Discovered the Best Authentic French Pâtisserie in Old Montreal: Maison Christian Faure

Hi everyone!

I’m back and excited to share with you about a new pastry/bakery that I discovered during my recent trip to Montreal where I attended my 1st conference for Food Bloggers of Canada (check out my review here if you haven’t read it yet: click here -> FBC2015 Review) as I mentioned in my previous entry. I still found some time after the conference before I left Montreal to explore the Old Port and Old Montreal. Montreal is a city known for many great restaurants & cafes and there are always so many choices to choose in Montreal.

I been to Montreal a few times now and one of my fave places to explore is Old Montreal where I love walking along the old cobblestoned streets and you will find streets with buildings dating from the 17th through 19th centuries to grand old French restaurants, history museums as well as the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, boutique shops, and the riverfront Old Port. The Old Port, which I took a walk there on a beautiful day that day it stretches for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River in Old Montreal. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy nature and it has access for those who likes to do walking, cycling, roller-blading, etc. The historical Old Port offers visitors alike access to a wide variety of activities, including the Montreal Science Centre with an IMAX Theatre and the Montreal Clock Tower.

After having lunch in Old Montreal as I strolled through the old cobblestoned streets. I discovered in Old Montreal on the rue (street) of Place Royale is an authentic French Pâtisserie called: Maison Christian Faure. Stepping into this pastry shop feels like a modern French authentic cafe and I really enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere that this pastry shop has to offer as I was greeted when I walked in. As I walked in the pastry shop, you could smell the fresh pastry breads and I felt like I was surround by yummy sweets, it was really hard to choose what to eat as I was a bit full from lunch. But how can I say no to these sweet desserts? LOL!

Maison Christian Faure offers an assortment of desserts and pastries that includes French macarons, tarts, fresh breads, éclairs, biscuits, madeleines, meringues and homemade jams, etc along with other French classics that shows Maison Christian Faure pastry shop a diversity of the magnificent local Quebec produce. Along with pastries & desserts, Maison Christian Faure also as a deli counter showcasing Quebec’s local and seasonal produce chosen and carefully prepared for customers. Maison Christian Faure may also hosts parties, receptions, and a private lounge for events. Maison Christian Faure is not just a pastry shop, but also the first International school dedicated to French pastry in Canada. “The Pastry School is the upshot of a team of accomplished and acclaimed chefs, all holding the Meilleur Ouvrier de France title. They have come together to offer a curriculum that is based on the principles and values of excellence as well as the schooling of the French know-how and art of living.” (from website: Maison Christian Faure)

After finally deciding from all the yummy sweets, I picked a French Apple Tatin, which if you don’t know what “Tatin” is which I didn’t know that there was a type of pastry called: Tatin, but it is an upside-down pastry in which the fruit (usually apples) are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. It’s great and interesting to learn about new terminology in this food industry, I feel when I go to different places I tend to discover new things, which I love and then to share with my readers as well. To me this Apple Tatin was in simple terms an apple pie and I can not even describe how this simple dessert was simply delicious!! It was so fresh and it tasted very authentic French dessert, I think I could have ate a 2nd one and that’s how good it was. The exterior of the tart may look hard but it was sooooo soft when I ate it. Every bite was like you were on cloud 9 and you wanted more and more. I was too full to even get a tea or drink so next time will definitely be coming back to have a tea with my dessert.

Noted I posted the delicious Apple Tatin twice as it looked soooo beautiful as well, one close up of the dessert! It was almost too pretty to eat. That’s why I love desserts so much, they always look so pretty.

Of course, I couldn’t leave the pastry shop without having one of my fave desserts, macarons. How can I not at least get one to sample as I am in one of the authentic French dessert shop in Montreal? I got the Raspberry macaron and had it as my dessert on the train later on that day when I headed back home to Toronto. It was the best macaron I ever had!!! It also had raspberry filling inside to top it all off. I only wish I had more lol!! I could probably eat half a dozen of their macarons, it is that good! I guess I know where to get the best macarons in Montreal the next time I visit this beautiful city.

