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Jan 12, 2010 08:08 PM

Any recs for French macarons in Orange County?

I saw an old thread on this topic, but I was hoping there are some updates...

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  1. Try Paris In A Cup in old town Orange

    1. princesspestenstein,

      went to marche moderne yesterday. i believe amelia, chef florent's wife, is now offering that. and she makes very good ones.

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      1. re: jacknhedy

        You're right, Amelia at Marche Moderne who, aside from being Florent's wife is a well-trained chef herself, makes amazing macarons. She does all of the wonderful desserts at I'd bet she'd make an order of macarons "to-go", but suspect it wouldn't be cheap!

      2. Layer Cake Bakery at Culver/Barranca in Irvine. They're about $1.50 each and they usually have about 8 varieties. They're FAR better than Paris in a Cup in the Orange circle area.

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        1. re: Peaches426

          I went there during the summer and wasn't impressed at all. The flavors weren't bright, and there was something about the texture of the macaron was off. I'm a fan of the macarons at Brodard in Westminster. Pascal in Newport and Santa Ana are quite good for the price...if they have peach, buy those suckers in bulk.

          1. re: attran99

            What Brodard in Westminster are you referring to? The Brodard Restaurant on Westminster Blvd. in Garden Grove? Do they always have macarons?

            1. re: princesspestenstein

              Not the chateau. The cheaper location always has a great selection. At $1.25 a piece, it's a bargain for me.

          2. re: Peaches426

            Layer Cake opened in Fullerton a month ago and we bought some French macaroons recently. They weren't that great -- we've been buying them at Paris in a Teacup for maybe a year now and they are consistently much better -- smoother texture, better flavors, etc.

            That being said, the food at Layer Cake Fullerton is excellent. We've been there twice for breakfast/brunch. Interesting ingredients, combinations of flavor, and presentation both times.

          3. Merely Sweets in Brea. 2 ex-CIA pastry chefs open up very respectable store in downtown Brea. The macarons are excellent. My favorite flavors are the PBnJ (not as good as Bouchon when it's in season), salted caramel, chocolate and pistacchio.

            $1.65 a piece. If you're in the area worth a try. Bruxie is across the street so you could grab a nice meal out of the trip. Farrell's just opened up down the street but there is always a wait, usually 30 to 45 minutes long.

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            1. re: js76wisco

              Merely Sweets macarons are delicious. The texture is crunchy and then they just melt in your mouth. Hard to believe you can get such good macarons in Brea.

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                Thats what I keep telling myself, how did these macarons make it to Brea.

                Sorry attran99 but I have only had good experiences with Merely Sweets. Been there at least 7 times and their macarons compare favorably to any of the so called best macarons I've had in any city including Bouchon, Laduree, and many others.

                I find the texture and flavors of the macarons to be spot on.

                1. re: js76wisco

                  Perhaps it's time for re-evaluation. In my two visits, I got inconsistent and just all right macarons. My favorites are from EuroPane in Pasadena...the salted caramel there is to die for.

              2. re: js76wisco

                They're okay. The salted caramel was not salted at all, and the caramel leaks out as soon as you bite down. Other flavors were just okay. Texture doesn't seem right to me. Some are too crisp and some are not crisp enough.

                1. re: attran99

                  I'm not the biggest fan of the macarons at Merely Sweets too. Maybe Europane has spoiled us!? I found the texture off as well being on the drier/crumblier side plus the colors kind of weirded me out. The chocolate hazelnut was purple and the green tea was a light pink color!

              3. My cousins and I went on a macaron rampage throughout Orange County about a month ago. We went to 7 locations to assess the quality of their macarons:
                7 Leaves Teahouse
                Tra Teahouse
                Chubbi Cakes
                Paris in a Cup
                Pascal Epicurie
                Pat'a Chou
                Le Versailles/Au Couer de Paris
                I've been meaning to do a post with photos. We tested 61 macarons to assess flavor, texture, and overall quality. Some were winners, some...not so much. But I would urge to you stay away from Chubbi Cakes...those macarons lacked the chewiness and crispness that makes the macaron a perfect cookie. The flavors were just okay. Paris in a Cup had the same problem, but the flavor was far superior.