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.

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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.

 

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My 2017 Macaron Day with Butter Avenue

Hi everyone,

Welcome back everyone!! I’m back now, did you miss me?? 🙋 It’s been a very busy month of March for me as you all know I went for my birthday trip/vacation to beautiful and glamorous Las Vegas with my sister and niece. I had the most amazing time exploring the Vegas strip and sampling so much delicious and scrumptious food.

A quick update on my Vegas trip – Vegas is definitely the place to be if you want amazing and high quality food, no doubt I was definitely not disappoint with the many choices of restaurants and even desserts to choose from. It also helps that it simply was so beautiful there with the beautiful hotels with the most beautiful water fountains! Loving Vegas both day & night  esp. love the lights at night time & enjoyed the warm desert weather in March. I have to admit though there was a lot of walking, so not a relaxing trip, but lots to see and do. I had the most amazing and wonderful time at one of my fave travel destinations being there for the 2nd time and loving it more! A great way to celebrate my birthday, a bonus was a complimentary upgrade for my hotel room with the most beautiful balcony Bellagio and Paris view ever!!

If you haven’t been to Vegas, I highly recommend visiting there at least once as it is not just about the casinos, but there is so much to see and do especially the most amazing food in Vegas is one main reason I go and the shopping of course…:) Be sure to look out for a special blog post on my fave restaurants to check out in Vegas next month that I am currently working on.

Don’t forget for the latest updates about my sweet food blog or my food adventures, please follow me on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and Instagram @SweetBFoodie24. If you were following me on my Instagram account while I was on my Vegas trip, then you would have seen a few yummy food & beautiful scenery photos during my trip.

March seems to be an important month of the year for me because not only my birthday of course lol…but it also marks the 1st Day of Spring, which means warmer weather, but most 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. Yes, this is a late post on Macaron Day and if you missed it, please mark March 20, 2018 in your calendar for next year for the next Macaron Day or there is always no time like the present to enjoy a simple yet delicious macaron as you can enjoy macarons any day of the year!

If you did celebrate Macaron Day, which bakery did you celebrate it with? Would love to hear where some of you went, please comment below! Thank you!

This year I celebrated Macaron Day with one of my fave bakery shop, Butter Avenue. I wasn’t able to visit more macaron bakeshops that day as unfortunately I was working my full time Admin job and didn’t have enough time to visit more. But I made time for my fave bakery shop, Butter Avenue where purchased half a dozen of macarons to share with my sisters and niece. I also sampled one of their new mini dessert – “Over the Moon” consisting of Vanilla Créme brûlée, raspberry puree, raspberry mousse, all natural lemon crème and their delicious Raspberry mini macaron on top! I loved the mini dessert, it was perfect size and it wasn’t too sweet. I hope that they would make these mini desserts a regular item on their bakery list as this was a limited edition dessert during Macaron Day weekend.

Butter Avenue partnered with Chef David Lee who is the executive chef of one of the best restaurant in Canada, Nota Bene, to create 3 distinctive macarons for Macaron Day. I sampled one of the 3 distinctive macarons, their Uji Matcha Passionfruit and as I’m not a fan of passionfruit, but I simply loved this new flavour. I didn’t expect it at all, it had the right sweetness of the passionfruit and a pop of flavour from the green tea matcha. Wow!!! Great combination for this macaron flavour. I also got my fave Earl Gray, Almond Raspberry Cake along with a few other faves that my sisters love. As desserts are always sweeter to share and was happy to share them with my sisters.

For Macaron Day, Butter Avenue despite not being one of the official participating locations for Macaron Day, they donated their 1/3 of the day’s sales to Kids Cook to Care foundation. I’m happy to celebrate and still be help give back to the community while enjoying my sweets.

While for Macaron Day TO, their participating locations in Toronto and GTA with a simple purchase of a macaron, 25% of the proceeds will be donated to – Red Door Family Shelter on March 20.

With the end of a busy yet fun month of March, marks the start of a new month for April. April means more warmer Spring weather and sweet treats for Easter!! As I unwind and settle back into my regular routine after my amazing Vegas trip, back on the hunt for the next sweet and healthy foodie adventure.

So don’t forget to come back and join me next month and see what sweet & healthy blog post I have in store for you all. Cheers to my fave month filled with sweet macarons in March!!! 🎉🎈🍹 (you think they made Macaron Day in March for me?)

-Sweet B.

For more information on Macaron Day TO and on Butter Avenue, please see below:

Macaron Day TOWebsite: macarondayto.com

You can follow them through their social media on Facebook @MacaronDayTO, Twitter @MacaronDayTO and Instagram @MacaronDayTO.

Butter AvenueWebsite: www.butteravenue.com

Address:

Locations

Yonge & Lawerence -3467 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4N 2N3

Queen & Spadina – 477 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A9

You can follow them through their social media on Facebook @ButterAvenueCo, Twitter @ButterAvenue, and Instagram @ButterAvenue.

