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French-style Almond Croissants in TO

ouuu.. heavy and heavy on almonds, eh? I gotta have me one now. Thanks bitkit.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Thanks, tearingmonkey. I think a few other peeps in this convo recommended Bonjour Brioche as well. Too many places to try, so little time.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I have tried the Chocolate Almond Croissant at Thobors, and you're right, it's definitely heavy and decadent. I guess it's just not my cup of tea. I think I'm sensitive to sweet things. Hmmm... I scoped out their macarons not too long ago. Have you tried their macarons by any chance? I wonder if they're any good...

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Ahahaha! Woo-peee!!! Thanks, chocobot. Now I know Clafouti does indeed carry 'em, I must check it out. It's probably a summer thang. Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Croissants! Do you know if they use Nutella in these croissants at all?

Your favorite non-commercial peanut butter available in the GTA?

I've never tried Nuts to You's Valencia Peanut Butter... mostly 'cuz I've wondered how it differed from their regular Peanut Butter. I'm excited to try it now.

I have to say one of my favourite nut butters of all time is Maranatha's Raw Almond Butter. And when I saw a cheaper Trader Joe's version of Raw Almond Butter in the States, I went bonkers. Too bad Chicago's O'Hare Airport confiscated it from my carry-on! Bahaha, it totally slipped my mind that almond butter could be considered a "liquid." Needless to say, I never got to try it. Boo-urns.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I will have to try the croissants at Petite Thuet and Nadege to have an opinion on this one. I'm curious to know what you think a French-style croissant should look like/taste like. Please do tell, as I never tried any croissants when I was in France. Is an authentically French croissant lighter and flakier than the norm? I find it hard to determine which patisseries in TO make the "best" croissants, as each patisserie has such a different take on the lowly pastry.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Whoa, seriously? How recently did you see that flavour there? Mmmmm.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I've never been to Zane. I'm curious to know what other pastries they carry... anything with hazelnuts by any chance? Ouuu I wonder if these custard squares y'all are talkin' about taste anything like Portugeuse tarts???

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

You've sold me on trying these pistachio cream cookies! I'm curious to know whether they're authentically French. I don't remember seeing them in any patisseries in France. Were there any other flavours perhaps?

Montreal Style Bagels in Toronto

Ahh, the age-old debate: St. Urbain or Bagel House. I agree with most of the people in this thread, Bagel House wins, hands down. For all the reasons above previously mentioned.

And as a side note, though they cannot even compare to Bagel House, Fortino's also bakes Montreal-style bagels. They're baked fresh at the supermarket (not sure if all locations bake them) and sold for $0.50-$0.70/bagel. It may just be convenient for you to know that Fortino's does carry them.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Haha, you're right. Throughout the course of the day, especially if the croissant is left out in the open and uncovered, the crisp, flaky exterior tends to soften. I'll be sure to try Petite's almond croissant in the morn.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I'm not a big fan of the almond paste in Rahier's almond croissant http://bit.ly/9gWsiQ. However, I absolutely j'adored their hazelnut danish! Maybe I haven't had a hazelnut-flavoured pastry in a while, but this thing's just dope. The hazelnut filling made me reminisce of Ferrero Rochers. It's definitely a rich pastry, but the sweetness isn't overbearing. Have you tried any of their other pastries? They carry a variety of pastries that I'm anxious to try...

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Everytime I visit Clafouti, they've run out of croissants. Just my luck. I need to get there early in the morning I guess. I had a raspberry croissant from Clafouti once, and remember thinking "this is the first time I've ever had a croissant with pieces of fruit in it!" I remember it tasting unusual but overall, I enjoyed it! And I had no idea they had a cinnamon croissant!!! Sounds interesting... duly noted, thanks.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Haven't been to the Beaches in a while... this patisserie will give me a reason to go. Do you remember any details of what Zane's almond croissant was like? Light and flaky or dense and sweet?

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Thanks guys! I've never heard of Ma Maison... I need to try their almond croissant now! And I never even knew Brick Street Bakery carried an almond croissant, guess 'cuz whenever I visit the Distillery location they've sold out of it?

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Petite Thuet's almond croissant is next on my hit list. It looks quite large... do you remember how it tasted? Sweet? Light? Flaky?

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Awesome. I should give it a try. Last time I was at Nadege, the person behind me bought the last almond croissant. It was a Saturday — go figure. And you're right, it's hard to dislike any almond croissant, but I find that when they're too rich and sickly sweet, it's no longer an enjoyable experience.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Haha, me too! Glad to know there are other Jules fans out there. But I've been going crazy lately 'cuz everytime I visit Jules, they've run out of croissants. The kool thing about Jules is that they have 2 kinds of almond croissants - lite and heavy. I like their lite version better than their heavy version, simply because the latter has almond cream inside rather than almond paste. And I'm not a fan of almond cream :(

I guess I'm open to trying different styles of almond croissants, but a nice, satisfying balance would be best. If it's almond paste inside, it has to taste like real almonds, and preferably isn't too terribly sweet. I think I prefer a light, flaky pastry over a dense, moist pastry. It's all subjective to taste, really. What would your ideal croissant taste like?

