My Top 3 Best Dessert Places for Christmas Desserts

Season’s Greetings everyone!!

Happy Holidays to all my sweet readers!! This is my Christmas edition blog entry for this month in December as I can’t believe that Christmas is just around the corner and then it’s the end of the year for 2016. How fast did 2016 go by?? I hope that everyone is enjoying this Holiday Season so far with the warmer winter to now cold brrrr weather and with Toronto’s 1st big snowfall last week and more snow on the way, looks like winter is officially here. I actually love snow especially some during the Christmas time, it’s so pretty outside with the snow with the winter wonderland scenery. Winter means warm yummy desserts like warm apple cobblers and hot delicious baked cookies out of the oven to warm you up.

A quick update on a few things I have going on before we continue with my Christmas edition blog entry, the project that I was working on unfortunately will be delayed til the New Year 2017 hoping to get it done for January 2017 so please bare with me. It’s been a busy Holiday season working at my Admin job and working on a few changes that’s why. I hope that you guys (my readers) will be a bit more patient with me until things are more settled down. I am looking forward to new things happening for 2017 for this blog. I will be posting my Year In Review for 2016 mid-to-end of January 2017 unlike others who does it in December, as I have more time to work on it and share my new beginnings in 2017. Please come back again in January 2017 to read what you missed or a recap of my 2016!!

With Christmas around the corner, this is always a busy time of year for most people and if you are looking for desserts, treats or baked goods for either your Holiday parties or Christmas dinners or any Holiday event is, here are my Top 3 Best Desserts Shops that I highly recommend you should go to:

Mad Batter Bakers

Location: 135 Jefferson Avenue, Toronto (Liberty Village area)

Website: www.madbatterbakers.com

Social Media: Facebook @MadBatterBakers, Twitter @MadBatterBakers and Instagram @madbatterbakers.

Last year I recommended Mad Batter Bakers and this year is no difference, they are my absolutely fave and must stop during this Christmas season as they have the best soft & delicious gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread cookies always makes me feel like it’s Christmas and time for the Holiday season spirit. Besides how delicious their cookies taste, their cookies look so pretty too, I simply love their not overly sweet icing on their cookies as some places make the icings really sweet. Mad Batter Bakers also offer Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Some new items that they have added recently are the gingerbread house to build and their adorable Mug Mates (picture below). They also now have these cute pins, it’s a must buy as I got one myself…:)

For those who don’t know, I first discovered Mad Batter Bakers at the One of a Kind Christmas Show a few years ago and ever since then I don’t go anywhere else for my soft & delicious Gingerbread cookies. It is a must stop at my fave cookie shop, the Mad Batter Bakers booth at my Annual tradition of attending the One of A Kind Christmas Show to get their soft delicious Gingerbread cookies.  If you can’t stop by at the show, they also have a booth at the Spring One of A Kind Show in March or you definitely stop by at their bakery shop located in the Liberty Village district in Toronto. See photos below of their booth at the One of a Kind Christmas Show.

My Goodies from Mad Batter Bakers from the One of a Kind Christmas Show

This year, I finally got to visit their cozy and warm friendly shop. I love when you first walk in the door, there is a beautiful aroma smell of the most delicious sweet gingerbread flavor. There is a large selection of different gingerbread cookies to choose from, it is always so hard for me to pick. You can’t leave the store without having a delicious sample as well!! It is always a pleasure speaking with the owner and the amazing customer service I receive every time I visit her booth at the shows and at the store as well. I love their cute chalkboard signs that they do! See below my photos from her bake shop.

So if you are looking for the best gingerbread cookies in Toronto, don’t look further than Mad Batter Bakers, come by visit this quaint bakery shop for yourself to see what I’m talking about. It surely will not disappoint you!! It is worth the trip to visit and taste these amazing cookies.

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Pusateri’s – Saks Food Hall at Eaton Centre

Location: 176 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON (downtown area)

Website: www.pusateris.com

Social Media: Facebook @Pusateris, Twitter @PusaterisFoods and Instagram @pusaterisfoods.

