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Macarons in LA

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

First post of 2012!

I’ve been blogstipated for a while now, and it’s because I was away on holidays! But the main reason is pure laziness I suppose. Hah. Lazy and me are synonymous. So anyways, I was in The States for a while, in Los Angeles to be exact, where T is based. We drove around quite a bit and went as far as Utah and Tahoe this time round. It was a smashing holiday, and I can’t wait for my next holiday! So last Xmas when I was in NYC, cupcakes were a big thing there, what with Magnolia Bakery and Sprinkles (though Sprinkles is from California), and we had a great time photographing them, because they all look so pretty!

But this year, it seems like macarons are the new cupcakes, especially in LA. They come in so many colours and flavours, and they’re easy to eat, as compared to cupcakes; Just pop one in your mouth and savour ! The macaron is basically a French confection consisting of 2 layers of light meringue-based cookie filled with ganache, buttercream or jam. So here are some of the best macarons we’ve had in LA.

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie, Los Angeles

You can tell how popular Bottega Louie (BL) is from the bustle once you step into it. It is a restaurant, patisserie, bar and gourmet market all rolled into one spacious, white marbled, high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windowed entity that sits on a corner in Downtown LA. The moment you walk in, rows of delightful macarons greet you, and it’s hard to imagine anyone walking out without at least buying one macaron to enjoy. I went BL for lunch (they’ve got great pizzas and portobello fries as well!), and after the meal, we bought some macarons to try. They cost USD 2 each and you would be spoilt for choice, with 14 different flavours to try from! We bought 5 to try and my all time fave is the pistachio, so that’s the yardstick flavour. Macarons from BL make good gifts, because they’ve got really sweet boxes and ribbons. Personally, I loved the food at BL, but the macarons were a bit too sweet for our liking. But, what are desserts if they ain’t a sweet finish to the meal right? 🙂

Bottega Louie, Los Angeles
700 S Grand Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: (213) 802-1470
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri 10.30am – 11pm
Sat – Sun 11am – 3pm Brunch, 3pm – 11pm Full Menu

Lette

Paulette, Los Angeles

Lette used to be called Paulette, until they got embroiled in some trademark lawsuit over the use of “pau”, so now they’re just called Lette. I tried Lette’s macarons the last year I went to LA, and I loved them! So I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into them again this time round. They’ve got 2 outlets in LA, and 1 in Pasadena. We normally go to the one at Beverly Hills. No, I have not spotted any celebrities there yet! Tough luck for me, considering I’ve been to LA so many times. Then again, T lives in LA and he hasn’t had much luck either. Hah. Anyway, they’ve got a kaleidoscope of 12 varieties of macarons that would entice anyone to swing into the shop if they happen to be passing by. They cost USD 1.70 each and we normally buy one for each flavour. Sometimes there are extra seasonal flavours too. The macarons from Lette are soft and creamy, they melt in your mouth, and they’re my favourite! No bones about that!

Lette, Beverly Hills
9466 Charleville Boulevard at Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (310) 275-0023
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

NapolĂ©on’s Macarons

Napoléon's Macarons

Napoleon’s Macarons is located in a Westfield mall in Canoga Park, which is about a 40 minute drive from where we lived in LA. So we purposefully dropped by to try their macarons. They don’t really have a shop of their own, more of a counter in the mall, blink and miss kind. That’s what happened to us. We were trying to find it, but we somehow walked past it without seeing it, until we backtracked. When we got there, some lady in front of us already bought ALL the tiramisu macarons, so we were left with 8 remaining flavours, which we got one of each. They cost USD 1.70 each, and their box looks a bit similar to that of BL, but the BL one definitely looks more classy. Somehow, the state of the macarons did not feel like they would last until we got home, so we had no choice but to photograph them there and then. The quirky pair working there seemed to have difficulty getting their act together (they claim it’s their first day working together), and when we wanted to get an extra box to frame the photo nicely, we were refused, politely of course. So we borrowed the box. They normally have 17 flavours to choose from, and I thought their macarons were pretty good. Not as sweet as the ones at BL, but still, not as yummy as the Lette macarons. I suppose everything French is about opulence and extravagance. However, the entire experience from Napoleon’s Macarons was sorely lacking in that. For the 40 minute drive there to specially pick up some macarons, I would say it was not too worth the effort.

Napoleon’s Macarons
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
(Located in Westfield Shopping Center, K25)
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Phone: (818) 704-1741
Email: napoleonsmacarons@gmail.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 9 pm, Sun 11 am – 7 pm

So there you have it. The 3 better macarons in LA. There are probably more that we didn’t get to try, but if you search the web, these are the better ones around. For me, I still love cupcakes, but I can still have my cupcake, and eat my macaron too yeah. Cheers to 2012!