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macarons?

I was walking around Guy-Concordia the other day and saw some cute little macarons on the display of Nocochi. Went in and inquired, but they told me that they are out and they won't be making any macarons.Taking aside the fact that it is stupid to display a product that you don't provide, are there any good places to get some macarons in town?Now that I saw them on display, I am craving like crazy.

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  1. cafe autre monde on bernard and park make their own and they are so very delicious!

    1. Europea on Notre Dame Ouest sells incredibly tasty macaroons. I don't think they make them on the premises, but oh tasty!

      1. au pain doré has, but they're not so great

        1. In the Guy-Conc 'hood, the café front end of Bénélo Café Coiffure (2145 Crescent, 514 844-1410) had coconut macaroons the last time I was there. Not too sweet and more like the ones my mother used to make than the cookies you'll find in a fancy bakery.

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          1. re: carswell

            I don't think the OP is asking about macaroons, but rather macarons which are a French cookie-like pastry that come in different colours and flavours.

            See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaron vs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroon

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Could be but the ones I remember from Nocochi were more like macaroons than macarons.

              1. re: carswell

                The ones I saw on the display yesterday were more like macarons, with bright colors like pink and yellow. Still can't figure out why they were on display though. Should have asked.

                1. re: emerilcantcook

                  It would similiar to the 'macaroons' shown in today's(Wednesday) edition of the NY Times food section(D2), of a new French pastry shop there. However they call it 'macaroons' instead of macarons.

                  1. re: BLM

                    While most of us know the difference between macaron and macaroon, the arbiters of the English language (e.g. the NYTimes and standard issue spell-checkers) have not yet recognized it. A macaroon is a horrid heavy coconut gullet catching concoction typically sold around Passover, available only in bipolar variation, black or white. A macaron is a light polychromatic delight, available in endless flavors of fruit, spice, and other ingredients. In Paris, you can find pistachio, rose, jasmin, safron, litchi, caramel, olive oil. The list is endless. The best of them, made by Pierre Herme, are incredibly good. Does anybody in Montreal make anything comparable to the Paris product?

                    Technically speaking however, macaron is simply the French for the English macaroon. In fact they are two significantly different pastries.

                    1. re: VivreManger

                      I'd be interested in knowing what you think of the macarons at Europea. Tiny jewels of bright colours, a nice assortment of flavours, and I find them delightful: not too sweet, with a very good texture. This is the only place I've ever had them though, so I'm not a good judge!

                      1. re: phedre

                        Does this place have two locations one on Mountain and the other on Notre Dame?

                        1. re: VivreManger

                          I think it's just one location(on Mountain street).

                          1. re: VivreManger

                            There are two locations. The one on Mountain is the fancier restaurant while the one on Notre Dame is the take away counter.

                            1. re: VivreManger

                              Yep. I go to the one on Notre Dame, it's close to work.

                              1. re: phedre

                                Note that only the one on Notre-Dame sells macarons.

                            2. re: phedre

                              Upon the recommendations in this thread, I stopped by Europea last Friday and purchased one of each flavour of macarons. (There are eight). We were very pleased with them.

                              My favourites were:
                              Lemon
                              Pistachio
                              Rose petal
                              There was also an orange one that I believe was passion-fruit flavoured. It was great.

                              My least favourites were:
                              choco-mint
                              cranberry
                              moka

                              1. re: mainsqueeze

                                I went to Euopea earlier this week to try some as well. I have to put a disclaimer here about the fact that it was the first time I tasted this stuff (they don't exist in most parts of US), so I might not be getting it. In sum, I was a little bit underwhelmed. The texture was quite pleasant, but the flavors were too too subtle for my taste. Perhaps this is the nature of the product itself, but seeing the bright colors I expected a little explosion in my mouth. Instead, you really had to concentrate to get the differences in flavors. But then again, I might not be getting the whole macaron thing. Now I have to try the Pierre Herme versions now to see if they are really my thing.

                                1. re: emerilcantcook

                                  That's interesting because I thought they were quite flavourful. What flavours did you sample?

                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                    I did try 5 of them. Lemon, pistachio, rose petal, cranberry and something else that I can't remember (see I can't even remember the flavor). Perhaps my palate was off that day. I might give them another chance because I don't want to admit that I am a midwestern hick who doesn't get the subtlety of macarons :)

                                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                                      I'll admit that the lemon wasn't as lemony as it could have been. Anything rose flavoured always reminds me of my grandmother's bathroom. I did however find the passion fruit, pistachio and choco-mint quite flavourful, although I'm not crazy about chocolate and mint together.

                            3. re: VivreManger

                              Oh you bring back such amazing memories of Paris and standing in line for the difficult choice I inevitably had to make because I just could not afford one of each!
                              There is a wonderful blog on the topic with incredible images on Kuidoare....

                              1. re: MaxieGourmet

                                Just to add to the language confusion, I know them as Luxemburgerli, which is what they are called in German-speaking Switzerland. They are considered to be a specialty of some of the better-known confiserie shops in Zürich.

                                1. re: FoodNovice

                                  I prefer laeckerli myself... They make some pretty good ones on Crescent street at this store (the Bern emblem is on the sign). The woman makes them herself and she is also from Bern.

                                  1. re: swissfoodie

                                    You mean Chocolaterie Suisse, 2080 Crescent.

                                    http://www.chocolateriesuisse.com/Eng...

                                    They advertise in the magazine for Swiss expats. They told me they import their chocolate from Confiserie Tschirren (http://www.swiss-chocolate.ch/ - same photos of truffles) in Bern and they don't seem to have the biggest turnover, so I've hesitated on the chocolate.

                                    But fresh Leckerli would be great later in the year, but more Basler than Bern, no?

                                    1. re: FoodNovice

                                      Ja genau! The Basler ones are the only ones to consider in my opinion. So you obviously get Revue Suisse as well... What's the deal - full Swiss or half Swiss? And the chocolate is pretty good - they sell the REAL milk schoggi

                              2. re: VivreManger

                                pierre herme has the recipe for his chocolate macarons (with step by step photo in)structions in last month's issue of Regale.

                                Regale (sp?)isthe french (from france) food magazine people were discussing on this forum a couple of weeks ago. I was able to find it at the depaneur type store that sells magazines at marche atwater (near the atwater door on the second floor).

                      2. re: carswell

                        Benelo's had about a half dozen flavors of macaroons on display when I was there Feb 21st. I had the coffee flavored one to go with their nice light espresso. I am no expert on macaroons but it was a delightful two or three bites -- $1.15 per cookie, though. As carswell noted: not too sweet, just right.

                      3. While we're on the subject, does someone know where you can find the large ones? They're not as dainty as the small ones (that I see more often) but I prefer them because they're more satisfying.

                        Thanks!

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                        1. re: tarteaucitron

                          they have big ones at Peche Glace on Mount Royal, I believe near De Lorimier. I know it`s in front of the horrible restaurant Dans la bouche