Well, we were talking about macarons in OC on this thread ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/467520 ) and I had them at Pascal's Epicerie and Paris in a Teacup today.
Paris in a Teacup surprised me. They have a lovely tea salon in the back and a cute little shop up front. The owners used to own a tea shop across the street called Someplace in Time. In fact, they still apparently kept on the gal who did the scones for Some place in Time.
They said they had three flavors of macarons but when they checked, they found only had the lemon pistachio. So they gave me their last two macarons of the day. Apparently they don't make these in-house but have them made by a French person somewhere. They are not imported. The taste and texture were great. Loved them. Teeth sunk in like they should and my eyes kind of rolled back into my head when I had them. I finished them in the store. The feet were a little flat but hey minor quibble.
I checked out their other stuff in the little shop up front. They have a limited selection of Michel Cluizel chocolates, including the packaged champignons and a couple of bars. Also, they had these great caramels, I wrote down the name but can't find the paper. The chipotle was mjy favorite. They also have french teas (alas not Mariage Freres) and T-Sacs. There was other stuff, but this is what I mostly remember.
I went to Pascal Epicerie afterward. Wow, I remember when they used to be the shiznit. Now everything looks so tired every time I go. The macarons are no different. They never were the best, but now they're even more bubbly and amateurish looking than ever. Also, my teeth have never sunk into their macarons the way they should. I was glad I had the Paris in a Cup ones first.