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:

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s tasting room

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s tasting room

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s tasting room

  • Dillon's

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

  • Dillon's

    Fish tacos from Gastronomo Vagabundo

  • Dillon's

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

  • Dillon's

    Home Town Ice Cream’s cute truck

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s bitters

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s shop

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s shop

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s shop

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s whiskey, aging & 18 months to go

  • Dillon's

    Dillon’s distillery

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Sugar Fix: Colette’s croissants

Colette Grand Cafe | 550 Wellington Street West | Toronto | View Map >

Colette's croissantsI can finally stop peering into the windows…Colette Grand Cafe opens tomorrow! They are a French bakery, cafe & restaurant located on the ground floor of the Thompson hotel. To promote the opening, they offered samples around the city with Tour de Colette and also gave away some free coffee and croissants in their new space this week. I tried both the plain and chocolate croissant, you know, for research purposes and found them magically buttery and delicious and perfectly flaky. My Americano was nice and strong as well.

Croissants aside, the space is beautiful. Take a look below:

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

  • Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

    Colette Grand Cafe, Toronto

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