
I would unquestionably go back for more macarons and I would want to buy some slices of cakes too!
Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe
3600 Kirby at Richmond
Houston, TX 77098
Today I went to search for macarons after a long hiatus as I was traveling around the world. I found Paris Sweet Pastry Shop while driving around. When I stepped into the shop, I saw many colorful macarons on display. There are so many different flavors to choose from. Flavors like mango, durian, blackcurrant, and lavender fig are sold in the shop, which is uncommon in other cafes. But while I was choosing, the lady behind the counter suggested me to get the lemon flavored macaron, and so I did.
The macarons were so good. They are so flavorful and they are absolutely worth the money. The macarons weren’t too sweet and they are addictive! I realized that different macarons are sized differently but it doesn’t matter to me. I will go back for more exotic flavored macarons!
Copenhagen, Denmark, is famously known as The Bicycle City. Using bicycles as a mode of transport, goes way back into the Danish history. There are bicycle lanes on the roads and many Danes prefer to cycle to work, go out on dates, on their bicycles.
I was at Copenhagen for 2 weeks. I saw many beautiful buildings, got to know Denmark’s history, and ate many delicious food. My first $200 Danish Krone note was spent on a data SIM card. I can’t live without a data SIM when I am overseas, and having it is a life-saver! There are many telecommunications which you can choose from. But since I only required a data SIM, I opted for Lebara which provides me 15GB of data throughout my stay. The data SIM can be bought from 7-Eleven. 1GB of data costs $49 Danish Krone. I paid $99 Danish Krone more to purchase 15GB of data as I expected myself to use more than that. DO NOT throw away the receipt given to you as the codes for upgrading to 15GB are in the receipt.
I did not join any free guided tour as I prefer to explore the city alone. I did not take the metro, train, nor bus as I prefer to explore on foot. There is less chance of me getting lost too if I were to walk than to take the public transport. My first tourist attraction was The Old Stock Exchange. The Old Stock Exchange is one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen. The spire’s design is of four intertwined dragon tails, and topped by three crowns, which symbolizes the Scandinavian empire (Denmark, Norway, and Sweden). Today the Old Stock Exchange are used for parties, conferences, and other events. It is not open to the public.
After taking some pictures at The Old Stock Exchange, I headed towards the Christiansborg Palace. The ticket to the Christiansborg Slot costs $90 Danish Krone, and it includes entry to the Christiansborg Ruins, the Royal Reception Area, and the Royal Carriage. The ticket used to cost $120 Danish Krone but now is $90 Danish Krone because there are no horses at the Royal Carriage (the reason why I did not go to the Royal Carriage).
Some pictures of the Christiansborg Ruins. There are many historical stories of the Christiansborg Palace. I understood the history of Copenhagen by visiting the Christiansborg Palace.
The Royal Reception Area is an eye-opener for me. The place is so beautiful! The stairs, the unique tapestries, the dining area, the halls, the Queen’s library, etc, was just wow! Imagine yourself walking down the stairs like a royalty!
This is the Queen’s library.
The Queen’s library has an elevator!
The chinaware used by the Royalties are exquisite and beautifully made. I found a menu on display but I couldn’t understand a single word because they are in Danish. Eat like a royalty!
These are some beautiful tapestries hanging on the walls. You may mistook them as paintings, but they aren’t just paintings! Amazing thread work!
After being astounded by the Royal Reception, I went to the City Hall, which is one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen. The City Hall also houses Jens Olsen’s World Clock, which is an advanced astronomical clock.
I have never visited Guinness World Records Museum so when I know that there is one in Copenhagen, I must make time for it. In the museum, there are so many record breaking news and people. I was fascinated by the world I am living in. The museum has interactive games for visitors and one of my favorites is the Boxer machine. I threw my hardest punch and scored 334 out of 910! Cool! The ticket for the museum includes a coin which is for the entrance to The Mystic Exploratorie. The Mystic Exploratorie is like a haunted house. Spine-chilling sounds and frightening displays… Enter if you dare…
A must-go tourist spot in Copenhagen is Nyhavn – a 17th-century waterfront, canal that harbors historical wooden ships, and entertainment district. There are brightly colored townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants along the canal.
Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and consists of four identical palaces. I bought a ticket to tour at one of the palaces which is open for visitors. I followed a free English tour guide and gained insightful knowledge of the palace. The tour was about 30mins. Short and sweet. I was told by the tour guide that if a flag is risen on the palace means that a royalty is currently in the palace. I was fortunate to see the flag on one of the palaces, but not lucky enough to see the royal family!
Here are some of the sight-seeing places that I have been to: The Little Mermaid, The Round Tower, Rosenborg Castle, National Gallery of Denmark, Frederik’s Church, and Det Ny Teater.
It is a must to visit Carlsberg when you are in Copenhagen. The ticket consists of 2 free beers so keep your ticket well! Carlsberg came a long way to reach its success they are enjoying now. Remember to take a photo with the elephant statues when you are there! Also do not forget to buy some souvenirs back at the Carlsberg gift shop! I bought many nice magnets, mug, and cap opener!
I bought a “Around the Sound” ticket to visit Helsingør (aka Elsinore in English), Helsingborg, and Malmo. I took a train from Copenhagen to Helsingør (remember to check the train timing and platform on the screen). Then from Helsingør, I took a ferry to Helsingborg. Do bring your passport along because it is required for traveling from Helsingør to Helsingborg. I spent about an hour at Helsingborg then took a train to Malmo, and back to Copenhagen. The must-to-visit attraction in Helsingør is the Kronborg Castle where Shakespeare’s Hamlet was played. The castle is huge. Stroll the circumference of the castle while enjoying the sea breeze makes you forget all your worries. There wasn’t much to explore in Helsingborg and Malmo in my opinion, however, it was good to just be there to take a look.
Enough of attractions. Personally, what amazed me the most in Copenhagen was the food. The Danes eat so healthily, which I can see from their figures! The Danish breads were so delicious and good! I bought breads from different bakeries – Meyers Bageri, Lauras Bakery, Lagkagehuset, Andersen Bakery, everyday and they were all good! There are also many cafes in Copenhagen. The cafes are small and they have limited seats indoor. Luckily almost all cafes provide outdoor seatings so enjoy the sun and nature by sitting outdoor!
From Meyers Bageri.
Remember to take a ticket once you enter the doors of Lagkagehuset. Wait for your queue number to buy tasteful breads.
From Lauras Bakery.
From Royal Smushi Cafe. The tea and pie were delicious but I wish the service could be better.
From Next Door Cafe. I ordered an egg sandwich and was given a toy car. The toy car was used to identify the customer. So remember to take it with you after ordering your food. I was shocked by how hard my sandwich bread was. The bread was so hard that I could not cut through it!
Visit La Glace for their cakes (at the first floor) and butter cookies (at the second floor)! Sit down for afternoon tea or get a slice of cake after lunch. Soak in the great
Cafe Dyrehaven is a cafe that one has to visit for eggs benedict. I ordered a plate for lunch and my eggs benedict was cooked to perfection. The portion was just right and the service was great. The cafe is always crowded and as usual, there is limited seatings inside. I sat outside to enjoy my lunch despite the cold weather. Yums!
Grød is famous for their Danish porridge. I had the bestseller which consists of apples, oats, caramel, and almonds. The porridge was so good! I could eat this everyday!
My husband and I reserved seats at Restaurant PUK to celebrate our anniversary. The food was good and healthy. However, we wished that the portions could be bigger because we are used to big portions in U.S.A.
Torvehallerne is a SUPERmarket but it is not your usual supermarket. There are so many delectables inside. Many varieties of cheese, expensive caviars, sharp knives, bakeries, wines, pizzas, fresh fish and meat, and many more! I had a lot fun in Torvehallerne!
I got to try the Danish hotdog when I am in Denmark. I had the classic hotdog. Super yummy!
Hotel Chocolat produces high quality chocolates. I bought some back and I am totally in love with the chocolates.
Karamelleriet makes high quality hand-made caramel. The factory is inside the store itself and I got to see how they made their caramel. The store smelled so great when I opened the doors.
Ro Chokolade made hand-made chocolates. I tried the salted caramel chocolate. Yummy!
