>Beverly Hills, California
The great thing about LA (or any major city for that matter) is the instant accessibility to anything. Walking on Rodeo, tired, needing some time to get off my feet, it was an easy two block walk to find Paulette’s. Once inside it felt as if I’d made an even longer journey directly to Paris (see earlier Pierre Hermé post).
A beautiful atmospheric space with an undulating curved counter filled with brightly colored macarons. OMG. perfect!
Paulette herself was lovely. I talked with her about macarons, Paris and Pierre Hermé. Being sheepish in comparing her work to Hermé was a polite gesture since her work spoke for itself. The award winning space styled by Viennese architect Andrea Lenardin Madden and the fresh daily macarons made by herself and master pastry chef Christophe Michalak were a world class tribute to the modern haute patisserie française. I filled a sleeve with a dozen samples and sat outside with a friend getting high on our beautiful cache;
Caramel – ooey-gooey rich and chewy
Coconut – 2 dimensional
Madagascar Vanilla – PERFECT…really…just perfect!
Passion Fruit – an explosion of clean, bright, rich flavor. Pierre Hermé could not have done better himself.
Rose – too perfumey and strong
Sweet Wedding Almond – Dragée – nice but I’ve had better
Sicilian Pistachio – Excellent
Colombian Coffee – boring. It tasted like espresso powder.
I’ve already mail ordered a sleeve of my favorites.