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Europane - Fantastic!

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Granted, I only sampled one thing on one day, so its not a good test statistically, but I will certainly return to sample more goodies.

My dentist, who is in Pasadena, would be proud to know I stopped in the bakery after my cleaning. So many things looked tempting, but eventually I settled on a cheese danish so that I could eat and drive to work. Plain croissants were gone, but they still had a few chocolate, some almond, and raspberry jam danish, all of which sported, I would assume, the much discussed croissant dough of which the plain are made. It was delicious. Pastry was tender, flaky, buttery, but not greasy. Filling was light, creamy, sweet but not cloying. I wish I'd bought 2 (but am glad I didn't!).

I've discovered my new favorite, better than amandine, which is a little on the greasy side for me, and on par with Boule in taste, but twice the size and half the price (danish was $2). How did we ever suffer through those terrible cardboard, canned fruit pie filling danish that we get served at breakfast meetings for so long? Or maybe I'm just a late pastry bloomer...

What should I get when I go back? It all looked delicious!

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  1. europane is awesome...their egg salad on olive bread is my favorite, followed by chicken salad on rosemary currant bread...

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    1. re: byy123

      Third the egg salad recommendation...it's virtually impossible for me to be in Pasadena around lunch time and not order it. They've run out before and offered to make more if I wanted to wait, and I did. I also love the blueberry brioche, the blueberry danish, the bread pudding, and...oh heck, I've never had anything bad there. And those brownies...so chocolate filled they're kept in the refrigerator...crispy top, melt-y inside...I don't generally like nuts in my brownies, but I will make an exception for these...the only problem is that they're really big enough (due to their richness) for two, maybe even three people...but so compulsion-making that once started, it's all to easy to just keep eating one until it's all gone....

    2. I love Europane! Their individual fresh fruit tarts are great -- in the summer, the white nectarine tarts, and in winter, the pear tarts. They make superb sticky buns. I'm also a fan of their individual ginger panettone, which are not too sweet, full of ginger chunks and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds on top. Another breakfast favorite is a slab of their ciabatta, toasted; covered with butter and eaten with raspberry jam on alternating bites, it's heaven.

      And I second the egg salad recommendation. I'm also a fan of their meatloaf sandwich. I've heard a lot about their chicken pot pies (call early to reserve, apparently), but haven't tried one yet.

      1. i want to thank you all. i went today, of course had the egg salad sandwich. yummie....oh man......it makes my mouth water. seriously who woulda thought putting a sun dried tomato spread with some nice egg salad?? ohhh man, i got it on the rosemary currant bread......i am getting one tomorrow. does anyone know their hours? i didnt even remember to look.

        1. Went there this morning and saw some items I've never seen before like Sumi's-O's and some macaroon/caramel/saltine thing that tastes really good! Also saw a italian marzipan cake that looked absolutely delicious.

          1. The deep dish quiche, especially the squash one (of all things!), is very fine.

            1. Europane's pastries are unbelievable! I normally get fruit strudel, blueberry brioche, brownies (best I've ever had), fruit tarts, rugelach, ginger scones, and my current favorite, only available in fall, pumpkin pies!

              By the way, they have really good coffee as well.

              1. Yes Europane rocks! Great items for a brunch. The blueberry brioche can be cut into many slices--love it!

                1. Went in today for the first time... OMG egg salad on brioche is to die for... And I normally do not like egg.

                  1. Europane is good but it's a go in the A.M. place for pastries and croissants, and go at lunchtime for sandwiches. By midday they're pastry case is pretty low on selection and they're usually out of croissants- Which is understandable considering croissants are a French breakfast food, but this is on the weekend too.. Just letting you know what to expect if you go as it gets close to & after noon.

                    1. Only been to Europane once and enjoyed it, but I have to say Amandine on the west side was much better. At Europane we had a ham sandwich that wasn't at all memorable; IMHO, the baguette was way too chewy. Maybe brioche is the way to go? The chocolate torte was great, lived up to the hype. Tasty, but we drove to Pasadena specifically to try it, and we probably won't be back unless we're in the area. Amandine, on the other hand, served a great sandwich on a crustier baguette (but still soft in the middle), the lightest, most delicious cheesecake I've ever had, absolutely perfect cappucino & cafe mocha, and wonderful croissants. They've also got more places to sit.

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                      1. re: alexfood

                        Finally tried Europane for lunch yesterday. Got their egg salad sandwich on multigrain to go, plus a twisty soft poppyseed breadstick. They were really busy and apparently forgot my order, but when I inquired about it, they were fast on their feet and had it ready in minutes. The woman at the counter also threw in two cookies for my trouble.

                        That egg salad sandwich was the BEST I have ever had. Medium soft-boiled eggs cut into big chunks with just a drizzle of a light mayo sauce, chopped chives and a crusty piece of toast (it's an open-faced sandy). Lots of spring mix accompanied it as well. I think I actually said "Damn!" when I took the first bite. It's the perfect sandwich, seriously.

                        The twisty soft breadstick was buttery and light, and the chocolate chip and walnut cookies were chewy and delicious. Yeah, I ate all of it...how could I not??

                        I will be back very soon. I need to get there early enough for an almond crossaint...maybe I will finally find one in LA that compares to the one at Citizen Cake in San Francisco?


                        1. re: alexfood

                          My take is that these are 2 of the best bakeries in S. Calif. As I have mentioned in other posts, I always have to drive a long distance for ChowWorthy grub and EuroPane has been a favorite destination, for many years, usually for morning best in LA drip coffee and various world class pastries. I've had a few good lunches here but the star has always, for me, been the sweet at the end! The custard tart with fresh raspberries baked in it is absolutely simple and wonderful. The time that I had to wait for it to cool as they had just been taken out of the oven - it was the best pastry that I have ever tasted, and that includes the great pastry shops of Lyon as well as Paris, LA, SF, NY and NO!!! One of my 13 yo lads, AKA BreadBoy, loves their Toasted Baguette with unsalted buter at the shop and at home. Sumi Chang bakes good bread but I feel that she really is a master baker of sweet pastries. Oh yea, her bads of Granola, to bring home, are the best as well!

                          Amandine serves very good drip coffee, pastries both sweet and savory, especially those croissants and Danish type pastries that are made with croissant dough, the one with chocolate and bananas comes to mind. They serve darn good French Toast and other breakfest items and some tasty sandwiches for lunch. BreadBoy loves their bread toasted and served at the table here and at home also.

                          Conclusion, just my 2 cents, BOTH worth the gas in the tank and calories on the waist!