I've been taking a Saturday morning class in Pasadena for the past several weeks and have stopped into Europane six separate times now for coffee and pastry. Not a hint of the attitude that I've read about on the LA board -- same two ladies behind the counter have been very polite and helpful. The only grief I've witnessed, and this was only once, when I stopped back for lunch, was some inter-patron strife over who was first in line. The results of some sensitivity training, or maybe there's a different, meaner spirited crew there weekdays?
I've got four more Saturdays to go and need to move on from my current standby of pain chocolat. The blueberry brioche a few weeks ago missed the mark. What else should I be trying? Roasted red pepper and goat cheese sandwich was good. Breakfast and lunch are both options for me.
Just remember if you order panini, unless the grill is already warmed up, they will tell you it will be 20 minutes. That being said, I was told the egg salad is great (not traditional) and I finally had it about a month ago and it is. I also love the ginger scones.
I basically catered a small shower from here last month. I did a cross section of sweets and savory, with the most memorable/commented upon being...
Marzipan Bear Claws
Cream Cheese Croissants
Custard Tart (I prefer the one from Tudor House personally)
Melting Choc Cookies
Egg Salad Sandwich on Olive Bread
Butternut Squash Quiche!!!
Baguette (add some butter and you're set)
And since you're there weekend time, try the French Toast!
I've posted about this before but my all time favorite dessert is the simple Custard Tart with Rasberries. Always wonderful but when I was lucky enough to have one a few minutes out of the oven- HEAVEN!!! Lots of the pastries are really good, the Meatloaf Sandwich is one of the best and the coffee is good.
Lovebirds Cafe and Bakery is right across the street -- if you want to expand your search for coffee and pastries.