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Things we love: Pâtisseries à Paris

While looking through cook books and baking supplies at Good Egg in Kensington Market, we came across a very cute book entitled Pâtisseries à Paris, published by Paumes. Yes, this book is in Japanese, but we couldn’t resist purchasing it because it’s just too adorable!

This book features many famous pâtisseries in Paris, including Pierre Hermé, Ladurée, Angelina, Sadaharu Aoki, Carette, etc. With so many beautiful photos of cakes, macarons, tartlettes, éclairs, and chocolates, it was impossible to put the book back down at the store. Although the writing is in Japanese for the most part, the addresses are not – so that’s still helpful for our upcoming visit to Paris this July! 🙂

Le Dolci will be going to Paris this July, and there is still one more spot left for this fun foodie trip! Along with us, there will be many interesting activities to participate in, such as learning how to bake French pastries and going on tours. You’ll get the chance to make your own bread, croissants, and éclairs! Additionally, there will be optional tasting dinners and cruises to take part in. On this trip, there will also be free afternoons and evenings for you to explore Paris, and visit many of the lovely pâtisseries listed in this book! To find out more about the Paris trip, visit!

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Things We Love: Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate

We love chocolate here at Le Dolci, so whenever we find a place that carries unique flavours, we can go a little crazy. We’ve recently discovered The Mercantile in Roncesvalles. The Mercantile sells organic food, teas, and let’s not forget, chocolate! We were in heaven after spotting so many different brands of organic and fair trade chocolate that we purchased maybe a little too many 🙂

Besides a taste that is nothing short of divine, it’s also good to know where and what type of chocolate we’re buying. Due to the recent studies on organic and natural food, it’s nice to know that we can make the right choices when it comes to even sweet treats!

So what is Fair Trade? Fair Trade Canada describes it as being a different way of doing business – it’s about making principles of fairness and decency mean something in the marketplace. Fair trade allows farmers and artisans to get a better deal for their products. This is usually understood to mean better prices for producers, but it often means longer-term and more meaningful trading relationships too. Fair Trade is a way for us to identify products that meet our values so we can make choices that have a positive impact on the world.