My next recommend is Pusateri’s – Saks Food Hall at Eaton Centre as a few weeks ago I discovered this brand new high-end food hall, which spans about 25,000 sq.ft. It is very impressive food hall with the high-end finishes and serving high-quality food. Pusateri’s has recently (Nov 2016) expanded to the downtown core within the Hudson’s Bay building located in the basement of Saks Fifth Avenue at Queen and Yonge. While this is their 2nd location, their 1st location is at Sherway Gardens if that location is closer for you to check out.

It is a large space devoted to on-the-go food and catering, which includes pizza, sushi, seafood and rotisserie counters, the butcher features a wide selection of prepared sandwiches, and it even includes a champagne bar. It also has a grocery store within this large space, which is great for after work shopping.

Pusateri’s – Saks Food Hall at Eaton Centre has a large selection of delicious desserts to choose from. That’s why I’m recommending them as with their large variety of desserts from cakes, macarons, tarts, cookies, pastries and more that there is a dessert for everyone. Their desserts are high-quality and delicious as I have tasted a few myself that day as I couldn’t choose what desserts to have. I decided on the Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry cookie and it was simply delicious, it was a soft-chewy cookie, which was made perfectly. If you love thumbprint cookies, I had the Raspberry one and loved it!! They make amazing and fresh homemade cookies here, I highly recommend you coming by to try some!!

My yummy cookies I got

Their selection of cakes and mini cakelets are perfect for Christmas desserts for any number of people especially if you are looking for last minute ideas. The hours of operation at this location opens late enough that you can come down to get your desserts after work as well. Please check their website for the hours of operations.

Despite the busy Holiday season and on a weekend, their customer service at the counter was friendly and efficient as when I was there on a weekend. They were very organized and quick to take the orders and attentive to each person’s needs.

With Pusateri’s – Saks Food Hall array of variety, delicious and high-end desserts, I would definitely recommend to check out this Pusateri’s location to get your desserts for your Christmas dinner, any events, parties or even for New Year’s.

Nadège Patisserie

Location: 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON

Website: www.nadege-patisserie.com

Social Media: Facebook @NadegePatisserie, Twitter @NadegeToronto and Instagram @nadegetoronto.

My last recommendation is Nadège Patisserie at their newest location at Yorkdale mall. This is her 4th location that Nadège has opened in Toronto since her first location opened in 2009 on Queen Street West. Nadège has a French background where she was born in France. The dessert creations are prepared by Nadège, a fourth-generation pastry chef from Lyon, France known for her modern art dessert creations.

Nadège Patisserie is located in the new section of Yorkdale where Nordstrom is also located. It is a pretty big concept location for Nadège Patisserie making it enough space for a large variety of desserts and a small section for seating area. When I was there, it was quite busy as I am not surprised with her delicious looking desserts, it is no wonder people are there to enjoy the sweet desserts while shopping. It is not just how beautiful it looks, the quality and taste of her desserts matches what it looks like.

Nadège Patisserie main feature are the elegant & delicious macarons as well they offer Petit Choux, tarts, cakes (different sizes), savoury options include sandwiches, pies, and more!! Perfect for the Holiday season is her Holiday collection that includes Yule Logs, Holiday shaped chocolates, candy cane bark, box of Holiday chocolate bonbons and more. The Holiday collection is also beautifully packaged so it makes it easy to give it as a gift.

They also do catering for events by Nadège where they offer à la carte collection includes all the beautiful bites you’ll need to host the perfect office luncheon, team breakfast or breathtaking high tea! Ideal for holiday entertaining, corporate meeting or any event that you are planning!

With the large selection of desserts to choose from, I decided on my fave type of dessert, which is macarons of course, so bought a box of 6 to try and share with my sisters (who also love macarons) and tried my 1st Petit Choux, I sampled the Strawberry one and wow it is hard to describe in words how delicious this puff pastry is. It was very light and airy, but in the centre there was a strawberry filling which was amazing, perfect sweetness. I loved it!! I love how light this pastry was. I’m definitely coming back for another Petit Choux!! It will not be my last one lol!!

