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Monday
Feb232009

Cakespy Undercover: Macaron Fever at Honoré in Seattle

Macarons from Honore, photo c/o Kim
Seeking Parisian-style macarons in Seattle? We'd been hearing some great things about Honoré in Ballard, so recently our Cake Gumshoe Kim went to see for herself. Here are her thoughts:

I wanted some macaroons--so I went to Honoré and bought 5! I've now tested all the flavors I got. Granted, these are the first macaroons I've ever had so I don't have much to compare them to, but I have to say they were amazing! They were everything I hoped they would be.
Macarons from Honore, photo c/o KimMacarons from Honore, photo c/o Kim
I chose lavender, coffee, pistachio and another one which I think was chocolate/coconut/salted caramel. They had about 10 flavors in all and i wished I could have got one of each, but unfortunately I was on a budget! I'm a sucker for all things lavender flavored - I had a feeling those would be my favorite so I bought two. I was right! The lavender flavor was just right, they were topped with little flowers, and had a delicious creamy chocolate filling which I didn't expect. The coffee one had a rich coffee flavor which was very satisfying. The pistachio flavor was very nutty and tasted just like pistachios... except sweet! Lastly, I finished off the mysterious chocolate/coconut/salted caramel this morning. It was so good! I could definitely taste the salted caramel, and there were little bits of coconut inside the cookie.

So to sum it up - they were all good, and all different. I want to go back and try more flavors!

On another note about Honoré's general awesomeness - the girl working the counter was so nice. She listed off all 10 or so macaroon flavors to me, sweetly, without an eye roll in sight! We also got a croissant which was very good, and they had a bunch of other pastries that looked really yummy.

Honoré is open Wed.–Sun.; 1413 NW 70th St.; 206.706.4035.

 

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Reader Comments (18)

Can I go back with you ? these macaroons look fantastic :) wish I could someday visit this fantastic place. thanks for your interesting posts :)

February 23 | Unregistered CommenterSnooky doodle

Yummy! They look fantastic!

February 23 | Unregistered Commenterthereddeer

wow, those colors!

February 23 | Unregistered Commenterveggievixen

The macarons look delicious! Macarons have always been on my radar but I really got to indulge when I lived in Paris for a few months. I could use a few right now actually!

February 23 | Unregistered Commenterwhatsonmyplate

ooh ... they are not only gorgeous looking but delicious too. :) It has been a long time since I make any macarons. :)

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cooking Ninja

they look so good!

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterAran

Snooky Doodle: You're free to spy with us ANY time!

Reddeer: oh yea!

Veggievixen: Aren't they just so lovely?

Whatsonmyplate: Hopefully you have a spot nearby to get your fix!

Cooking Ninja: maybe it's time to revisit the art of making them!

Aran: Don't they just? Not as yum as the ones you make though.

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Macaroons? MACAROONS? I didn't see any coconut in those, peoples. *huff huff*

Sorry, the macaroon/macaron debacle is a pet peeve of mine.

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Beautiful pictures. Great text. Wonderful cookies. Life is good.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I brought my boys there the day they opened last summer. My youngest (who was 18 mos. at the time) pointed to a chocolate macaron and proceeded to get 15% of it in his mouth and 85% all over his face and shirt. The very nice girl behind the counter went into the back to get the chef so he could see the fruits of his labor. It was all very sweet and made me want to return.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterDana Treat

After reading this I am craving macarons! Fortunately for me, there is a macaron bakery down the street. Yum.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

sweet! I had no idea you could find these in Seattle... will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

-L

February 26 | Unregistered CommenterLara Ferroni

Sounds like I need to take a trip to ballard.

February 28 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

YES! Macarons in Seattle! Thanks for the tip, Jessie!

:(.........I'm so sad! We have NO macaroons in Houston, TX.
I had my first ones at Sucre, New Orleans and they were amazing, but I wish I had something close!

March 2 | Unregistered CommenterPen Pen

though i love the idea of flying to paris just for their delightful cookies, i guess it isn't exactly feasible (maybe someday). merci!

March 4 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I cannot wait to try Honoré! Will go visit next week!

For those that didn't realize that Seattle has bakeries that sell macarons, I know of two others that do:

Le Panier at Pike Place..
Le Nouveau Bakery in West Seattle~

March 5 | Unregistered CommenterV

Maison Burdisso Macarons are available in Houston Texas at the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Houston Farmers Market on Tuesdays

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