A new little cafe/store recently opened in the back streets of Collingwood. I kept walking past the place when it was closed and was a little intrigued. Unfortunately my ‘research’ (google) advised me that the store was in fact a new concept store for stationer Cristina Re – the store is called “where a girl goes” (!?!). According to the Cristina Re site the store offers a “unique shopping experience” for “stylish women with an eye for style”(!?!) and women can go to the instore ”papercraft academy” to have invitations designed. It’s fair to say I was a little overwhelmed with cynicism.
I finally managed to stop by when the place was opened and it was duly ‘girly’ in its design. They had a range of macarons on offer that looked pretty great, although alarm bells rang when I saw a sign in the store advertising that all macarons were vanilla flavoured, with only the buttercream actually flavoured. Nonetheless, I selected two macarons, a ‘strawberry’ and a ‘blueberry’:
Visually, these macarons were pretty great – smooth, shiny domes (not sure if the edible sprinkles were required), good ‘feet’ and uniform in size.
I thought they also looked pretty good from the side:
Alas, biting in to them, they were almost completely flavourless. The strawberry macaron had a small amount of flavour from the buttercream, which was rippled with strawberry. The blueberry macaron did not taste anything remotely like blueberry, it was completely flavourless. The only blueberry thing about it was its colour.
I definitely think these macarons were all style and no substance. I won’t be going back.
Cristina Re “where a girl goes”
Corner Langridge & Oxford Streets, Collingwood
Ph: (03) 9495 6222
UPDATE 13 May 2010: Saskia stopped by Christina Re and ate some macarons. She reports that they were definitely flavoursome today. There was a passionfruit one that, in particular, packed a punch. As Emily found, they were beautiful to look at. There were, however, some air pockets inside and piping marks on the outside.