Pierre Hermé is my #1 spot for macarons. I tasted them two years ago when I went to Paris for my honeymoon, and during our recent Europe trip, I had to go again. There are several locations in Paris, and we ended up revisiting the very first one we went to from our first trip. In addition to macarons, they also sell pastries, chocolates, and beautiful desserts.

I had hoped to try the kouign amann, but unfortunately they were sold out. I settled for a chocolate filled croissant and rose flavored croissant.

Both were quite good, but not worth the exaggerated price in my opinion, especially with so many patisseries in Paris able to produce pretty good fresh croissants at less than half the price.

My main reason for coming was the macarons, which I do think are worth the splurge.

These colorful popsicles are made of sweet frozen yogurt and bright mochi pieces that you find at a frozen yogurt shop. It’s a froyo experience on a stick!

Summertime means a lot of frozen yogurt. My favorite toppings to add at frozen yogurt shops are the colorful chewy mochi bits. And yes, it has to be the color variety because the plain white ones just don’t entice me. And I only eat the blue, pink and green ones. The yellow and white ones go to Mr. K, my human garbage can.

So I whipped up these frozen yogurt bars and embedded them with the colorful chewy mochi pieces. I love how these came out. They taste like just the frozen yogurt I get at the froyo shops and they are really fun to eat, especially the mochi pieces which retain their chewy texture.

On my last few visits to the Bay Area, I tried on several attempts to visit Sno-Zen, a snow shaved ice spot that has become very popular. Several friends have told me how much they liked it and I definitely wanted to check it out, but for some reason they were always closed when I went.

Finally, on my most recent trip home, I was able to check it out. Sno-Zen has been doing quite well, even opening a second location a few weeks ago. We went to the original location in Mountain View. Even though the business has been around for close to a year, they don’t yet have any permanent signage.

Snow ice is a dessert originally from Taiwan that began making its way to the US a few years ago. It’s a cross between shaved ice and ice cream because the blocks of ice are frozen with milk or cream already mixed in. As a result, the texture is soft and creamy and falls in delicate ribbons when shaved. It’s reminiscent of snow when you dig in, hence the name. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know my obsession with snow ice. I feel the need to try every place I know of.

Sno-Zen offers the typical flavors of snow including taro, coconut, green tea, mango, etc. They also have a few limited edition flavors. Toppings and drizzles all cost extra, which is a little unusual. Usually places allow a free drizzle or two free toppings.

Taro with strawberries, bananas, mochi and chocolate drizzle

This one came out so pretty. It actually looked just like a photo they had on display which probably influenced my friend in his choices.