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Mar 22, 2009 11:21 AM

French pastries/macaroons

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

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    1. re: FoodDee

      Hi FoodDee,
      Thank you for your recommendation!

        1. re: asha

          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.

          1. re: asha

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

          2. 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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            1. re: clearskies0810

              Dear clearskies0810, Thank you soooo much for your recommendation!

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

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              1. re: Earl of Sandwich

                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.

                1. re: natalie.warner

                  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).

                  1. re: christy319

                    Thanks...I enjoy learning something new.

                2. re: Earl of Sandwich

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