Los Angeles has a burgeoning macaron scene with two shops opening up in the past year; Jin Patissiere in Venice and Boule Patissiere in West Hollywood.
I've tried both and I have my opinions but I've been told that I should use as my litmus test the macarons from Ladurée in Paris. Yesterday a friend returned to L.A. with a box of Ladurée macarons. (link to photos below).
Their salted butter caramel is wonderful and that particular ganache, in terms of consistency, is unlike any other I have tried. The raspberry, rose and standard chocolate macarons seem to me consistently similar with none really jumping out.
My question is what flavors does Ladurée do best? Are there other international vendors known for certain flavors? Thanks!