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Elndim

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Hi. Tell me where in Saint-Jean you can eat French macaroons ?
 
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What in the world is "French Macaroni?" Do you mean macaroons? Those are coconut cookies and usually available at most confectionery shops and bakeries.
 

Elndim

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Sheesh

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This from Wikipedia: "A macaron or French macaroon is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. There is some variation in whether the term macaron or macaroon is used, and the related coconut macaroon is often confused with the macaron."

I hope someone can answer the OP's question about where to find them in St. Jean.

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Davey Boyd

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Again, soon as possible!
La Fabrique De Macarons
5.0 (1) · Shopping Centre
23 Rue d'Espagne
Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Fri

La Fabrique de Macarons
4.8 (6) · Food manufacturer
25 Rue de la Citadelle
Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Fri

Artizarra
4.9 (23) · £ · Pastries
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Fri
Their website mentions macarons

etc etc, lots more.

Davey
 
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I've never tried these as I'm not so fond of meringue. Maybe I should. But there are so many other wonderful posibilities that I haven't gotten around to it.
 

davebugg

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I've never tried these as I'm not so fond of meringue. Maybe I should. But there are so many other wonderful posibilities that I haven't gotten around to it.
They're not really a "traditional" meringue, although they do use egg whites. . . they use almond flour for the body of the cookie. :) And they are light enough that you might have room to include one with your other chosen treats :)
 
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Yes, sometimes it is recommended to read through the whole thread to avoid double posts.
My apologies Sabine. I ended up visiting this thread again starting at post #1 and noticed your post with the link this time around. I thought I had read them all. You definitely beat out me and the other two in the post cluster pointing out La Fabrique de Macarons.

I was expecting @Kathar1na to be the first with a link.
 

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And they are light enough that you might have room to include one with your other chosen treats :)
For those of us who have not tried them...do all those different colors actually taste different, or is it all for effect?
 

davebugg

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For those of us who have not tried them...do all those different colors actually taste different, or is it all for effect?
The colors usually match various flavors, like blueberry, raspberry, lemon, chocolate, etc. Much of the flavor comes from the filling, a bit from the body of the cookie itself. :)
 

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OK, so now I want to try them. Next time...I see them in European airports, too, at those fancy dancy shops for gourmet chocolate and have always wondered about the appeal.
 
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OK, so now I want to try them. Next time...I see them in European airports, too, at those fancy dancy shops for gourmet chocolate and have always wondered about the appeal.
They’re traditionally only ever eaten in round dozens, like oysters. *

Don't buy them in airports. They barely last a couple of days from baking to be in top condition.


* not really
 

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KinkyOne

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Haha. Ok, right.
And fresh it is.


The thought would never cross my mind in a million years, without your help. Now there it is.
Gee, thanks, K1.:p;);)
Yep, I think some might choke on "him" ;)
 

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So. Back on topic. ;) ;) ;)
Macrons.
Now I'm quite curious. It's the almond that hooks me, because there's nothing better.
Anyone have a favorite?
 

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I was expecting @Kathar1na to be the first with a link.
I know, Rick, where is she, anyway!...I'm sure she submits helpful info and updates to Wikipedia all the time! I think she is gathering info on Macaroons at this very moment! 😊
 

K Turner

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If you turn right out of the Pilgrims Office, in a couple minutes you will find a tiny shop on your right side. I was drawn in a couple weeks ago by the amazing aroma while they were baking them!
 

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If you turn right out of the Pilgrims Office, in a couple minutes you will find a tiny shop on your right side. I was drawn in a couple weeks ago by the amazing aroma while they were baking them!
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Kathar1na

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I know, Rick, where is she, anyway!...I'm sure she submits helpful info and updates to Wikipedia all the time! I think she is gathering info on Macaroons at this very moment! 😊
Ah, you don’t know her that well then 🙃. She doesn’t contribute to Wikipedia and she isn’t interested in macarons (the pastel coloured sticky things) but she wouldn’t say no to a coconut macaroon or two or three and yes, please, I’ll have another one.

