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San Diego macarons or other such tasty treats?

I just ordered some goodies from the Bay Bread Boulangerie - macarons, canneles, madeleines, financiers - and they were shipped quickly and were VERY YUMMY. The treats themselves weren't too expensive (to me, at least) and shipping was not horrendous and quite quick considering they only ship two days a week. But now the cookies are all gone and I'm wondering if San Diego has a Bay Bread equivalent with good cookies and baked goods - specifically macarons and canneles. With all the other incarnations of foods and restaurants and mimicry, surely we have one of these beauties, too?

If not, I'm going to have to master the art of French baking and just make my own at home.

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  1. It's been a while, but when I lived in SD the best macaroons were from a sandwich establishment in Little Italy (it's Italian, a couple doors down from Filippi's, but I am drawing a blank on the name.)

    For me, a macaroon should be moist, not huge, and absolutely no chcocolate!

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    1. re: tavmark

      Mimmo's Italian Village?

      Or Cafe Zucchero?

      Both make some tasty macaroons.

      1. re: tavmark

        I'm looking for a French macaron, not the coconut macaroons. I have a good recipe for those and they come out just as I like them, which is a little more moist than most bakery macaroons.

        But still, it's not a French macaron, which is made with almond flour. I just can't seem to bake them correctly!

      2. It was Mimmo's that I was thinking of. (Because Cafe Zuccharo was even there yet when I used to go. :) )

        1. Just Fabulous in Kensington makes a nice macaroon. Twiggs Coffe House makes a very large, square macaroon-style cookie that is wonderful if not traditional. It's not quite as moist as a typical macaroon.

          1. best I've tried are from a little bakery in Chula Vista called Eduard, a Taste of Europe. Dense, moist, bursting with flavor. We sold them over the holidays last year at our shop, and they flew out the door. Eduard was Cordon Bleu trained in Paris. No longer runs the shop, but his protege, Edwin, carries on his work. The biscotti are also great, madeleines just fair, can't speak for the rest of his goods.

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            1. re: rotie77

              Thanks for the tip! We may be in Chula Vista this weekend, so maybe I'll get a chance to try them out.

            2. I had some great ones at a place in La Jolla called Cafe Neo. Used to be the French Pastry Shop, and has the same pastry chef.

              1. The only source I know of for parisian macarons here in SD is Opera Patisserie - they sell them through their wholesale outlet on Balboa, over by Montgomery Field. http://www.operapatisserie.com/minis_... If there are other sources in town though I'd love to know about them!

                BTW - I am going to have to call Bay Bread again, because when I asked them to ship me some macarons last year for the holidays they said no! Hmph! Opera's aren't as good as Bay Bread's, unfortunately, but they are pretty good. Better than the ones my mother in law ordered from Burdick's. I especially love the caramel. Also want to try a good cannele, so let me know if you find one here in SD! (they don't do them at Opera)

                For other pastries, croissants, bread etc. I like Bread & Cie in Hillcrest. Though they make them way too big I think they are the best quality. The madeleines I had there last time weren't good though.

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                1. re: Alice Q

                  I am definitely going to check out Opera Patisserie... the Bay Bread macarons were so good, and they weren't even sandwiched with a filling! My boyfriend ate one after they were were a couple days old and really liked it. I told him they were even better the day I received them!

                  I haven't seen a cannele here at all. I've tried a few recipes, though, and they come out okay. I may just stick with that since I like how they turn out and you can make a few over the course of a few days (with the batter in the fridge) so they're always "fresh"! I've found homemade madeleines turn out nice and tender, too, so I don't mind baking those at home. It's just nice to know if there's a bakery to turn to when I want one on a whim and now, not after hours of baking!

                  I also ordered the Bay Bread cookbook to see if I could duplicate any of their treats. Couldn't find it in the US, so I resorted to the UK Amazon.com site.

                  1. re: Alice Q

                    Here's a totally random finding of macarons (although, not the greatest) - the Golden Acorn Casino buffet! We were touring the windmill farm and went to the casino for lunch and their dessert section has (along with a chocolate fondue fountain) little macarons in various flavors and they're really not bad. Nowhere close to Bay Bread's or a good bakery, but I thought it was an odd place to find them.