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Green Tea Treats

offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 04:46 AM

Does anyone know where I can find green tea cookies, pastries, chocolates or yogurt? I'm wondering if a matcha-flavored macaroon exists in LA, or anywhere really.

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    yum RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 04:53 AM

    i know that francis in j-town has a few green tea goodies... don't know about the macarons...but i sure make a good one!

    1. PseudoNerd RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 05:15 AM

      The matcha cookies and mousse cakes at Jin Patisserie in Venice and at Wien Konditorei in Ktown are great. Some Korean and Japanese (unfortunately, not Frances) bakeries also have loaves of soft green tea bread.

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        ipsedixit RE: PseudoNerd Aug 16, 2006 05:06 PM

        Second the recommendation for the macha cookies at Jin Patisserie.

        Phoenix Inn/Bakery in SGV also makes a great green tea pudding.

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          choctastic RE: PseudoNerd Aug 20, 2006 01:14 AM

          the great tea breads are called castella cake in case you have to ask someone where they are. usually in the bakery section (if there is one) or in refrigerated section. yummers.

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            PseudoNerd RE: choctastic Aug 20, 2006 08:12 AM

            Kastella/catella/kasutera cakes are softer, lighter, spongier, and sweeter than the green tea shikbbang I'm thinking of. Both are great, but the green tea breads provide a better background for sweet spreads like honey. Toasting the bread only seems to make it taste more freshly "green/grassy" (but maybe I'm just nuts). I wouldn't have honey with kastella because it's already so sweet, but I'd recommend a lavender or acacia with the bread.

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          tluu RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 04:24 PM

          Beard Papas in Hollywood and on Sawtelle often offer green tea flavored fillings in the cream puffs sprinkled with matcha powder but check before you go to see what flavors they are offering that day.

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            Nakolulu RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 05:43 PM

            there's also green tea ice cream mochi found at japanese markets. there are several brands: mikawaya, maeda-en etc.

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              love2chow RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 07:56 PM

              my two favorite green tea treats in the whole city:

              1 - green tea yogurt @ pinkberry (amaazing stuff, sometimes i will wait in those horrible lines just to have some of this creation of the gods haha...it really is that good, u have to taste it to beleive it!)
              2- matcha green tea chocolate @ compartes chocolate (the infuse green tea and even sprinkle matcha powder on top, love this!) ENJOY!

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                fauchon RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 08:00 PM

                Ciao Bella gelato green tea with white chocolate chunks is to die for!

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                  mileena RE: offwhiteroom Aug 16, 2006 10:22 PM

                  there is a new italian yogurt place in little tokyo. i forget the name of it.. we stopped by briefly last week. it's in the plaza that frying fish is in.

                  their green tea yogurt was divine! and they had a lot of toppings you could put on it.

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                    PseudoNerd RE: mileena Aug 19, 2006 09:57 PM

                    It was most likely Fiore, which is supposed to taste pretty much like Pinkberry.


                  2. PseudoNerd RE: offwhiteroom Aug 19, 2006 10:00 PM

                    Green tea bingsoo is usually available at...wherever they have bingsoo. It consists of: green tea ice cream, sweet red bean, fruit (canned or fresh, depending), sometimes small dduk (glutinous rice cake) cubes and/or a fruity jelly, condensed milk and/or green tea over shaved ice.

                    1. chica RE: offwhiteroom Aug 19, 2006 10:04 PM

                      I love the shaved ice and konjac combos with green tea ice cream at Bin Bin Konjac in Arcadia.

                      I also second the recommendations for green tea mochi and Ciao Bella green tea with white chocolate chunks, and might I add -- the green tea popsicle-like bars found at any Asian market.

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