And although I’m magically drawn to every patisserie window in France and I walked up and down that rue in SJPP several times, I have no recollection of a macarons shop there. I do remember, however, the piece of gâteau basque (Basque cake) I had elsewhere in SJPP. Macarons would be just too Parisian in that setting for me. :cool:
 
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Camino Chrissy

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Ah, you don’t know her that well then 🙃. She doesn’t contribute to Wikipedia and she isn’t interested in macarons (the pastel coloured sticky things) but she wouldn’t say no to a coconut macaroon or two or three and yes, please, I’ll have another one.

And although I’m magically drawn to every patisserie window in France and I walked up and down that rue in SJPP several times, I have no recollection of a macarons shop there. I do remember, however, the piece of gâteau basque (Basque cake) I had elsewhere in SJPP. Macarons would be just too Parisian in that setting for me. :cool:
I'm with you...I'm a macarooon gal!
 

lt56ny

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As a nice Jewish boy who is not a big macaroon guy, next time you go to Brooklyn ask about a good Jewish bakery and you can find yourself some awesome ones.
 

Evvie

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This from Wikipedia: "A macaron or French macaroon is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. There is some variation in whether the term macaron or macaroon is used, and the related coconut macaroon is often confused with the macaron."

I hope someone can answer the OP's question about where to find them in St. Jean.

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A macaron is not a macaroon, although the words are sometimes used interchangeably. A macaron is a delightful french concoction that will practically melt in your mouth! Two air-light cookies with a light creamy center. Think Oreo times 1M.
 

Kathar1na

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A macaron is not a macaroon, although the words are sometimes used interchangeably.
That's as far as the usage in English goes. However, it appears that in French a macaron can be a kind of biscuit that doesn't look like an English "French macaroon" if you get my drift ... and in particular not at La Fabrique de Macarons in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Because when I look at the photos on their website, at the offer in their online shop and at an article in the local press about them, there is not a single pastel coloured double biscuit with cream between the two halves in sight.

So has anyone actually had the latter from this shop in SJPP? The Artizarra bakery and tea-room mentioned earlier has them on offer, however. They call them macarons colorés aux multiples parfums although I'm sure they will also understand "this one, please". ☺

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Evvie

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Oh my gosh, another type of macaron? I guess I'll have to try them all. A few years ago I was in Lyon at an amazing market and the macarons were indeed those pastel concoctions. It was like that throughout the Loire valley. I wonder if it's a regional thing? Like, my macron is not your macaron?
 

Evvie

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Oh my gosh, another type of macaron? I guess I'll have to try them all. A few years ago I was in Lyon at an amazing market and the macarons were indeed those pastel concoctions. It was like that throughout the Loire valley. I wonder if it's a regional thing? Like, my macron is not your macaron?
That's as far as the usage in English goes. However, it appears that in French a macaron can be a kind of biscuit that doesn't look like an English "French macaroon" if you get my drift ... and in particular not at La Fabrique de Macarons in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Because when I look at the photos on their website, at the offer in their online shop and at an article in the local press about them, there is not a single pastel coloured double biscuit with cream between the two halves in sight.

So has anyone actually had the latter from this shop in SJPP? The Artizarra bakery and tea-room mentioned earlier has them on offer, however. They call them macarons colorés aux multiples parfums although I'm sure they will also understand "this one, please". ☺

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Kathar1na

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Look what I found!
The French version of the Wikipedia article on macarons has a bit more: In the Basque country, the macaron made its appearance in Saint-Jean-de-Luz upon the initiative of a pastry maker, Mr Adam, who offered them to Louis XIV for his wedding in 1660. Since then, the descendants of Mr Adam have upheld the tradition, also in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and in Louhoussa with the Biscuiterie Basque.

Louis XIV is known as the Sun King. Turns out that he got married in a church in Saint-Jean-de Luz (near Biarritz) and not in Versailles as one might assume. I know the name of his wife as Maria-Theresa of Austria (it's her usual name in German, French and Spanish) but in English she is known as Maria-Theresa of Spain. She was a Habsburg and they were pretty much European, anyway ☺. And Louis' official royal title was "Louis XIV, by the Grace of God, King of France and of Navarre". So much we don't know about our common history in these days of Brexit and other things ...

