Magazine article Sunset

What's on Our Food Radar Now

Magazine article Sunset

What's on Our Food Radar Now

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THE NEW DESSERT CRAZE: MACARONS

These delicate French cookies are taking bakeries across the West by storm. We sampled many, but only a few transported us to Paris.

Paulette bakery in Beverly Hills and San Francisco makes macarons (right) with flawless texture--they're creamy with a whisper of crackly surface. $19 for 12; shipping available; paulettemacarons.com

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Pix Patisserie in Portland has witty, rich flavors--our favorite is fleur de sel. $20 for 12; 503/232-4407.

Opera Patisserie in San Diego makes killer pistachio and cappuccino macarons. $10 for 12; 858/458-9050.

Essence Bakery Cafe in Tempe, Arizona, is rolling out organic flavors, but our favorite is still the classic French chocolate. $36 for 24; shipping available; essence macaron.com

Savvy sips

New wine trends are helping us see the glass (and our wallets) as half-full. At last, restaurants are stocking half-bottles as more than an afterthought; wine bars are serving pricier vintages by the glass; and California passed a law in July 2008 that lets wineries with licensed picnic areas sell by the glass, not just the bottle. Here's our guide to making the best of it.

Half-bottles look small, but they hold 12. …

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