Rainbows and Artwork at Petite Thuet – Yuzu Chocolate & Chocolate Coconut on Macaron Day, Part III!

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After nearly an entire week of macarons, I have learned something very important: 1) I should only ever bring a macaron home for my brother and 2) putting them in the fridge makes them last longer and they taste just as delicious the day after.  And the day after that.  And the day after that.  That’s right, folks.  I brought home four perfect, plump, beautiful macarons on Tuesday (I ate four all on my own during the day.  Don’t judge me, you know you’d do the same) and I still have one sitting on my kitchen table waiting to be devoured.  And most likely, it will be devoured by me.  I know, I live a tough life.  My family has exasperated me to the point of no return.  Anybody else would be empty-handed by now.  Or at the very least, swatting somebody else’s hand away for attempting to eat mine.  But noooo. 

My brother happily ate his, but my parents have repeatedly rejected my beloved macarons day after day and the only reason I didn’t just eat their share after a day is because I didn’t want to be selfish.  That, and also a pig.  Even if I have boundaries as blurry as they may be.  But for goodness sake, I think I’m the only person on this earth who still has a macaron left from Macaron Day!  And for that, I am embarrassed.  Note to self: save one for the brother and call it a day to save yourself from the face-palming and head-on-wall-banging.  Sigh.       

You’d think that after a day of macaron trick-or-treating and a week of macaron eating I’d be pooped out.  Nope, far from it.  Macaron Day has only fueled my giddiness over macarons and now I can’t get enough.  They’re delicate, cute, and as colourful as watercolour paint pucks.  They are delightful.  This love is going to be just as bad as cupcakes, if not worse.  One of the very first macaron posts I wrote on the blog was for Petit Thuet but this time around, I have the goods from a different location!  On Macaron Day, I paid a visit to the Rosedale location for the first time and I really fell in love with the space, much more so than the one on King St. in the financial district.  The Rosedale location, located in the heart of midtown Toronto on Yonge Street, has beautiful paintings and artwork on the walls and gorgeous wooden accents including a wooden light fixture and a wooden table bench by the storefront window.  The space is a little sunnier with more pop and personality to it and even though it’s small, I like it a lot.

Petit Thuet is a French bakery/boulangerie and gourmet shop that serves croissants, baked goods, pastries, and desserts, along with gourmet meats, jarred preserves, salads, and more.  Pastries and desserts include lemon bars, meringue tarts, fruit tarts, danishes, almond pastries, small cakes, and the ever popular macarons that have put Petit Thuet on the macaron map.  My very first Petit Thuet macaron was their rosewater one and while I really enjoyed it then, I LOVED the macarons I picked out on Tuesday even more!

There was literally a rainbow of macarons to choose from on Macaron Day and right off the bat, I picked up on the noticable differences.  The macarons were larger and plumper than I remember and there were a number of flavours that were completely new and exciting to me!  I snatched a bright yellow yuzu chocolate macaron (the yellow one you see on the far left in the macaron photo up top) and a creamy chocolate cocoa coconut one (the chocolate one with the toasted sprinkled coconut on top) and there were plenty of others that looked sweet and delicious.  My brother took the yuzu chocolate (his first macaron ever!) while we shared the chocolate coconut between the two of us and both were deeply loved. 

While I can’t give you an excited assessment of the yuzu chocolate yet, I can tell you that my brother was over the moon over it and loved it to itty bitty pieces.  He prefers citrus fruits over others such as berries and he’s a mega chocoholic so it was perfect for him.  It was his very time eating a macaron and he was hooked after the first bite.  And if you love coconut milk, the chocolate coconut macaron needs to be in your life.  Coconut and lemon are my two dessert flavour weaknesses so this made me all sorts of happy, especially because the filling was so creamy and so true to what coconut milk tastes like.

