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Any new places for macarons on the westside?

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princesspestenstein Mar 16, 2011 07:56 PM

Hi,

Any new places out there selling french macarons? I've been to Paulette's and La Province. Frances Bakery and Jin are a bit out of the way. Anything else out there? thanks!

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  1. LATrapp RE: princesspestenstein Mar 16, 2011 10:19 PM

    Just had one today at Luxxe Cafe in Brentwood. According to the sign in the display, they are made by a 'local master pastery chef' or something similar. The ones in the case are display only and they get one for you from the back.

    I don't know macarons well so can't really compare, but I enjoyed it. Soft and chewy, very slight crunch on the outside. Subtle flavor, not too sweet.

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      lapizzamaven RE: LATrapp Mar 16, 2011 10:51 PM

      Agree w/ LATrapp..Luxxe sells a tasty macaron...havent had them much experience w/ this "cookie" but they're good, though $2 a piece...

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        shebop RE: lapizzamaven Mar 16, 2011 10:57 PM

        They buy them from Paulette!

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          OC Mutt RE: shebop Mar 17, 2011 12:39 PM

          Paulette makes a painfully mediocre macaron and to make matters worse, their staff is quite snooty.

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            LATrapp RE: OC Mutt Mar 17, 2011 12:43 PM

            I read this thread after seeing it on the bottom of the page after I posted:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/477482

            Haha, shows how much I know about macarons! Anyhow, still enjoyed the one I had at Luxxe but will now make an effort to compare with others in the neighborhood.

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              shebop RE: OC Mutt Mar 17, 2011 11:53 PM

              When were you there last?

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        fdb RE: princesspestenstein Mar 16, 2011 11:48 PM

        Not new but Tavern on San Vicente also makes good macarons.

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          JudiAU RE: princesspestenstein Mar 17, 2011 01:56 PM

          Clementine makes a wonderful chocolate macaroon filled with chocolate ganache. They aren't classic and I think they may even have a bit of rice flour in them but worlds better than almost any true french macaroon out there. I almost always buy them all whenever they have them even without a plan.

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