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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Valentine’s Day Desserts frm the Elegant Pastry Shop: Bobbette & Belle

Hi everyone!!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my sweet readers 2day!! Valentine’s Day is a definitely one of those days that you don’t need an excuse for desserts as it is the perfect time to enjoy lots of yummy sweet desserts!! That is why I love celebrating these special occasions like these just to enjoy and satisfy my sweet cravings what a great excuse to have some desserts. On this special Valentine’s Day holiday, sharing my sweet desserts and my love to my 2 amazing sisters who are not just my sisters but also my best friends. Desserts always taste better when you share them with the ones you love!

This year I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with Bobbette & Belle, an artisanal pastries shop featuring their baked goods made fresh and everything is baked from scratch with their finest ingredients. I stopped by their 2nd location at their Yonge shop (Yonge Lawrence Village area) for the first time. Bobbette & Belle has 2 locations with their first shop located in the heart of Leslieville area on Queen Street.

I have been always wanting to try Bobbette & Belle and for some reason never tried it until now, which the question is why have I been waiting this long to go to Bobbette & Belle? No idea ‘cause it, I absolutely fell in love with this chic, elegant, yet cozy & welcoming shop!!

Bobbette & Belle is known for their lavish & elegant wedding cakes, their famous cupcakes and delicious French macarons. They also offer other baked goods including scones, croissants, pies, tortes, cookies, and more! Drinks include their famous homemade hot chocolate served with toasted marshmallow, espresso-based coffees and a wide range of teas. I tried their Hot Cider especially on one of the coldest day and wow simply delicious, I loved it!! Bobbette & Belle also offer their services to provide corporate sweet events and gift ideas as well.

My Take-out Hot Cider Outside

My 1st experience with Bobbette & Belle was simply amazing, as mentioned I instantly fell in love with this cozy & elegant pastry shop. I went on the coldest day in Toronto but it was definitely worth it. I entered the shop with the warm smell of baked goods and sweet smell of coffee too. I love the warm, quiet chatter atmosphere as I entered the shop. It was actually quite busy when I went but I was still greeted by one of the servers and didn’t felt rushed to decide which delicious desserts to get as there were so many to choose from. I wanted to try them all lol!! Great customer service for sure. I simply love their Valentine’s Day decorations as well, check out some of my photos below!

After finally deciding on which desserts to take home with me to share with my sisters, I ended up with a pack of 6 macarons, which flavours I picked was: the special Valentine’s Day flavour – Strawberry Champagne, 2 Raspberries, Chocolate, Pistachio and Passionfruit. Of course I had to try one of their delicious cupcakes as I been craving for cupcakes so I chose their Vanilla Raspberry & Mango Passionfruit Buttercream Coconut cupcakes. And I have to say these are one of the best cupcakes I ever had, the Vanilla Raspberry one was simply delicious, I loved their icing and usually icings are very very sweet and this one was not, it was made fresh and real Raspberry pieces was inside the icing and I never had icing made like this and loved it!! The cake itself was light and fluffy, loved it, this is almost a perfect cupcake..:) I also couldn’t resist those special Valentine’s Day Shortbread cookies, how can you? LOL!! I love cookies as well. So I had to at least try one and it was almost too pretty to eat with the sparkly icing, it was light and perfect!

I have to add that I love Bobbette & Belle adorable boxes that they put the desserts in, it is very elegant and chic, loved it!!! I’m keeping them! 🙂

I look forward to coming back to visit Bobbette & Belle as I definitely have to come back to try their other sweet desserts as I saw their apple tart and simply looked delicious. I definitely would love to sit and enjoy a cup of tea there as well as it looks like a cozy spot especially on the weekends to warm up or enjoy a simple and elegant dessert. I hope that you would come and see this little chic and cozy bakery shop yourself, I definitely recommend it!!

Hope that everyone is having a sweet Valentine’s Day celebrating with your loved ones!! Hope everyone had a yummy dessert on Valentine’s Day too. If you haven’t had a sweet dessert yet, there’s still time if you are in Canada and those who have a long Family Day weekend like me why not check out Bobbette & Belle for your sweet cravings! Definitely check out Bobbette & Belle on any occasion not just Holidays, they offer so many wide selection of fresh and high-end quality desserts, it’s simply worth it to check out anytime!

I hope that everyone enjoyed my Valentine’s Day special post, until my next sweet adventure….

-Sweet B.

For more information on Bobbette & Belle, please see below:

Address:

Leslieville Location: 1121 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON

Yonge Lawrence Village Location: 3347 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

Website: www.bobbetteandbelle.com

You can also check them out on Facebook -> Bobbette & Belle, Twitter -> @BobbetteBelle, and Instagram -> BobbetteandBelle

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.

 

 

 

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

Hi everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until the next sweet festive adventure….

-Sweet B.

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

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

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

Website: maisonchristianfaure.ca

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

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

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

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

Hi everyone!!

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

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

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

 

Butter Avenue – Easter Hunt Tarts & Other Yummy Tarts

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

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

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

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

-Sweet B.

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

www.butteravenue.com

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

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

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