Macarons are $2.20 a piece which puts them in the middle price range as macarons in the city go for $1.50 to $3.  The new flavours and bigger sizes took me by surprise in the best way possible and I couldn’t be happier with the changes and additions.  They are fabulous and I am going to have the hardest time staying away.  Between Petit Thuet, La Bamboche, Bobbette & Belle, and other patisseries, I am going to be one very macaron-occupied girl for quite some time!  The last time I was this excited about a food event was last Septemeber during Vegetarian Food Fair and Macaron Day totally lived up to the fun and excitement I was expecting, and then some.  I had some of the most delicious flavours, the funnest time taking photos, and sharing the sweet treat stories with all of you and I can’t wait to do it all again next year now that the event has come to the city.  I hope you all enjoyed the macaron posts these last few days – it’s the beginning of a whole new delicious adventure!    

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Petite Thuet serves 3 locations in downtown/midtown Toronto:

  1. 1162 Yonge St. (between Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations, on the west side of Yonge St.)
  2. 1 King St. West (at the corner of Yonge and King St.)
  3. 244 King St. East (between Sherbourne and Princess St.)
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Celebrating Macarons and Supporting Local Charities & Organizations – A Sneak Peek at Macaron Day TO!

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What day is Tuesday, March 20th, 2012?  Macaron Day TO!  A day to spread awareness of social issues and local organizations and causes that matter to the community.  A day to make a difference, if only a small one.  A day to address the needs of those less fortunate.  A day to appreciate and reflect on the many luxuries we have in our lives that are often taken for granted.  And finally, Macaron Day TO is a day to celebrate the dainty, delicate, deliciously sweet Parisian confection that has taken the hearts of foodies, pastry chefs, and sweet tooths by storm all over the world.  Macaron Day is currently an internationally recognized and celebrated event in cities such as Paris and New York* and this year, a number of cities are joining the celebration and cause for the first time in an effort to raise money for local causes. 

Spearheaded by La Bamboche Patisserie, Macaron Day TO 2012 is the first of its kind in the city (along with Macaron Day Vancouver!) with more than 15 bakeries and patisseries across the city taking part in this event!  Sweet shops such as Bobbette & Belle, Daniel & Daniel, Moroco Chocolat, and many others will be providing free macarons on Tuesday, with a portion of additional macaron sales benefiting the Red Door Family Shelter in Toronto.  Twenty-five percent of the funds raised from the event will go toward the Red Door Family Shelter, an emergency housing shelter and organization that provides services and support to the homeless and the domestically abused.  Here’s how Macaron Day works: visit a participating Macaron Day location, say you are celebrating Macaron Day TO, and receive your complimentary macaron while supplies last!  And if you can spare some money, purchase a few to contribute to the cause.

I’ve been looking forward to this day for over a month now and even though I’m unsure of how many patisseries I can visit or get to in time, I’m hoping to make it to at least one or two.  In the meantime, I’m pre-celebrating today by giving everyone a healthy dose of macaron photo love!  The very first photo up top was a photo taken at Ruelo Patisserie’s station at last year’s Food Network Canada’s Delicious Food Show in October, where macarons shared the limelight with cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. 

I recently got the chance to hop on over to their original Richmond Hill location within the Times Square plaza complex by Highway 7 and Leslie St. where I nabbed two delicious flavours.  I’m saving those photos for a future blog post specifically dedicated to Ruelo, but I’ll give you all a hint as to what one of the flavours was: it’s one of the ones pictured in the first photo and it’s a very unique colour.  I promise I won’t keep you guys in suspense for long!  Ruelo is one of the 18 participants in this year’s event, so definitely check out  one of their locations (their other one just opened up near Yonge & Eglinton) if you get the opportunity!

Macarons have gained so much popularity over the last year in the city and you can tell just by looking at the list of participating patisseries and bakeries as well as all the beautiful macarons that were being showcased at the Delicious Food Show last October!  There were macaron towers, macaron sculptures, and macarons sitting in display cases like precious jewels.  While many patisseries in Toronto have clearly embraced these luxurious confections, you can also find them in both Markham and Richmond Hill as well!  We have Old Firehall Confectionery on Main Street Unionville, Ruelo Patisserie in Richmond Hill,and Sugar Tiers in north Markahm.  The flavour combinations of macarons are so creative (lemon thyme!  Crème brûlée!  Wasabi grapefruit!  Lime and honey! Cream cheese orange!) and they’re one of Le Dolci‘s most popular classes, selling out each and every single time. 

