I was recently at Union Square Green Market to pick up some maple candy from Deep Mountain (http://deepmountainmaple.com/green-market) for friends. Check out these rainbow carrots from Paffenroth Gardens. The texture! The colors! Oh, and the pecan maple candy rocks, too.
In NYC, on my way to have French Onion Soup Dumplings at The Stanton Social, I happened across this amazing macaron shop: Biscous Ciao (http://www.bisousciao.com/). Bright, colorful and simple interior design, this was a shop you wanted to step into! And, the macarons were delightful. I shared a dulce de leche as an appetizer!