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Things We Love: Queen West Art Crawl

Le Dolci is excited to be a part of this year’s Queen West Art Crawl, September 21-22. The event, now in its 11th year, has grown from a one-day event to a weekend celebration full of creativity and art!

The Queen West Art Crawl includes a large Outdoor Art Show and Sale in Trinity Bellwoods Park, QWAC Walks and Talks, the interactive and innovative Parkdale Nightcrawl and family fun at the KidsZone. Visit Queen West Art Crawl to find out more.

Le Dolci takes part:

  • “Sweet Walks” featuring sweet places in the neighbourhood, street art and sample sweets
  • Mini workshops
  • Selling treats at the sweets booth

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to celebrate our exciting community full of art and culture!

To support the QWAC, head to TMX Gallery for Art Gives, a reception and art auction on Wednesday August 14 at 5 p.m. Buy tickets now! Le Dolci will be there with mini cupcakes.

Art Gives fundraiser in support of the Queen West Art Crawl

 

 

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Paris Love: Marvelous Macaron Day in the city of lights

The day began with a macaron tour of Paris, hosted by the macaron maven herself Madame Mardi Michels from EatLiveTravelWrite.

We walked around the Saint Germain des Pres and visited the most delicious macaron houses. Each place was superb and the leaders of these macaron boutiques are renowned for their craft, wining awards in Paris and abroad for their artistry in pastry and for making the tastiest macarons with the most diverse set of flavours.

After sampling macaron in a lovely square with fountains serenading us in the background and under the hot Parisian sun, we headed for shelter at our host school La Cuisine Paris, where the group learned to make their own macarons.

The afternoon was full of ganache and laughter and the participants made the most beautiful macarons, with feet!


It was a sweet day indeed and we look forward to eating our macarons for the next few days, we wish we could share them over this blog with our fans around the world!

Love from Paris!
Lisa

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Paris Love: Day 3 – The Louvre, Tour De France, more Macarons and Escargots!

Greetings from a sunny Paris – the sun seems to have graced us with its presence and it seems like it will stay with us all week!

Today was another day spent exploring; tomorrow we get our hands dirty in the kitchen at La Cuisine Paris so we are very excited! And we get to meet the whole group tomorrow morning!

Today we had fun at:

  • The Louvre -if you get there EARLY (like 9am!)  you can see the Mona Lisa without the throngs of people in front of you
  • The end of the Tour de France! Hooray for Bradley Wiggins!!
  • We ate some garlic laden escargots -delish! You must visit restaurant Vins Des Pyrenees when you are in Paris
  • Visited the largest synagogue in Paris and got a private tour-which was a nice surprise.
  • Drank red vino (that’s a daily given!) and drank lots more coffee paired with more croissants-we can’t control our selves.

Bonne Nuit from Paris!
xxLisa

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PARIS LOVE: DAY 1 in Paris & THE frothiest cappuccino

Hello sweet friends,
In just six short hours our journey from Toronto ended in the magical city of Paris. We landed in the city of Lights this morning to a grey and chillier day than we are used to in the City of Toronto (is it still scorching??). We were greeted with an easy customs process and then hopped in a taxi to our quaint apartment in the lovely Marais neighbourhood.

We are surrounded by French bistros, cafes, art galleries (the Picasso Museum), Le Seine is a few steps away and we already have had the most delectable croissants, cafe au lait and THE FROTHIEST cappuccino. Bar the jet lag that is making us a bit clumsy and slow we are delighted to be here.
We met with Jane and Olivier from La Cuisine Paris today and are super excited to get our group in there on Monday. They start the week off by making croissant and pain au choclat! We wish we could share it with you via the blog but hopefully our pictures will do it justice, or you will just have to sign up for next year’s trip.

Our friends in Paris have given us secret hideaway bars and hidden restaurants off the beaten path to visit and we are already preparing for the stretchy pant wearing!

Paris today is magical even if it is a bit chilly; we are in the midst of summer festivals and the summer vibe of people milling about lounging in cafes and strolling around with french baguettes in hand. Lots of pictures to follow!

Our shop and studio is open as usual for classes, the fabulous sweet team are there if you need any sweet orders, class queries or more – give them a ring, for now Lisa Dolci is in our Paris office – a quaint cafe of the day in Le Marais 🙂

Greetings from Paris!
Bonne Journee a tous!

xxLisa

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PARIS LOVE: Our Culinary Adventure in Paris begins

Bonjour mes amis!

Our Paris adventure is about to begin, I leave today for Paris to set up all of the fun stuff we have planned for the group and am excited to meet our co-host Mardi who is already there, enjoying the French countryside and spending lots of time at La Cuisine Paris getting her hands dirty in the kitchen (lucky Mardi!)

Next Monday our adventure begins! A group of 10 lucky ladies from Canada, the US and Australia will join us in the magical City of Lights for a week of hands on, culinary fun! We’re very excited to host our first trip and I am so thankful that our first host city is Paris.

I think the food and wine culture there is top notch and the pastry that the chefs in the country are outputting is unsurpassed. Paris is a food lover’s heaven, we plan to roam the streets to eat the most delicious croissants, baguettes, falafel (in Le Marais) duck, cassoulet and more! Check back here at our blog and click on the posts PARIS LOVE to see a daily update of what we have created in the kitchen at La Cuisine Paris. Jane and her lovely team are already preparing for our arrival.

Au revior – I will be updating you all from Paris!

Bonne Journee!

xxLisa (or it will be Lise for the week)

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For the Love of Wine & Cupcakes – 15% off special


Located in the heart of the Beamsville Bench, Rosewood is Niagara’s first winery and meadery. Producing award winning grape and honey wines, Rosewood is proud to be one of Canada Top 25 Wineries since its inception. With bee hives scattered all over the Niagara Escarpment, Rosewood is a proud honey producer and strives to produce natural wildflower honey from Niagara’s bounty.

We’re very happy to have Krys from Rosewood to share her knowledge on honey and mead with everyone. There will be various types of honey products to taste and learn about the similarities and differences between each one. Additionally, there will be several types of mead to sample! What about a mead cocktail? Krys will also be showing us which ingredients are best to make a refreshing and tasty mead cocktail. An informative honey sampling, bee education, followed by an exclusive tasting of mead & cheese pairings; join us in this exciting new class!

Aside from Bees, Mead & Cheese, Kyrs will be hosting another great class called “For the love of Wine & Cupcakes”. Wine, a great accompany to any meal, is also fantastic with dessert. Love wine but want to explore it in a new way? Join Krys as she educates about the newest innovations happening in Niagara, and takes us through a one of a kind wine & dessert tasting session.

Looking for something interesting and educational to do with a loved one, need a gift idea? Consider these honey & wine classes! Receive a 15% discount for these fabulous classes. Register here!

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2-4-1 Deal! MARCH BREAK FUN CUPCAKE DECORATING!

Looking for something creative, fun and delicious to do this March Break? Come join us for our March Break Fun, Introduction to Cupcake Decorating Classes. Classes will be taking place:

  • Monday March 12th
  • Tuesday March 13th
  • Time: from 1-3pm.

Reserve your space today to take advantage of our great 2-4-1 deal, buy 1 class worth $80.00 and get the second one free;  bring the whole family!

Send us an email at orders@ledolci.com to reserve your spot.

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Things we love – Holiday Baking with the family!

There’s no better time than the holidays to pick up a favourite recipe and spend some time with the people you love most!

This delicious tradition brings people together and reminds us to enjoy the sweet things in life. Reindeer cake-pops, snow man cupcake toppers and some glitter for snow are some of our favourite things!

Check out some of our favourite snowy and winter-y holiday creations!