Monday, February 2, 2009

When One "O" Is Better Than Two: Euro Pane, Pasadena

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!

Euro Pane
950 E. Colorado Blvd, ste 107
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 577-1828

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weezermonkey said...

Ooh, I am a sucker for macarons. I need these. Now.

H. C. said...

I'm a sucker for both their macarons and their egg salad sandwich (how many eggs go into those? five?!)

Yea, no <3 from the arteries...

One Food Guy said...

So that's what you call those little sandwich/cookie/pastry thingies that I always see in the Zurich airport! Macarons! Yum!

Cee said...

My husband and I fight over finishing the Egg Sandwich.

Another fabulous treat is their chocolate croissants. Absolutely divine.

Cafe Pasadena said...

And a wife who also now hates blogging?

Christie Bishop said...

I've been dying to try the Egg Salad sandwich, but then got freaked after it was on Best Thing I Ever Ate. The thought of heading to the 'Dena from WeHo only to wait in a massive line terrified me. But from your photos, I need to make the pilgrimage. Like NOW.

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