If you are looking for an authentic French pastry & dessert shop, look no further than Maison Christian Faure, by renowned pastry Chef Christian Faure who specializes in the art of pastry and desserts and was awarded the ‘Best Pastry Chef of the World” title by The American Academy for Hospitality Sciences. It is the best French Pâtisserie shop in Montreal located in Old Montreal, it is definitely worth it to come and enjoy some French sweets of all kinds! I know now when I’m in Montreal where my must eat dessert place is, I would definitely recommend this bakery shop and it is definitely a must go to try when you’re in Montreal! I can’t wait to come back to try more sweet & delicious desserts here! Maison Christian Faure will not disappoint.

Until the next sweet festive adventure….

-Sweet B.

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For more information to contact or to visit Maison Christian Faure, please see below:

Address: 355, Place Royale, Montreal, QC  H2Y 2V3

Hours of Operations: Everyday from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Website: maisonchristianfaure.ca

Pastry school
Phone #: 514 508-6452
registrar@christianfaure.ca

Counter and boutique
Phone #: 514 508-6453
admin@christianfaure.ca

You can also find Maison Christian Faure on Facebook – @cfaureMOF, Follow on Twitter – @MaisonCF, and Instagram – @maisonchristianfaure.

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Butter Avenue Update: Sharing More of my Love for Macarons on Easter Weekend

Hi everyone!!

Happy Easter long weekend everyone!!! Sorry maybe a bit late for my greetings for all, but hope everyone been having a sweet Easter treats for this Easter weekend!

For those still looking for some sweet treats, maybe a macaron I may suggest? Well, if I didn’t love macarons before, I think I love these little sweet bites aka macarons even more now than before. Is that possible? Why you ask? Well as you all know or didn’t know, my previous blog I written celebrating ‘Macaron Day’ with my fave macaron shop, Butter Avenue.

I would like to share with my readers that I was one of the lucky social media winners frm Butter Avenue contest where I was picked by sharing my sweet photos from that day.  For this Easter weekend, I thought it was perfect timing to pick up my delightful macarons prize from Butter Avenue where I enjoyed and tried different types of macarons. My fave definitely still is their Spring flavour, ‘Spring My Love’ as I love that bite in the middle with the raspberry raising the taste of the entire macaron. My new fave that I tried is the Earl Grey flavour and fell in love with it instantly! Every bite of it was perfect, it tasted exactly like my fave tea – Earl Grey, which blew me away.

 

Butter Avenue – Easter Hunt Tarts & Other Yummy Tarts

Spring Flowers w/ my fave flavour – Spring My Love, Lychee Raspberry and Strawberry White Chocolate

I would like to again thank you Butter Avenue for rewarding me with these special, sweet and satisfying macarons to celebrate my Easter weekend and sharing them with my sisters! I look forward to coming back next time for future delicious macarons and looking forward to new flavours coming up!

Butter Avenue is definitely the place to go if you are looking for the best macarons in Toronto! If you haven’t picked up a sweet yet small delicate treat to celebrate Easter, there is always time still to go to Butter Avenue to do so!

For now, I leave you with these sweet bite size thoughts and will be looking for my next sweet (this time not a macaron lol) adventure to share with you all very soon!

-Sweet B.

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For more information on Butter Avenue, please check out their website:

www.butteravenue.com

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for their latest updates:

Facebook, Twitter – @ButterAvenue, and on Instagram – @ButterAvenue

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Celebrating Macaron Day at Butter Avenue in Toronto

Hi everyone!!

Welcoming everyone back to my “sweet” blog, I’m back now!! 🙂 Sorry it’s been quite sometime now since I last updated. I will try my best to keep my blog regularly updated from now on as you all know, it’s sometimes hard to do so with busy lives balancing out work, family and etc . Recently started a new job, so I’m learning to balance my life still. But my passion as always been about food particularly sweets and will continue to show that passion through my blog.

I thought it was perfect timing to start my blog again celebrating one of my fave sweet delicate desserts, “Macaron Day”, which was on Friday, March 20, 2015. As well it was the first day of Spring! There were so many things to celebrate on Friday! Macaron Day is also celebrated in other International cities along with Toronto, which celebrates these delicate confections in support of a local charity called: Red Door Family Shelter. There were participating patisseries across Toronto will come together to offer complimentary macarons to customers. For participating patisseries, please check out the website: http://www.macarondayto.com for future Macaron Days.

