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Christmas, Shopping

Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Foodies

The holiday season is already a dream for foodies, but you can never have too much festive indulgence!  Whether it’s a set of the finest Kusmi Teas, an ice cream maker to concoct gourmet flavours or a quirky gold burger necklace, these gifts are sure to delight bon viveurs this Christmas….

Pizza Pilgrims: Recipes from the Backstreets of Italy, £12, Amazon
12 Hole Cake Pop Maker, £26.99, Lakeland
Assortment ‘Brunch Teas’, €22, Kusmi Tea
Wahaca Pestle and Mortar, £18.50, Boots
Glenda Lopez Burger Necklace, £69, MyFlashTrash
Maille Supreme Condiment Collection, £29.99, Selfridges
Ice Cream Deluxe, £75, Cuisinart
Cake Ispahan, €20, Pierre Hermé
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, £42.50, Alexander & James

Bars, Market, Paris, Shopping

Joyeux Noël Market At Wanderlust, Paris

Whenever I visit Paris at Christmas, I’m always drawn to the traditional Christmas Markets, with cute Christmas toys, mulled wine, gingerbread and treats from Alsace,   stretching from the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde.

However, for something a bit more unique, head to Wanderlust at Les Docks on the Quai d’Austerlitz for their two-day Joyeux Noël Market.  In the spirit of all things last-minute at Christmas (me, not them), the market at Wanderlust started today, so if you’re in Paris right now, you’re in luck!

Pick up some special gifts from Paris favourites such as Shakespeare & Company, Millimètres, Juliette Beaupin, Marion Graux Poterie, Tombées du Camion, Atelier Amelot, and Jicqy les Mirettes.

Warm up with food and drink stalls by Kusmi Tea, Carrie’s Bio Dogs, Le Bal Cafe, Pressing, Casse-Noisette and Maison du Nougat.

As it that wasn’t enough there’s the Wander-lab offering workshops for children, a Mattel treasure hunt, pop up hair salon, photo booth, Christmas Super Bingo by web magazine Brain, music by experimental brass band Gratkipoils and DJ sets.

Don’t forget to check out the ‘Team Christmas Tree’ exhibition featuring the works of fifteen artists, supported by Truffaut.

Entrance: 5€ adults/3€ students/free for under-12s.
Saturday 15th December, 2-11pm and Sunday 16th December, 11am-7pm.

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Cafes, Patisserie, Toronto

NADÈGE Patisserie – West Queen West, Toronto

There was one place that was top of my ‘Toronto to do list’ –  NADÈGE Patisserie in on Queen Street West.  Luckily, I came across NADÈGE, a glistening white beacon of decadence, as I was walking back towards the centre of town after my art tour of West Queen West with Betty Ann Jordan.

Run by Nadège Nourian (a fourth generation pastry chef born in Lyon, France) and her native Torontonian partner Morgan McHugh, NADÈGE draws in the crowds with its high-end pastries, gourmet sandwiches, Kusmi Tea and bijou macarons.

A world away from the gilded opulence of Laduree, Nadège Patisserie is like a pastry laboratory, all sleek and shiny, designed in clinical white with flashes of hot pink and the cool geometric logo.

Nadège studied at an esteemed pastry school in Normandy and has worked alongside top chefs in restaurants around the world, including Michelin star restaurant Hakkasan in London, before setting up her dream patisserie in Toronto.

The cakes and tarts are particularly impressive, like little works of art.  My favourite was the cosmic-looking angel cake with mini macarons resembling meteors that crashed into the cake (pictured below).

NADÈGE is also the perfect place to find sweet gifts, as you can buy adorable little tubs of chocolate-dipped madeleines, marshmallows, biscuits and chocolate tablets.

On my last day in Toronto, I returned to NADÈGE and spent my last few Canadian bucks on three macarons – Cassis, Chocolate Orange and Salted Caramel.

They really were excellent and lived up to the hype.  The cassis macaron was bursting with thick, gooey fruit paste and the chocolate orange macaron was a vibrant orange colour and was filled with a smooth, rich, dark ganache.

The Salted Caramel macaron wouldn’t please those who complain that Laduree macarons are too sweet, as it was a full-on sugar assault, but a delightful one, at that!

I would have liked to have sat on the patio to soak up the last of the Toronto sun with my macarons and a pot of Kusmi tea, but lunch at Luma was calling, so I saved my macarons to perk up my airport waiting experience.

The second outpost of NADÈGE is in Rosendale, on Yonge Street between downtown and uptown, so you can pick up some macarons without going out west.

NADÈGE Patisserie is a must for foodies visiting Toronto and I just hope that Nadège might remember us here in London and open a UK store.  Bring the macarons and we’ll bring the crowds!

All photos by Chérie City.

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