The macarons I really enjoyed them, it wasn’t too sweet and as I eat a lot of macarons at different bakery that I now know what a good macaron is now. This is one of them! 🙂

If you are looking for some elegant, modern and delicious variety of desserts for last minute Christmas gifts or desserts for Christmas dinner or treats for New Year’s Eve even, I highly recommend Nadège Patisserie at their Yorkdale location. Or if their other 3 locations are closer, I suggest you check it out.

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If you are looking for Christmas treats, desserts, bakery items, or Christmas gifts, please check out my Top 3 Dessert/Bakery shops: Mad Batter BakersPusateri’s – Saks Food Hall, and Nadège Patisserie as they offer the most delicious desserts & bakery items in Toronto.  With my experience with each bakery I would definitely recommend them.

I hope that they satisfy your sweet cravings as much as they have satisfied mines.

Happy Sweet New Year’s to all my readers!!!  Don’t forget to enjoy a sweet dessert on New Year’s Eve and would love to know what you had on New Year’s Eve, so please comment below and let me know or maybe a suggestion for me to try. I always love to hear from you guys!!

Until then, I will be searching for my next sweet & healthy vegan adventure in 2017…😋🎉🍰🌱

-Sweet B.

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year 2016 – To Sweet Beginnings

Hi everyone,

It’s Officially 2016 🎉, so welcome everyone to a New Year filled with sweet beginnings and maybe it’s time for some warmer desserts as it is starting to feel much colder brrrrr in Toronto. During the Holidays is always a great time for sweet desserts to share and enjoy with your family and friends. What yummy desserts did you have during the Holidays? Or what sweet dessert did you have during the first weekend of 2016? If you like to share your delicious dessert with me, please comment below or send me a photo at blooi24 [at] Hotmail [dot] com and will post them to share with everyone.

My Holidays was filled with sweet & delicious desserts, starting off with Christmas Day dinner with my cousin’s homemade Raspberry & Lemon tarts. Yum!!!

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with my family with some sweet Martini Asti Sparkling Champagne. I love sweet champagnes! 😊

On New Year’s Day, every year my family has a big New Year’s feast always so many delicious foods to enjoy and taste. My 2 fave dishes this year to share with you are: my mom’s Sweet Glazed Ham with pineapples, how can you not love the combination of sweet & savory flavours in one dish, I sure do and my mom’s Balsamic Braised Mini Potatoes with fresh thyme.

Starting off my 1st New Year’s weekend in 2016, enjoyed simply a heavenly Apple Tart from the bakery at Loblaws. I love apple desserts particularly in Fall and Winter and I was pleasantly surprised to find this amazing dessert at Loblaws. Love the little bits of fresh apples inside and there were also small walnuts too. The crumble top was what made the Apple tart simply delicious! Loved it! Definitely going back to get another one soon! What a delightful & sweet way to start off for 2016 with this Apple Tart dessert.

I look forward to discovering new sweet dessert places and sharing them with you in this 2016 New Year! I hope that you will come along and follow my sweet adventure travelling to new places to find the perfect dessert places in new or returning cities. Cheers to a Sweet 2016! 🍹🎂

Don’t forget to come back very soon to read my Special Edition Review Blog entry! You don’t want to miss it!!! Until then….

-Sweet B.

