Monday, May 5, 2008

Los Angeles Eating.

Paulette Macaron

Paulette Macaron

Croissant from Boule

Nougat from Boule

Canele, Fleur de Sel Caramel Eclair

I had a full day of driving today and by the time I got home it was a little dark for photography. I settled for dark photos because I wanted to sample all of these pastries with my mom as soon as possible.

I wanted to try some new bakeries and restaurants during this trip, so I took some cues from Potatomato. It's a great blog with photos from many Los Angeles area restaurants. Here are some of the places I went:

Clementine is an upscale deli where you order at the counter, take a number, and find a table. It was insanely crowded (the lunch rush is usually from 12-2pm) but the food was great. Some of the flavor combinations were really interesting: red onions pickled with ginger and citrus, roasted tomato mayo, caper and anchovy vinaigrette...I was too full to try any pastries. I hear they are good.

I had lunch at Joe's again. It was a little disappointing. Maybe it was an off day, or maybe they're still recovering from a recent chef change. Joe's is near Jin Patisserie which i'm also hoping to visit again this trip.

I finally went to Patisserie Chantilly in Lomita. It was fantastic! I tried a few pastries, and my favorite was a tart cheesecake with candied citrus and a shortbread crust. It's two doors down from a great place for udon noodles. I can't remember the name but it was fabulous. I had wakame udon.

Today, after a visit to UCLA I stopped at Paulette Macarons. I preferred the macarons that had caramel filling rather than buttercream (salted caramel and New Orleans praline were amazing!) The macarons were soft and slightly cakelike- spongy rather than crispy.

I also stopped at Boule. I've read some mixed reviews of this place, but I liked it. The canele, fleur de sel caramel eclair, and croissant were fantastic. The nougat was so-so.

I also had dinners at Darya (great Persian food) and Pine Tree Korean BBQ (a family favorite. I love the little side dishes).

I think that's everywhere I went!


Sweet and Savory Eats said...

I'm not well-versed on many eateries in LA, but everything looks mouth-watering.

Aran said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful... so happy you got to go to all those places and that you brought us those photos. I'm so very jealous...

Anonymous said...

It's simply scandalous that people are allowed to post such treats on the internet. As I sit here drooling whilst looking at those beautiful things, I know I'll have to head off and do a bit of baking this evening.

Outraged :-),

The Netherlands

Kt said...

I'm a sucker for great packaging...the box of macarons is so cute!...well I guess I'm a sucker for pretty much any sweets matter what they come in.

jannon said...

hey, I recently stumbled on your blog and am totally taken with it. in particular, I want to thank for mentioning jin patisserie! I stopped in yesterday when I remembered you'd endorsed it and was very glad that I had.

Tartelette said...

What a great sweet adventure! Paulette was started by my new boyfriend (though he does not know it yet!), Michalak and I have been dyig to go. Lucky you!