Dear Adriano Zumbo,
Happy Monday to you in Sydney! How are things going in the Inner West (and Manly)? Busy brainstorming ideas for Macaron Day 2011? I bet you and your team are doing just that.
You don’t know me, though I wish you did. One year ago I stepped through the doors of your Rozelle location and tasted my first macarons (strawberry + mint and citrus + mustard, in case you were wondering — I enjoyed half of a passionfruit tart as well!). I know this is no news to you, but they were magical. Little (2-3) bite size morsels of joy.
Shortly after my first visit, I took a friend who was visiting from home to the Rozelle store and we shared several macarons. On that day, a challenge was born — my No Macaron Left Behind mission, in which I would taste as many flavors of your creative, delectable macarons as possible before my Work & Holiday visa expired. A daring, potentially expensive, and waistline expanding goal, sure, but I knew it would be worth it.
Over the next 7 months, I tasted 67 unique flavors before boarding a flight back to the USA. Doesn’t have the nice ring of 100, but it’s still fairly impressive. I wrote about each macaron I tasted on this blog — the link in the previous paragraph tells the tale!
With Macaron Day 2011 fast approaching, I’m very disappointed that I currently live half a world away from you and your macarons. And I’ve been trying to think of a way to afford a brief trip for the special event. Then I had an idea. I’ve talked about it before on my blog, but I’m sure you were too busy developing new recipes to notice it. What would you say, and I know this is a bit forward of me since we’ve never met, to sponsoring me on a magical Macaron Day trip?!
See, I am past the age of securing a Work & Holiday visa, and besides, I already used my one-time shot last year. I’d take another look at the skill shortage list, but I’m pretty sure “macaron consumption” didn’t make the cut — you have plenty of local loyal followers for there to be a real need for overseas help.
But I’d be more than happy to earn my keep as a volunteer! You could put me to
work a volunteering effort — I’ll wear one of the black and hot pink “I ♥ Zumbo” shirts, hand out Macaron Day pamphlets to the queue, and find the macarons with cracked shells to offer to the patient crowd. I’m open to additional ideas.
I don’t need a place to stay (I have a friend who’s happy to host me!) and when I’m not tasting as many macarons as possible, I already have an extensive list of places to eat with food-loving friends. The only challenge is the flight from Washington, Dulles (IAD) to Sydney and of course the return trip. I can volunteer enough hours to cover that, right?!
I’d ask the good folks at VAustralia or Qantas (both of which I’ve flown before) to help, but I can’t write them a love letter about their product like I can your macarons. Maybe the Sydney Morning Herald would help sponsor to add a piece about the crazy American who flew half way around the world for Macaron Day. Or perhaps SBS would do a follow-up interview on the girl a camera crew once met in the Macaron Day 2010 queue.
More about me and your macarons:
— Before I started my shift at a store on Darling St on Thanksgiving Day, I popped around the corner to the Rozelle location to buy a macaron as my Thanksgiving dessert.
— I introduced many travelers to your macarons…some have since visited, purchased, and tasted and others plan to do so as soon as they arrive in Australia.
— Food blogger Ms. Gourmantic was behind me in the Macaron Day queue and took a photo of me, a fellow American living in Sydney, and my parents. Later, she wrote a post about my appearance in the doco.
— I included your macarons and unique cakes in a food post I wrote for a UK travel company’s blog.
I know you’re probably busy instilling fear and awe into Junior Masterchef contestants; darting between Rozelle, Balmain, and Manly; and trying new flavor combos that will continue to wow the crowds and test your imagination. It’s okay if you don’t write back or never read this. But IF you do and you’re so inclined to sponsor some volunteer work, I’m eager to talk O:-)
Oh yeah, and if you read this, I’d REALLY love you to clear up the issue on the pronunciation of the “M” word.
Happy creating, baking, and eating!
From one Jets fan to another (well, you’re Newtown, I’m New York),