Eat This Now: Blueberry Ginger Macaron at French Grocery in Phoenix

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Since last summer French Grocery has been serving up a taste of the Big Easy here in Phoenix. Owner Kevin Lentz was inspired to open the little French-Creole market and restaurant while living New Orleans. The original idea was to open a "cottage bistro" but things developed differently and what we have now is a nice neighborhood spot for a coffee, baked goods, groceries, wine and more.

We've enjoyed the French Grocery's grab-and-go eats every now and then but mostly what keeps us coming back are the pastries.

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On our most recent trip we snagged one of the day's last blueberry ginger macarons in the French Grocery's alluring pastry case. At first glance the eye-catchingly vibrant blue treats don't look like the subtly flavored pastries they are, but if you can get over their unnatural color you're in for a real treat.

French Grocery's blueberry ginger macaron offers the delicate crunch required of a good macaron and a lightly fruity flavor that avoids becoming overly sweet. The ginger flavor makes itself known at the back end of your bite; it's definitely present but in no way overpowers the blueberry flavor.

(And if you're a fan of black licorice, don't skip the -- very purple -- blackberry anise variety either.)

The only problem is that French Grocery offers a rotating selection of macarons every day. So you'll want to call ahead to see what flavors are available that day. And if you want to pick up more than a dozen, you'll have to put in a special order.

French Grocery 5345 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix 602-277-0101 http://frenchgroceryinc.com

Tue - Fri: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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