My Three Fave Bakeries for Christmas Desserts

Hi everyone,

Happy Holidays to all my sweet readers!! This will be my last entry before the end of the year, wow, can’t believe how fast this year has passed! I’m excited and looking forward to 2016 to sharing more sweet bakeries/shops and my love for sweets and treats with you all. I hope that you will continue to join me in discovering new sweet places together and for those new readers, you are definitely welcome to join me as well. I will definitely not disappoint you in satisfying your sweet cravings, you can check out my previous blog entries to see what you have missed out in 2015 -> HERE. 🙂

As we all know, the Holidays is always a busy time of year for everyone between Christmas shopping, hosting or attending Christmas parties, decorating Christmas trees and more, where do you find the time to bake? Well for those readers who either looking for a last minute or even those looking for desserts, sweets or bakery items like cakes, cupcakes, etc to bring to their Christmas dinners to family, friends and even Christmas work parties, here are my 3 Faves and Best Bakeries Recommendations.

The first bakery I recommend is my fave and go-to bakery and well known as Toronto’s ultimate One Stop Sweet Shop is Dessert Lady. Dessert Lady is conveniently located in Yorkville in their cozy quaint shop where they have over 350 menu items to choose from ranging from Gourmet Cakes, Handmade Chocolate Truffles, French Macarons, Cupcakes, Banana loafs, ice cream, and much more. Dessert Lady also specialize in beautiful custom 3D cakes for any celebration as well they offer catering with custom treats with corporate logos. Check out some new photos below when I recently stopped by their bakery for their Christmas decorated cozy shop!

Dessert Lady has always been one of my go to bakery shops because I can always rely on them with their friendly and exceptional customer service. Every time I visit their shop, I am welcomed with their warm atmosphere filled with sweet treats coming from their freshly baked oven. Dessert Lady has never disappointed me in satisfying my sweet cravings. On my most recent visit to the bakery, I was surprised to find the last one of my fave oatmeal cookies on the shelves, perfect timing! No one makes oatmeal cookies like Dessert Lady. I never leave the shop without purchasing one sweet treat, it is so hard to resist!!

Recently, Dessert Lady upgraded their website to a brand new updated look, it looks amazing and now you can check online live what cakes are available that day along with a special Rewards program to earn points to get discount on their sweet bakery items! Who can resist that? Check out a sample of their new updated website with my screenshot.

Check out my link below for more details & photos on Dessert Lady on a previous blog entry I have done:

Dessert Lady: Best Bakery & Dessert Shop in Toronto

For more information on Dessert Lady, please check it out below:

Address: 12 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON

You can also follow them on Facebook @DessertLady, Twitter @DessertLady_TO, and new on Instagram @dessertlady_to

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The 2nd bakery I recommend is Mad Batter Bakers esp during the Christmas time as they make the most delicious Gingerbread cookies in Toronto. I first discovered Mad Batter Bakers at the One of a Kind Christmas Show a few years ago and ever since then I don’t go anywhere else for my soft & delicious Gingerbread cookies. After discovering Mad Batter Bakers at the One of A Kind Christmas show, it is a must stop at my fave cookie shop, the Mad Batter Bakers booth at my Annual tradition of attending the One of A Kind Christmas Show to get their soft delicious Gingerbread cookies.

Mad Batter Baker specializes in soft Gingerbread cookies and Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Besides how delicious their cookies taste, their cookies look so pretty too, I simply love their not overly sweet icing on their cookies as some places make the icings really sweet. It is made perfectly! Mad Batter Bakers also have cookies available for ready to decorate your own gingerbread cookies too. They also do custom cookies order as well. Check out some of my photos from their booth at One of A Kind Show.

Gingerbread cookies always reminds me of Christmas as I’m sure most people do too, but for me Gingerbread cookies also reminds me of the Holidays and a time spent with my family and if you love Gingerbread cookies as much as I do then look no further than Mad Batter Bakers who make the best Gingerbread cookies with their light spice aroma of the cookies when you open the box it smells like Christmas and the soft chewy taste. What I love about their Gingerbread cookies is it lasts for quite awhile as I had them for 2 weeks and they are still fresh and soft. According to their website, their Gingerbread cookies last for 3 months. Please see below more photos from their One Of A Kind Show booth when I went this year. This year one of Mad Batter Bakers new items is called: Mug Mates, it is so cute, it comes in a set of four, check out the photo below of the one I saw at the show.