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I'm currently obsessed with almond croissants. In particular, the French-style almond croissants that can only be found at patisseries or French-style bakeries in Toronto. So far, with the help of you Chowhoundian folk in an older thread, I've found some decent LITE almond croissants, http://bit.ly/9gWsiQ at Patachou, Rahier & Jules. But now I'm on a mission to find French-style almond croissants that are HEAVY on the almonds.

To date, I've tried the heavy almond croissants at Jules, Thobors and Patisserie la Cigogne. Any other places you can recommend? I still plan on checking out Pain Perdu, the Cafe at the AGO (do these places even carry an almond croissant???) and Petite Thuet. In any case, if you guys can recommend a bakery (or supermarket or wherever) that carries an almond croissant worth trying, I'm down to hear it. Thanks!

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Any cheap and cheerful restaurants near the Ontario College of Art & Design?

True. Though I've never got a plate there before. I'd only order the pitas alone, with no drink. And one pita alone would come out to less than $6 taxes included. I don't know if the prices have raised in the past couple of months though.

Fiesta Farms

There are 2 Ambrosia locations but the one at Yonge St. & Doncaster (just north of Steeles Ave.) is probably closest. Check out their monthly specials before your trek up, perhaps. Might be more worth your while.

http://www.ambrosianaturalfoods.com/

College Street restos

The buffalo mozzarella, oven dried tomato & basil pesto panini at Negroni is satisfying. I haven't seen this classic panini done well anywhere else. Can you recommend a panini you've tried from Boccone?

College Street restos

Sheherzade's Spinach Borani appetizer (sautéed spinach, garlic and fresh creamy yogurt) is BOMB. So simple an appetizer, yet so addicting. Bold garlic flavour... tart, sour yogurt... served with warm pita bread. Dip with caution.

Any cheap and cheerful restaurants near the Ontario College of Art & Design?

Also in the Grange, there exists an under-rated gem. Pita Village. One of the tastiest falafels in TO! I usually just order the hummus pita, and they always fill it to the brim with all the fixins. Love the crunchy radishes in there. Cheap, I would say so. Cheerful, sure. Dinner — not so sure. Not sure what time they close, as they usually cater to the OCAD crowd. As an OCAD grad, these pitas filled my tummy on days when the student budget got madd tight.

Fiesta Farms

Honestly, I had high expectations of Fiesta Farms and was slightly disappointed when I finally checked the place out. I mean, it ain't no Trader Joe's (which we unfortunately don't have in Canada yet). The prices at Fiesta Farms aren't very competitive I find. Sigh. Guess it depends on what you're looking for. For health food items, I would still prefer to shop at The Big Carrot (usually only when I'm interested in their sale items) and my go-to health food supermarket, Ambrosia.

My favourite finds from Fiesta Farms: their whole wheat croissant! Perfectly portioned and full of flavour. Could've eaten it with my eyes closed and would've never guessed it was whole wheat. Best eaten when heated in the toaster oven. Also, if you're a fan of bagels Fiesta Farms carries Gryfe's soft and fluffy bagels, 3/$1.89 I believe.

Good cookies or pastries near Yonge & Dundas (i.e. Eatons Centre)?

Not a cookie and not a pastry... but a baked good indeed! I love the oatmeal muffin from Richtree in the Eaton Centre. Haven't really tried many of their pastries, but all of their muffins are decent. Not too sweet, hearty and filling. I enjoy the oatmeal muffin so much because of its plain-ness, and its texture — chewy with a bit of bite. Mmm.

Restaurants around Yonge and Finch area

Love Oh Geul Boh Geul! Yes, lots of side dishes — affordable, generous portions, quality food. My favourite was their Tofu Soup. Hot and steamy. Loaded with pieces of soft tofu in a rich, slightly spicy broth. Truly, it warmed the soul.

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Oh Geul Boh Geul
5320 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

PUPUSAS!

Can't wait to try the rice flour pupusas from El Asador! Thanks.

PUPUSAS!

I tried the pupusas at Perola's and they were mediocre, at best. The ladies are only cookin' in the back of the store on weekends, Friday-Sunday. The pupusa I got only had cheese in it... though I was expecting at least black beans to be in there. I tried their cactus taco as well, which was mediocre too. With one bite, I was disappointed at how rubbery in texture the melted cheese was in the taco.

Delighful Fluffy buttery croissants

Thanks for this helpful run-down! Patachou and Rahier are now on my list of asap must-trys. Haha. BTW, it doesn't seem like many people in this discussion care about whole wheat croissants... but I must say, I tried Fiesta Farms' whole wheat croissant recently and it was simply delightful! Flaky and crisp to the bite, soft and fluffy within.

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Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA