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Eating Out - November 14, 2014

Let them eat cake

Alexander's Patisserie opens in Mountain View

by Elena Kadvany

One bite of a kouign-amann from Alexander's Patisserie will dispel any doubts you may have about the quality of a French patisserie run by a restaurant group best known for its high-end steakhouses.

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

Though I hold out little hope of successfully explaining the contrast in meaning that "macaron" has lately acquired (US pop culture understands the word differently from its standard meaning in France and French cooking), still the pricing quirk in this story seemed worth asking about.

"$2 for one, $13 for six, $25 for 12" is, respectively, a per-piece price of $2, $2.17, $2.08. I'm guessing there was an error somewhere, otherwise that's an unusual approach to quantity pricing, no matter what the item's name!

Posted by MV Mama
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I'm guessing the macaron pricing is due to the box (that you wouldn't get with a single macaron). They are priced like this in the fancy pastry shops in Paris too.

Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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I asked in person and was told yes, the quantity pricing includes surcharges for different packagings used.

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