Macaron Diaries: Nadege Patisserie

Macaron Diaries: Nadege Patisserie - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: Nadege Patisserie – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 120 Adelaide Street West (The PATH) – Richmond & Adelaide Centre
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:30 pm

While walking in the PATH back in 2014 on a lunch break exploring I saw a sign that Nadege Patisserie would be opening a location soon. I said finally as I still hadn’t managed to make it out to their Trinity Bellwoods location in over 3 years. Friday being Macaron Day I decided to celebrate by visiting here. Of all the patisseries giving back a portion of their sales Nadege topped them all by giving 50% of all their macaron sales to the Sick Kids Hospital for Macaron Day.

Today I purchased 12 macarons and also a box of their marshmallows. The flavours I got were: passion fruit milk chocolate, olive oil, Guinness (the last day to catch these from St. Patty’s Day), coconut lime, grapefruit cayenne, banana chocolate, orange zest, bacon maple, camembert, mojito, cotton candy, cappuccino and gin & tonic flavoured marshmallows. Twelve macarons cost $27.50 and the marshmallows were $6.

I found a lot of the fillings tasted the same to me even though the flavours were different. I think the flavours could be bumped up a touch so they could shine more. The grapefruit cayenne was my favourite of them all and I could taste both flavours and there was a slow after kick of the cayenne. The savoury flavours tasted like any other macs and I was expecting a distinct taste of cheese or olive oil which didn’t happen. As for the macarons themselves they had spaces in the shells so they crumbled on the first bite and didn’t retain their structure.

These aren’t in my top three for macarons in the city I think, but I will visit when I am in the area and they have the most selection of macarons on a given day. I am happy to finally have tasted from this patisserie after all this time.

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 709 The Queensway, Etobicoke , Ontario, 647-977-3030
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues & Wed: 12 – 7pm, Thurs & Fri: 12-8pm Sat: 11-6pm, Sub: 11-4pm

I have seen and tried AG Macarons at the Delicious Food Show and the Christmas Pop up Shop near Yonge Dundas Square. I have enjoyed there macs oh let’s face it I wouldn’t be on my third testing if I didn’t right. When I was walking on the Queensway I saw a French Macaron Tower in the window and realized I had found the bricks & mortar storefront and I made a quick detour.

I went in and looked at some of their other offerings before I went in today for the main show. Meringues, Belgian and dark chocolate fused chocolate candy, Aprons, boxed gourmet teas and cards were also for sale here. If I needed a quick last minute hostess gift or an impromptu present this would be the perfect spot. Everything you need is right there. After a quick look around I went to the macs and the flavours we tested were Salted Caramel, Blackberry Cassis, Chocolate Peanut butter, Mint Chocolate, Birthday Cake, Red Velvet and Cinnamon Heart as the Flavour of the Month. A box of 6 will cost $13 and the only downside is that only types tender they take are cash or credit is. Thank goodness I had a twenty on me or I would have had to change my order as I’m not one to use a credit card for things so tiny like this, especially when it’s a treat. That aside the macs tasted the same as every time I have encountered them, which shows some consistency which I like to see.
I tasted the Mint chocolate – I wasn’t a fan of the chocolate inside as it was a bit too hard for my liking, but the birthday cake, salted caramel and the February Valentines Themed Cinnamon heart tasted as it should. The shell was hard when I tapped it but once I bit into it, it crumbled and the feet on the macs were perfect. Mr. C. of course enjoyed his three; but these aren’t in my top three I would say in Toronto – my top 4 for sure. French Macaron classes are also offered and if my next attempt turns out poorly I may just consider enrolling in the class.

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons – Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons – Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons – Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: AG Macarons – Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: Aren’t We Sweet Chocolate

Macaron Diaries: Aren’t We Sweet Chocolate - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: Aren’t We Sweet Chocolate – Candy Coated Culinista

I managed to find my favourite candy; Haribo Orangina locally, instead of ordering them from Europe. I went in to Aren’t We Sweet Chocolate in St. Lawrence Market to pick up five packages of my expensive candy. I was told by the French owner “you really love the orangina” to which I agreed and I grabbed two macarons to taste test.

