So where to find the best macarons in LA? Here's the rundown.
|Euro Pane in Pasadena|
Top: Passion Fruit, Hazelnut, Tangerine, Sea Salt Caramel
Bottom: Sea Salt Caramel, Raspberry, Hazelnut, Lime
1) Euro Pane
|'Lette in Pasadena|
Left to Right: Earl Grey, Orange, Coffee, Passion fruit,
Salted Caramel, Lyche
2) Bottega Louie
Bottega Louie in downtown LA is great. I tried my first macaron at Louie and it was love at first bite. I'm clerking at a law office that's only three blocks from Louie, so naturally, I've developed an unhealthy habit of walking to Louie after work for a late afternoon treat. Plus, I love their glossy white floors and gold decor. Try the earl grey and sea salt caramel.
Formerly Paulette, 'Lette's macarons are reputed as the best in LA. However, I like my macarons nice and chewy. 'Lette's macarons are crispy and flaky. Not my cup of tea. Also, the coffee flavor tastes like ground espresso beans. Too strong, even for a coffee addict like myself. 'Lette managed to screw up both the macaron texture AND my favorite flavor. No bueno.
Contrary to what the labels say, these are not macarons. The are more like cakey whoopie pies with a whipped cream filling. And they're HUGE. Very shareable.