Last Saturday I had the most insatiable craving for macarons. Oh but not just any macarons – Butter Avenue macarons. I don’t know why. My mouth just wanted them, badly. I wanted to run into Butter Avenue, buy 2 dozen, forgo the pretty yellow box and inhale them right then and there. I was determined to have my macarons and nothing was going to stand in my way. Not the cold weather, not the crappy snow and ice on the ground, not even my boyfriend telling me he wanted to pick up a new pair of pants while we were out: “could we stop by Eaton Centre after lunch? I want to buy new pants and they have better selection there.” “Yes, okay, that’s nice honey, we can go after I get my macarons.” “But I won’t take long…” “Yes, I know, after the macarons, honey.”
I swear I’m not a nut. Or a horrible girlfriend for that matter.
Seeing how I am posting photos of half a dozen sitting daintily in said pretty yellow box though (from left to right: Cafe au Lait, Mont Blanc (chestnut sandwiched between vanilla and chocolate), Earl Grey, Chocolate Hazelnut and Raspberry. Macarons are $2.25 each or $13.50, tax inclusive, for a gift box of 6), you can tell I exercised some self-restraint. And I am proud to report I did not eat them all in the shop. I only ate one inside Butter Avenue (the creamy, fruity red Raspberry, which has now become one of my favourites right up there with the Cafe au Lait and Matcha Chestnut flavours I previously posted about HERE) and I even saved a few to bring home for my family.
They enjoy macarons more than they enjoy cupcakes. What can I say? I’m a giver.
Let’s be real though. The second those macarons were gone I mentally cursed myself for not buying more. I should have known better! Sigh. However, I do have one very sweet and compelling reason to make a return visit next month: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and once a year, just for the occasion, Butter Avenue makes their famous heart-shaped macarons! I thought heart-shaped macarons were only fancy pants things created in the kitchens of ambitious and talented pastry chefs or in patisseries in the heart of Paris (or in our day and age, on the pinboards on Pinterest), not something I could actually get my hands on in my own city. To my knowledge, Butter Avenue is the only place in the city that makes them and I have yet to try them so I think this Valentine’s Day will be the day! And maybe, just maybe, I can soothe that macaron craving still raging in that little tummy of mine, even if it’s just for a little while.
Butter Avenue Patisserie & Cafe is located at 3467 Yonge Street, at the corner of Yonge St. and Yonge Blvd. (a little confusing, I know!) north of Teddington Park Ave., between the major subway stations of York Mills and Lawrence. They are open 6 days a week (closed on Monday): 11am-8pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday, and 11am-7pm on Sundays.