Pasadena's Euro Pane has been on my must-try list of eateries for God-knows-how-long but has been bumped towards the bottom for the same God-knows-how-long. It wasn't until a recent jonesin' for French macarons that I bumped Sumi Chang's Colorado-Blvd-east-of-Old-Town bakery and café to the top.
Not to be confused with macaroons, those lumpy coconutty cookie thingies that are all too often left behind on the office cookie platter, French macarons (with one "o") are a completely different species. I first discovered these lovely little domes at Kristy Choo's Jin Patisserie and at Michelle Myers' Boule and have been craving the light airy texture of flavored almond meringue, luscious ganache or cream filling and adorable, sherbety colors ever since.
Europane's macarons are not as dainty as your typical macaron, which usually measures a little larger than a golf ball. Rather, they're as big around as a tennis ball, an attribute which at first made me wonder if any quality would be skimped for quantity. Their delicate meringue crust gave way with a slight chewiness, each bite containing a bit of cream. My absolute favorite flavor was the salt caramel whose subtle sweetness was enhanced by grains of sea salt. The pistachio and hazelnut flavored macarons weren't as delicious as the salt caramel but were still good, while the raspberry flavor was just *meh* in my opinion.
Not only does Euro Pane make a mean macaron, but their other baked goods such as croissants, caneles, tarts, bread pudding and cookies are also worth the trip. And don't forget about their sandwiches either. Their open faced egg-salad sandwich is like none I've ever had before where slightly-on-the-soft-boiled-side eggs mingles with arugula on a slice of crusty rosemary-currant bread. As an added bonus, you get one of their yummy sugar-sprinkled butter cookies on the side...score!
950 E. Colorado Blvd, ste 107
Pasadena, CA 91106