 

 

My Sweet Adventure on Macaron Day 2016

Hi everyone,

Happy Belated Macaron Day & it’s officially Spring now as of last weekend on March 20, 2016 marks the 1st Day of Spring despite the fact that in Toronto it haven’t felt like Spring more like winter esp after that ice storm we just had.

Sorry for the lack of blog posts, it’s been a busy month of March for me with my birthday celebrations (yes my birthday just past this week…😀) and busy at work adjusting to my recently new position. I hope that you would be patient with me and still continue to be here waiting for me with my sweet entries for me to share with you, my sweet readers! If you are wondering when my next blog posts are, you can always check my Twitter account for the latest updates as I’m quite active on Twitter.

Now onto why I’m here to share with you my sweet heavenly day last weekend on Sunday, March 20, 2016 for Macaron Day. This is my 3rd Year celebrating this sweet elegant & delectable bite-sized dessert, macarons. As you know, macarons is one of my fave type of desserts. Of course it comes with no surprise that I will be celebrating my love for macarons!

Macaron Day TO not only celebrates our love for macarons, but also additional 25% of purchased macarons will be donated to Red Door Family Shelter. For who don’t know about Macaron Day, Toronto will offer macaron lovers complimentary macarons to enjoy at local pastry shops. To receive a complimentary macaron, you would visit one of the participating patisserie that is listed on the Macaron Day TO website and just simply mention that you are celebrating Macaron Day TO.

This year I decided to stop by 2 of my fave pastry shops as it was hard to decide which one to go to. My 1st stop was to Dessert Lady and I was one of their lucky winners to win a box of their new Doncaron (Donut Macaron basically & it’s one of the new trend right now for macarons). I was excited to taste the Donut Macarons! They were offering 5 flavours of the Donut Macarons – Strawberry Jelly, Confetti, Chocolate Dip, Maple Dip and Boston Cream.  My fave definitely was the Strawberry Jelly and it was delicious, it actually tasted like the real donut. I definitely recommend you try Dessert Lady new creation – Doncaron! I also picked up the traditional French Macarons – Raspberry Lemon Twist (which is my fave now) and Mango flavours that these flavours reminded me of Spring time. I love the Raspberry Lemon Twist!! One of my new fave flavours!! I definitely recommend it. I simply love their Instagram booth that they had out that day to interact with customers.

When I stopped by Dessert Lady, it was quite busy, but I’m always happy to be greeted by their staff and feel welcome there despite how busy it was. It was great seeing a few familiar faces there as well as I been there quite often. I was very happy with my selection of macarons there! Dessert Lady was one of the participating patisserie for Macaron Day To who gave out samples of their Doncaron!

My next stop was to my annual stop that I go every year for Macaron Day TO, which is Butter Avenue. I love going to Butter Avenue every year as they always have a special limited edition flavours that day and I always love to try new flavours. Plus Butter Avenue never disappoints me with their delicious macarons.

Butter Avenue this year have 30 limited edition flavours at both of their locations that day and as well this year they are donating 30% of the day’s sales to @kidscooktocare. I went to the Yonge & Lawrence location. It was hard to choose which flavours I would like to try that day as I got half a dozen so picking 6 flavours to share with my sisters. As it’s always more sweeter to share with others.

I ended up choosing: Strawberry Yogurt, Raspberry Marshmallow, Passionfruit Marshmallow, Green Apple Matcha and Coconut Apricot. My fave in the end was the Coconut Apricot, which I was surprised as I’m not a huge fan of Coconut but the apricot and coconut mixed together was simply delicious it’s hard to describe how it tasted. I love the Coconut Apricot! I hope that they will bring back some of the flavours as I wanted to also try: Dragon Eye and Raspberry Rose just to name a few.

Overall, what a sweet & heavenly day for me as a macaron lover, both Dessert Lady & Butter Avenue fulfilled my love for sweet French macarons that day! You can never get enough macarons, I love trying new creations and new flavours that day.

I am already looking forward to Macaron Day TO next year 2017!!

Now I’m off looking for my next sweet adventure, until then…

-Sweet B.

For more information & details for Macaron Day TO, check out their website -> here

For more information on Dessert Lady & Butter Avenue, please see below:

Dessert Lady

Address: 12 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON

Website: http://dessertlady.ca

Follow them on Facebook @DessertLady, Twitter @DessertLady_TO & Instagram @DessertLady_TO

Butter Avenue

Address:

Yonge & Lawrence – 3467 Yonge Street

Queen & Spadina – 477 Queen Street West

Website: www.butteravenue.com

Follow them on Facebook @ButterAvenue, Twitter @ButterAvenue, & Instagram @ButterAvenue

 

 

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!

MacaronDayTo-Mar 20, 2015

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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