My Food Travels – Summer Getaway 2018 to Montreal, QC

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my sweet dairyfree blog!!! It’s been a very hectic & busy but fun summer and I can’t believe it’s already end of September and it’s officially Fall now!!! Where did the summer go? Can’t believe how fast summer went!! There were many events and things happening in August so unfortunately I didn’t even have time to share them with you all some of the amazing moments and times during my fun and busy month of August. From food festivals to watching live tennis to going to the beach (many days) to day trips and lastly to my summer getaway to Montreal at end of the month.

It was one of my busiest summers ever for me and now I’m actually looking forward to be more focused on this blog & working on it before the busy Holidays in December. How was everyone’s summer?? What was your fave part of your summer for 2018?? I hope everyone enjoyed this year really humid summer days even though at times I wish it was cooler lol!! With some warm Fall weather, you can still always enjoy dairy free desserts and here are some of my previous blogs for some suggestions:

4th Feature – Food Travels in Montreal, Quebec

This is my 4th Feature for my Food Travels if you haven’t read my previous ones, you should definitely check them out here as some of the food adventures places that I have travelled include Kingston and London, ON.

I love travelling to new cities or towns to explore and discover new bakeries and restaurants along with the sights and attractions in a new city or town whether it is in Ontario or in Canada or USA. I love sharing my discovery with my readers.

The Old Charming City of Montreal, QC

Marche Bonsecours in the Old Port

I travelled to Montreal, QC for my summer getaway as a last minute trip for a personal event so of course while I’m there you know I love my dairyfree and vegan desserts so it is not surprise that I had to check out a few bakeries in Montreal as Montreal is known for delicious and amazing foods and yes even vegan foods and had to share them with you guys while I was on vacation. This is not my 1st visit to Montreal as I been to Montreal a few times over the last few years but haven’t been since 2015 for the Food Bloggers of Canada conference.

If you haven’t been to Montreal before, it is the largest city in Canada’s Québec province and set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mount Royal because of it’s triple peaked hill in the middle of the city. What brings the old charming feel to the city of Montreal is the architecture and cobbled streets in Old Montreal, which has been maintained or restored by the city, it is a historic area southeast of the downtown area with many attractions including the Old Port of Montreal, Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal City Hall, the Bonsecours Market, Place d’Armes, the Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilica and more!!

Montreal is a big, busy, exhilarating city, with so much to see and do from their entertaining nightlife on popular streets like Saint Catherine and Crescent Street filled with lots of variety of restaurants, bars and clubs to Montreal’s fashionable shopping districts and then of course, Montreal’s amazing food with a large variety of different tastes around the world for everyone! Montreal also offers a diversity of recreational activities from the many parks to explore in Montreal like Mount Royal or going to the Casino de Montréal or going to the Botanical Garden or going to music festivals and more to name just a few activities that Montreal has to offer.

As you can see, Montreal is a big and exciting city to explore with many things to do and see that I always love coming back to do different things that I haven’t done before or explore back to the places I been to that I love seeing again like the Old Port while enjoying their old and charming city feel when I return.

My Experience

My delicious dairy free lunch on the VIA Rail train

I travelled to Montreal by VIA Rail train as I enjoy taking the train as it’s the most comfortable and easiest way for me to travel to another city. Travelling by train is affordable and great low prices too. I usually travel the train under the Business class as I love the comfortable of spacious seating and delicious meals esp for longer journey like to Montreal. It’s a great way to travel as you don’t have to worry about the traffic and you get to rest comfortable to get to your destination. I highly recommend travelling by train within Ontario, Quebec and even further cities, it’s a great way to explore Canada.

I stayed at the new Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest hotel, which is located in the heart of Montreal’s business district. Within walking distance from CGI and WSP corporate offices, Concordia University, the CIBC Tower, Mary-Queen-of-the-World Cathedral, Place Ville-Marie, Place Bonaventure and more!!

It is one block away from both St-Catherine Street, which is known for it’s street of shops and restaurants and Crescent Street, well known for it’s nightlife, bars and restaurants.

It is a great downtown location as it is close to a Metro station for easy access to get around the city by transit. Some of the amenities include: panoramic indoor salted pool, the state-of-the-art fitness center and Le Restaurant Crossbar.

The lobby beautiful lights

It was my 1st time staying at the Holiday Inn & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest hotel and loved it!! It is one of the newer hotels located in the heart of downtown. The design and interior of the hotel is modern and beautifully updated along with a spacious size King bedroom that I stayed in with city views. The staff at this hotel was very friendly and helpful to me when I needed directions or restaurant suggestions around the area. Only con I found about this hotel is that at the moment there is a huge construction going on around the area so it was a bit hard to navigate to get to the actual hotel from the Metro as it was also in the under construction area as they are working on a new building and fixing few things. Once completed it would look great and easier to walk around.

Otherwise, I was very impressed with this Holiday Inn & Suites Centre-ville in Montreal definitely a very sophisticated and modern 4-star hotel and most important is that it was a very clean hotel. I also had time to enjoy their beautiful and large pool during my stay. I highly recommend if you are in Montreal to stay at this amazing hotel as it is close to a lot of attractions in Montreal!!

My 3 Fave Dairy Free Dessert Places To Visit in Montreal

When visiting a new city I love discovering new dairy free bakeshops, despite having been to Montreal already this is my 1st visit to Montreal on my dairy free diet as I haven’t been to Montreal in a few years now. Check out below my 3 Fave Dairy Free Dessert / Bakeshops in Montreal and why I love them.

1) Creperie du Marché

If you love crepes like me, I was so excited to find a crepe place called, Creperie du Marché that makes organic dairy free, gluten free buckwheat crepes that is located in the heart of the Jean Talon Market. Jean Talon Market is a large farmer’s market in Montreal, which is located in the Little Italy district. It is open year-round and yes even in the winter where about 300 vendors mostly farmers from Montreal sell their local produces from meat, fish, cheese, fruits, vegetables and more along with stores offering baked goods and more!

Creperie du Marché offers their French cuisine to their healthy gluten free buckwheat crepes using organic and local products in Montreal to make one of the best dairy free buckwheat crepes I ever had!! They offer a good selection of crepes from savoury to sweet crepes with breakfast types like ham, apple and cheese to vegetarian/vegan crepes like spinach, tomato, egg and cheese to sweet crepes like apples, pears, caramel and whipped cream to name a few from their menu. Besides crepes, they also offer drinks such as coffee, organic tea, juices, sparkling cider and more.

I decided to try their special summer buckwheat crepe, which consists of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries topped with sugar icing, which was added for my crepe as it was originally with maple syrup. The buckwheat crepe was delicious, moist and tasty, I loved it!!! I love the summer fruits – strawberries, raspberries and blueberries on top making it taste like summer in my mouth!!

Also great and friendly customer service at Creperie du Marché as if you had an allergy that you can let them know and they can accommodate you. If you are looking for a healthy gluten free and dairy free buckwheat crepe with a variety of toppings available from savoury to sweet to vegetarian then I definitely recommend you check out Creperie du Marché.

