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Mini Cream Puffs, or regular size?

rednyellow Apr 10, 2007 06:11 PM

where can I find great mini cream puffs, about the size of donut holes? Or even a great regular size one. I'm in Los Feliz, but willing to drive. Tanks doilinks!

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    Burger Boy Apr 10, 2007 06:33 PM

    California Donuts on 3rd street 1 block west of Vermont, south side of street. It is either 4 or 6 for a dollar, they are good! Not Angelmaid or Beard Papa, but value for $ very good.

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      rednyellow Apr 10, 2007 06:51 PM

      Thanks, I'll give it a try

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      bulavinaka Apr 10, 2007 07:20 PM

      Angel Maid Bakery on Centinela in Mar Vista has a 16-pak of small cream puffs - half with the tops dipped in chocolate - for about $7.50. They also have regular-sized cream puffs as well. I've tried and like the small ones - have yet to try the larger ones...

      Angel Maid Bakery
      4538 Centinela Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      310-915-2078

      Patisserie Chantilly on Lomita in Lomita has great cream puffs - IMHO, the best I've tried in LA. The Choux aux Sesames is not to be missed.

      http://www.patisseriechantilly.com/

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        Burger Boy Apr 10, 2007 07:27 PM

        Nice to know about the Angel Maid 16 pack, that is SWEEEEEET !

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          bulavinaka Apr 10, 2007 07:56 PM

          If you're getting some for other people as well, get two boxes - you'll probably finish off at least half of one box by the time you get home. Or keep the boxes away from you while driving home!

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            Burger Boy Apr 10, 2007 08:24 PM

            You saying I have no self control. Someone pass the cream puffs and the Integensia coffee! Who is up for a 3 or 4 stop taco truck run tonight? Then we can go to Fosselmans for some ice cream.

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              bulavinaka Apr 10, 2007 08:36 PM

              You are incorrigible... the shame - that I'm not worthy! By that point, decorate my Fosselmans with Tums... You're the wind beneath my wings...

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                Silverlaker Apr 10, 2007 08:41 PM

                Los Feliz Bakery @ Hillhurst -- I had one for lunch a few months ago and I'm still thinking about it (and I'm not even a big sweets person).

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                  bulavinaka Apr 10, 2007 08:50 PM

                  That's a new one for me... I'm not in that area often, but I'll put it in my notes... how are their other goods? Any recs? Thanks!

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                    Silverlaker Apr 10, 2007 09:02 PM

                    Yeah, this is a good little French bakery. It's on Hillhurst, one block south of Los Feliz Blvd -- on the east side of the street. The cakes are terrific (we were going to use them for our wedding) as are the other pastries.

                    They also serve sandwiches & quiches -- a fav is tuna on french bread w potato salad (a carbo feast). It's best to split this as it's huge.

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                      bulavinaka Apr 10, 2007 09:17 PM

                      My wife occasionally works around there - I will beg her to stop in to get some goods... Sounds like getting one of their cakes smashed in your face is a welcome treat... I wish you folks lots of fun and warm memories on your wedding day!

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                        Burger Boy Apr 10, 2007 10:28 PM

                        Try the croissants, any one of them, there must be 1lb of butter in each one. So damn good

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              Feed_me Apr 10, 2007 09:15 PM

              A warning....look to find the hole where the filling was injected before chomping down. In my lust for the little guys I had some filling ooze out of my mouth the first time. Could be messy and embarrassing. Also a major waste of the tasty filling.

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                bulavinaka Apr 10, 2007 10:03 PM

                This is great - where else in the world might people be discussing eating techniques for mini cream puffs and the dire consequences of projectile cream?!

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                  Feed_me Apr 23, 2007 12:50 AM

                  Late reply, but the first time I ate the Angel Maid minis I was at my friend's store in Little Tokyo. I gave them a box of 16 and they generously offered me some and you guessed it....dropping some of that filling on their rug. They weren't too upset (at least outwardly), they laughed. On a somewhat related note, I was in Giuliano's in Torrance and decided to try a sausage and pepper sandwich. Years ago, I used to get their subs in Gardena (don't know if that place is still open). While wandering about after ordering I noticed they had minis, full sized creampuffs and eclairs. I would have bought something, but the sandwich was huge and I had a hunk of mocha chiffon cake from Angel Maid bakery in the fridge at home. Perhaps next time.

