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Chantal Guillon, San Francisco CA

chantal guillonIf you focus on one or two themes at a time, you can be an expert.  This applies to a number of things, like learning a musical instrument, going to college, and developing the perfect product.  Chantal Guillon, purveyor of macarons and fine teas, excels in pastry making.  August got a delicious iced tea for the road back from celebrating Bastille Day in San Francisco, and we couldn’t leave without one of each of the macarons to try later at home.

macarons!All of the macarons had crisp exteriors hiding rich and sometimes unconventional fillings, ranging from standard buttercream to jelly, and even whole peanuts.  One of the flavors had run out by the time we got to Chantal Guillon, but the sixteen available were still beyond all expectations.  Pictured above we have:

Tahitian Vanilla

Red Velvet

Caramelized Whole Peanuts and Cinnamon

Coffee

Almond Amaretto

Lemon

Apricot

Cherry Amarena

Passion Fruit

Jasmine Green Tea

Valentino Raspberry-Lychee

Orange Blossom Strawberry

Persian Rose

Dark Chocolate

Salted Caramel

Italian Pistachio

Readers, the first of you who can correctly match the names with the macarons in the picture above before July 19 will receive a $20 gift certificate to Chantal Guillon!  We vouch for the veracity of the cookies’ flavors, so expect nothing less than true taste when you take a bite.  The Cherry Amarena, for one, had the mild tartness of rich deep cherry, and it seemed like there was even a small candied cherry in the center.  Similarly, the Orange Blossom Strawberry had a creamy buttercream that enveloped a small square of strawberry jelly.  The Red Velvet, even, had a filling with the flavor of real cream cheese frosting.

Are you already in San Francisco, looking for a new spot to satisfy your sweet tooth?  Or are you from out of town, planning a trip to the city by the bay?  Either way, you cannot pass up this little shop.  There’s plenty of public transportation and parking lots, so there’s no excuse.

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Posted on July 14, 2013, in Bakeries and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Love the way you write as well as cover not only fantastic food spots but the details like parking, etc also! My fav macaroon shop is in Paris but this shop definitely sounds like it will give it a run for the money! Can’t wait to get to SF to try these as well as the other restaurants you have tried. Thanks for your insight!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope that your experiences in SF live up to your expectations after reading our recommendations! Give us a heads up when you’re coming, it would be fun to join you for dinner!

  2. Ok, here’s my guess…in the very back is dark chocolate. From left to right starting in the diagonal back: lemon, Italian pistachio, apricot, jasmine green tea, passion fruit, red velvet, Persian rose and Tahitian vanilla

    The macaron with a star is caramelized whole peanuts and cinnamon
    The row with four near the front is (left to right) almond amaretto, orange blossom strawberry, cherry amarena and coffee
    In the very front is Valentino raspberry lychee and salted caramel

    Am I right?

  3. Starting from top right:
    Dark Chocolate

    2nd row from left to right:
    Yellow = Lemon
    Dark Green = Italian Pistachio
    Light Orange = Apricot
    Light Green = Jasmine Green Tea
    Peach = Passion Fruit
    Red = Red Velvet
    Pink = Persian Rose
    White = Tahitian Vanilla
    White w/ Star = Caramelized Whole Peanuts and Cinnamon

    3rd row from left to right:
    White = Almond Amaretto
    Orange w/ White lines = Orange Blossom
    Red w/ Green Line = Cherry Amarena
    Brown w/ Dot = Coffee

    Bottom row from left to rrght:
    Pink w/ red lines = Valentino Raspberry-Lychee (My 2nd favorite)
    Brown w/ gold streaks = Salted Caramel (My favorite)

    Yes, I’m a macaron addict and yes I love Chantal Guillon.

  4. Macarons all in a row: Lemon, Italian Pistachio, Passionfruit, Jasmine Green Tea, Apricot , Red Velvet, Persian Rose, Tahitian Vanilla,
    Scattered macarons from left to right: Valentino Raspberry-Lychee, Almond Amaretto, Orange Blossom Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Cherry Amarena, coffee, Caramelized Whole Peanuts and Cinnamon & Dark Chocolate?

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