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EKIMS Nov 12, 2007 02:43 PM

know of any place with good french macaroons in LA?

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  1. Servorg RE: EKIMS Nov 12, 2007 02:54 PM

    Have you been to Boule? And the good thing is you can drop by Vito's for a slice afterwards.

    420 N. La Cienega Blvd. (Rosewood Ave.)
    West Hollywood, CA 90048

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      hungryhyena RE: Servorg Nov 12, 2007 08:07 PM

      I've had some from Boule, which are pretty good (still nothing compares to Pierre Herme or Laduree in Paris - I am making a pit stop in London next week just to run into Laduree at Harrod's!) There is also Jin Patisserie in Venice - I haven't tried the one's there yet, but they looked pretty.

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        Woolsey RE: hungryhyena Nov 13, 2007 05:34 AM

        Jin's macarons are half the size of the ones Boule and Paulette sell, and the flavors, with the exception of the black sesame, aren't as sharp or creative as either store's. At $1.25 each, they just aren't worth the trip or the money. Of course, with all the reports of inconsistency and just plain bad products at Boule these days, Paulette might be the safest bet, even though Boule had been putting out the best macarons before. The macarons at Paulette are $1.50 each, while I believe a dozen at Boule set me back about $24 last time.


        Jin Patisserie
        1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        Paulette Macarons
        9466 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

        Boule Atelier
        420 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      2. re: Servorg
        LaLa Eat RE: Servorg Nov 12, 2007 08:11 PM

        Nooooooo! Diet starts Wednesday? I was already planning on a Vito’s slice after Dr. appt. at Cedars tomorrow. Recently had my first taste of macarons brought back from Paris from a family friend…know of Boules and other’s on Westside. Thank god not in close driving distance, could become an addiction. Do I dare do both? Are Boules ( and others) comparable to what you find in France?
        Edit- Hungryhyena beat me to the punch, thanks for info, I think i had Pierre Herme..

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        droyal RE: EKIMS Nov 12, 2007 08:38 PM

        Joan's on Third are not bad.

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          Beignets RE: EKIMS Nov 12, 2007 10:25 PM

          I would recommend Jin's although I'd ask when the macarons were made - I've had a stale-ish experience over there. I agree on Boule's as well. I thought Hot Cake's version was decent. My brain is freezing but there's also another bakery on Pico borderlining the Westside that offer pretty good macarons as well.

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            JORDAN23 RE: Beignets Nov 12, 2007 10:28 PM

            There's a new place in Beverly Hills called PAULETTE that only sells macaroons. I tried a bunch of the different flavors and they're pretty damn good.... http://www.paulettemacarons.com/

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              Beignets RE: JORDAN23 Nov 12, 2007 10:34 PM

              ooh, must try this. thanks!

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              droyal RE: Beignets Nov 12, 2007 11:18 PM

              This may be the Pico bakery that Beignets' brain froze over.

              la maison du pain
              5373 w pico (x-street s. ridgeley)
              los angeles 90019.

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                bad nono RE: droyal Nov 13, 2007 11:42 AM

                I think LMDP are the best macarons in LA (tried all the other places) because they are far less sweet as Boule and Paulette and don't taste as artificial as Paulette o (I'd get Boule over Paulette, BTW, and Jin over Boule, and forget la Provence). They were also always consistently fresh at LMDP with a perfect ratio of cookie-to-filling.
                BUT call LMDP before heading there because they don't offer macarons on a daily basis. I had the chocolate, pistachio, blackberry and lemon at LMDP and they were all great.

            3. wutzizname RE: EKIMS Nov 13, 2007 04:41 AM

              Since you used two "o"s in your original post I assume you're looking for coconut macaroons and not almond macarons?

              Boule has both.

              Paulette is obviously just the latter.

              Not sure about the rest.

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                DanaB RE: wutzizname Nov 14, 2007 07:24 AM

                Just an FYI, wutzizname. Larousse lists "macaroon" as the first spelling, and "macaron" as the second. The entry is under "macaroon." The OP asked for the French type, i.e. almond.

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                  wutzizname RE: DanaB Nov 14, 2007 09:35 AM

                  Got it. Thanks. I'm a jew so was only familiar with the coconut kind. Will have to sample these delicate looking french things. But upwards or $2/per for what looks like a single (manly) bite? Sounds a bit excessive.

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                    Woolsey RE: wutzizname Nov 14, 2007 10:40 AM

                    The ones at Boule and Paulette are more than a single bite. Think Oreo cookie size, and much better. They're worth the price. Jin's, on the other hand, are barely bigger than a quarter.