For more information on Creperie du Marché, please see below:
Check out their website -> click here
You can follow them on their Social Media networks, Facebook @Creperiedumarche and Instagram @Creperiedumarche.
2) Ca Lem

A definitely must visit when in Montreal looking for freshly made ice creams, sorbets and homemade soft serve swirls with vegan options is Ca Lem. Ca Lem is located in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) a residential neighborhood of Montreal in the West end on Sherbrooke Street. It wasn’t too far to travel from the downtown area by Metro to visit Ca Lem as it was definitely worth the trip.

Ca Lem is a cozy, charming and cute shop with bright interior design of benches to sit while the outside of the shop feels like a backyard home with fake grass though with benches and beautiful flowers surrounding the area. Ca Lem has Instagram worthy shots spots inside their cozy shop set up to take photos of your ice cream, if it isn’t melting yet lol…like mines was lol!! I instantly fell in love with their cozy and brightly designed shop!! The staff at the shop are very friendly and very helpful about the types of ice cream, sorbets and soft serve available esp for people like me that is dairy free.

They offer 18 delightful flavours of creamy to fruity, hard to soft, or even a mix of ice cream, sorbets to soft serve along with some exotic flavours. I love the variety of options that they have here for both dairy free and with dairy. They also update on a weekly basis with their flavours and esp the homemade soft-serve duos!! I love that they change it up every week with the soft-serve duos but only wish I could enjoy them as well as they are only one side is dairy free. Would love for them to incorporate more dairy free options. They also offer pints to take home with you so that is great to enjoy at home.

I was happy to have made it to Ca Lem after the rainstorm that day in Montreal and there’s no better way than after the rain to enjoy a sweet treat. I decided on 2 sorbet flavours the Mango and Strawberry Lychee, it was delicious!! I love the light and flavourful of the sorbets!!! It was still hot that day despite the rain so my sorbet was melting a bit so it was hard to get the photos so sorry my photos I am sharing with you guys my sorbet looks like it’s melting lol!!

I highly recommend this cozy and cute ice cream, sorbet and soft serve shop in Montreal!! It is definitely worth the trip with their friendly customer service and a variety of delicious and different flavours available. They are closing for the season end of September and possible few dates open in October I heard so definitely if you can check them out and enjoy a sweet dairy free sorbet before the end of season, I love my sorbets anytime and any season though!! You can check out their Instagram as they do a lot of updates on their IG stories for what flavours they have available each week and they also update about their hours. I look forward to checking them out again on my next Montreal visit!!

For more information on Ca Lem, please see below:
Check out their website -> click here
You can follow them on their Social Media networks, Facebook @Calemmontreal and Instagram @Calemcreamery.
3) Cookie Stéfanie

I’m happy to share with you a new gluten free, dairy free and egg free bakery in downtown Montreal in the Old Port area called: Cookie Stéfanie. They first opened the bakery in 2012 created by Stéfanie Poulin and continued to grow successfully offering the best gluten-free products and partnered and is now headed by Marie-Claude Huard, a cookie industry veteran and who first created the 1st gluten-free cupcakes in Montreal.

Cookie Stéfanie offers a variety of gluten free baked goods with some baked goods that are also dairy free and egg free from their famous cupcakes to muffins, cookies, cakes, brownies, and grilled cheese sandwiches. As well they offer specialty drinks such as coffee, espresso, latte, chai latte, cappuccino, tea and juices. They also offer light lunch options such as fresh salads and soup bowls.

It was a cozy and modern bakery with a decent area for sitting to enjoy your baked goods. Great customer service from the staff who was knowledgeable and friendly to assist me with what is available of baked goods that they had.

With so many choices, it was hard for me to decide but I decided on 1 Vanilla cupcake with Raspberry frosting and 2 mini cupcakes both Vanilla but one with Raspberry frosting and the other one is caramel frosting as well as a Blueberry Cranberry gluten free muffin. It was nice to have these delicious gluten free and dairy free treats to bring on the train with me home and enjoyed one of the cupcakes on my train ride home. It was delicious as the cake of the cupcake was moist and the frosting wasn’t too sweet.

I would definitely recommend Cookie Stéfanie if you are in the Montreal area of the Old Port if you are looking for delicious, sweet and gluten free cupcakes along with their variety of selection of baked goods is another great reason to stop by yourself to see why I love this bakery! I’m excited to return to this bakery on my next visit to Montreal and happy to know where I can get gluten free and dairy free cupcakes!!

For more information on Cookie Stéfanie, please see below:
Check out their website -> click here
You can follow them on their Social Media networks, Facebook @CookieStefanieSG and Instagram @CookieStefanie.

Exploring Montreal

As I was in Montreal for a short getaway for the summer, I wish I had more time to explore more of Montreal as there are still parts of Montreal I haven’t seen. During my short visit, I got to do some shopping on popular Saint Catherine Street and Montreal Eaton Centre. I also got to enjoy the charming cobberstone streets of the Old Port and rode the La Grande Roue Montreal where I saw the city of Montreal from the highest views. As you can see, I also enjoyed a lot of delicious and dairy free desserts and foods while in Montreal. I can’t wait for my next visit to Montreal already to explore more!!

The Clock Tower

Update

Don’t forget to stay connected with me for the latest updates on my next blog post through Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and follow along on my foodie adventures with my IG stories on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

If you are planning to visit Montreal or live within the area of Montreal, if you are looking for delicious, dairy free, gluten free desserts, check out my 3 Fave Dairy Free Dessert Places/Bakeshops that include: Creperie du Marché in Jean-Talon Market, Ca Lem, and Cookie Stéfanie in the Old Montreal area. I highly recommend these 3 amazing and unique dairy free and gluten free dessert places that you definitely won’t be disappointed. They will satisfy your sweet cravings while in Montreal!!

As we are officially in the Fall season and soon to have colder weather, I’m off on my next foodie adventure on a search for a warmer dairy free dessert place for the colder days ahead!!! Stay warm or cool depending on this Fall season everyone, I’m ready for sweater weather, seeing the beautiful colourful leaves and of course the yummy apple warm desserts and apple ciders!! 🍁🍂🍎🍑🍰☕🚂

-Sweet B.

For more information on Montreal Tourism, please see below:

Montreal Tourism Official Website -> click here

You can follow them on their Social Media networks, Facebook @Montreal, Twitter @Montreal and Instagram @Montreal.

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Try My New Fave Dairy free Tigernut Ice Cream: The Chufa Co.

Hi everyone,

How is everyone enjoying these hot & humid summer days in Toronto?? Wow!!! It’s been a very hot and sticky summer so far in Toronto. We had a few relief of cooler days and even rain finally to cool down in the city at least. I love my sunny & warm summer days, but sometimes it’s a bit too humid especially in the city and so I been enjoying my summer days finding ways to cool down with relaxing by the beach or having cold dairy free desserts. How are you guys cooling off this summer in Toronto?

With these scorching hot summer days in Toronto, who wouldn’t love a frozen dessert treat to cool down with?? From my previous blog post, I shared with you about my 3 delicious and dairy free sorbets places to check out. I hope that you guys had a chance to check them out, if so, what do you think?? I would love to hear your opinions and you can comment below!!

