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Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with the gifting of cards, flowers and chocolates. This year’s Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you still looking for gift ideas? You don’t have to break the bank to impress your valentine – check out the following chocolatiers and patisseries. They offer some beautifully crafted, delicious treats that I would be excited to receive this Valentine’s Day:

Bon Macaron Patisserie

Their 2016 Valentine’s Collection consists of 5 specialty flavours with unique designs. They are available in a beautiful gift box that fits not only all five specialty macarons, but also two extra macarons in your choice of flavours.

Bon Macaron Valentines Day 2016 Collection

Bon Macaron Valentines Day 2016 Collection

The five specialty macarons are:

  • Cinnamon Heart – A white macaron decorated with tiny candy hearts.
  • Kir Royal – A deep pink macaron flecked with gold.
  • Mon Cheri (Chocolate and Cherry) – An adorable macaron based on the “heart eyes” emoji.
  • Rose – A bright red macaron sculpted to look like a rose.
  • Passion Fruit – Mini-macarons in the shape of hearts, X’s and O’s

On a regular basis, Bon Macaron produces some really interesting flavours, including Curry Mango Chutney, Goat Cheese & Fig, and White Truffle & Sea Salt. I’ve tried these flavours and thought they were quite spot on. Depending on your taste buds, you may taste the sweet first, or if you’re like me, I tasted the savoury flavours first. Either way, they were interesting, intriguing, and inspiring.

Bon Macaron Patisserie (3 locations)
2823 West Broadway, Vancouver
545-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
1012 Broad Street, Victoria
www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com

Cartems Donuterie

You remember how much I enjoyed Cartems’ Christmas donut flavours. For Valentine’s Day, they have 4 special offerings:
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Happy Pi Day! Nerdy, I know. March 14 (or 3/14 to illustrate the point) is the annual celebration of pi, since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of π.

For this special occasion, I would like to share this simple pie crust recipe that will go well with just any pie filling you can think of. This recipe has worked really well for me, including this apple pie I’ve made for one of Mr.‘s birthday.

Birthday Apple Pie

Birthday Apple Pie

Basic Pie Dough

This recipe makes two 9″ pie crust. Cut this in half if you are making a single-crust pie. You don’t need to pre-bake this crust.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons ice water

Preparation

  1. Sift together flour and salt.
  2. Cut half of the butter into the flour mixture, working it in lightly with the tips of your fingers until it has the consistency of cornmeal.
  3. Cut the remaining half into the dough until it is pea-sized. (more…)

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