October 7, 2011

macaron taste test | bottega louie | los angeles

When I was in LA this summer, I had the privilege of trying Bottega Louie’s “cupmacs” (my name for them, not theirs). I loved getting a two-for-one deal with my favorite treats, cupcakes and macarons, in these cupmacs, but that doesn’t mean I resisted trying just a plain ol’ macaron from Bottega Louie.

bottega louie los angeles grand cru macaron

{Good gosh, look at that ganache!}

I opted for the “grand cru” macaron from Bottega Louie’s impressive lineup of brightly colored cookies. The grand cru macaron is an almond cookie with dark chocolate ganache that is smooth, sweet and has just the right amount of crunch. I’m not sure where I put this on my list of macarons, but it’s definitely up there. Guess I’ll have to visit again.

bottega louie macarons

{It's true, I only chose one from this delicious lineup. Of course it was the pink one. Photo By Muy Yum/Courtesy Flickr}

Bottega Louie macarons cost $1.75 a piece. While that’s in the range of prices I’ve seen in the KC area, I’d expect the price to be a little cheaper in LA because there’s more competition. Perhaps the bakers just never get a price break on the ingredients — almond flour, high-quality ganache. But, these macarons are the same size as other macarons I’ve had (no skinny LA macarons!) and are totally worth the splurge for a little French cookie.

Have you tried Bottega Louie macarons? What did you think? How much is too much for a cookie? Tell me what you think in the comments section.

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  • kristina@beancakes ❤

    you know what kim? i’ll pay top dollar for a good cookie ~ always. and these babies look delicious!! i just love me a great macaron as you know! and i love your name cupmacs, so cute! i laughed when i read the “good gosh ganache,” that is great ;) ;)
    xoxo ~ kristina

  • kimberlyloc

    @kristina amen sister! :)

  • Meta Musings

    these look amazing! i will have to try this!! where is this genius man! xx

  • kimberlyloc

    @chantal/meta musings definitely hop over to LA and give them a try! great “real” food too … though you’ll be thinking about dessert the whole time :) xx

  • Stacy A

    I had my first macaron at a cupcake shop last Saturday. They had coffee flavor and I’ve been meaning to try them, so I got one. Their cupcakes were awful, but I thought the macaron was pretty good. But, it was my first so I don’t have anything to compare it too. I need to go back to your description of a good macaron and see if it meet the criteria. :)





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