It's the day we've all been waiting for, the birthday of Adriano Zumbo, Patissier! And in celebration, Zumbo himself has created 60 flavours of Macaron, available for this day only.
The hype was built up through the shop, twitter and word of mouth, and so an orderly queue was to be expected at the Patisserie. Some macaron diehards were the first in line at 7.30am! Most people had already visited the Zumbo website and worked out which macarons they wanted, but some (like me) were happy to take their chances with the colourful surprises.
Charlie from Zumbo was kept busy with constand deliveries of macarons from the Zumbo kitchens, with box after box being unloaded into the shop.
Yes, that's Adriano Zumbo getting a good deal on a couple of boxes. Heck, they even had his name on them.
The shop window was decorated somewhat with what I assume are macaron rejects, though they look alright to me.
Inside the shop, the senses are overwhelmed by the choice of macarons on the counter and on the shelves. The whole store was macaron heaven. The macarons were $2 each, except for the black truffle one.
...Macaron heaven, or macaron on a stick...the blue macaron is chup-a-chup flavour, and chocolatesuze is a happy consumer. And the black truffle macaron ($10 each) would have attracted any truffle-sniffing pigs in the vicinity.
The Zumbo counterstaff were kept busy with filling bags and boxes with macarons. I have to say that, when I was there, it was done efficiently and with good humour. It helps when there are so many amazing flavours to choose from and admire.
I actually lost track of which macaron was which, but if you want, do me a favour and try and match the flavours with the pictures below. Thanks to Charles from the shop for helping with the selection...
Among these macarons are: mastic/yoghurt/cucumber/mint, Vegemite sourdough, burnt toast and butter, Golden Gaytime, Turkish delight, Tanzanian salted chocolate, chocolate and salted caramel, lamington, chup-a-chup, and toasted marshmallow.
I would have gotten more, but I have my lovely figure (ha!) to consider. So, Happy Birthday, Zumbo, you're a star.