And to keep things fresh and fun, more and more patisseries are incorporating macarons into their desserts and in their every day line-up of sweet offerings.  Just think, Nadege Patisserie and Butter Avenue offer small gourmet cakes adorned with mini macarons, macarons are being daintily plunked on top of cupcakes, and wedding cakes?  Try macaron cakes.  They’re bite-sized works of art that are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, and on Tuesday, March 20th, they’ll be celebrated and nibbled on across the city in support of the Red Door Family Shelter.  Happy early Macaron Day, everyone!  

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* = Official Macaron Day TO site.  For more information on Macaron Day and Macaron Day TO, check out their official website here and for more information the Red Door Family Shelter here in Toronto, click here.

Taste the Rainbow! Sweet, Airy Macarons From Petite Thuet

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You knew another macaron post would show up on my blog eventually 😉  I recently read in a food magazine that macarons have become the new cupcakes, and that cupcakes had their time in the spotlight and macarons are, if I can put it, the “Ooo la la, haute couture” of pastry desserts and sweet confections.  Although I love macarons dearly and find them absolutely darling, I completely disagree.  I love cupcakes and always will, period.  And so will many other people.  I know interests are piqued and new loves are formed as time goes on, but I find the notion of food as “trendy” absolutely ludacris.  The role that food plays in our lives may evolve as we grow older, develop new relationships, and take on different lifestyles, but food should never be “trendy”.  You either like it, or you don’t, and you like your food because it genuinely makes you happy, not because everyone and their mother is stuffing their face with it.

The macaron is one of those desserts that really stirs up a ton of debate and emotion among foodies.  The frustrations with soggy meringue shells when not made properly, the pure delight in simply seeing the myriad colours and flavours, and finding that perfect dual texture of crispy, yet light and creamy.  I wanted to approach macarons from two angles: the accessible, supermarket bakery angle and the gourmet pastry shop angle.  We may love food, but it’s important to remember that luxuries such as macarons may not be accessible to everyone, and the accessibility and enjoyment of such things shouldn’t be inhibited by the size of your wallet or the area in which you live in.

I first found out about Petite Thuet from an issue of Where magazine and to my delight, there was a location smack dab in the core of downtown Toronto: 1 King St. West, right at the southwest corner of Yonge and King St.  Petit Thuet is a gourmet bakery, pastry, and food shop, offering sweet treats such as macarons, lemon meringue tarts, flaky fruit and almond pastries, freshly baked croissants and artisan breads, jams and preserves, packaged meats and sauces, and other baked goods.

Macarons are priced at $1.95 each and come in so many flavours!  I enjoyed 2 lovely, dainty macarons, one in hazelnut and the other in rosewater.  I chose them based on appearance only.  I had no idea what flavour I was getting because I honestly didn’t bother looking at the list of flavours.  The sweet tooth in me snarled and said, “just pick 2 damn macarons and let me eat them!”  If I can make a recommendation, the rosewater macaron is delicious.  I’m salivating just thinking about it.  Pretty in pink, the cream is soft and sweet without being cavity inducing, and the meringue shell is crispy and so flavourful.  It’s not chewy or dry or soggy; it’s light and airy and creamy.  And because I didn’t know what the flavour was initially, I knew the flavour was bang on when I ate it because I knew it was rosewater as soon as I bit into it, “this is rosewater, omg, yummy!”

I recently discovered a 2nd location in the Rosedale neighbourhood (between Summerhill and Rosedale subway station on Yonge St.) and when I went in, I saw a fresh platter of breakfast croissants and a plate with a pyramid of freshly baked donut holes rolled in sugar.  I wanted to jump on them.  Tis all.

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Petite Thuet serves 3 locations in downtown/midtown Toronto:

  1. 1162 Yonge St. (between Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations, on the west side of Yonge St.)
  2. 1 King St. West (at the corner of Yonge and King St.)
  3. 244 King St. East (between Sherbourne and Princess St.)