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

Cupcake Diaries: Zoe’s Bakery Cafe

Zoe's Bakery Café - Candy Coated Culinista

Zoe’s Bakery Café – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Zoe’s Bakery Cafe
Location: 548 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V1M3 (416)-504-4174
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30am – 6:30pm; Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Website: http://www.zoesbakerycafe.ca
Prices: about $3.00

I have been passing by Zoe’s at least once a month for over a year now, and today I came here for the cupcakes, and to my dismay they are only on the menu based on availability, hmmm. I wasn’t going to waste a visit so I found another dessert to enjoy.

There wasn’t much selection at all considering “bakery” is in the name of the business. I had two options a jam square type thing and a tart. I choose the maple walnut tart and strawberry lemonade. This tart was not too sweet, and it was chewy, crumbly and had buttery crust. The walnuts were crunchy and well balanced within the tart. I could eat more than one and not feel that I had too many sweets or get a tooth ache. This was a pricy tart though and with the drink it came to $6.30. This would be a once and awhile thing, even though it was delicious.

Zoe's Bakery Café - Candy Coated Culinista

Zoe’s Bakery Café – Candy Coated Culinista

Cookie Diaries: Moo Milk Bar

Moo Milk Bar - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Candy Coated Culinista

One hot Saturday afternoon after a workshop I was in the area of Moo Milk Bar; according to Google maps and I decided to Explore Queen Street East. Well Google maps lied to me again and the travel time was off. I was told a 30 minute walk which was fine, but when I’ve been walking for one hour I get a little peeved, as I’m not a slow walker at all. I would have turned around and tried another day but I ventured on as I have a long quest list and I need to start tackling it.

Place: Moo Milk Bar
Location: 1918 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 1H5
Phone: 647-343-4272
Hours: Monday Closed; Tuesday -Saturday 11:00 am – 7 pm; Sunday 12 pm-6 pm

My Selections:

Toffee Bit & Vanilla Ice Cream Sammie – $3.10 – This was sweet but delicious, and the ice cream was the perfect consistency, it was firm and didn’t melt out of the cookie as I ate it. I have cut a significant amount of sugar from my diet in the last few months and I think everything is too sugary now. Granted I have had their cookies twice before from Petite & Sweet Bakes before I cut my sugar content and I didn’t find it to be sugary..

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie – $1.90 – I’m going to say that this is their healthiest cookie looking at the menu. There is a natural sweetness to this cookies and I could taste the coconut. It felt less like a dessert cookie to me.

Cookies & Cream Cookie – $1.90 – The hubby said this tasted like cookies & cream, which is one of his favourite flavours.

Red Velvet Cookie Dough – $9.50 for a 6 pack –I selected these as a dough batch because I have tried this flavour a couple of times at Petite & Sweet Bakes. Following the directions given these tasted exactly like the store bought, which made me very happy. I can now purchase the dough when I am in the area and save them for a later date.

Vanilla Bean Milk – $3.33 -355ml – I could see vanilla bean flecks in the milk and it only tasted a tad bit like vanilla flavored milk. I am comparing this to the best vanilla milk I have ever had in Barbados. In Barbados Vanilla flavoured milk comes in the litre cartons and taste amazing and are packed with the vanilla flavour.

Banana Chocolate Milk – $3.33 -355ml – Mr. C. said “I can taste the banana.” I grabbed this as this is also one of his favourite flavour combo’s, but I get the feeling it was just okay for him.

When I visit again I will stick to the sammie’s, cookies and give the bars a try perhaps.

Moo Milk Bar - Toffee Bit Sammie - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Toffee Bit Sammie – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Toffee Bit Sammie - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Toffee Bit Sammie – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Cookie Dough - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Cookie Dough – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Red Velvet Cookies - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Red Velvet Cookies – Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar - Candy Coated Culinista

Moo Milk Bar – Candy Coated Culinista

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!

Cupcake Diaries – Desmond & Beatrice

Cupcake Diaries: Desmond & Beatrice - Candy Coated Culinista

Cupcake Diaries: Desmond & Beatrice – Candy Coated Culinista

Desmond & Beatrice is on my Cupcakes quest list and I finally had a chance to visit this shop.

Place: Desmond & Beatrice
Location: 750 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M4M 1H4 (647)-352-2257
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 7pm
Website: https://desmondandbeatrice.com/
Prices: $2.75 each. $6.22 for two with tax.

Review
This was a very dense cupcake with an inch of swirled buttercream frosting. I loved the density of the cupcakes, because then I feel that one is enough. The frosting was rich and sweet. I am not a frosting fan so I only ate enough to taste test. Mr. C. had the strawberry cupcake and enjoyed every bite. He also noticed the density also. I also heard “yum” as he ate it.

%d bloggers like this: