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Macarons at Bottega Louie, Los Angeles, CA

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Raspberry and Passionfruit Macarons
French macarons are not as easy to find at bakeries as chewy, coconut macaroons are. While I am a big fan of a good coconut macaroon, I like finding a place that sells great macarons even more because I encounter it so much less frequently. One place in Los Angeles that sells great macarons – and lots of them – is Bottega Louie in downtown LA. Bottega Louie is a beautiful French bistro and gourmet market that has a great bakery section and a huge selection of macarons – amongst other goodies.

These were picked up by a friend of mine who had lunch there and was thoughtful enough to bring them home for me. Crisp, perfectly smooth exteriors gave way to the meringue cookies’ chewy centers and a great variety of flavors. There was a cream and brown speckled macaron that was chai flavored, with a chocolate ganache filling. The purple macaron was passion fruit flavored with a curd-like filling. Red was raspberry and orange was, of course, orange. The passion fruit was a standout, as was the chocolate macaron with a salted caramel filling. The flavors were fresh, tasty and matched the bright colors of the macaron shells in their intensity. I could have eaten a whole box full of them, but a small sampling left me wanting more – and planning a trip downtown to get some soon!
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  • Lyrical Soul
    January 9, 2011

    Very pretty and delicious looking… I’ve never had macarons, but since I work downtown, I think I’ll take a trip by there to try them out.

  • I totally agree with you, the passion fruit and chocolate ones are really excellent. I’ve never tried the chai one before, I’ll have to check that one out next time. I’m glad I found these, good macarons are so hard to find. Another great places in LA for macarons is Paulette’s Macarons and the ones from XT Patisserie.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black
    January 10, 2011

    They look yummy- I LOVE macaroons, french and coconut. I have yet to try making them, since my first meringue attempt was a flop!

  • briarrose
    January 10, 2011

    Awesome color!

  • Allison
    January 10, 2011

    If anyone lives or visits downtown Minneapolis check out Cocoa and Fig. Or Sweets Bakeshop in St Paul. They both have awesome macarons that I had catered for my wedding reception. I live in Boston, but haven’t found a place for good macarons yet…

  • Becca@Baking Monster
    January 10, 2011

    The filling in these look amazing! I also like how vibrant the colors are!

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