To celebrate “Macaron Day”, I went to my fave macaron shop, Butter Avenue, for the 2nd time that I have celebrated Macaron Day, but this time to the Queen and Spadina location one. It was my first time going to the Queen and Spadina location. I was surprised that there was a line up to get into the shop, but it was definitely worth the wait as I didn’t wait that long anyways maybe 5 minutes. Butter Avenue had 29 flavours available dedicated for this special “Macaron Day” that will not be available on a regular basis. I was very interested in that so that’s why I definitely wanted to try the new flavours.

There were so many flavours to choose from, which was hard to pick as they all sound so good lol! I ended up getting these flavours: Spring My Love (Safflower Raspberry), Secret Garden (Rose Mix Berries), Berry Yogurt, Red Bean Matcha, Sea Salt Caramel, and Almond Brûlée. I bought half a dozen and shared it with my sister who also loves macarons. I wish I bought more lol, but they were so delicious to enjoy. My fave I have to say was the Berry Yogurt and Spring My Love!

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One of my macarons – Berry Yogurt up close. Love how my purple ring matches the macaron!

As well, Butter Avenue this year was donating 35% of their macaron’s sales that day to the North York General Hospital Foundation. According to their Instagram account, it was a record breaking fundraising day and I’m happy to have participated in to help them out.

For those who joined in to celebrate “Macaron Day”, I hope that you all have enjoyed your sweet treat ‘cause who doesn’t appreciate a little sweetness in their tastebuds. And for those who didn’t celebrate it, it is never too late to enjoy a small yet sweet macaron anytime of the day. Those looking for the best macarons in T.O, look no further than Butter Avenue. They will not disappoint! Definitely will be coming back for more macarons next time!

For now, will be looking for my next inspiration for the next blog. Looking for my next sweet adventure….

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For more information on Butter Avenue, please check out their website:

www.butteravenue.com

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for their latest updates:

Facebook, Twitter – @ButterAvenue, and on Instagram – @ButterAvenue

For more information on future Macaron Day, please check out their website:

http://www.macarondayto.com

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Butter Avenue: Best Macarons in Toronto

Happy Macaron Day everyone!! Sorry it’s been awhile since my last blog! I been busy working at my day job and updating the look of this blog!

It is also the first day of Spring and what a great way to start Spring with a sweet treat to remind us what Spring feels like again!!

Macaron Day is celebrated around the world and in Toronto as well where we celebrate these delicious delicate sweets. There were several participating patisseries across Toronto that came together to offer complimentary macarons to customers for Macaron Day. It was hard to choose which one delicious patisserie to try and decided to try Butter Avenue as I heard some good reviews about it and it was good location for me to go to.

Front of Butter Avenue

It was my first time going to Butter Avenue and wow I have to say it was one of the BEST macarons I ever tasted in Toronto!! I tried several macaron places before and this is for sure one of my fave macarons now. Some macarons are made very sweet and to me, this macaron was made perfect!  I`m happy to have discovered this new patisserie!

On my first visit to Butter Avenue, I was greeted when I came into the shop and all the staff there was friendly and knowledgeable about the macarons! I love the atmosphere in Butter Avenue, it is a very beautiful & lovely shop inside!! I ended up getting Raspberry and White Chocolate Strawberry macarons along with the complimentary macaron – Sea Salt Caramel. They were just delicious and soft!!! Even though I don`t eat chocolate, I have to admit that the White Chocolate Strawberry macaron was my fave one!

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Butter Avenue also offers other pastries as well, but only today they were only selling macarons! I`m looking forward to coming back there to try their other sweet desserts and breads.

If you are looking for one of the best macarons in Toronto, I suggest you go to Butter Avenue! It is sure not to disappoint!!!

For more information on Butter Avenue, please check out their website:

www.butteravenue.com

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for their latest updates:

Facebook and Twitter – @ButterAvenue

Hope everyone enjoyed their Macaron Day as much as I did!! Onto my next sweet adventure….