Must-Try: colourful, two-bite cream puffs that say “I love you” better than a card

Must-Try: colourful, two-bite cream puffs that say “I love you” better than a card

Translated literally, “petit chou” means “little cabbage”—a quirky French pet name for kids and intimates. At Nadège, the Trinity Bellwoods patisserie, the name applies to owner Nadège Nourian’s darling, two-bite cream puffs. Each airy shell comes topped with a pastel-pretty icing hat and an edible garnish: a sprinkle of candied violets, perhaps, or a single espresso bean. Once cracked, the crisp exteriors give way to creamy centres spiked with exotic flavourings, like lime-coconut and tart cassis. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the pastries make a thoughtful alternative to flowers or chocolates—provided you’re strong enough to share. $2.30 or $13.50 for 6.

Nadège Patisserie, 780 Queen St. W., 416-368-2009; 1099 Yonge St., 416-968-2011, nadege-patisserie.com