Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Modern French Macarons

Opera Cafe & Patisserie
9254 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 458-9050

www.operapatisserie.com

During my previous visit to Opera Patisserie I had inquired about their modern macarons which I had seen on their website. I was told they didn't have any that day and actually hadn't had them for a while.  The modern macarons had caught my attention because of the beautiful colors and the flavors:pistachio and raspberry; passion fruit and coconut; margarita and key lime; chocolate and cappuccino; and pecan caramel and cinnamon.

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On a recent visit to Opera, I was surprised to see the modern macarons in their dessert display.  Of course I had to get some! One box is $10 and contains two of each flavor.  The outside was crispy and delicate and the inside was slightly chewy.

The flavor combinations worked well.  I wasn't sure about how some of them would work out but I liked them all.  And I like the designs on the macarons. One of these days I'm going to take on the challenge of making my own macarons.

 

13 Responses to “Modern French Macarons”

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    Sandy — January 6, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Those macarons are almost too pretty to eat! How many were in the box?
    I haven’t heard the word modern for macarons; is it because these are decorated, rather than plain?
    Trader Joes has a macarons in their freezer section; I think there’s 1 dozen and in two flavors (vanilla and chocolate). They were pretty good, but I’ll bet they’re not as good as the ones from Opera

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    Sandy — January 6, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    I guess if I had looked at their website first, I would have found out that the classic are the “plain” (non-decorated) ones.
    My friend sayas she has made them, and while they’re not too difficult, it was a bit tricky. I told her that I’d be happy to be her tester :-)

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    sawyer — January 6, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    i’ve never had these before, but i’ve seen plenty of posts about these mack ah rons (is that how you pronounce it?) please give it a shot soon, so i can try it out myself, using ur recipe =) they’re very pretty looking

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    Kirbie — January 6, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    I think the modern is meant to describe the flavors. The “classics” are the flavors most commonly found. You’re lucky to know a friend who makes them!

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    Kirbie — January 6, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    There were 12 in a box. And yes, definitely almost too pretty to eat! I kept almost hoping one would crack or break so I wouldn’t have to destroy a perfect one. Oh and I have tried the Trader Joe’s ones. I love how cheap they are. But yeah, not as many flavors and I’m a bit impatient about waiting for them to thaw.

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    Kirbie — January 6, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    I love eating these because they have a slightly chewy middle. I’ve been wanting to try to make them for some time, but am a bit scared to try. I’ve read a lot of failure stories. Heh. But I’m determined to give it a try soon and I’ll definitely post about it! I’m not positive about the pronounciation, but it sounds right to me!

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    Dina — January 9, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    i love French macaroons. would love to try these interesting flavors!

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    Kirbie — January 10, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    The flavors were quite yummy!

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    Annapet — January 16, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    San Diegan here! Cool to see your photo on TasteSpotting. I, too, love macarons and enjoy each macaron adventure.

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    Kirbie — January 19, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    Wow, you have so many macaron recipes on your site. I’m definitely going to try some of them out!

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    Annapet — August 9, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    I experiment constantly. =)

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    Kirbie — August 10, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    Oh I’m so glad you commented. I finally recently started making macarons and now have been in search for lots of recipes to try. Your site has so many recipes! Can’t wait to try some of them.

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    Moonglowgardens — August 18, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

    I was in La Jolla a week ago to hang out with my niece to do another macaron demo. I hope you have started experimenting. I am behind posting my weekly macaron adventures! When I get back home I’ll post them.
    Have fun baking!
    Annapet

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