Place: (St. Lawrence Market) South Market- Lower Level)
Location: 95 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1N1

I purchased today Rose and Red Velvet macarons. The selections they had on hand were:
Black Currant, Mango , Red Velvet , Pistachio, Vanilla, Raspberry, Lemon Rosemary, Rose, Caramel Sea Salt, Coconut, Mocha Coffee, Dark Chocolate.

Upon tasting them Mr. C. concurred that these weren’t the best macarons we ever had. There was no shininess to the shells; which gave me the impression they would be soft and they were. Also Mr. C. didn’t like the rose flavoured macaron at all. “Yeah don’t ever by the rose flavour again.” He was not a fan of these at all, it tasted like he was eating a bouquet.

Macaron & Cookie Diaries – Petite & Sweet Bakes

Petite & Sweet - Candy Coated Culinista

Petite & Sweet – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Petite & Sweet Bakes
Location: 718 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 2H5 (647-748-7704)
Hours: Monday: Closed; Tuesday- Thursday: 11am – 8pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm; Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Website: http://www.petiteandsweet.ca
Prices: Macarons: $2.50 each; Cookies: $2.75 each.

I was on the way to the gym and I took a different streetcar which forced me to start walking from Broadview & Queen or wait for the next streetcar. It was a nice evening so I decided to take a walk. I made it all of 10 steps from the corner when I was greeted by Macarons. Needless to say my next few steps found me in the Petite & Sweet Bakes shop. This tiny storefront is done up in a luxe, upscale motif, with little tiny & adorable decorations throughout with pops of colours with a high gloss shine. I went to the case and saw the offerings: French Macarons, Cake Pops, Mini Cupcakes, Truffles, Turkish Delights, Brownies, Meringues, Cakes, Cookies and finally Speciality Coffee’s. When I was looking through I noticed some of the cookies I was eyeing looked strangely familiar. You see, even though I have never had the pleasure of tasting one of these cookies before, I knew them from their distinct look. “They are selling Moo Milk Bar Cookies!” Moo Milk Bar is on my Quest list to go visit but getting out to Queen Street East & Woodbine Avenue is a little much when it is not spring or summer. I plan to get out there for sure in the summer with Mr. C as I must try their flavoured milks and more of their cookie flavours. Today I ordered the passion fruit macaron & cowgirl cookie (espresso powder, pretzels, toffee bits, semi-sweet chocolate chips & oats) for Mr. C., and for myself I got the peppermint macaron and the red velvet cookie (a hint of cocoa with white chocolate chips).
After finishing up my post I realized I know this logo from somewhere, but where. I watched a show on Food Network Canada called Sugar Stars about the ups and downs of an events planning company, which is the other half of Petite & Sweets Bakes.

Review
We both loved our treats. Mr. C. didn’t have much of a comment but he finished them. I thought the macaron was sweet, refreshing & cooling, a perfect treat in the winter season. I found it was a little sweet as my sweet tooth acted up, but I still enjoyed it. The red velvet cookie was so good, it was crunchy, chewy, thin & sweet and the first words after I ate it were mmmmmm so good.

Macaron Diaries – Butter Avenue

Macaron Diaries: Butter Avenue - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries: Butter Avenue – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Butter Avenue Patisserie & Cafe
Location: 3467 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 2N3
Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday- Thursday: 11am – 8pm,
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Website: http://www.butteravenue.com
Prices: $2.25 each, 6 for $13.50, 20 for $45.00

I had a half day from work and had some errands to run. On my way home I found myself in Mid-Town Toronto, and for once I was nearby another Macaron Patisserie I have wanted to visit for a very long time. Believe me I’m glad I finally managed to get in there. After running around I was not in the mood to make dinner and I picked some food up and walked over to Butter Avenue to get dessert. The café is quite small, but the clean lines and minimalistic approach to the design helped to make the space seem bigger. I noticed immediately the Macarons and other desserts. There is also loose-leafed tea for sale by the cup or to enjoy at home. I saw a very cute onesie that had colourful Macarons on it; what a lucky kid that gets to wear that oh so cute onesie. That left me thinking I wish they had something in my size. When I finally made it to the case there were about 10 flavours and I chose: Lychee Raspberry, White chocolate Strawberry, Cream Cheese Passion fruit, Café Au Lait, Matcha Chocolate and Cassis.