As some of you know, July is National Ice Cream Month, what perfect way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month then sharing with you guys about a new dairy free ice cream that I discovered. Ice Creams are the perfect frozen dessert especially during these humid summer days. For people like me who enjoys dairy free products due to allergies, it sometimes is a challenge to find ice cream without dairy in it.

That’s why I’m soooo happy and excited to share with you The Chufa Co who makes their non dairy ice cream with their tigernut milk ice cream. Their vegan ice cream it’s rich and creamy without the hint of coconut. For me, sometimes I’m not a fan of the coconut taste and this ice cream you can’t even taste the coconut taste in it. If you are one of those who don’t prefer the taste of coconut, this is one vegan ice cream you need to try. Plus it’s also soy and nut free made with only organic and real ingredients. It is also high in fibre and protein.

Some of you may be asking, what exactly is Tigernuts? With my research and information from The Chufa Co website, Tigernuts also known as Chufas. They are not nuts but actually little root vegetables with an impressive nutritional profile. They are an ancient superfood that is full of fibre and resistant starch. “Tigernuts are a source of prebiotics that feed and promote the good bacteria in our gut.” -The Chufa Co. Tigernuts are a good source of magnesium and provides a good amount of potassium. They are naturally sweet and a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet to live a healthy life.

Now that I introduced you to The Chufa Co. – the new non dairy ice cream, how excited are you to try this delicious and creamy dairy free ice cream? Well, before buying your own pint, which I highly recommend, why not stop by first to their summer soft serve popup that they opened in the Beaches area to sample yourself this sweet and yummy dairy free ice cream!! It definitely is a must to stop by their summer cute popup by the Beaches and it’s the perfect location as you can stop by the beach at Woodbine Beach and then come by the Chufa Co. popup for a refreshing and cold dessert.

It is located at 1973 Queen Street East in the Beaches area at the corner of Waverley Road and Queen Street East. They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 1-9pm and closed on Mondays. Their soft serve summer popup will be open til late September.

I was so excited to finally stop by their summer soft serve pop up earlier this month on a very hot and humid day, which was perfect for dairy free soft serve ice cream!! It’s a cozy and cute small summer popup stand and perfect for sweet & delicious dairy free soft serve to enjoy. I love the colours and concept of the popup!! Also great and very friendly customer service by the two staff that worked there too. And knowledgeable about the soft serve product of The Chufa Co. ice cream.

I ended up with their Vanilla dairy free soft serve with strawberry sauce and it was simply delicious despite the fact it was melting fast lol…but it tasted like a normal dairy ice cream, but this one is dairy free and there was no hint of the coconut taste and it was soft and creamy just like regular ice cream. I loved it!! I can’t wait to stop by again already!!

Once you stop by their summer popup shop and taste one of their delicious and creamy dairy free soft serve, maybe you want to now buy your own pint of this delicious tigernut dairy free ice cream, right? The Chufa Co. has their tigernut dairy free ice cream in several retailers in Toronto and within the area of Toronto as well and they looking to expand more retailers in 2018. Some of the retailers right now include: The Big Carrot, Sorelle and Co., The Sweet Potato, Organic Garage, YamChops and more to name a few. Please check their website for the full list of retailers and you can find their website below my blog post.

I went to 2 locations to check for The Chufa Co. dairy free ice cream: The Big Carrot and Organic Garage. I found all 3 flavours at The Big Carrot, but only found 2 flavours at the Organic Garage. I was excited to find them thou it is a bit pricey for one pint (it is on the higher end of the dairy free ice creams if you are wondering), but it’s so worth it for dairy free ice cream to have your own pint at home to enjoy anytime. I’m looking forward to trying the Strawberry Cardamom one!!

The Chufa Co. dairy free ice cream pints at The Big Carrot

The Chufa Co. ice cream pints at the Organic Garage

Update

It will be a busy August summer month for me with watching tennis live, attending a few food festivals, and my summer weekend getaway to Montreal at the end of August. I’m attending a personal event as always I love looking for new dairy free bakeshops in new cities so I will be on a look out for dairy free bakeshops to share with you guys!! Can’t wait!! A bit of both of work and play…😉

Don’t forget to stay connected with me for the latest updates on my next blog post on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and my foodie adventures through Instagram & IG stories @SweetBFoodie24.

Even though it’s the end of the month for July  meaning National Ice Cream Month is over…☹, for me National Ice Cream Months are every month and any day of the year and any season. Summer is still here in August and what is more perfect on a humid and hot summer day than dairy free ice cream to cool down with, so don’t forget to stop by the Chufa Co. summer popup in the Beaches area before they close in late September or get your very own pint at one of their selected retailers!! I highly recommend their soft and creamy dairy free ice cream!!

For now, let’s relax and enjoy these summer carefree days with our sweet and yummy dairy free ice cream by the Chufa Co. as I continue my search for my next sweet dairy free dessert adventure in Toronto & Montreal.

-Sweet B.  

For more information on The Chufa Co., please see below:

The Chufa Co. – website – click here

You can follow them on their social media networks through Facebook @TheChufaCo and Instagram @TheChufaCo.

 

My New Fave Homemade Gluten Free & Dairy Free Bakeshop, Almond Butterfly Cafe

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to my sweet blog and hellooo to finally feeling like real Spring weather in Toronto!! I know, It’s been a longggg winter with snow and cold winter weather in April, crazy right?? 😉 I’m just so happy it’s warm again with higher temperatures and the beautiful sunny days are finally here!! I can’t believe it is May already too!! Seems like we are going from winter to summer quickly instead.  Hope everyone been surviving a colder Spring weather and ready for sunny & hot days ahead!

I’m excited to share with you a new gluten free and vegan dairy free bakeshop that I discovered a few weeks ago when the weather was a bit warmer out great for exploring downtown Toronto and found, Almond Butterfly Bakeshop & Café. It is located downtown Toronto’s vibrant Harbord Street Village near Spadina and Harbord close to University of Toronto St. George campus.

Almond Butterfly is a 100% gluten free bakeshop café that offers vegan, dairy free and paleo options. It is homemade and freshly baked goods everyday at the shop from fresh-baked muffins, brownies, bagels, cupcakes, cookies, scones and more!! They also offer toasted breakfast sandwiches and grilled lunch melts until 3pm, which is great to me that they can offer gluten free and vegan lunches for more options. Even though I still have wheat in my diet, it’s good to know and have my options open to try gluten free food as after trying at this bakeshop, I enjoy gluten free food. From their website, they use nut flours and nut oils in their baked goods to give their signature Almond Butterfly taste that their customers have come to know and love now.  They also serve espresso, coffee and tea, which their coffee is roasted locally by Social Coffee & Tea Co. Overall, a great range of selection for a gluten free bakeshop café that offers vegan and paleo options, which is rare to find in certain parts of Toronto and it’s great to see more cafes like these for people like me who is allergic to dairy.

That is why I like to share my discovery of dairy free or vegan bakeshops with you guys, my readers so you can know where to find these allergy friendly bakeshops to eat at and that they are bakeshops that are also good and delicious tasting ones to go to. 

