Sugar Fix: Butter Avenue’s macarons

Butter Avenue | 477 Queen Street West | Toronto | View Map >

Butter AvenueI’m beginning to think that even if I tried a new pastry every day, I would still never catch up to the number of places we have here in Toronto; something new is always popping up.

This week, Butter Avenue opened their second location at Queen & Spadina so I stopped in to try their macarons. The space is stark & white, so that your attention can focus on the best part: the sweets!
Butter AvenueTheir macarons seem to be their signature item, but they also have a variety of lovely little tarts on display…
Butter AvenueMy macaron flavour sampling included: lavender, salted caramel, pistachio, strawberry/white chocolate, earl grey & orange. In addition to the filling, some of their macarons have a little bit of flavoured jam inside—a nice touch! My favourite would have to be the strawberry/white chocolate, with the salted caramel being a close second.
Butter Avenue

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Cocktail to Cookie: Grapefruit & basil

Grapefruit & basilOne of my favourite cocktails {Luma‘s The London G+T} inspired me to try a similar version at home…it’s a gin & tonic with a grapefruit & basil twist. I thought the same flavour combination might work in a cookie as well; I’ve tried a lot of citrus-y lemon & orange cookies, but not many grapefruit ones. I added a sprinkle of coarse sea salt to make them a bit more savoury.

Recipes for both of my experiments are below:

THE COCKTAIL: Grapefruit~Basil Gin & Tonic

Grapefruit & basil

MIX: 1 oz. gin | tonic water | splash of grapefruit juice
GARNISH: basil leaf | grapefruit slice


THE COOKIE: Salted Grapefruit~Basil Cookies

Grapefruit & basil

Keep reading for the recipe… (more…)

Inspiration {& a light lunch}: The Good Son, Toronto

The Good Son | 1096 Queen Street West | Toronto

The Good SonMy weekend wandering led me to this cozy spot & this lovely Bibb salad, which featured avocado, pomegranate & hazelnuts.

A few of my favourite things:

The Good Son

1 } A tufted banquette, complete with a wall of antique clocks

The Good Son

2 } A grand chandelier

The Good Son

3 } A mantel adorned with old books & knick knacks

The Good Son

4 } Rich, warm wood tones

The perfect place to curl up with a cocktail.

Going lightly at…Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers | 4833 Tufford Road | Beamsville, ON

Dillon's ginA pretty Dillon’s gin label spotted at Rose & Sons recently led me to Dillon’s Sunday Brunch at their distillery in Beamsville, ON, where I had a chance to sample some food trucks & their gins & bitters in some yummy summer cocktails & ice cream.

They also have a shop & tasting room & they offer short tours, where you can learn more about the gin, bitters & spirits-making process. I especially liked that because they are a small operation {consisting of a team of 12}, they have the flexibility to experiment with different recipes. Coming soon: Strawberry gin & another batch of their cherry gin. If you’re not able to visit them, you you can purchase their products online.

p.s.> Those labels I love are the work of Burlington firm Insite Design, who also designed their brand experience. See their very cool space & brunch highlights below:

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    Dillon’s tasting room

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    Dillon’s tasting room

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    Dillon’s tasting room

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    Summery gin cocktails. Favourites: The Rosy Peach {Rose gin, Niagara peach, lemon & soda} & The Bee’s Knees {Gin, lemon, honey syrup}

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    Fish tacos from Gastronomo Vagabundo

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    Hometown Ice Cream: Sour cream cherry ice cream, with Dillon’s Orange bitters

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    Home Town Ice Cream’s cute truck

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    Dillon’s bitters

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    Dillon’s shop

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    Dillon’s shop

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    Dillon’s shop

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    Dillon’s whiskey, aging & 18 months to go

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    Dillon’s distillery

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