We bought these from a small grocery store we passed on the way to Arita along with another large punnet of Amaou strawberries. One bun was white with many pieces of purple sweet potato. Another was a green tea bun with red bean paste. The red bean paste wasn’t as sweet as normal, and I prefer it that way. I liked the sweet potato one better through. Later on during one of our many car drives we ate the rest of the bao. All of them had red...

The macarons were 2.5 times more expensive than the ones we had in Lucerne, but they were also bigger and tasted much better. The big macarons were four times the size of the small ones and cost nearly €5. We tried bitter chocolate, orange blossom, blackcurrant and violet, caramel, chocolate, pistachio, lemon, citron, raspberry, coffee, praline, vanilla, fig and date, rose petals and chestnut; we didn’t try liquorice, red fruits or spices and soft fruits. From Lafayette we walked to the Concorde then along a significant section of...

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