When I arrived at Almond Butterfly for the 1st time there, it was on a busy Saturday late afternoon. The café was quite full already and there was a lineup, which in my opinion a busy bakeshop means the food here is good. The atmosphere was buzzing in a great friendly way with people enjoying their baked goods. Almond Butterfly is a cozy, quaint and down to earth feel type of bakery with their beautiful and simple interior design of the wooden walls, the lighting and splash of colour throughout the bakeshop. It was a smaller size bakeshop, but there was enough space for a few tables for people to sit and eat along with a small patio in the front. I love their variety of baked goods offered as mentioned before so it was a bit of hard decision to pick which desserts I wanted.

I ended up having a late lunch at Almond Butterfly Café and Bakeshop as they offer lunch sandwiches such as grilled melt sandwiches and decided to try one of them. I had the Harbord Melt, which is a deli-style turkey with apple and cheddar melt on a gluten free bagel. I requested the dairy free cheddar for my sandwich. I was so excited to try the grilled melt turkey sandwich and unfortunately it was a bit disappointing mainly I think it was a bit too salty for me, the fresh grilled apples was great addition though to it but I believe the turkey that was too salty. Not what I expected. But maybe next time I will be trying their pizza bagels to see if that one is better. I hope that they improve on their sandwiches!

But I really enjoyed and loved their baked goods more than their savory items. I ended up with 2 different types of cookies – Ginger Snap and Sugar cookies, which I didn’t take any photos as I was so excited to try them. My fave is definitely the Ginger Snap cookies, soft and chewy I loved it!! I had 2 cupcakes – Almond Jam Vanilla and Dairy-free Lemon Vanilla cupcakes (both were Dairy-free cupcakes as they just named one with DF lol). I enjoyed both of the cupcakes as they were moist and the frosting wasn’t too sweet either it was just the right amount of sweetness. I love the sour candies on top of the Dairy-free Lemon cupcake, yum as I love sour candies…😊 I really enjoyed the Almond with Jam cupcake though I was hoping there was jam inside the cupcake not just the top as it would have had more pop of a flavour to it. Overall, amazing vegan and dairy-free cupcakes from Almond Butterfly definitely would recommend them to everyone!!

Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakeshop Exterior with a patio area too

Quick Update

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I was working for a temporary Administrative work, but that is done now. Still looking for the right balance along side with my blog, but I’m happy to be refocusing on my blog again and looking for new opportunities. Update on my Facebook page, as of right now, it is temporary put on hold until things are less busier. It’s getting closer to summer season and usually I’m busy with day trips and food festivals so Facebook page on hold for now.

I’m really excited for my tropical and beach vacation to Jamaica in less than one week (leaving next week)!!! Ahhhhh!! I can’t believe it’s approaching so soon!! Looking forward to relaxing, refreshing my mind and body and just enjoying the sun, sand and pool days in Jamaica. Yes I will be posting a few vacation photos on my Instagram so don’t forget to follow along there for my photos & stories!

Don’t forget to stay connected with ME,

For the latest updates on my blog through Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and my foodie adventures and vacation photos on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

Why not stop by Almond Butterfly Café & Gluten Free Bakeshop and see for yourself why I love this vegan, dairy free and gluten free delicious and tasty bakeshop offering a variety of baked goods! I highly recommend Almond Butterfly Café and Bakeshop and hope you love it as much as I do because their slogan says it all,

“No gluten. No wheat. No soy. Vegan and Paleo options.
Breakfast. Lunch. Espresso.
Amazing taste. Extra love.
… this is Almond Butterfly in a nutshell! :)”

Until next time, I’m off on my tropical vacation to Jamaica, but I’m always on the search for my next new sweet desserts craving…😊

-Sweet B.

For more information on Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakeshop, please see below:

Check out their website – Almond Butterfly Cafe & Bakeshop -> click here

You can follow them on social media networks on Facebook @AlmondButterfly and Instagram @AlmondButterflyBakeshop.

My 2018 Macaron Day Adventure

Hi everyone,

Happy Belated Macaron Day & Happy Spring 2018 everyone!!! 🌞🌈🌷🌹  On March 20, 2018 marks the 1st Day of Spring, which was also Macaron Day celebrating these sweet elegant & delectable bite-sized dessert, macarons. A great way to start a new season, Spring with sweet & bright desserts and at the same time donate to a great cause, SickKids Foundation where each bakery donated 25% of their day’s sales to the SickKids Foundation in support of the SickKids VS campaign.

As we begin a new month already, April, my fave month is obviously March because it’s a special month of the year for me particularly because not only it is my birthday of course lol…but it also marks the 1st Day of Spring, which means finally warmer & sunnier days ahead, lighter jackets despite the fact that this Spring has been very verrryyyyy coldddd & with weirdly enough rain & snow too this year in Toronto so it still feels like winter unfortunately! But more importantly one of my fave type of dessert is celebrated on March 20, 2018, which is Macaron Day.

Who could forget one of my fave French small and delicate yet big flavour dessert macarons? Not me of course, I love that they have a special day to celebrate in Toronto, Paris, New York and Internationally. It’s like they created this special day just for me lol…😊 (Hmmm…wonder if they knew how much I love desserts when I was born lol!!)

History of Macaron Day

  • Macaron Day is celebrated around the world on the same day and coincides with “Jour du Macaron” in Paris.
  • Cities that celebrate Macaron Day include: Paris, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Belgium, and Budapest. (Japan celebrates on March 21)
  • The focus of the day is to celebrate the first day of spring and give to a local charity.

Who else celebrated Macaron Day like me??? Which Macaron shop did you go to?? Would love to hear where some of you went, please leave your comments below! Thanks!!

On Macaron Day, I decided to visit my 2 fave bakeshops that specializes in macarons as it was hard to decide which one to go to so I decided why not go to both right?? It is of course Macaron Day and one can not have too many sweet elegant mini bites of French macarons right??

I made my 1st stop to Nadège Patisserie to their Queen St W location and it was my 1st time actually going to this location as they have 4 other locations in the GTA. I been to the Yorkdale and Scarborough Town Centre locations so far. Their newest location is the Path Richmond-Adelaide Centre one. I was greeted with a busy crowd in this cozy and modern bakery, a decent size with area of tables for you to enjoy your delicious French treats and desserts. It was busy obviously because it was Macaron Day and I loved their Macaron Day decorations.

There was a decent selection of macarons available and Nadège offered that day a limited edition of Macaron Day flavours that includes: Honey & Brie, Bailey’s Chocolate, Red Wine & Chocolate, Strawberry Guimauve, Earl Grey and Pomegranate Chocolate. I ended up choosing 3 flavours – the Red Wine & Chocolate for my sis and mines were – Earl Grey and Strawberry Guimauve. I loved the Strawberry Guimauve one a marshmallow taste and light one though!! I was disappointed with the Earl Grey one as I love everything Earl Grey esp macarons and was sad because the filling inside was chocolate and so you all know, I don’t eat chocolate. And sadly the chocolate overpowered any flavour of the Earl Grey so I didn’t taste any Earl Grey at all. That was the only disappointment! My sis loved her Red Wine & Chocolate though!

