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Mar 9, 2011 12:03 PM

Macarons - Any new places?

I referenced these threads for updates on places with macarons:

Any new places that may have popped up recently? Reading through other threads, there seems to be a couple of macaron carts/trucks around. Has anyone tried them?

In the Peninsula, I've tried La Baguette, Douce France, Cocola Bakery, and Pamplemousse, and only enjoyed the ones from Pamplemousse.

Douce France
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Pamplemousse Cafe
2401 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA

Cocola Bakery
333 Santana Row # 1045, San Jose, CA

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  1. I haven't had a chance to try it myself, but Moos Cakes is a new place in Fremont and has macarons. The limited reviews on Yelp seems favorable.

    Moos Cakes
    39947 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539

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    1. re: elainew

      Wow, the macarons, and the cakes look so good. They have guava cake! Thank you for the suggestion. I'm definitely checking them out.

    2. I stumbled upon some interesting premium macarons at Mitsuwa japanese market. It's at the front of the market at their "High-End" bakery section. They're quite delicious but pricey! About $2.80 each!!! It's worth it though... I love the Salt flavor the most but they have Yuzu and Citron too. If you get a chance to try, let me know what you think!

      675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

      3347 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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      1. re: rosiella1

        Thanks for this great tip! Can't wait to try. Will report back.

      2. Not sure when they opened, but my favorite macaron place in SF is:

        The chef is classically trained, and uses only natural ingredients and no food coloring. Not too sweet either...I'd say 85% of the macarons being produced these days around here are too sweet for my tastes.

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        1. re: Cary

          They look good. And he trained under the master Pierre Herme. I need to try them asap - but from his website it looks like they only do online deliveries? No stand-alone store anywhere?

          1. re: Scotty100

            you can buy from their shop. they share space with knights catering. give trouan a call before you head over.

            1. re: Cary

              255 Mendell St, SF, for those inclined to look buy from them in person.

        2. Sweet on Church Street near Market sells them, but I can't vouch personally for their goodness.

          1. I love macarons! At the last Underground Market in SF, I was able to try ones from the Occasional Macaron. I really liked them a lot. The maker is French and works at Stanford. They are available sometimes at Tootsie's but sell out fast. You can pre-order online and pick up at Tootsie's. I don't like the ones at Cocola, which I have also seen in the Costco freezer. I've heard good things about the macarons served at Satori Tea in downtown SJ but haven't had a chance to try yet. I wonder if they are made in-house or purchased from elsewhere.

            Tootsie's at the Stanford Barn
            700 Welch Rd Ste 118, Palo Alto, CA

            Satori Tea Company
            37 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

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            1. re: SanJoseHound

              Cocola's macarons has that stale refrigerator taste. Yuck.

              Thank you for the tip on the Occasional Macaron. I tried all the flavors that were available. The macarons had a good ratio of filling to cookie. I was also surprised that most were not crazy sweet. A definite plus. All tasted great, but some had a "wet" texture. I guess I'm used to the slightly chewier kind.
              Chocolate - Fudgy, good chocolate flavor. Fudgy, creamy texture too, almost like underbaked brownies.
              Coconut - Very sweet. Almost too sweet. Same fudgy texture like chocolate. I like the coconut bits on top.
              Raspberry - I love the bright and intense flavor! Raspberry was not shy at all. The shell was crisp and shattered nicely; interior was fudgy.
              Lemon - My second favorite. Again intense and tart. Shells were moist and chewy. Yum.
              Pistachio - chewy, light pistachio taste.
              Caramel - the best out of the bunch. The shell was crisp and gave way to a chewy, not too dense interior. Caramel was darker than the sugary kind that I'm used to and I loved it.

              Again, thank you for tip on macarons by the Occasional Macaron. I am predicting heavy weight gain in the future.