So after living in LA for 11 years and traveling a decent amount my wife and I have come to really enjoy the French macaron. We try them everywhere we go and constantly seek out the best ones. Some of the best ones we've had are from Bouchon, Miette, Payard, La Provence, Laudere, etc... We've tried many of what people consider to be the best in the world. I'm here to tell you that the best macaron we've ever had is in a small store front in downtown Brea. Bad for me since I recently moved to Brea.
2 CIA grads opened up a small bakery and are making the best macarons. The salted caramel, chocolate and pistachio are the best of breed. The size, texture, quality of ingredients, consistency and flavor make these macarons the worst thing that has happened to my waistline in years. The chocolate has the rich dark chocolate flavor in an interesting brownie like consistency with an almost ganache like filling. Divine. The salted caramel has caramel in the middle unlike many who just try to flavor their macarons. The perfect balance of sweet and salty. My personal favorite is the pistachio. It tastes like somebody took the Bulgarini Gelato pistachio gelato and made a macaron out of it.
Have you ever tried the triple berry cake at Sweet Lady Jane? It's a delicious if not expensive cake with attitude. The ladies at Merely Sweets make a similar cake called Merry Berry. This is the best slice of cake I've ever had in my life bar none. The cake itself is structured in the same manner. 3 slices of cake with cream filling and berries in between. That is where the similarities end. The frosting on this cake is amazingly light and seductive. You can see the vanilla bean in the frosting and taste the love. Moist cake. The only negative is that there aren't as many berries but really the star of the show is the cake and frosting.
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