If you can’t make it to the One of A Kind Christmas show or they are also at the One of A Kind Spring show in 2016 (who can wait that long lol! For your future reference as they do attend both shows) to pick up one of their delicious boxes of Gingerbread cookies or Old Fashioned Sugar cookies for Christmas, you can visit them located in the Liberty Village district in Toronto. Their bakery shop is located in between Dufferin and Strachen Avenue.

I haven’t had a chance to visit their bakery shop in person yet, but I definitely can’t wait to check their shop and pick up more Gingerbread cookies for Christmas as I can never get enough of their delicious & soft Gingerbread cookies.

Check out below of their sweet Christmas sign in front of their shop posted on their Instagram account.

For more information on Mad Batter Bakers, please check it out below:

Address: 135 Jefferson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.madbatterbakers.com

You can also follow them on Facebook @MadBatterBakers, Twitter @MadBatterBakers, and new on Instagram @madbatterbakers.

Information on One Of A Kind Show, check out their website: www.oneofakindshow.com

The 3rd bakery that I would recommend if you are specifically looking for macarons would definitely recommend of course my fave Butter Avenue. Butter Avenue is specializes in macarons and they simply make the best macarons with natural ingredients and no added artificial flavours or preservatives.

Butter Avenue also have delicious cakes and tarts as well as beverages including coffee, espresso, tea, and more. They currently have decorated cakes and tarts with limited edition chocolates & macarons just in time for Christmas! So go check them out!

Another reason why I would recommend Butter Avenue is because of their exceptional and friendly customer service. I been to both of their locations and have always received very friendly and also very helpful customer service. If you need assistance or advice on particular maracons, the staff at Butter Avenue is quite helpful and they know their products, which is why I keep coming back to this elegant and amazing bakery shop.

I recently stopped by their Yonge & Lawrence location as I haven’t been by the shop recently and picked up some macarons to share with my sister for Christmas as well my first time trying their Tarte Aux Pommes w/ granny smith apples, crème pâtissière vanille, cinnamon sugar & caramel apple concentrate and it was simply delicious!!!! I loved it!! I love apple desserts and this is probably one of my new faves. Please check out some new photos I took of the bakery shop while I was there with some beautiful Christmas decorations and Christmas desserts like one of their tarts in a Snowman shape. There are a few Christmas macarons flavours that includes: Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Molten Chocolate Marshmallow and Hazelnut Cranberry.

For further details and more photos of Butter Avenue, please check out my 3 previous entries on this amazing macaron shop & why I keep coming back to them for macarons.

  1. Butter Avenue: Best Macarons in Toronto
  2. Celebrating Macaron Day at Butter Avenue in Toronto
  3. Butter Avenue Update: Sharing More of My Love of Marcaons on Easter Weekend

For more information on Butter Avenue, please check it out below:

Their two locations: Yonge & Lawrence – 3467 Yonge Street and Queen & Spadina – 477 Queen Street West.

Website: www.butteravenue.com

You can also follow them on Facebook @ButterAvenueCo, Twitter @ButterAvenue, and new on Instagram @butteravenue.

If you are looking for Christmas treats, desserts, or bakery items, please check out my 3 fave bakery shops: Dessert Lady, Mad Batter Bakers, and Butter Avenue as they offer the most delicious desserts & bakery items in Toronto. With my experience with each bakery I would definitely recommend them.

I hope that they will satisfy your sweet cravings as much as they have satisfied mines.

Happy Sweet New Year’s to all my readers!!! Don’t forget to enjoy a sweet dessert on New Year’s Eve and would love to see what my readers have on New Year’s Eve or if you enjoyed a dessert before then, if you would like to share your dessert photo with me, please send me an e-mail at blooi24@hotmail.com or fill out the form below with a link to your photo. I will post a few in the New Year’s to share for everyone. I will also be sharing my delicious dessert with everyone in the New Year!

Until then, searching for my next sweet adventure in 2016…:)

-Sweet B.