In the French Wikipedia article, the other macarons, the colourful ones, are referred to as "macarons of Paris". I think it was only in our 21st century that they started to multiply at an incredible rate with the aim to conquer the world. 🙃
 
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KinkyOne

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Saint-Jean-de Luz (near Biarritz) is also very nice seaside town on the Via de Bayona.
 

journeycakes

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I have bought macarons in British Columbia, Canada. First prize for presentation goes to SuperStore in Prince George where I spotted them in a freezer case with a multi-coloured variety, packaged individually in tiny boxes with a cellophane window, with the macaron set on an angle and displayed in the manner of a small treasure from the House of Fabergé in Imperial Russia instead of being mass-produced by a French patisserie in Toronto. Surprisingly these macarons were quite lovely at the shockingly low price of $1 CAD each. I’ve also eaten them in France, and I’ve chosen from a dazzling array of colourful flavours at a bistro in Vancouver that were created by its French owner. All were a lovely treat!
 

Nancy McD

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What in the world is "French Macaroni?" Do you mean macaroons? Those are coconut cookies and usually available at most confectionery shops and bakeries.
Nope, a macaron is not a macaroon. They aren’t coconut at all. They come in all sorts of flavors / colors. A good French patisserie should have macarons ...but probably not macaroons
 

Kathar1na

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Quite fascinating, actually, to learn about these cookies, where they come from, how they migrated and how they branched out and changed their looks and taste. I liked this quote from a short history about their existence in France: Something strikes me as I contemplate the remarkable diversity of the French macaron and its centuries-long history: only one version has won global recognition as the “default”– and it’s the most recent one. The pleasingly symmetrical pastries that have become a staple of the global luxury industry are a Parisian invention of the 19th century. The macarons that won the race are gleaming, efficiently marketed products of modernity and globalization. They’ve effectively crowded out traditional predecessors.
 

Kathar1na

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Nope, a macaron is not a macaroon. They aren’t coconut at all. They come in all sorts of flavors / colors. A good French patisserie should have macarons ...but probably not macaroons
Nope. When you are in France and speak French then both of the cookies shown below are macarons. This has been discussed in detail in this thread. When you are in another country and/or speak another language, then this word may even include a third variety that looks completely different and contains coconut instead of almond. Or even hazelnut, depending on the region. And again, depending on the cultural background, this food is regarded as a luxury treat, a bite to eat with your coffee or tea, a kind of food that has its purpose because it doesn't contain wheat flour and leavening, or a traditional Christmas cookie.

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The macarons that won the race are gleaming, efficiently marketed products of modernity and globalization. They’ve effectively crowded out traditional predecessors.
Ah, and it's the latter that would be most interesting to eat.
St-Emilion, Amiens, or St-Jean-de-Luz seem to be the places to go.

What a pity. Before walking the Baztanes in 2017, several of us walked from Irun to St Jean de Luz...if only we had known...

SO. If you're walking the Via de Bayona, or are headed for the Norte down the coast of France, this looks like a place that is worth checking out. The website is mouth-watering.
Macarons aside, it's also a lovely town. And there are quick commuter bus or train connections to Bayonne and Biarritz. So if you're headed for SJPP and have a bit of time on your hands....here is a delicious possibility.
 

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Camino Chrissy

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You see this? http://prntscr.com/p0jj2l
On the left?
No, it does not look like your http thingy. But how cute...yours says "I'm not perfect, but I'm always myself". Maybe I don't see the same thing because I only use my android, not a computer.

EDIT...Yes, I do see it now when I scroll down further! It's just formatted differently in my phone. 😁
 

KinkyOne

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You see what I wrote there.

The thing is why would someone (@Mycroft ) wanted to be as perfect as a person (@KinkyOne ) that declares himself "not perfect"?
It's a matter of semantics and logic and a few other things but in short - where is the margin for being perfect? I think only at 100%. And if I'm not perfect as self-declared, then I'm less than 100% perfect. In other words I'm imperfect. So why would anyone wanted to be as imperfect as I am??? :D :D :D
 

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And if I'm not perfect as self-declared, then I'm less than 100% perfect. In other words I'm imperfect. So why would anyone wanted to be as imperfect as I am??? :D :D :D
If a person is willing to and capable of aknowledging, accepting and admitting his/her imperfections, it’s perfect!
 

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If a person is willing to and capable of aknowledging, accepting and admitting his/her imperfections, it’s perfect!
Noooooo, please, don't do this to me, erase your post, pleeeeease. In one simple sentence you completely destroyed my whole theory :D ;)
 

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