Bisous Ciao Macarons, From Paris With Love

Tanya Ngangan, Founder and co-owner of Bisous, Ciao Macarons.

Tanya Ngangan, the radiant founder of Bisous Ciao, an artisanal pastry shop located at 101 Stanton Street., strives to master the macaron—to perfect it. It’s a devotion made evident by the fact that Tanya, who earned “Grand Diplome” qualification for patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, remains solely focused on crafting macarons. “It’s more than just a dessert,” she says. “It’s an experience.”

Tanya, 29, hails from the suburbs of Boston, Mass. Her mother worked as a nurse in Thailand and emigrated to the U.S. to attend nursing school. After over a decade in the field she opened a Thai restaurant when Tanya was in middle school, which is now nearing its 17th year in operation. “Being a Thai woman, I wanted to look up to someone when I was younger,” Tanya says. “The food industry is very male-driven. A lot of men aren’t as compassionate, understanding.”