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                    bulavinaka Apr 23, 2007 11:34 PM

                    I don't know if you've been to Angel Maid recently - was there a few weeks ago picking up our daughter's birthday cake and saw some very nice-looking regular-sized cream puffs. Not like BP's but more in the direction of Chantilly - of course not as robust looking though. Didn't get a chance to try one since we were going to be sitting on a whole cake, but I am curious about that cream puff...

                    You and your Mister Bean-like exploits - will you ever learn? Pop the puff in your mouth with the hole pointing toward your mouth! Again - toward your mouth! Again x 14! ;)

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              sel Apr 11, 2007 11:11 AM

              I wish that I had looked at their website before driving to Patisserie Chantilly yesterday, CLOSED ON TUESDAYS!!! Grrr!

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                bulavinaka Apr 11, 2007 08:36 PM

                Sorry to hear that! Most places that sell baked goods and desserts close on Mondays... that's a curve ball. My schedule dictates that I go on weekends... Good luck next time - I think they're worth it...

            4. BBB Apr 10, 2007 09:57 PM

              There's a Beard Papa in Hollywood & Highland, they only sell regular size puffs. I don't normally like sweets filled with cream, but I crave these.

              1. wowimadog Apr 11, 2007 12:30 PM

                i second chantilly in lomita.

                also, le pain quotidien offers a "french cream donut" that is sort of cream puff-esque. i know their offering varies by location though, so you may want to call before making a trip.

                http://www.lepainquotidien.com

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                  Fig Newton Apr 11, 2007 07:24 PM

                  omg - i dream about those chantilly cream puffs. be forewarned that they are not cheap -- i think $3.50 each or for 4 for $12?

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                    bulavinaka Apr 11, 2007 07:43 PM

                    The last time I was there, they offered a to-go five-pack for $13. Seems steep compared to a place like Beard Papa's but IMHO, it's like comparing Benzos and Chevys... They're both cars, but that's where the resemblance parts ways...

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                      Fig Newton Apr 11, 2007 08:53 PM

                      I live in San Francisco and this has become one of my "must go" stops whenever I'm home to visit my family. Completely agreed on the price.

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                        bulavinaka Apr 11, 2007 09:34 PM

                        Fig, as many many Hounders have forwarned or lamented - it's the hype that kills the experience.

                        I don't think you will hear angels sing when you try this place, but IMHO, this place really measures up to the patisseries in Japan, which imbue the French style of creating desserts and offering rich cups of coffee, but with a Japanese twist - ingredients like maccha, azuki, kuro goma, and kinako. This type of experience is taken very seriously over there, as there seems to be a strong affinity to things French in Japan - I think it's the similar sensibilities in aesthetics and attention to details - form and function. Patisserie Chantilly wears these qualities on their sleeves.

                        I know like any other place, you will have supporters as well as detractors. Give them a shot when you're in town, and form your own opinion. In the mean time, I will dream about Tartine... :-))

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                    bulavinaka Apr 11, 2007 07:44 PM

                    Way cool - a couple in the Westside... will have to give them a try. Thanks!

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                      wowimadog Apr 16, 2007 01:28 PM

                      related jonathan gold article here: http://tinyurl.com/3bbjkc

                      recommended:
                      angel maid bakery, 4538 centinela ave., los angeles, 310.915.2078
                      beard papa sweets café, 6801 hollywood blvd. no. 153, hollywood, 323.462.6100
                      chantilly, 2383 lomita blvd. no. 104, lomita, 310.257.9454
                      lee’s sandwiches, 1289 valley blvd., alhambra, 626.282.5589

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                        bulavinaka Apr 16, 2007 11:16 PM

                        Please cross off Lee's - they ought to stick to banh mi... I threw away the box after forcing down two...

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                      revets2 Apr 17, 2007 01:32 PM

                      the profiteroles in the frozen dessert section of TRADER JOE's are really very good. defrost for 30 min and you're done. instead of ice cream or some trans-fat in the center, it has a nice custard.

                      we've been buying them to add to our chocolate fondue buffet. they're good and about the size of a donut hole.

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