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Macaroons - best?

writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 02:35 PM

I am in love with the macaroons from Hi-Rise in Cambridge - the coconut ones, not the almond ones. They are crunchy-chewy on the outside and a bit soft inside. Where else has great macaroons around town? I'm a latercomer to liking coconut...And anyone know how to make them turn out crunchy like that?

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  1. rlh RE: writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 02:47 PM

    The ones at Lakota Bakery in Arlington (which are sold at Formaggio as well) come in several varieties, all of which are awesome (lemon is my favorite).

    1. galangatron RE: writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 02:53 PM

      la cascia's bakery in medford has good macaroons

      1. MC Slim JB RE: writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 02:54 PM

        Can't speak to "best", but I like the amaretti, with and without pignoli, at The Modern in the North End and at Joseph's Trattoria & Bakery in Haverhill.


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          hckybg RE: writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 04:37 PM

          We are talking about coconut macaroons (golden, sort of pyramidal in shape), not French macaroons (little fancy sandwich cookies), right? Are the Lakota Bakery ones the former or the latter? As I recall, Crema Cafe in Harvard Square has very good coconut macaroons as well.

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            rlh RE: hckybg Apr 15, 2009 06:55 AM

            The ones at Lakota are traditional style of piles of toasted coconut bound together and coated with chocolate, lemon, etc. on the outside - very tasty.

            I think the French version (which I have yet to find that's really GOOD in the Boston area - and there is a thread on this - FWIW, the gold standard to me for this type is Laduree in Paris and freshness is paramount so shipping hasn't worked) is spelled differently even in English (macaron, maybe??).

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            purple bot RE: writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 04:40 PM

            Flour makes a delicious version with chocolate chips or chunks, or something.... very gooey.

            1. galleygirl RE: writergirl6 Apr 14, 2009 04:40 PM

              The more pedestrian, dense, sweet macaroons can be found at Mike's Pastry in the North End. Their pistachio macaroons are the only thing I crave from that place.

              1. Science Chick RE: writergirl6 Apr 15, 2009 06:57 AM

                Quebrada's are outstanding. Have that little crisp crust and chewy. One half dipped in chocolate!

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                  Blumie RE: writergirl6 Apr 15, 2009 06:59 AM

                  Vicki Lee's, in Belmont, has excellent macaroons, as well as excellent almond passover cookies.

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