September 5, 2017 · 9:59 pm
Ladurée is not a good place to bro-down. It’s not ideal for hanging with the guys, drinking craft beers and discussing snowboarding or Blake Griffin’s dominance on the court. Ladurée is for sipping fragrant and flowery teas that have names like “Josephine,” “Mathilde” and “Marie Antoinette.” It’s for nibbling dainty finger sandwiches on fine china between shopping jaunts at Chanel and Van Cleef. It’s for purchasing delicate Rose Petal and Lavender Macarons in cute little pink boxes.
Located among the luxury shops of Beverly Hills, Lauderée is part fancy bakery counter and part French café/tea room. It’s an import from Paris, where the chain is known for incredibly delicious macarons, as well as incredibly long lines of tourists. The savory food, which unsurprisingly includes several salad options, is pretty good. They also serve high tea so it’s perfect for grandma’s birthday celebration or a post-ballet recital treat. If you really need to bro-down, Mastro’s Steakhouse is only a couple blocks away.
Ladurée is located at 311 N Beverly Dr in Beverly Hills. There is also a location in The Grove.
Petite Lobster Rolls
Cute Mini Burgers
Fragrant and Flowery Tea
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April 18, 2011 · 10:10 am
For a very long time, I thought that macaroons were cookies made of shredded coconut that you ate only on Passover after the matzo ball soup and brisket. Although also made without wheat flour, the French macaron (the second “o” in “macaroon” is dropped) is an entirely different animal. ‘Lette Macarons, a cute little bakery in Beverly Hills (and a brand new location Downtown in Little Tokyo), sells only one thing to eat: French macarons, and they are pure perfection. Made primarily from almonds, sugar and egg whites and filled with ganache, buttercream, jam or caramel, these soft and chewy confections are works of art. As far as baked goods go, they are also great works of labor. According to ‘Lette’s baker, these little treats take 24 hours and 37 steps to make. ‘Lette sells over a dozen different classic and seasonal varieties including Sweet Wedding Almond, Raspberry, Rose, Madagascar Vanilla, Lemon, Earl Grey Tea and Caribbean Chocolate. My favorites are Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter and Jelly. A box with a colorful assortment makes a great gift for any occasion. Maybe I will shake things up and bring a box of these French beauties to our family Seder!
‘Lette Macarons is located at 9466 Charleville Boulevard (at Beverly Drive) in Beverly Hills and 333 S Alameda Street (Little Tokyo Shopping Center) in Los Angeles.
UPDATE: ‘Lette Macarons has a new location in Pasadena at 14 S. Fairoaks Ave. (see map below).
Peanut Butter & Jelly Macaron
A nice gift!
New Downtown location in Little Tokyo
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