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Dreaming of Paris – How About Making Macarons at Le Dolci in Toronto?

November 23, 2013

I used to call myself a European travel blogger. Since returning home to Toronto, I now call myself a plain old travel blogger. No, I’m not plain, nor old (yet). It’s just that I don’t want to be limited one geographic region. I have dreams to see the world. Like Sasha RomaryI have dreams to see and maybe someday live in Paris …

How could someone who called herself a European travel blogger have never been to Paris? Well, there was always other places to go like Italy, Spain or Portugal. And I was technically in Paris 3 times! Unfortunately, I’ve never set foot outside of Charles de Gaulle airport as it was never more than a transfer point for me.

For shame, for shame. Now that I live again on North American soil and trips to Europe are more limited for obvious reasons, I must resort to pretending I’m in Europe.

Lucky for me, there’s Le Dolcia bakery in Toronto where you can learn how to make the perfect Parisian macaron.

Le Dolci in Toronto

They call themselves a “foodie studio.” You can go there to sample some of their sweets – they serve up cupcakes, cronuts and of course macarons! They also offer baking classes where you can learn how to make chocolate truffles and decorate cakes/cupcakes.

Le Dolci in Toronto.

Le Dolci in Toronto.

Le Dolci in Toronto.

The Perfect Parisian Macaron

When I was invited by Le Dolci to take part in their macaron making class, I was more than excited! Macarons are delicious and incredibly difficult to make.

That being said, I was an eager student for the afternoon.

Le Dolci in Toronto.

As expected, it was a fun filled time. We learned all about how to make macarons by watching our lovely instructor whip up a batch in a pretty dusty rose shade of pink.

Le Dolci in Toronto.

Le Dolci in Toronto.

The class was then divided into two and we had a chance to take a go at it ourselves! Hilarity ensued as none of us could be as good as our instructor – she patiently guided us through the process.

Here’s a rather rare shot of me in an actual domestic moment, apron and all. I got to pour in the blue food coloring to the mix!

Le Dolci in Toronto.

While waiting for your macarons to bake, they offer you some cupcakes which were of course, totally delicious. Afterwards, everyone is given a small box and allowed to take several macarons home with them. I gifted mine to my co-workers and was a very popular woman in the office the following Monday.

Will I ever attempt to make macarons on my own? Not a chance. I don’t have the patience and will stick to cooking instead (which I’m not half bad it btw). Would I recommend this others? Most definitely. It’s a great way to spend the day with a friend or family member.

Good to Know

  1. This is a great way to experience a taste of Paris from the comfort of Toronto.
  2. This class is not limited only to locals. If you’re in town, you can sign up for a class in advance. There’s tons of options to choose from – view Le Dolci’s class schedule.
  3. The shop is located along Dundas Street West, an area rich in Toronto street art.

A Giveaway

I’m very excited to give away the chance to win a spot in one of the next macaron making classes at Le Dolci, taking place on Saturday, Dec 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. It’s valued at $90 Cdn!

To take part in the giveaway refer to the Rafflecopter widget below. Do things such as Like my Facebook fan page, follow me on Twitter and leave a comment below.

Note – this contest is open to Toronto area residents only (or to anyone who will be in town on Dec 21). See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Foodie Trips

If taking a baking class doesn’t do it for you, consider a culinary tour with Foodie Trips to Paris. Having launched a successful tour this past October, another one is taking place next July. Trips to other locations around the world like New York and Singapore are also in the works.

Should you wish to book this summer trip to Paris, just mention this blog post to receive a 10% discount.

Getting There

Le Dolci
1006 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W6, Canada ‎
+1 416-262-3400 ‎
http://www.ledolci.com/


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* This post was done in collaboration with Le Dolci and Foodie Trips. 

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  • Reply Jenna November 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Fun! I love macarons and would enjoy learning to make them, but like you, I wouldn’t have the patience to make them at home. I can’t enter your contest, but you’ve given me the idea of looking for a class near here.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      It was really fun but I’m not that skilled in the baking department. And so wish you could enter the contest. 🙂

      Hopefully, you’ll find a similar class close to home.

  • Reply Linda November 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    OMG! What an awesome contest! I’ve attempted at so many macaron recipes and failed miserably every time ;( So this could be my chance at perfecting macarons once and for all!

    Q: Do I have dreams of Paris??
    A: YESS! I always fantasize of going there one day and visiting all the bakeries and cafés there is while v-logging everything 😉 It seriously would be a dream come true~

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Linda – Good luck with the contest! You should definitely book that foodie trip taking place next summer. 🙂

  • Reply Tracey November 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    My dream of Paris is a simple one – to enjoy the cafes and shops on the Champs-Elysees.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Tracey – That’s a mighty nice dream to have. I have a similar one. 🙂

  • Reply Diana Dang November 25, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Dreams of Paris? Of course! I always dreamt about enjoying a cup of coffee on the sidewalk of a cafe with the sun in my hair and a good book in my hand. <3

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 25, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Diana – Good one! Best of luck in winning the contest. 🙂

  • Reply Jeff December 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    All your great photos of the food at La Dolci made me forget about Paris… Inspired to take a trip to Toronto just to experience this place.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      A good plan, we have a great city to explore and discover. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa December 14, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    That purple, maroon, and orange frosting is such a great color combination on the plate. Super classy and appropriate for fall/winter.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Thanks Lisa, glad you liked the photo. 🙂

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