Any new places for macarons on the westside?
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.
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.