Lychee Raspberry – I could taste the lychee filling (which is one of my favourite fruits). It was sweet and chewy and it was filled around the outer rim of the shell with lychee filling and the inside to my surprise was the raspberry jam. It tasted heavenly.

White chocolate Strawberry – 2 small dried strawberry pieces are added to both sides of the shell. The filling was strawberry jam in the centre and white chocolate around it. It was soft and sweet and after the initial sweetness of the first one, I didn’t notice it as much on this one.

Mr. C. had the Café Au Lait & Cream Cheese Passion fruit. He even commented when he had the second one. “Ooohh there’s jam inside this.” I like it now that his palette is getting better at noticing nuances and such, he can appreciate the subtleties more. He can thank me for that and yes I’m taking credit because where he came from to today is vast. I brought home six and he somehow managed to have 4 while I only got 2; the sneaky bugger. How in the world does that happen when I love all things macaron!

Macaron Diaries – Patachou Patisserie

Macaron Diaries - Patachou Patisserie - Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries – Patachou Patisserie – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Patachou Patisserie
Location: 1120 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2L6 (416)-927-1105 (Summerhill)

It doesn’t matter where in the city I am I can always find a Macaron lol. I’m a magnet, I kid you not. I had to take my car into to the shop and I knew in the area there was, a cold-press juice shop I wanted to try. But as I left with my juices in had I passed a patisserie and the name sounded familiar to me, even if I couldn’t pronounce it and I was right. I stumbled upon Patachou a patisserie on my quest list and grabbed 3 macarons for later. I had my juice to start the morning off healthy and as a treat sugar for dinner. I really have only come across two macarons so far that were only so, so and these weren’t one of them. I liked that the filling was what seemed to be a whipped cream based filling.

When I went home to check out the website I learned that after 35 years in Toronto, Patachou will be closing its door on May 3rd 2013 because bakers hours are quite grueling and it’s now time to rest, says the owner and baker at Patachou. I am making sure I get back here one more time to sit down and partake in a few more offerings and taste these treats one last time.

Macaron Diaries – Loblaws Patisserie

Loblaws Patissserie - Candy Coated Culinista

Loblaws Patissserie – Candy Coated Culinista

Happy Macaron Day and the first day of Spring! Today is Macaron day and I had intended to have my 2nd attempt Macaron post up but I just somehow got side tracked with other recipes and holidays (St. Patrick’s Day) C’est la Vie. Macaron Day has been celebrated for the last nine years now, and it was created to get people to try my most favourite treat and also give money to a local charity. In Toronto they are supporting the Red Door Family Shelter and various children related causes like the Sick Kids Hospital. Spread the love to today and get your self a Macaron and support this cause. For more information about Macaron Day T.O. click here.

Place: Loblaws @ Maple Leaf Gardens
Location: 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario

I was in Loblaws on a search for Anchovy Fillets, for the Roasted Turkey Breast with Olive Salsa Verde I was going to make. As I passed the Patisserie section to my great excitement I saw Macarons and Portuguese Custard Tarts. I was in a rush that day so I decided to come back another day to partake. When I went back there were cases and cases full of cakes, cupcakes, bon bons, tarts and much more. Let me tell you this patisserie takes pride in their product from beginning to end. I placed my order and the patissier gently placed the macarons in a cellophane bag and then transferred them into a paper box, and put a sticker on it with directions. It said its best served 30-45 minutes after removing it from the fridge. She was about to tell me to be careful as these are very delicate and we both said “delicate” at the same time and laughed. I had previously learned how delicate they are from holding them for 3 hours on Quest #2 La Bamboche. There is no safe place in a movie theatre to rest my precious delights without worry so set them on my lap.

I needed to take a picture of all their offerings but was feeling a bit awkward. Then a man to my right was approaching and saying “you to eh”, to which I replied “yes I love these things there my quest” to which he said “they’re all so so yummy and beautiful”. So we both just took our pictures and smiled.

When I tasted these I immediately noticed the difference from the other two macarons I have tasted. The meringue was made very differently; the interior of the shell had air pockets in it. I believe they used the Italian meringue method versus the French meringue method I recently tasted. It tended to crumble more as there was no body to the shell to keep everything together. The fillings were pretty good but the shell made it hard to enjoy my macaron experience.

