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yann haute patisserie opens tomorrow

I called today and they said they were busy getting product ready and were opening tomorrow. I ordered a yule log - hope it's good!

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      1. Well I had to write about our experience with this bakery. I have to admit, the yule log was a surprise to look at; it wasn't a traditional log so much as a beautiful chocolate cake, rectangular and not round. But the taste - wow. Awesome. It was like a chocolate mousse on a kind of chocolate cake/wafer base, with thin shards of chocolate along the sides. The chocolate on the sides was kind of bittersweet and seemed to have a salty taste instead of sweet, which complimented to decandent rich chocolate cake nicely. My husband and I both agreed that the cake was one of the best we have ever had, either from a bakery or in a restaurant.
        My husband bought some macarons when he went to pick up the cake. This is not what I know as a macaroon, which is the coconut and egg white type of cookie. These were little wafer cookies, which kind of reminded me of small amaretti, crunchy outside with soft inside - with a rich chocolate ganache type middle. The cookies were amazing and the ganache was wonderful. I tried one of every flavour - caramel, strawberry, double chocolate, chocolate mint - all were great. We will definitely be back for more cookies and we've already agreed the next birthday cake we buy will be one of their chocolate creations.

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        1. re: emsmom

          The Macarons are something else. We bought a whole box full since they are gluten free and all of them were very good. The Violet one maybe not my fav, but still good.

          What surprises me, having lived in the inner city, how initially the rezoning request was rejected by the community association.

          it took quite a while to get this business up and running.


          1. re: worldwidestuff

            I'm the inner-city guy who writes the city to SUPPORT development apps! Too damn many NIMBYs in this world. They probably didn't want retail off the main drag (4th St).

            1. re: John Manzo

              Good. This place basically butts onto the BOM parking lot.

        2. A report! I had my sister stop at this place on the way home and get me some stuff. :) I wanted her to order a cake but she's a dodo... anyway. She got a box of macroons and a sample of four other pastries. I loved all of them but the macroons were excellent! As emsmom said, they're not typical macroons. I usually hate macroons, I can't stand coconut but these were delicious! My favorite was the violet ones but I also very much liked the toffee/fleur de sel ones and the straight chocolate. That last tasted like a brownie, it was so rich. Heavenly.

          I would highly recommend checking out this place!

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          1. re: AriaDream

            The ones with Coconut are Macaroons. From what I learnt.
            Macarons are made with Almond flour and originate from France.

              1. re: John Manzo

                I've never heard of a macaron. Interesting.

            1. Add me as a fan. The caramel/ganache fleur de sel macaron is fantastic!

              Here's the website: http://www.yannboutique.com/

              I'm looking forward to trying more products from them! The cakes look awesome.

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              1. re: ybnormal

                I got a small selection of their pastry today including macaroons which were very good.
                Their croissant is very tasty but doesn't quite have that combination of crispy well risen exterior that needs to go with the moist, sweet interior (I'd still buy them though!).
                The spiral pastry with the bits of chocolate is excellent (that's my perfect breakfast pastry) as is the brioche.

                The one big disappointment was their ficelle (some one asked if it was a baguette and the owner responded "that's what you call them in Calgary" but it was the skinny version know as the ficelle). It was really dense and not very well made. Let's hope it's just an early learning curve thing.

                Nice addition to the local pastry scene that's for sure.

                1. re: ybnormal

                  salted caramel. must go period.

                  1. re: crigg

                    That's one of the really good flavors. :) I also like the... blackberry? The pink ones.

                2. I stopped into their bright yellow building today off 4th ave and near Mercato.

                  We bought regular croisssants, almond ones and a couple chocolate brioche. Everything was delicious, I have no complaints, I may not live past the week because of the buttery goodness of it all but I will die a happy man.

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                  1. re: Major_9000

                    I stopped by Yann's yesterday and oh. my. ! I left with two pain au chocolat that I selfishly didn't share, and two of every macaron available (9 flavours). I spoke with Yann and his wife briefly and they're clearly quite passionate about their product and it shows. My only complaint: I need a macaron "menu" so I can remember which flavours are which...so after errands and a 2 hour drive in the fog I could adequately explain which was which to DH & my Mother in Law.

                    1. re: maplesugar

                      I am with you on the menu idea. I ate them all twice over, but obviously have some favorites....pictures would help.

                      1. re: worldwidestuff

                        I wrote the names down because I knew I would forget the flavours. :D

                          1. re: worldwidestuff

                            Of course! They will be up on the blog soon.

                            1. re: anonymoose

                              I went back for the Macaroons...I like them, they are good...but man $14.40 for 8 Macaroons was the tough part to swallow :(

                              1. re: Major_9000

                                1.80 a cookie. Expensive, yes, but given the quality I'd say they're worth it. :)

                                1. re: Major_9000

                                  Before Yann opened, before M opened, I bought some frozen Macarons at COSTCO that came from France.....inexpensive, but YUCK.

