Early Bird Cafe's chefs rouse appetites with an expansive menu of classic eats that spans breakfast, lunch, dinner, and forgotten sleepwalking stop-ins. They quickly whip up hearty omelettes, meaty gourmet burgers, and sweet waffles to sate breakfast and lunch cravings every day, and burn the post-noon oil to satisfy the dinner crowd with juicy steaks and baked Italian classics.
Steeps the Urban Tea House warms and refreshes its visitors with more than 100 loose-leaf tea brews hailing from a range of countries and crop altitudes. With a five-pot punch card, patrons garner any small-size pot bearing the pre-steeped tea of their choice. Guests can also hand-pick an eclectic teacup to protect sippables such as Estate Bukhial or organic English breakfast black teas from roving philosophers and double-agent biscuits. Green genmaicha, organic ceremonial matcha, and white leopard snow buds teas fan their leaves in a synchronized swim; cinnamon-fire and lemongrass-zinger herb blends playfully prod taste buds. While ensconced in the teahouse's modern interior, customers may also sip a sweeter array of fruit teas such as kiwi-strawberry and banana smoothie and take advantage of the teahouse's free WiFi. Though not included in this deal, Steeps also boasts loose tea accessories such as cups, strainers, and bait for hunting wild rooibos leaves.
Serving the Edmonton area for over thirty years, Caffè Sorrentino crafts elegant espresso extractions paired with a menu of signature pastas, panini, soups, salads, and gelato. Sate surly morning stomachs with a grilled multigrain panino with egg, spinach, and feta ($5.50), or punt along on a gourmet gondola with their veneto panini ($8.75) with turkey breast, brie, and cranberry mayo. Sorrentino also frames up daily soups and salads, like the chickpea and spinach ($5.95), as well as homemade cannelloni ($6.95 for one, $11.95 for two) and dense, earthquake-resistant plates of lasagna ($9.95). The java jousters at Sorrentino also serve up piping delicate distillations of espresso ($1.85), macchiatos ($2.65) or caramello lattes ($3.75 single, $4.45 double), ideal bait for catching postgraduate, Proust-scholar mice.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
Whimsical Cake Studio Inc. creates a rotating variety of cupped cakey bundles made from fresh, top-quality ingredients. Explore the inner workings of the New Yorker, a complex mocha cupcake spiraled with mocha buttercream, or attempt the black-out-inducing chocolate haze, a deep chocolate cupcake tophatted with a chocolate-hazelnut buttercream. The mango'mia incorporates the exotic allure of mango into its buttercream, and the razzle dazzle extracts raspberries to create a pink frothy wave, ready to dissolve into tiny crystals of joy upon ingestion. Other flavours include a cookie crumble, chocolate, and candy-bar-inspired mound of baked madness.
What began as a single store with a single recipe in 1983 has since expanded to coat tongues across Canada with its handcrafted, always-fresh repertoire of premium ice cream. The aroma of freshly baked waffle cones roams freely throughout each Marble Slab Creamery location, luring customers counterside to watch staff members blend nuts, fruits, and candies into a variety of ice-cream flavours atop a frozen slab. Ultra-fresh ingredients, including dairy products from local farms, vanilla from Madagascar, and fine European chocolates with up-to-date passports join forces to infuse each bite with an extra punch of sweetness. In addition to standard cones, Marble Slab Creamery's daily-made ice cream can also be savoured in the form of ice-cream cakes, milkshakes, and floats, and low-fat yogourts offer a lighter, equally delicious alternative.