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Any recs for French macarons in Orange County?

princesspestenstein Jan 12, 2010 08:08 PM

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

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    schrutefarms Aug 2, 2013 11:41 AM

    Isn't there a Surfas in OC? I really like the macarons they make at their cafe in Culver City!

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      josephnl Jun 3, 2013 02:38 PM

      Actually Champagne Bakery'Cafes make pretty decent ones...and in two sizes.

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        bonesbrunet Dec 22, 2012 04:22 PM

        Undoubtedly Rocq on Lake Forest Drive in Lake Forest. In fact Nordstrom's sells their macaroons.

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          Pinkwasabi Oct 23, 2012 09:20 PM

          Hands down..Lilikoi Bakery in Orange....she makes outstanding macarons at a very reasonable price. Her bakery items are delish!

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            TNT Adventures Oct 24, 2012 01:16 PM

            Thanks Pinkwasabi! I will check them out.

            Any others out there?

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            TNT Adventures Oct 23, 2012 05:57 PM

            Planning a baby shower and would like to have macarons. Anyone know of any places to order 50 to 80+ macarons at a reasonable rate? Looking for quality macarons at great prices. Can be from a bakery or from home bakers/caterers as well.

            1. JAB May 3, 2012 04:48 PM

              'Lette Macarons is opening in Fashion Island at some point in the near future.

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                JAB May 30, 2012 11:31 AM

                I was told when I stuck my head in the door yesterday that their 1st day open should be today.

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                attran99 Apr 18, 2012 01:43 PM

                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.

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                  js76wisco Mar 12, 2012 01:14 PM

                  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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                    A5 KOBE Mar 12, 2012 10:22 PM

                    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.

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                      js76wisco Mar 13, 2012 08:30 PM

                      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.

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                        attran99 Mar 13, 2012 08:37 PM

                        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.

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                      attran99 Mar 13, 2012 02:50 PM

                      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.

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                        crystaw May 3, 2012 02:44 PM

                        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!

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                      Peaches426 Feb 17, 2010 11:27 AM

                      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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                        attran99 Mar 11, 2012 11:58 PM

                        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.

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                          princesspestenstein Mar 12, 2012 03:44 PM

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

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                            attran99 Mar 13, 2012 02:47 PM

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

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                          JeffSD Jun 5, 2013 09:20 AM

                          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.

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                          jacknhedy Feb 17, 2010 05:38 AM


                          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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                            josephnl Apr 18, 2012 02:01 PM

                            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 Marche.mm I'd bet she'd make an order of macarons "to-go", but suspect it wouldn't be cheap!

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                            caljaco Feb 16, 2010 08:53 PM

                            Try Paris In A Cup in old town Orange

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