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Fleur du Jour serves all the pastries one could ever dream of

When Clara McBride and her husband Riane Georges Ikiouane decided  to open a patisserie, they weren’t sure Paris was the right place to do it. While the couple (she, Canadian; he, Franco-Algerian) lived in the city of love, the place was crawling with bake shops. Toronto, however, was a little less saturated.

One hop across the ocean later — et voilà! — their new patisserie Fleur du Jour (603 St. Clair Ave. W.) has been welcomed to the nabe with open arms.

“He’s the creative wonder behind it all,” McBride says of Ikiouane, a longtime pastry chef whose specialties include the croissant, pain au chocolat (with gourmet chocolate chips), Opera cake, tarte tatin.…

This month, do like the French and order some galette des rois — the French Epiphany pastry with almond cream. 

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Karolyne Ellacott is senior editor at Post City Magazines. She can oft be spotted at Toronto’s most nostalgic diners wearing glittery heels and pink faux fur. Follow all of her eclectic writing interests on Twitter @kellacott and Instagram @itismekar.

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