                                  It's the perfect Celiac treat for my daughter. One at a time though, because you are right.

                                  1. re: worldwidestuff

                                    WWS- the shortbread lady at CFM is now selling absolutely delicious gluten-free cookies- they're intense chocolate little guys, actually about macaron-sized, flourless (no icky spelt), and really a lot like a choco-coconut cross between a macaRON and a macaROON. $8 for a bag of, I think, a dozen.

                                    1. re: John Manzo

                                      Thanks for the tip.
                                      Had the macarons at M last time we went.

                                      1. re: worldwidestuff

                                        How do the M and the Yann Haute macarons compare?

                                        1. re: Jasz

                                          They within range of each other.
                                          Yann's Macarons win with me, because they are a tad less sweet and he is very creative with the flavors

                                          1. re: worldwidestuff

                                            My husband & I had a "macaron-off" - compared Yann's and M side by side. Yann won. Less sweet, more subtle flavours.

                                            1. re: shopwinedinefine

                                              Was at CFM on Sunday and the bakery stall next to Margarita's (European Home Cooking) also now has macarons. However, these macarons were a bit flat and misshapen so I didn't hazard a try. Anyone else notice macarons popping up around town? I love macarons, so I am happy they are the new cupcakes as trends go... but maybe Calgary could lead a trend in street sweets from Hong Kong or Mumbai, instead of trailing other cities's fads by a few years?

                                              1. re: aktivistin

                                                I tried macarons from that stand next to Margarita's and while they weren't as pretty as M's I liked that they weren't using chocolate fillings for every one of them. I had lime, the kids had oreo, both I think were terrific - lime had a nice sweet.tart balance, nice crunch...and iirc a little less expensive than M's and Yann's... no comparison in terms of presentation however.

                                                1. re: aktivistin

                                                  Uhm, what sweets did I miss in Mumbai? Loads of good street food, but must have missed the sweets.

                                                  1. re: worldwidestuff

                                                    Oh, sorry! I've never been to Mumbai myself, but had heard that sweets were sold on the street, along with a myriad of savoury treats. Sweets like lassi, Daulat ki chaat, rosogollas and gulab jamuns... I'm sad to hear that's not the case! (But maybe I also mixed up Mumbai and Delhi in my mind.)

                                                    1. re: aktivistin

                                                      Well, maybe I did not look for sweets.
                                                      Savory, was unreal. And I am still alive.

                                                  2. re: aktivistin

                                                    How about the hundreds of other cities that NEVER see these trends? You can do indescribably, monumentally worse than Calgary.

                                                    CFM macarons are pretty good. The lime is sublime.

                                          2. re: John Manzo

                                            I have noticed a couple little cookie places both this shortbread one and the place in Sweetgrass, who are advertising Gluten Free cookies... yet I would be careful if you have Celiac, as neither appear to have much of a kitchen, let alone a separate actual gluten free facility. An item can be made without using gluten, but if done so in a regular bakery, there are high risks of cross contamination, making it really unfair to market their products to the public as GLUTEN FREE...

                                            1. re: CookieGal

                                              I don't imagine the shortbread lady (Maggie's iirc) bakes on site at the market. I would hope they'd do due diligence and have a separate mixer, utensils, board etc for the gluten free goods they offer. I'm sure wws would ask all the pertinent questions before buying anyway.

                                              1. re: maplesugar

                                                I believe Maggie (of Maggie's Shortbread) bakes out of her home. This comes from my niece who worked for her...

                          2. I just went today and WOW, was this place ever busy! The macarons are as good as always though. :) But apparently the secret is out! I couldn't believe the crowd...

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                            1. re: AriaDream

                              The atmosphere in there is a bit strange.. clinical. But the rose and orange water macaron I had was amazing. Tasted like Turkish delight.

                              1. re: ilovealbertabeets

                                Mmm that was my favorite one.... I was sad that the caramel and salt filling was chocolate and salt(and no fancy salt on top like I pictured. The raspberry one was way to sweet for me.

                                The shop kind of reminds me of those places where you can buy figian fare or carribean foods, mostly white. I had also sampled the perfectly formed brioche, the part with the buttery splotch on it was good... but the taste I prefer Ladybug. (If you can compare the two) Yann was really informative and pleasant, I knew what most of the stuff was until that strong french pronounciation came along :)

                                1. re: crigg

                                  I think we should count ourselves lucky to have no less then 3 legitimate places in Calgary for French pastries - Manuel Latruwe, Ladybug, and now Yann. Hope they experiment more!

                                  Combined with Brulee, Urban Baker and Bliss for other baked goods (plus the new Bakery @ The Market at the CFM) my sweet tooth is starting to ache!

                                  1. re: ybnormal

                                    Yeah! And greatly appreciated, I went to glamorgans last friday, but missed the CFM, I haven't been in a while. New bakery? The farmers market seems a lot more important after watching "Food Inc." Sickos. I heart the tuscan bread from urban baker :)