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ljohaines Mar 22, 2009 11:21 AM

Do you know of a French bakery in Seattle that makes macaroons (the real kind, not the coconut type we Americans are used to)?
We ate some heavenly almond/amaretto ones in Paris and have been seeking them ever since. One of our local French restaurants made some for us, but they were chocolate and not what we were looking for. We've even made them ourselves, but we are not pastry chefs, so not "it". Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    FoodDee Mar 22, 2009 11:24 AM

    Le Panier in the Market has them in, I think, 6 flavors.

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      ljohaines Mar 22, 2009 11:34 AM

      Hi FoodDee,
      Thank you for your recommendation!

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      asha Mar 22, 2009 01:41 PM

      Honoré in Ballard has them - in 10 flavors or so. Delish.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565694#4113176
      http://www.cakespy.com/2009/02/cakesp...

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        MsMaryMc Mar 22, 2009 09:56 PM

        ...and they are heavenly!!

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          Lauren Mar 23, 2009 09:42 AM

          I think the ones at Honore were particularly tasty. I used to get them at Essential Bakery but haven't been in a while so I don't know if they still make them.

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            ljohaines Mar 23, 2009 03:40 PM

            Dear Asha,
            And I didn't think I could find good ones....I'm so happy to hear of this.

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            clearskies0810 Mar 22, 2009 03:39 PM

            if you are talking about macarons made with egg whites and almond flour, belle epicurian downtown in the olympic fairmount makes great ones.

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              ljohaines Mar 23, 2009 03:41 PM

              Dear clearskies0810, Thank you soooo much for your recommendation!

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              Earl of Sandwich Mar 23, 2009 09:21 AM

              Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle is the call. Or hop a plane to Paris and hit Laduree.

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                natalie.warner Mar 23, 2009 09:53 AM

                I just saw them here yesterday- Do yourself a favor and make at trip to this wonderful bakery! Serious! I am not sure why I didn't before. In the last two weeks I have made a trip every Sunday. Delicious... try the twice baked bakery goods as well.

                Bakery Nouveau has many flavors. It believe the varietal offering is slightly under 10 and they sell fort $1.25. On my visit I tried the blood orange flavor and was tempted by the chocolate with salted caramel.

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                  christy319 Mar 23, 2009 10:06 PM

                  In the last few years these have really popped up all over. Besides what's already been mentioned (esp. Bakery Nouveau), try Belle Pastry in Ballard. If you are searching online, note that macaron has only one "o" (different spelling than the American macaroon).

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                    ljohaines Mar 24, 2009 09:58 AM

                    Thanks...I enjoy learning something new.

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                  ljohaines Mar 23, 2009 03:42 PM

                  Oh my, I'm overwhelmed by all the responses...BUT VERY HAPPY!!!
                  Thanks to you Earl of Sandwich.

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