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                      Woolsey RE: Woolsey Nov 14, 2007 06:51 PM

                      The little macarons at Jin actually remind me of Luxemburgerli, obscure smaller versions of macarons:


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                        notmartha RE: Woolsey Nov 15, 2007 01:07 PM

                        But are they lighter and less sweet than regular macarons? I loved the Luxemburgerli more than the Parisan macarons, and their difference is more than just size.

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                          Woolsey RE: notmartha Nov 15, 2007 02:58 PM

                          Jin's macarons were most definitely lighter to me by a significant amount, though it may have been because they were just more distinctly merengue-y.

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                Adsvino RE: EKIMS Nov 13, 2007 08:11 PM

                I am a total Macaroon fanatic and have tried them all.

                Went to Paulette today. Game over. Best macaroon in LA EVER. You have to go to Pari to find their equal. Less sweet and lighter than Boule. Perfectly fresh, not overly chilled like some. Great variety.

                Paulette Macarons
                9466 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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                  notmartha RE: Adsvino Nov 19, 2007 11:52 AM

                  Paulette's pretty good. The flavors tasted true. The only nit I have is that it doesn't have enough crunch. Seems a lot softer than the ones I had in Paris and the Luxemburgerli in Switzerland.

                  We tried chocolate, lemon and coffee (more like a strong espresso). Still have to go through the tropical, praline at home. Hoping that maybe the crunch will increase as it ages.

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                    notmartha RE: notmartha Nov 21, 2007 09:37 AM

                    Have to report that the chocolate, chocolate hazelnut, and praline are all outstanding.

                    Texture is a little more chewy and crunchy after 2 days in the fridge, but not really that much worse for wear.

                    Thanks for the recs CH!

                2. acidspit RE: EKIMS Nov 14, 2007 12:07 PM

                  The last time I was at Boule, they had these really CRUNCHY macarons, which is completely different than the macarons at Jin, and in France, La Duree and Pierre Herme. I don't know why some places have the super crunchy ones versus the soft, subtly crunchy and chewy (the french expression is moelleux I believe). I'll have to check out Paulette in the near future!!

                  1. gomagoma RE: EKIMS Nov 15, 2007 04:42 PM

                    Torrance/Lomita is probably out of your way, but Patisserie Chantilly's macarons (esp chocolate) is one of the closest I've come to Pierre Herme's chocolate macaron.


                    Previous posts here:

                    I just brought back a box last month from Tokyo's PH boutique, but they were all gone by the next day :) I'll have to check out Paulette this weekend. Thanks for the info!

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                      jlrobe RE: gomagoma Nov 19, 2007 07:07 PM

                      I second that. Just had the chocolate macaroon at Patisserie Chantilly, and loved it. chantilly is simply not worth the drive though. I always tell them to move to Sawtelle, but they always smile at me with no response.

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                        notmartha RE: gomagoma Nov 27, 2007 07:24 PM

                        Just sampled Chantilly's chocolate, macha green tea, and lavender macaroons. I liked their texture better than Paulette's - closer to the ones in Paris (and Bouchon). The chocolate flavor is comparable to Paulette's though. Just reminds me of a chewy brownie.

                        Well, we tried to make a trip of it by going to La Espanola and Penzey's nearby. Also tried out Gaja's next door.

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                        tarawow RE: EKIMS Apr 13, 2008 12:12 AM

                        Just did a survey around town (am planning to have macarons at my wedding and wanted to find the best in town). Here are my thoughts:

                        1. Jin Patisserie
                        1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 (310) 399-8801
                        Great. Unique, flavorful, pretty and the texture was absolutely perfect.

                        2. Paulette Macaron
                        9466 Charleville Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 275-0023
                        These were great too, a close second. They are more flavorful and larger than Jin's, but texture is slightly more rubbery.

                        3. Boule Pastry Shop
                        420 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90048 (310) 289-9977 (9-7)
                        Unique flavors but way too sweet and overpriced.

                        4. Hotcakes Bakes
                        4119 S Centinela Ave Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 397-2324
                        Not too bad. Nothing special but good if you've got a craving.

                        5. La Maison Du Pain
                        5373 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323) 934-5858
                        Eh, a little rubbery. Nothing special.

                        6. La Provence Patisserie
                        Ste 110 8950 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 888-8833
                        How can a macaron be both dry and rubbery? I do not know, but somehow they've done it.

                        Haven't made it to Chantilly or L'Artiste yet...

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                          glutton RE: tarawow Apr 13, 2008 11:02 AM

                          I've seen French caterers use macarons from a bakery in San Diego called Opera and they have great things to say about them. Alain Giraud handed some out at some event he was catering last year, but I didn't get my hands on one (note to self: stop talking and focus on the eating). Any word on those?

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