Heart of the Hammer Cafe brings the best food, beverage, art, music and community activities available to Hamilton's downtown east-side, a neighbourhood flourishing with artists, entrepreneurs, families and neighbours who are getting to know each other.
Baskin Robbins' worldwide expansion can be attributed to one thing: gourmet ice cream. More than 31 flavours fill its freezers, with classic flavours such as chocolate chip or butter pecan, and rotating seasonal flavours such as the cherry-filled black forest cake or green tea. Not content to just serve scoops, Baskin Robbins molds their ice cream into cakes, milk shakes, and sundaes made scrumptious by pieces of fresh fruit. Baskin's staff also swirls up soft serve cones, bowls, and parfaits filled with fruits and sweets. The ice creameries also indulge weight-conscious eaters with a menu of no-sugar-added sherbets, light yogurts, and sorbets.
Botanical Skincare keeps its treatment offerings nice and simple. Estheticians take a hands-on approach when exfoliating with microdermabrasion, cleansing with facials, and enhancing features with makeup. They also use electrolysis to remove clients’ unwanted body hair and serve as a warning to any follicles thinking about acting out in the future.
Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe complements its aromatic free-trade coffee with a crowded menu of fresh cafe fare. Lunch dates commence as pairs settle into the cafe’s brick-walled, cozy ambience—complete with wooden floors and a grandmother encouraging guests to eat up—and select Brown Dog signature half sandwiches such as the smoky Country turkey ($7) or the stacked simplicity of the ham and swiss ($6). Hot sandwiches, including eggs benedict ($5) and bacon-cheese ($4), arrive at tables escorted by doting pickle-spear chaperones and the customer's choice of salad or soup of the day. Diners contemplate the complex aromas of one of Brown Dog's in-house roasted fair-trade signature coffee blends while sitting on the Paris location's brisk patio area, where the Grand River eases along nearby and compels patio sitters to speak only in haiku. In addition to flaky apple fritters, the amiable Brown Dog staff keep the ovens humming with classic cafe delectables, including scones ($1.75), french toast ($3.50), and a fluffy assortment of muffins ($1.75).
Custom cupcakes abound at L.A’s Cupcakery, where dessert artisans handcraft handheld sweets from customer specifications using all-natural ingredients such as Canadian butter, fresh fruit, and 100 per cent natural citrus zests. Available in more than 100 flavours—including red velvet, white chocolate, and strawberry cheesecake—cupcakes don rich buttercream crowns studded with kaleidoscopic sprinkles, putting to shame the Queen of Dairy’s similar, but far less superior, royal regalia. The bakery’s staff can also cater to special diets by crafting cupcakes devoid of dairy, eggs, or gluten.