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The moment Teresa Hill looked into Sierra's enormous brown eyes, she knew she had to save her from the butcher's knife. Although the mare was injured and prone to nervous behaviour, Hill took Sierra home with her rather than to allow the stable to sell her to a slaughterhouse. At first, their friendship was rocky—Sierra wouldn't eat any of the store-bought treats Hill tried to feed her. It wasn't until she whipped up her own concoction of molasses and grain that the horse began to eat. After the other horses at the stable and their owners began taking notice, she began peddling her wares to local tack shops.

Hill soon expanded her recipe book to encompass jerkies and other meaty snacks for her dogs, helping earn her operation the 2011 Business Award of Excellence. The gourmet pet chef folds local ingredients—such as AAA Canadian beef and Algoma Orchard apple flakes—into a nutritious treats in a variety of animal-friendly flavours, from bran mash for horses to dog biscuits that taste like the mailman's left pant-leg.

335 Frankcom Street
Ajax,
ON
CA

Danielle Caesar and the confectionists at The Pop Shop rethink classic desserts, placing beautifully decorated, individual-size portions of cake, brownies, and marshmallows on sticks. Guests can customize the pops with pink frosting, colourful sprinkles, and cake flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, and butter pecan.

250 Wright Crescent
Ajax,
ON
CA

Hy Tea's experienced beverage brewers invite pairs to relax in their teahouse for Hy-Tea Time, an experience based on British High Tea that blends hot beverages with a variety of edibles. Light flickers across patrons' faces as they chat by the main room's fireplace, where hands warm around cups filled with gourmet blends of tea or the rich flavours of strong americano coffee. Blooming tea, a 100% natural green tea, warms esophagi; chocolate-mint tea is reminiscent of an after-dinner-duel mint. Between sips, couples share buttery scones paired with cheeses, jam, and cream. Digits delight at the sight of finger sandwiches, and teeth sink like a defeated battleship into various sweets and fruits. Customers can venture outside during warm weather to sip drinks on the patio, which offers views of Frenchman's Bay Village and the sun's daily strobe-light shows. Call to make reservations for Hy Tea Time, which is offered at any time.

1295 Wharf St
Pickering,
ON
CA

Saint Cinnamon slings sweet, sticky, swirled sustenance into Toronto's taste portals with its world-famous cinnamon rolls, made in full view of the customers. Savour the flavour of piping-hot pastries with a dozen of Saint Cinnamon's Little Cinns—smaller than the bakery's regular-sized rolls but just as delicious and much easier to shove into the pockets of gym shorts for mid-marathon snacking. Customers with wheat allergies or gluten-rejection syndrome can redeem their Groupon for $14.99 worth of spelt or gluten-free baked goods at Saint Cinnamon's Pickering location only.

1899 Brock Rd
Pickering,
ON
CA

The Great Canadian Bagel stuffs sandwiches with nutritious ingredients and embraces each mouthwatering mound with freshly sliced wheels of dough. The extensive sandwich menu reflects gourmet deli concoctions such as barbecue beef with onions ($5.59), asiago swiss supreme ($4.99), and the Monte Cristo ($4.99), which is garnished with toasted ham and sweet revenge. Pizza bagels ($2.19) and bagel dogs ($3.09) grant sandwiches a much-needed rest until a sausage-egg-and-cheese ($4.19) or nova-lox-and-cream-cheese sandwich ($6.29) scrumptiously breaks dawn. Rumbling stomachs can embellish meals with a spring-greens salad ($3.69) and a bowl of Klondike chili ($4.29) or simply snack on a brownie ($1.99) and raise a pinky while sipping a large chocolate milk ($2.39).

1053 Simcoe St N
Oshawa,
ON
CA