La Patisserie: macaron central

La Patisserie is immaculate. Found today in the glass display case were several elegant varieties of macaron (the selection changes daily), opera cake, flaky mille-feuille, strawberry tartlets, chocolate-coffee eclairs, petit pain au chocolat, and more. The petit pain was light and contained excellent chocolate, as well as some snappy, flavorful almond.

And the macaron? The one chosen was orange, cardamom, and honey. So it was green; so what? What a truly delicious flavor and texture, not over-sweet, and with each ingredient blending with the others yet retaining its own intense individual character. These have a certain initial degree of chewiness and then just melt away. Wow! The pistachio macarons are reputed to be superlative, also, but today they weren’t in the case. Never mind; those orange, cardamom, and honey items provided enough wonderment for one day.

The little bungalow housing this attraction is larger inside than it first appears to be. There’s even a separate playroom, also immaculate, for small children. There’s ample parking behind the building. There are often chairs and tables set out in the shady front yard. 600 West Annie Street does not suffer at all from traffic noise.

Pastry selections vary daily and according to the season, and there’s also a lunch menu of sandwiches and salads offered. La Patisserie is open six days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm on Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

La Patisserie (by Luxe Sweets) is teaming up with Mercedes Flowers and Schatzelein to offer a “Sweet Suite” of fine gifts for Mother’s Day. Orders for the trio of macarons, custom earrings, and an artistic floral arrangement must be placed by May 5, but La Patisserie imposes no deadline for those who enjoy the finer things of life.

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