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Things we love: London 2012 Olympics


The Le Dolci team is extremely excited about the London 2012 Olympics! What about you? The competitions will begin this Friday, July 27th and will go on until August 12. Some of the games we’re looking forward to are Football, Swimming and Triathlon!

We have created several London 2012 Olympics themed cupcakes to celebrate! If you would like to order some of these custom cupcakes for your office, family, or friends, give us a ring at 416-262-3400.

For more information on the games as well as the full schedule, visit http://www.london2012.com!

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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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Things We Love: Montrose Child Care Centre

The Montrose Child Care Centre is located in Little Italy, and supports over 90 families in the Toronto area. Aside from a daycare, it is also a place for children to be nurtured and to grow in a safe, ideal environment.

The teachers and staff at Montrose Child Care Centre have been working hard at developing programs tailored specially for children at certain age groups , providing the care and attention necessary to help them learn. They also have their own chef who prepares nutritious, mainly vegetarian and fresh food every day.

As a member of the community, Le Dolci is proud to assist in their fundraiser by donating one of our decorating classes. We hope to be part of the Montrose Child Care Centre expansion in helping children have a better learning environment, as well as providing training and education to the staff at the centre. They are hoping to provide field trips to local museums and events too, so that the children can have the opportunity to experience different adventures outside the child care centre.

We are happy to assist Montrose Child Care Centre in achieving these goals, by donating one of our classes to their silent auction. The auction will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012. To find out more details on how you can help, visit Montrose Child Care Centre’s website!

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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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Things we love: Cheeseburger Cupcakes

At Le Dolci, we love creativity and especially when it has to do with sweet treats! We came across this little article on Cheeseburger Cupcakes from the Trend Hunter website, and knew we had to share this cute idea. They’re fun to eat for all ages and will definitely have everyone going “Oohhh” and “Aahhh”.

KatDW included step-by-step photos on her Flickr account about the process, which is extremely helpful. Kate actually came up with the idea of sharing this guide after being surprised by her boyfriend with these unique cheeseburger cupcakes.

Whether it’s for a party or a gathering, your family and friends will be impressed by your baking skills. They’re fun to make, sweet to taste, and amazing to look at!


Photo credits: KateDW’s Flickr

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Things we love: Green & Black’s Chocolate Recipes


The Le Dolci team is a huge fan of Green & Black’s chocolate, and the recipes compiled in their book are wonderful. From mousse cakes, to muffins, to truffles, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Aside from recipes loved by those with a sweet tooth, there are also ideas to go with savoury and spicy dishes. An interesting recipe we found is the chocolate soup – so decadent and rich, and with a splash of Grand Marnier, this soup will surely warm your heart and satisfy your sweet chocolate craving!

Recipes are collected from a wide selection of sources, including Laduree’s chocolate macarons and Nigel Slater’s white cardamom chocolate mousse. At the top of each recipe, there is a little blurb that explains the origin of the recipe and tips to make the most out of them. In addition to recipes, this book provides useful information on the cocoa bean and cocoa growers.

Le Dolci will be experimenting with some of these recipes, so keep your eyes peeled for some delectable chocolate creations at our shop in the future!

WE LUV!

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Things we love: Cupcake Knitted Hats


We love to discover all things cupcakes here at Le Dolci, and Etsy is one of our favourite websites in finding gorgeous and unique products. We stumbled upon Martha Johnson’s shop featuring knitted hats and she has several knitted cupcake hats for children! WE LUV!

These hats are way too cute to not share with our Le Dolci friends. Even though it’s summer here in Canada, that doesn’t mean these cupcake hats are out of the question! Dress your toddlers up with these pretty hats for a photo shoot or simply to look even more adorable than they already are.

Besides cupcakes as a theme, Martha also does several other patterns. Flowers, fishes, and stripes can all be found at her etsy store.

For more details on her beautiful hand-made creations, visit her shop at
FiddlestyxStudios

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Things we love: Bumpercrop Products – Local & Delicious!

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering up with Bumpercrop! We’ll be carrying the following products at our new shop:

  • Tuscan Strawberry Jam
  • Chocolate Cherry Jam
  • Sweet Vanilla Rhubarb Jam

Bumpercrop means an abundant harvest and their mantra is “Local First, Best Always!” All of their products are made with Ontario fruits and vegetables. All of Bumpercrop’s products are sourced from Ontario farmers that they work closely with.

Joanna Sable, a Cordon Bleu Chef, together with Lisa Taerk, are the creators of Bumpercrop and we LOVE them dearly.
They’ve been friends for 40 years and we love their energy, vibrancy and passion for food.

Joanna is a great friend of Le Dolci and she is always taste testing and dipping her fingers in our batter to ensure it is of the highest standard! The wonderful duo are truly passionate about what they do and it shows in every aspect of their work and brand.

We love the section on their website which gives  Tips, Ideas, and Recipes. There’s interesting ways to use their products in cakes, drinks, and savoury foods. Look out for their products and tastings at our new shop! Come visit and pick up a jar at 1006 Dundas Street West.