If you haven’t heard or stopped by Nadège Patisserie, I recommend you try them as they have some interesting flavours compared to other macaron places. They also offer not just macarons but other French pastries including cakes, mini cakes, donuts, tarts, and more. During special Holidays, they always have special chocolate items and since it was Easter next that they had small and large Easter chocolate eggs. Nadège has a great selection of desserts and treats for any occasion that’s why I always love stopping by them to get sweet treats.

After stopping by Nadège Patisserie, my last and final stop is of course at my annual fave macaron shop, Butter Avenue. It is a tradition that every year for Macaron Day I celebrate this sweet and delicious day with Butter Avenue and this year was no different.

Butter Avenue is my go to and definitely my top fave macaron shop and I stopped by their Queen and Spadina only location now. If you didn’t know, was sad to find out that their Yonge and Lawrence location closed late last year. That’s the location I usually always go to as it is much closer to where I live as it was mid-town compared to their downtown location. I sadly miss that location!! But hoping they open another location closer to where I live soon.

I still made the trip to downtown to their Queen and Spadina location as it is always worth to travel for Butter Avenue or in my case, I travel for any desserts. So this is no difference! If you haven’t heard of Butter Avenue, “offers an evolving selection of desserts and pastries created using classic French confectionary cookery and techniques, we pride ourselves on making our products with natural ingredients without added artificial flavours or preservatives.”Quote from Butter Avenue Official Website. Butter Avenue is unique from other macaron shops as they offer a twist to some of their macaron flavours with a sense of Japanese infusion flavours. I always love that and always can’t wait to see what new flavours they come up with.

They made special macaron flavours for Macaron Day, Butter Avenue made 40 exclusive one day only flavours to celebrate Macaron Day. They took it up a notch this year and introduced 4 categories of flavours“Sweet Table”, “Farmer’s Market”, “Lounge Bar” and “Tea Salon” to choose from. Wow what an amazing selection!!! That’s why I love Butter Avenue, they always surprise me with large variety of flavours and different unique ones to choose from too. I couldn’t wait to see what the flavours were as you don’t know what the exact flavours until you get to their shop!!

With the large variety of unique and delicious flavours to choose from, I ended up with a half dozen + one extra (as I couldn’t decide lol…plus I was sharing my macarons with my sisters, my niece and my mom), I chosen these following flavours – Roasted Green Tea, Osmanthus (Tea Blossom), Irish Coffee, Mimosas, Dark Chocolate, Wild Strawberry, and Terre Et Neige (Green tea & cocoa).

My 2 macaron flavours for me was Wild Strawberry and Tea Blossom macarons. Can I say I fell I love with the Tea Blossom macaron?? As some of you know, I love tea!!! It was a light tea blossom taste with a hint of floral very little with the right amount!!! I wish they make the Tea Blossom one of their new regular flavours!!

Macaron cotton candy

Overall, a very successful “Macaron Day” with my 2 faves bakeshops – Nadège Patisserie and Butter Avenue. You could not have ask for a more sweeter and perfect day for a dessert foodie like me to celebrate my fave elegant bite size dessert, macarons and to share these special desserts with my sisters, niece and my mom.

Don’t forget to stay connected with ME
For the latest updates on my blog through Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and my foodie adventures on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

Sorry for the delay on this blog post as some of you may know through my updates on Twitter that I have taken a temporary Administrative work as I also enjoy working as an Admin but trying to find the right Admin work to balance out to work on my blog as well as this is where my passion is. Please bare with me with slower updates than normal but don’t worry I’m still here and already started working on ideas for my next blog post before my Jamaica trip in May!! Can’t wait it’s coming up & soon will need to do some vacay prep like new swimsuits, and etc…:)

Everyday is macaron day for me so if you missed out on Macaron Day (please mark it down for next year’s in 2019 same day), why not go out and try one of my fave macaron shops, Nadège Patisserie and Butter Avenue to enjoy a sweet & elegant bite of dessert to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Until next time, I’m on my search for my next sweet craving dessert hunt😉💜🍰🍩🍭🍦

-Sweet B.

For more information on Nadège Patisserie, please see below:

Website – Nadège Patisserieclick here

You can follow them through these social media networks – Facebook @nadegepatisserie, Twitter @nadegetoronto and Instagram @nadegetoronto

For more information on Butter Avenue, please see below:

Website – Butter Avenue click here

You can follow them through these social media networks – Facebook @ButterAvenueCo, Twitter @ButterAvenue and Instagram @ButterAvenue.

 

Happy 4 Year Blog Anniversary!!!

Hi everyone,

On this day, February 23 back in 2014, is when I first started my sweet dessert blog! Wow I can’t believe it’s been 4 years now since I started this blog and it has grown so much from where I have started!! With each year that passes, my blog continues to grow and expand sharing my love for dairy free desserts, food events and travel.

I started this blog to share with everyone my love for food and more particularly my love for desserts and sweets. I couldn’t imagine where it would have taken me as I started out blogging while I was working as an Admin to just last year leaving my full time Admin work to pursue and focus on my blog. I believe on pursuing my happiness and what I love doing more is with my blog rather that my full time work that was unfulfilling for my career goals. I’m in a much happier place now and staying focused & motivated through my love for desserts, food events and travel.

For those who don’t know, I am on a dairy free food diet due to my food sensitivities, which I only recently discovered early last year. I have incorporated my dairy free diet along with my blog as I found out that you can still enjoy desserts that are dairy free. I am still learning and discovering new dairy free foods and I love sharing them on my blog with you guys.

Me at last year’s Vegan Food & Drink Festival 2017

I like to thank Food Bloggers of Canada (official website) for assisting me with the blogging community. I joined Food Bloggers of Canada community late in 2014 to share and network with other Canadian bloggers as well as providing food blogging resources to assist me in the world of blogging as I was new to it and it’s a great group to be part of. I continue to learn, network and grow within this friendly and amazing food community.

Of course, I wouldn’t be here without my readers, so I would like to take this time to THANK YOU my sweet and amazing readers for letting me share my love for desserts, sweets, food events, and travel with you!! I look forward to bringing you more sweetness and foodie adventures for many years to come!!!

To celebrate my 4 Years Blog Anniversary, I stopped by a new bakery of course not a surprise right? 😉 I checked out Whisked Gluten-free Bakery located in Scarborough part of Toronto. Whisked Gluten-free Bakery offers a variety of baked goods that are gluten-free, dairy free, egg-free, soy-free options from cupcakes, macarons, bread, cookies, scones, muffins, pies, cakes and more. I love the variety that they offer!! Because I enjoy dairy free bake goods & desserts and they offer dairy free desserts, I was happy to discover this new cozy and friendly bakery in Scarborough, which is closer to home for me. There were so many different options for me to choose and it was like heaven for me to be there as I love sweets!! Great and friendly customer service by the staff there to be patient with me while I decided what yummy desserts and baked goods to choose.

From Whisked Gluten-free Bakery website more details about their products – “To make products that are allergy-friendly focusing specifically on Gluten Allergies and Intolerances. It is our goal to provide high quality Gluten-Free products made from the best ingredients that are great tasting, have a high nutritional content and are priced at a fair market value.”

