Breads and pastries have always been part of every one’s comfort food list. Admit it, biting into crumbly, semi-sweet goodness somehow lifts moods, not to mention fills bellies just right. It's great to indulge once in a while especially when you’re feeling bummed out, so we made a quick list of what’s great to eat when an entire ice cream tub seems too much.

1. MacaronsOriginally from France, macarons are two lightly crusted cookies that break into a somewhat chewy meringue followed by yummy ganache. The best macarons are smooth, not too sweet, and have just the right amount of filling peeking at the edges.

When to eat: Macarons are great with coffee or tea, and are best for afternoon chats with girl friends.

2. Cookies
There are so many different kinds of cookies, but one thing that they have in common is that they can make you instantly happy. In small quantities, they can be great sources of energy, making them awesome pick-me-ups when you're feeling low.

When to eat: Milk and cookies has always been a traditional combo, but depending on the pastry, tea is also a good choice. Cookies are comfort food best eaten when you’re not feeling all that great, or when you’re on the go and you need an energy boost. (Just make sure to burn those extra calories with any sort of physical activity afterwards!)

3. Croissants
Croissants are flakey indulgences that come in two kinds: “ordinaire” or “nature”, and "au beurre". The first one is made with margarine and is normally crescent-shaped, while the second one is made with butter and has a more shell-like form. It’s said that people should only consume a maximum of two per day due to calories.

When to eat: Dip your croissants in coffee for breakfast. Remember not to add any more butter since it’s practically made with the stuff!

4. Sourdough Bread
A must-try in the newly opened Boulangerie 22 along Rada Street in Makati, sourdough bread is the oldest form of leavened bread. The dough's tangy taste is a great base for many other recipes, including baguettes, raisin walnut rye bread, and even pizza. It’s also good for people who have sensitive tummies as well as for those who need to monitor their sugar intake. It preserves itself, so you won’t need to worry about it going stale too soon.

When to eat: Sourdough bread can be eaten at any time. It’s very flexible, too: you can dip it in soup, clean your sauce-filled plate with it, or eat it plain.

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PHOTOS: Cheryl Owen

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