Loblaws Patissserie Case - Candy Coated Culinista

Loblaws Patissserie Case – Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries – La Bamboche

La Bamboche - Candy Coated Culinista

La Bamboche – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 4 Manor Road East, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 1P8 (416.481.6735)
Website: http://www.labamboche.ca

On my way to go see a movie in uptown Toronto I realized that one of my Macaron Quest shops was in the area so I made the little trek out of the way to visit La Bamboche.

This bakery is quietly tucked away on a side street just off Yonge St. between Davisville & Eglinton. When you enter there are many beautiful treats that will call your name and say, “try me, I’m sooo good!” I bet they were, but I was on a mission this day, and I will not deterred! Today there were eight varieties of macarons available. I had checked their website ahead of time and chose the flavours I wanted; but to my pleasant surprise those flavours were not there. There seems to be a different roster of macaroons, the flavours on the menu this day were strawberry champagne, margarita, yuzu (a citrus fruit from East Asia), mystery, sangria, lavender, Shirley Temple , watermelon, pistachio and caramel sea salt. These macarons were roughly the size of a loonie and cost 2.60 each and if you buy 6 or more it is tax free. So I was treated to six by Mr. C! and the clerk complimented him on his new Steampunk Metroid shirt, which made him very happy! I choose strawberry champagne, sangria, mystery, Shirley Temple, pistachio and caramel sea salt.

Mr. C. thought these were much creamier than Petit Theut. The first one I tried was the sangria, it’s a lovely shade of purple (my favorite colour) and is delicate to the touch and the filling was light and airy; almost whipped like. Next was the strawberry champagne: This is my favorite so far, the filling tasted like strawberries and has a little silver edible pearl as a decoration. The taste was everything I was hoping for, it’s sweet but not too sweet; so you can eat more than one and not overdose on sugar. I can’t wait to try my next one Shirley temple but two was my limit for the night.

The next day I enjoyed my Shirley Temple. It was delightful! Now I haven’t had a Shirley Temple in a very long time, probably since I was a child at a wedding. I loved it, and the next time I go back I will be enjoying my Shirley Temple macaron with a real Shirley temple.

I brought Pistachio to work for a co-worker and after enjoying the sampling I gave her, she understands why I am in love with these things she never even heard of before.

Macaron Diaries – Petit Theut

Petit Theut - Candy Coated Culinista

Petit Theut – Candy Coated Culinista

Co-Owner and Chef: Marc Thuet.
Location: 1 King Street West Toronto, Ontario
Website: http://www.petitethuet.com

Today I finally have a day off work, so instead of sleeping in like any normal person would do, I took a trip @ 7:30am to Yonge-Dundas square to see the Tumblr & Batpod which were there for a promotion for the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. (Mr. C. will be very happy with all the pictures & video I took for him!) So since I was up already I decided I would make the best of my morning, and I took a walk down to one of the stops on my search to taste the best macarons Toronto has to offer.

I go into Petit Theut and it’s pretty quiet, but then again all the patrons, except for me and two other guys are on their way to work. I can see a display case full of 17 varieties of Macarons, all I could think was “Wow!” I will have to make a trip back around in the near future to try some more of the flavours they had. They were a little bit bigger than a twoonie, and at the price of $13.00 with tax for 5 it is a once in awhile treat for sure!
The flavours I picked were Lemon, Raspberry, Blueberry Cheesecake, Cookies & Cream (for Mr. C.), and a Lavender coloured one I picked because it just looked pretty! The first one I tried was the raspberry macaron. The filling was a raspberry jam which was very sweet, even for me, but still delicious none the less. This is a decadent and rich treat and was my first morsel of food for the morning, I was truly happy, and thought what a great day this was going to be! The first piece is surprising, the shell is hard to the touch, but melts in your mouth once you bite into it.

The blueberry cheesecake tasted exactly how I envisioned it. The filling was cream cheese and blueberries. I’m not a cheesecake fan or a cream cheese in desserts type of person either yet I loved it. It was the perfect combination and not too cheesy. It never got to the point where I wanted to put it down, I just kept on eating and enjoying every bit not wanting it to end!

Since I had a whole day off, I decided to roam Toronto and since I was heading in the direction of St. Lawrence Market I said to myself, “Why not? It will be quiet at this time in the morning.”

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