There are two types of women in this world—those who squeal with delight at the site of macarons and those who simply don’t. While I started off in the former camp due to the novelty of it all, I’ve moved on to the latter after coming to the conclusion that macarons are overpriced sandwich cookies.
Still, when my friend Laurie asked if I wanted to scope out the newest branch of ‘Lette Macarons in Old Pasadena, I was totally game. Sometimes, reason doesn’t stand a chance against curiosity.
‘Lette Macarons is a joint collaboration between Paulette Koumetz, a macaron enthusiast, and Christophe Michalak, a French pastry chef. They opened their first shop in Beverly Hills in 2007 and added another outlet in Pasadena this past July.
All of ‘Lette’s macarons are hand-made daily in the Beverly Hills bakery. There are twelve classic flavors and a few seasonal specialties available everyday.
I bit the rational bullet and purchased a box of six macarons ($10.50). From the classic flavors available, I chose the salted caramel, coconut, lemon, Madagascar vanilla, and violet cassis. I selected passion fruit from the seasonal specialties.
The texture of the macarons varied greatly from one to the next. Some were perfectly light and delicate, while others were crumbly and chewy. I suggest asking for the freshest ones to avoid playing the macaron lottery.
In regards to flavor, both Laurie and I adored the passion fruit one. Its tart and bright curd filling was sandwiched by the daintiest cookie. The salted caramel macaron was my least favorite due to its general lack of saltiness. The other four macs were perfectly nice, but none particularly titillating to my taste buds.
If macarons do for you what doughnuts do for me, then ‘Lette is definitely worth checking out. Otherwise, save your pennies for a rainy day.
14 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105