When Mariah Carey said, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, she actually meant all the Christmas candy in the world! Because let’s face it – Christmas is merrier with hot fudge, chocolates, brownies, cookies, and all things sweet! But fret not! Santa knows you’ve been good and so, he sends Toujours to the rescue- meeting your needs for some saccharine and delightful treats.
'Toujours' meaning 'always' in French, was established in 2009 by internationally trained Head Patissier, Alpa Pereira whose aim was to offer impeccable desserts reminiscent of specialties available in the scenic streets of France. With 35 years of baking experience under her belt, Alpa Pereira has put her skills and expertise to the best possible use by offering the bakery world something genuinely new-Toujours.
Toujours is a one-source destination for all dessert lovers and has added new elements right from delicious pastries, delicate macarons, and flaky croissants, to Gateau Chocolat, Tiramisu au Chocolat, and the list just goes on and on. Toujours is a French-inspired bakery, offering a wide range of versatile bakery goods, including bread, pastries, cakes, desserts, and beverages. The bakery bakes daily to provide fresh products for the guests and takes pride in sourcing and using carefully selected fine ingredients. The icing on the cake? Toujours is not only here to provide the ideal combination of fantastic and delicious but is also always here to provide door-to-door happiness and create an environment that has been built upon heart and soul.
For those looking to devour some lip-smacking cakes and desserts for a special Christmas party, Toujours has got you covered! For this bakery comes highly recommended. For Christmas, Toujours bakes a special menu that includes plum cakes, gingerbread cookies, handcrafted and artistic desserts like the decorated cookies, mini Christmas cupcakes, Christmas macarons, and other treats such as cakes, chocolates, entremets, brownies, tea cakes, and more.
Toujours is celebrating this Christmas with an extravagant Christmas menu that contains all their specials. But there’s more! They are bringing back their popular and loyally loved 24 days Chocolate Advent Calendar that is going to make your anticipatory countdown to Christmas more exciting! Decked up with delectable chocolate surprises, for each day leading up to Christmas, this aesthetic and soul-pleasing sweet treat indulgence will contain everything- from biscuit-coated chocolates to decadent chocolate pralines. The delightful treats from their Advent calendars that are up for grabs are marvellously mouth-watering and they make sure that there is no compromise in terms of quality. Pouring their heart out on the world’s tastiest desserts, Toujours doles out luscious options like Lemon Tarts and French Chocolate Tarts along with some Christmas-themed cookies which are loved by many.
"This is our third year doing the chocolate advent calendar and it is so heart-warming to see the excitement and enthusiasm with which it is received year after year. I love creating this product that brings everyone in the Christmas spirit and makes the countdown to Christmas sweeter and happier!" says founder Alpa Pereira.
The birth of Toujours
The wholesome journey of Toujours began with two tiny feet taking it one day at a time. Alpa Pereira’s love for baking started at the tender age of 7. She started baking every opportunity she got, for friends, family, neighbours, and any occasion she could. After pursuing a degree in microbiology, Alpa realized that her true passion lay in food and baking. She discovered that like any creative pursuit, baking, for her, was a form of self-expression. She realized very early on, that a recipe is just a recipe until a baker comes along to make it authentic altogether. Steadily, she poured her passion, creativity, and love into every recipe. But make no mistake. As it was just the beginning of a truly exhilarating journey. Alpa Pereira enrolled herself in a Hospitality Diploma at Sophia College, Mumbai. After mastering the basics, she developed her skills at The Taj Mahal Mumbai with a determined focus on the art of making pastries. Later, Alpa and her husband Kenneth Pereira curated a takeaway shop named ‘Cake & Candy’ in a quiet street based in heart of Mumbai and would supply to the Bombay Gymkhana as well as other corporate offices. As the business grew, they set up a tiny commercial kitchen in a rented space in Khetwadi where they continued to supply to some of the top corporates in the city as well as the Good Luck Bakery in Bandra.
As the business gained momentum, they bought a space in Andheri West and expanded the product line to create eclectic and customized cakes that are masterpieces in their own right. The doors to the world of big designer cakes opened when she baked the 25th wedding anniversary cake for one of the most well-known power couples of Bollywood - Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu and from there, she never backed down.
The gifted Alpa Pereira has travelled extensively honing her skills through courses in France, Germany, the USA, and Austria among other places under international master chefs where she perfected her craft and expanded her knowledge to bring to Mumbai products of exceptional quality and taste. And with that, Toujours was born.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t wait until Christmas Day to indulge in some sugary antidotes and get ready to have a delicious festive countdown with the Toujours’s chocolate advent calendar and more!
Address: 126, Andheri Industrial Estate, Opp Chitrakoot Grounds, Andheri West, Mumbai 40005