While endlessly circling around for parking for Beverly Drive's Urth Cafe, Mikey and I spotted the cutest little macaron shop. Pacing back and forth inside was a chef who told me he'd named the store after his wife, whom I'd imagine is a great lover of macarons. Being a romantic, I figured it was a macaron that brought them together.
He seemed like a nice guy and with me being the only customer during peak lunch hour I felt compelled to spend big: a box of 12 for $18. ($1-taco-night Mikey gawked at the bill.)
Now I'm no expert on macarons and I'm sure people have done dissertations on the subject, so take my opinion as just that, my opinion. Reading through Chowhound and other food forums, it seems macaron critics fall into two camps: those who assess any particular shop as being either cloyingly sweet or insipid. (Americanized taste buds seem to opine the latter.) Of course, other factors come into play like, doughiness and moistness. Overall, I thought Paulette's macarons, with a few exceptions, were a little sweet for my tooth.
Here's my box of 12 (out of a possible 14):
- chocolate coconut
- orange blossom (oddly like perfume)
- Early Grey (nice!)
- Madagascar vanilla
- Sicilian pistachio (hmm, distinctly pistachio)
- Columbian coffee (yummy!)
- sweet wedding almond (good!)
- lemon tropical
- New Orleans praline
- violet cassis
- peach (an overwhelming flood of ganache)
- flavor of the month: raspberry rose (magnifique !)
"Our macarons all have distinct personalities," it reads on the postcard I grabbed from the counter. Well said. Sure these little guys aren't all perfect. Some were big on personality, some weren't. But it was kinda fun finding out.
Though maybe next time I won't hoard a dozen myself. Macarons make not a good diet.
9466 Charleville Blvd. at Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills 90212
$1.50 each, a box of 12 for $18, 24 for $35
In Other News....
Tis' the season for Japanese exam-takers to buy 'good luck' candy. Auspicious messages are printed on potato chips, KitKat and Pocky boxes and those in the majority who believe in lucky charms will buy the entire lot, like this person here.