What desserts did I ended up getting? I finally decided on delicious dairy free cupcakes – Strawberry and Vanilla cupcakes, 3 macarons – Strawberry, Passion Fruit & Cappuccino flavours, and my fave type of cookie – Oatmeal Raisin. My fave is definitely the dairy free Strawberry cupcake as the cake itself was moist and perfect amount of sweetness and surprise there was a fresh Strawberry filling inside the cupcake!! I loved it!! I love their beautiful frosting technique so pretty!! Check out the desserts below.

A closer look at the delicious dairy free macarons & Strawberry cupcake

If you haven’t heard or stopped by Whisked Gluten-free Bakery yet, I highly recommend you do as they offer some of the most delicious and made natural ingredients that are gluten-free, dairy free options desserts and baked goods in Scarborough. For full details more about Whisked Gluten-free Bakery, there will be a full blog post coming soon about this great bakery.

I’m looking forward to continuing to share my love for sweet dairy free desserts, food events, and foodie travel adventures with you all!! I hope that you will continue to join me in this foodie adventure discovering new bakeries, food events and food travelling so why not come along with me on my sweet journey!

Cheers to many more sweet adventures & years to come!! 🎉💕🍰🍩🍦🍜🌱✈

-Sweet B.

For more information about Whisked Gluten-free bakery, please see below:

Whisked Gluten-free bakery – website -> click here

You can follow them on their social media networks through Facebook @Whiskedglutenfree, Twitter @whiskedGF and Instagram @whiskedgf.

 

My 2017 Year In Review

Hi everyone,

Helloooo 2018!! 👋 As we already coming to the end of the 1st month of 2018 in January, I’m back with my 1st official blog post of the year. I hope everyone is enjoying the 1st month of 2018 despite the very freezing temperatures then now warmer days we are getting in Toronto, the ups and downs of the weird weather for winter?? 😜 I took a bit of a break to relax from the busy Holiday Season and to also refocus & recharge again in the first few weeks of January with my winter getaway to Niagara Falls (you can see more photos on my Instagram). It was a beautiful & restful yet short getaway as I always love visiting Niagara Falls and enjoy it’s natural beauty even in the winter with the beautiful Frozen Falls. A great 1st trip to start off 2018!

The beautiful Frozen Niagara Falls View in 2018

As we start this New Year of 2018, I like to reflect on my 2017 Year and recap & share with you as I continue my tradition every January with my Year In Review post.

Reflecting On A Year of Changes In 2017

In 2017, for me, it was a year of making changes and discovering where my career path was heading and I officially left my full-time Administrative Assistant job to pursue and focus my attention to this blog as a food blogger and writer. It was a difficult decision to make, but after being unhappy and stressed in a job for quite some time now, I decided this was the best decision I could make. I’m now at a happier and stress-free place where I enjoy and continue my passion & love for food particularly desserts to share with my readers. I am looking forward to pursuing new opportunities for my blog and focus on new goals in 2018.

I continue with my adjustments with my food sensitivity to dairy products in 2017 and discovering new foods that fit with my new diet plans.

In 2017, I also got to travel to a few beautiful places and exploring some new and returning faves places such as Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, NV, London, ON, Kingston, ON, Belleville and to Ottawa for the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference where it was held this year in honor of Canada’s 150 Birthday. I love travelling and I’m looking forward to exploring new places and searching for new & delicious foodie places to share with you guys. I’m excited for my one big trip this year already booked for May to beautiful Jamaica…😊

Me in downtown Ottawa for FBC2017

Me in downtown Kingston with their Kingston signage

I attended some delicious food festivals in 2017 such as my 1st time to Niagara VegFest and back at my fave food festivals such as Taste of Toronto, Vegan Food & Drink Festival and VegFood Fest. I love attending food festivals and events to discover and learn more about foods! I can’t wait to attend more delicious food festivals in 2018!!

Me at the Vegan Food & Drink Festival in Toronto at Fort York

My Stats From 2016 to 2017

It will be 4 years next month that I have started this blog, can’t believe it!! But as I continue to grow and expand that in 2017 with the shift to writing a few posts about travel as part of my blog now that it affected my traffic and readers. As I take on the challenge of adding also travel along with my love of dairy-free desserts and events as part of my blog that I hope that my readers will continue to support me and enjoy the combination of food (mainly desserts) and travel together that I’m sharing with you.

My 2017 Stats:

Number of Visitors: 585 Visitors

Number of Views: 805 Times

Number of Countries Viewed: 36 Countries

Check out below my Top Review Posts for 2017

My Top 2 Most Views Posts 2017

1 – My Honey Sweet Summer Dairy Free SkinnyPop Popcorn Recipe

I’m excited that my 1st dairyfree recipe is my Most Viewed for 2017 and I’m happy to share this sweet, healthy and summer feeling popcorn recipe with my readers. The healthy dried fruits in this recipe brings out the brightness and sweetness to the popcorn. I love discovering my 1st vegan (dairy-free) popcorn brand – SkinnyPop to share with you guys. I’m happy that you all also share how much you like this recipe by making it the Top Most Viewed post. I can’t wait to share more dairy free recipes with you guys in 2018!!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, see why everyone loves my sweet & fruity SkinnyPop popcorn recipe -> link

2 – My New & Healthy Fave Vietnamese Place – Pho Vistro

My 2nd Most Viewed of 2017 Review Post is sharing my love for pho noodles soup with my readers with this new healthy and vegan version of pho restaurant called: Pho Vistro. They are not like any other pho place, they offer all-natural, organic and old-fashioned Vietnamese cuisine with zero MSG. They consider their pho soup to be a healthy alternative to other soups to help your immune system. I highly recommend this delicious & cozy Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Vistro located downtown Toronto.

Check out my review post & why I love this pho place so much -> link

My Most Views for Dessert Review Posts

1 – My Fave Sweet Summer Treats by Eva’s Original Chimney Cones

One of my fave summer or all season treats are Chimney Cones by Eva’s Original. I’m happy that my readers share my love for Chimney Cones as well being the Most Views for Dessert Review Post. What I love about Eva’s Original is that her Chimney Cones are the base dough is made for vegans. Eva’s Original offer vegan soft serve (dairy-free) and with dairy ice cream as well, which I love that they accommodate for everyone. Eva’s Original is a great option for dairy free vegans to also enjoy sweet desserts too.

Check out my review post & read further why I love Eva’s Original Chimney Cones -> link

2 – My 2017 Macaron Day with Butter Avenue

My fave French small and delicate yet big flavour dessert are macarons and for the 2nd year in a row it’s one of the Most Views Dessert Review Post. I’m happy to share my Macaron Day at my fave macaron bakeshop, Butter Avenue with my readers as you guys seem to love reading about it too.

Check out my Macaron Day at Butter Avenue & read why I love Butter Avenue’s macarons -> link

My Most Views for Events & Travel Review Posts

1 – My Highlights of Niagara VegFest 2017

I love attending food festivals and trying out new ones as well and this was my 1st time attending the Niagara VegFest 2017 in downtown St. Catherines. I’m happy that you guys also enjoy reading this Review Post as it is my Most Views for Events Review. I enjoyed sampling and discovering the Niagara Region culinary vegan foods from pizza rolls to cupcakes to dairy free ice cream waffles. I enjoyed this more intimate size and great variety food festival in St.Catherines!! I’m looking forward to attending it again this year in 2018!

