I called la Maison du Pain in the morning to make sure that they had some-- or at least one-- almond croissants that I could put on hold. I was crushed when the woman said they didn't have any on hand, but it was ok. She told me that they could make some for me and have them ready in an hour.
Comping an overpriced dessert at a restaurant? Whatever. Offering to bake a croissant with an hours' notice after it got sold out (or just not produced) was the nicest thing a restaurant/bakery/shop had done. EVER.
I called an hour prior to the time I figured I'd be in the area. It actually ended up taking close to two hours due to errands. As promised, they had two waiting for me.
Sorry, board, but I really can't say that their version was anything I wanted or expected. The almond filling consisted of a syrupy mass with little nubby bits (ground almonds, perhaps? who knows?) instead of the traditional layers or log of almond paste. Instead of baking the filling in the croissant, they'd clearly cut the croissant in half and smeared the sweet, liquidy, and altogether not-almondy filling.
After a couple of bites, I gave up on eating the middle and ended up topping the crispier bits with some of the abbamele I had lying about in the car (yes, unusual, I know, but I hadn't bought anything bread-like since buying it).
I had really, really, really high hopes for the place after reading so many glowing reviews from the board.
The one time I went all the way over to Pasadena to try one from Europane, they'd sold out.
All I want is an almond croissant akin to the one they have at La Duree in Paris. Or la Provence (I think?) in, of all places, Portland.