Of course I could not resist the temptation of eating macarons even when I am in Denmark. The macarons were not too bad but the jam could be more tasteful.
Shopping in Copenhagen is not as cheap as shopping in U.S.A. I did not buy many clothes there but of course when I am in Copenhagen, I have to get some chinaware from Royal Copenhagen. Some may not know, there is a Royal Copenhagen outlet store. The difference between the non-outlet and the outlet stores is, some of the chinaware sold at the outlet store are of second quality. The details of the differences are transparent in the Royal Copenhagen website. However, there are some chinaware sold in the outlet store are first quality. I bought a mug, a bowl, and a plate from the outlet store. I am totally in love with the chinaware and I am still pondering when to start using them. I also bought many Lego keychains because Lego originates from Denmark!
A road trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, was fantastic. I stayed for a night at a petite hotel called Prince Conti Hotel, located at French Quarter. The hotel receptionist, Ava, was so sweet, helpful and kind. My hotel room was spacious and clean. The location of the hotel is great – in the middle of the busy streets, and is walking distance to many areas. I would stay in the same hotel if I were to visit NOLA again.
When in NOLA, I have to try some of their signature dishes.
Po-boy, a signature dish of Louisiana, is a sandwich with meat or fried seafood. I had fried prawns and the sandwich was delicious. The bread was crispy and fluffy, and the fried prawns were well-seasoned too. The sandwich just came together and it was awesome. I got this dish from Oceana, a fantastic restaurant. I also tried the cajun pasta from Oceana. The pasta dish was not a disappointment for sure. The spiciness of the pasta dish was just right, and the pasta was al dente.
Of course, I seized every opportunity that I have to find a dessert shop that sells macarons. Sucre is a dessert store that sells not only macarons, there are also beautiful petite cakes, chocolate pieces, and ice cream. In the shop, one full stretch of full glass display showcased the wonderful desserts Sucre had to offer. Everything looked appetizing! I bought some macarons (duh) to munch on. The macarons were really good. They were not too sweet and the fillings tasted amazing.
The night was too windy and cold. My solution to get warm was to get a drink. I got a glass of whisky from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar, which is one of the oldest bar in U.S.A. Laffite’s is a dimly lit, cosy bar with limited seats indoor and outdoor. Each table is candle-lit, which creates a very endearing environment. It is a good place to hang out with friends over couple of drinks.
A must-eat snack when I am in NOLA is beignets. There is nowhere to get this delicious food other than Cafe Du Monde. Beignet is basically a fried dough or also known as fritters, dusted with powdered sugar. The beignets were very delicious, definitely not just some fried dough.
While walking down the streets, I chanced upon Magnolia Praline. Magnolia pralines were made fresh daily and the pralines tasted fantastic. The pralines melted in my mouth and created sweetness in my mouth and throat. But I found the pralines were a little too sweet for my liking. There were various variations of pralines such as original, no nuts, and original creamy. The pralines were sold in boxes and also individually.
Do not be mistaken. SWEET is the name of the dessert shop at CityCentre.
SWEET offers a wide range of cupcakes, cakes, pastries, and macarons. It is the first dessert shop I came across in Houston that sells macarons towers. Yes, a tower of macarons! How I wish I could get a tower of macarons as a birthday “cake” instead of just a normal chocolate cake!
Getting a tower of macarons was out of the question so I purchased 8 (I started to notice a pattern. Whenever I buy macarons, it would always be in 8’s) different flavors of macarons. The flavors that I bought were: Red Velvet, Chocolate, Cookies n’ Creme, Creme Brûlée, Green Tea, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, and Rose. Peanut butter was the flavor that I most wanted to try but it was out of stock! I will go back again to get that!
The macarons from SWEET were petite but the fillings were flavorful. Out of the 8 flavors which I bought, I prefer salted caramel the most. I could taste much of the salted caramel despite the sweet cookies. I would probably not get the vanilla bean macaron again because I could not taste much of it. I noticed some inconsistencies in the amount of fillings in each macaron, and the size of the cookies were inconsistent too. However, the flavors of the macarons were not greatly compromised. All in all, the macarons were great!
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