Check out my Review Post on more about this amazing food festival, Niagara VegFest -> link

2 – My Food Travels – Summer Getaway 2017 to Kingston, Ontario

Dairy-free Buckwheat Crepe from Geneva Crepe Cafe in Kingston, ON

I love to travel and enjoy my little getaways despite what season it is!! I’m happy to return back to my new fave travel destination to Kingston, ON last summer and share my foodie adventure with you guys. It is my 2nd Most Views post for Events / Travel Review Post so I’m glad that you guys are enjoying my foodie adventures as well. I enjoyed discovering new dairy-free restaurants in Kingston, ON last summer from dairy-free pizzas at Score Pizza and dairy-free crepes at Geneva Crepe Café. Of course, you can’t forget the beautiful waterfront views downtown that I love to stroll around and sit and enjoy the perfect views!! I’m looking forward to new foodie adventures ahead in 2018!!

If you haven’t been to Kingston, ON before then, you definitely need to check out my post to see why I love Kingston so much & why you should go to Kingston this year -> link

Stay Connected

I’m looking forward to an exciting and new foodie adventures, travels and events in 2018!! Can’t wait to discover more dairy-free desserts and foods to share with you all!! I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys my official Facebook Page soon, it’s taking longer than expected, but it will be released in the next few months. Stay tuned!!

So why don’t you come and follow me on this sweet & healthy travelling foodie adventure!

To stay connected with me and updates for the next blog post & Facebook Launch, please follow me:

Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 &

Instagram @SweetBFoodie24

Thank you again for reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and more importantly sharing my love for dairy-free sweets & desserts!

Cheers to a sweet, healthy and an adventurous foodie 2018 Year to all my sweet readers!! 🎉😋🍹🍰🍦🍜🍩🍓🌱✈🌞

Your sweet dairy-free foodie,

Sweet B.

 

 

 

My Top 3 Best Dessert Places for Christmas Desserts 2017

Season’s Greetings everyone!! 🎄🎅🎁⛄

Happy Holidays to all my sweet readers!! This is my Christmas & Holiday edition blog entry for December as every year I love sharing with you guys my fave and new bakeries to go to for Christmas desserts. What is Christmas dinners, parties, and the Holidays itself without desserts, right?? Usually 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 whatever the event is. That’s why I’m here to share and recommend some of my fave bakeries and places to get Holiday desserts.

I love the Holiday Season and getting festive!! Christmas desserts are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and fulfill your sweet Christmasy cravings! I enjoy my Christmas desserts in the entire month of December lol!! 😋 Isn’t Holidays the perfect time to enjoy more than one desserts? 😊 Who could resist right??

Here are my Top 3 Best Desserts Bakeshops that I highly recommend you should go to:

1. Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

My 1st bakeshop I’m recommending is – Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and they are located in the Burlington area. Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is one of my newly discovered vegan bakeshops that I found this summer and I am in love with this bakeshop as it has the best vegan cupcakes!! Even if you don’t live in the Burlington area like me (I live in Toronto), it is definitely worth the trip to Burlington for Kelly’s cupcakes or baked goods. I have travelled to Kelly’s on a number of times already just to visit and enjoy their sweet cupcakes and other baked goods. That’s how good and delicious the cupcakes are at Kelly’s that it is worth the travel. Though Kelly’s now delivers to Toronto and other cities and please check their website for the exact details.

Me in front of their beautiful mural at the side of their bakeshop

For those who haven’t heard of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, the bakeshop owners are a mother/daughter team – Kelly and Erinn. Kelly’s Bake Shoppe makes healthy and high quality ingredients baked goods that offers gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, butter-free, vegan and peanut-free baked goods that are delicious as well. They are well known for their cupcakes and cakes as well as they offer cookies, soft serve, muffins, brownies & bars, scones, and donuts. They also now serve coffee, lattes, hot chocolate and tea with their own Kelly’s specialty blend coffee released recently.

I recently visited Kelly’s Bakeshop particularly for their special Christmas menu that is available for the entire month of December. I love their Christmas menu as it has a variety of cupcakes to cookies, donuts and more! I was excited to try their Christmas treats!! This wasn’t my 1st visit to Kelly’s as I first discovered Kelly’s during the summer and I been waiting to share my fave vegan bakeshop with my readers. Why I haven’t til now?? Its been a busy summer and Fall as you know, but I’m happy to share my secret not so secret now fave vegan bakeshop. If you follow my Instagram you would have already seen a few posts about Kelly’s…😉 I wish Kelly’s has a store location in Toronto so it would be closer for me to enjoy more cupcakes more often…😉 I have fallen in love with this quaint city of Burlington that I always love visiting it and their beautiful waterfront. It’s definitely worth the travel for these cupcakes!!

One of the features I love about Kelly’s is that they have a special feature cupcake every month along with their regular cupcakes that they have weekly. I’m always excited to find out what cupcake is it for each month and see if I need to take a trip for a cupcake that month…😉 I like that Kelly’s has a variety of baked goods to offer even though their focus are on cupcakes. I also like Kelly’s contests that they do and interact with their customers.

Kelly’s Christmas Banner (Credit to Kelly’s Bakeshoppe)

With every visit to Kelly’s, I’m always walking in to the aroma of fresh cupcakes and baked goods along with a smile and greeting as I enter in the bakeshop. Their bakeshop is medium size with a long center table and seating on benches on the side making it enough room not too small for a number of guests. I love the atmosphere and the lighting in the bakeshop making it a friendly and welcoming bakeshop to eat and enjoy your treats as I spend a bit of time there with my friend chatting and enjoying our treats.

They have excellent customer service and a very friendly staff who has been very helpful to me if I have any questions about the products. If you are wondering, yes you can pre-order cupcakes or other baked goods for the same day pick-up on the phone with a deposit or order your cupcakes ahead of time. It’s good for me as I travel from Toronto & want to make sure the cupcakes/baked goods I would like is there for me. As they have a different cupcakes on certain days so be sure to check out their menu ahead of time. My fave cupcakes so far are the Unicorn & Lemon Raspberry flavours.

On this visit, I pre-ordered the Gingerbread & Lemon, Christmas Cake and Frosty the Snowman along with 2 Gingerbread cookies made in the shape of reindeers. As some of you know, I love gingerbread cookies or just gingerbread flavour itself especially during the Christmas season!! So there was no doubt I had to try the Gingerbread & Lemon and loved it!! If you haven’t tried one of Kelly’s cupcakes before, they are vegan and you wouldn’t know they were vegan from the look and especially the taste of it. It tastes like a regular cupcake and I love that I can still enjoy my sweets that are dairy free because of Kelly’s they make their cupcakes – dairy-free, plant-based, gluten-free, egg-free and vegan. All their cupcakes that I have tried are moist for the cake part and their frosting aren’t that sweet as most cupcake places, it has the right amount of sweetness in it. Their mint buttercream frosting on the Christmas Cake is the best, I am I love with the mint frosting!! LOL!! Some of Kelly’s cupcakes has filling in them and wow those are the best ones as they make the cupcake pop of flavour in your mouth. They are also offering a special New Year’s cupcake only on Dec 30 & 31.

