*********I apologise for the lack of links, I am trying to get some blogging done while The Babe sleeps beside me on the couch and this blasted Blogger App isn't up to scratch*********
This trip was my first journey down flying solo with The Babe, a very short practice run for our much longer solo trip to Canada in April...it was fine, she was great, it was easy...April might be a different story but...oh well.
Most days we stayed close to Home venturing out for a car journey around lunch time. We ate at some family favourites, The Red Lion in Stiffkey, The Grove in Cromer, and The Lodge in Old Hunstanton and introduced The Babe to the Lattes and baked goods at Huckleberries in Cromer. It was all lovely.
A real treat was our trip into Norwich. I've been to Norwich loads, I love wandering around and checking out the shops...especially the Coleman's Mustard Shop in the Royal Arcade. This time we headed straight to Macarons and More (also in the Royal Mile)...the fantastic bakery by Tim Kinnaird of Masterchef fame.
If you've been following this blog for a while you will know that I am a sucker for French Patisserie. I love love love macarons, I love choux pastry, I love delicately decorated miniture cakes....so when I found out via the Twittersphere about Macarons and More I was giddy with excitement.
The shop is gorgeous, it is bright and totally reminds me of some of the more modern patisseries I've drooled my way through in Paris. There was a good selection of Macs, gourmet brownies and legit patisserie. Since it was early on in the day I decided to treat myself to a selection of macarons, although I was very tempted by the Mojito Baba topped with rhubarb.
Gingerbread, Salted Caramel, Praline, Peanut Butter and Jam, Norfolk Lavander, and a classic Pistachio filled the selection box I entrusted my Mum to carry around Norwich. Once we got back home and The Babe was occupied at Grandad's crawling bootcamp I finally got stuck in.
Nothing was overly sweet or soapy tasting (I've had some weird flavour combos before that have come close to the taste of Pears soap) really they were just perfect! If pressed I'd say the Gingerbread was my favourite, but mistly because I am a lover of anything Gingerbready. The PB&J was great and the Lavendar really surprised me. The flavour was subtle and the filling was so smooth.
I really hope Macarons and More does well in Norwich because I am already planning my return trip in the Autumn.