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. I 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 Dolci – a 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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- This is a great way to experience a taste of Paris from the comfort of Toronto.
- 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.
- The shop is located along Dundas Street West, an area rich in Toronto street art.
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!
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.
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.
1006 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W6, Canada
* This post was done in collaboration with Le Dolci and Foodie Trips.