Our (my friend & my) complimentary cupcakes – Lemon & Christmas Candy Cane flavours

I am absolutely love Kelly’s vegan cupcakes!!! They are the best and my fave vegan go to cupcakes!!

If you are looking for Christmas desserts, treats, or even gifts (they are also selling their cookbooks & tees in the store) – look no further than Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, I highly recommend this delicious & amazing vegan bakeshop. If you don’t live in the Burlington area, it’s definitely worth the travel or special delivery for December. I am looking forward to my next Kelly’s visit unfortunately have to wait til 2018!! Can’t wait to enjoy more vegan cupcakes and to try other baked goods that I haven’t tried yet!!

For more information about Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, please see below:

Kelly’s Bake ShoppeWebsiteclick here

Address – 401 Brant Street, Burlington, ON

Phone # – 905-333-1400

You can follow Kelly’s through their social media networks on Facebook @KellysBakeShoppe, Twitter @KellysBake and Instagram @KellysBake.

2. Mad Batter Bakers

One of my absolutely fave place to get the best and soft gingerbread cookies in Toronto is Mad Batter Bakers. Last year I recommended Mad Batter Bakers too and this year is no difference, for my new readers who haven’t read why I love Mad Batter Bakers gingerbread cookies, let me tell you more and for those who have, let me refresh you with their soft and sweet smell of gingerbread aroma.

Mad Batter Bakers is located in the Liberty Village area 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 for Christmas. This is the 1st year that Mad Batter Bakers wasn’t at the One of the Kind Christmas show to focus on their bakeshop instead. I was excited to visit their newly renovated bakeshop. Their bakeshop is relatively small, but very cozy and the smell of gingerbread cookies makes you feel warm as you are welcomed by their friendly staff and baker. They make the gingerbread cookies right in the shop in the kitchen. I love how they decorated the shop and I always have a hard time choosing which gingerbread cookies I get.

Gingerbread cookies always makes me feel like it’s Christmas and the Holiday season!! 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. They also offer gluten free version of both the gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies. I love that they have options for different types of people to enjoy.

This Christmas season, Mad Batter Bakers has some new beautiful and delicious products, which includes their new Limited Edition Canadiana Christmas House for Canada 150 and little ‘Canadiana’ cookie set along with mini gingerbread house sets. You can also find their gingerbread cookies at Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District.

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 and pick up some of these amazing & soft cookies for desserts and even gifts. Please make sure you check their hours and you can also phone ahead to see if they are open as they have special hours for this last week for Christmas.

For more information about Mad Batter Bakers, please see below:

Mad Batter Bakers – Websiteclick here

Address – 135 Jefferson Avenue, Toronto, ON

You can follow Mad Batter Bakers on their social media network on Facebook @MadBatterBakers, Twitter @MadBatterBakers and Instagram @MadBatterBakers.

3. Tori’s Bakeshop

One of my faves vegan bakeshop in Toronto that I discovered last year – Tori’s Bakeshop is my last recommendation for Christmas desserts. I haven’t been able to share about Tori’s Bakeshop in a blog post until now. If you haven’t heard of Tori’s Bakeshop, they are an eco-friendly, all-natural organic bakery that offers dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free treats of many types! They also carry a selection of gluten free products as well. They bake their products fresh every morning with the highest quality of ingredients. Tori’s Bakeshop baked good ranges from their delicious cupcakes to donuts (one of my fave donuts is a must have when I’m there) to cookies to thumbprint cookies to cinnamon buns to cruffins to light sandwiches and more. They also make custom cakes. This Christmas they have their Gingerbread house kits as well. I love the variety of baked goods that Tori’s Bakeshop has to offer!! They also have coffee, lattes, teas and juices.

Recently this year, Tori’s Bakeshop opened a new location in the Canary District at the corner of Front and Cooperage. This would be their 2nd location. I recently finally visited their new location at the Canary District and I love the new modern, beautiful, and open space at this location. It also has benches on the side to enjoy your sweet desserts and in the summer or spring they have patio bench & table to eat outside. It’s a quaint medium size bakery with a beautiful modern twist compared to the original location in the Beaches. As I always love visiting the Beaches location as well, it’s great that they have two different atmosphere for the 2 locations.

It was a hard decision to choose which delicious desserts that I wanted to have with my recent visit to their Canary District location. I ended up with their Christmas cupcake – Coconut & Raspberry Pomegranate with raspberry filling inside, it was soooo good!! I love their cupcakes here as the cake itself is moist and freshly made you can tell when you eat it. I also took home some goodies including 2 Raspberry Thumbprint cookies and their Vanilla heart shaped donut with pink frosting on top!! I’m in love with their donuts, I haven’t found a bakeshop in Toronto that makes vegan donuts like they do so far!! It’s soft and the right amount of sweetness to the donuts, they taste like normal donuts and you can’t tell that it’s vegan and I love that!!

So if you are looking for a variety of delicious baked goods for Christmas desserts to share with your family, friends or co-workers, I highly recommend Tori’s Bakeshop in Toronto. Don’t forget to call or check with them their Holiday Hours as this is their last week open before they closed for the Holidays!!! So if you would like to check them out, why not this week for their delicious and warm desserts!!

For more information about Tori’s Bakeshop, please see below:

Tori’s Bakeshop – Website – click here

Address – Canary District location – 430 Front Street East and Beaches location – 2188 Queen Street East

You can follow Tori’s Bakeshop on their social media networks on Facebook @TorisBakeshop, Twitter @TorisBakeshop and Instagram @TorisBakeshop.

If you are looking for Christmas treats, desserts, or bakery items, please check out my 3 fave bakery shops this year for 2017: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Mad Batter Bakers and Tori’s Bakeshop as they offer the most delicious desserts & variety of selection of bakery items in Toronto & Burlington.  With my experience with each bakery I would definitely recommend them. If you don’t get a chance this Christmas to check out those bakeries be sure to visit them in 2018.

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

I can’t believe that Christmas is a few days away and that this is my last blog post for 2017!! I can’t believe how fast 2017 has pass by as this year has been a year of change and new opportunities for me. With leaving my full time work to focus & pursue my career goals with blogging to my many new travel & foodie adventures from Las Vegas to Kingston, ON to London, ON. I look forward to 2018 with growing and pursuing new opportunities to further my blog along with new exciting travel & foodie adventures!! 2018 looks like already an exciting year for me and I can’t wait to see what it holds! Thank you to my sweet readers for following along and reading my blog!! I appreciate each and every one of you!!

One BIG exciting news as I been mentioning about it a few posts before, I finally decided to launch a Facebook page…😀 It is still in working progress so look out for my Facebook page in early 2018!! I can’t wait to share it with you guys!!

Don’t forget for all the latest updates on my next blog posts (will be releasing my 2017 Review end of January 2018) or to follow my foodie adventures, please follow me on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24 (don’t forget to check out my stories).

Happy Sweet New Year’s to all my readers!!! Cheers to a sweet & delightful 2018 New Year!! 🎉

Until next time, I will be searching for my next sweet & healthy dairy-free vegan adventure in 2018…😋🍰🍦🍩🍓

-Sweet B.