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macaron delivery!

wouldn't it be so awesome if a fellow TO chowhounder travelling to Paris could help me buy some pierre herme macarons *swoon*
one can only hope..

but anyway

has anyone had any remotely pleasant macaron experience in TO?
i've only tried the macarons at rahier, T&T (yes! they offered it for a while too.. but i haven't seen it since that one time), and some other place on yonge street...
i think la patisserie cigogne sells it too but i haven't trie it yet as they seem to only sell it in boxes.. and i don't want to buy an entire box of bad macarons..

rahier's macarons were hard and unsatisfyng.... i found when i left them overnight unrefridgerated it got a bit better because it was softer.. but still not great.. T&T's macarons i found were actually better than rahiers..

i know there probably won't be any amazing amazing macarons in toronto... but anything that can at least satisfy the craving for a decent macaron ???

intense perusing of foodie sites and flickr are not helping either.... .. help!

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  1. Try Celestin on Mount Pleasant, south of Eglinton. They don't have such a large selection of patisserie like Rahier. I've had their earl grey, raspberry, chocolate and mocha macarons. I can't believe that T&T had macarons! I'll have to go over there and check some time. Hate to make you jealous but I will be going to Paris next month and I plan to go to Pierre Herme, Laduree, Gregory Renard, Georges Mulot et al. Too bad macarons don't transport very well or I'd bring back a suitcase full.

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    1. re: Aleta

      it was just that one time when I went to T&T.. I'm not sure if they still have them because they might have just been trying it out to see how sales will go...
      gosh darn it i am SOO jealous you're going to Paris! I did try bringing back two boxes when I went last Spring, brought them as carry on packages and they turned out fine... how I wish I could go to paris again that soon...

      Happy eating a Paris!

      I'll try Celestin too... I've been there a couple times but both times they didn't have any.. I guess I have to go earlier in the morning? The Earl Grey sounds yummy! I love the light tea and fruit flavours

      1. re: Aleta

        Just tried the macarons at Celestin and was very disappointed. They look the part, but have very little flavour differences between them. Mostly taste of sugar. I had the pleasure of trying some Laduree macarons recently and WOW, talk about amazing!

        1. re: currycue

          I've been told that there was a 'family breakup' and that the baker changed a couple of months back. That could explain the drop in quality.

      2. I saw some at Jamie Kennedy's new Gilead Cafe. Didn't try though.

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        4 Gilead Pl, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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        1. re: Mila

          Hmm.. thanks may drop by sometime if I'm in the area.. not anytime soon though.. unless someone has tried them and they're wonderful! =p

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            1. Just went on the La Bamboche site and saw lovely macarons being featured. They sell them individually so it just may be something you are looking for. The site also says they just introduced their spring flavours.

              www.labamboche.ca