After exploring her creative side by learning to decorate cakes for her parents' vow renewal, Patricia Drewnowska left a lucrative career in banking to pursue her passion for pastries. Drewnowska honed her craft under the tutelage of Food Network chefs and the finest cake-wizard schools in North America, eventually founding a custom-cake bakery that has earned praise from "Wedding Bells," "ET Canada," and the Globe and Mail. In the kitchen, Patricia and her brother, Konrad––a classically trained french-pastry chef––will into existence elegant multi-tier wedding cakes, colorful desserts for kids' birthdays and baby showers, and rich, homemade macaroons and cookies. Visitors to the cafe swoon over the scent of freshly made pastries, before devouring cupcakes in flavours such as madagascar vanilla, red velvet, and black currant, each iced with layers of chocolate ganache or buttercream.
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.
Columbus Bakery's adept bakers employ Colombian ingredients and enthusiasm to craft a range of traditional sweet and savoury baked goods. A completely Colombian staff stuff baked and deep-fried desserts with tropical fillings, including guava and sweet arequipe, to satisfy diners and fight off packs of roving birthday cakes. Colombian coffee complements both traditional finger foods and baked goods. Bathed in natural light, the cafe space's tile floor, tall stools, colourful hanging lamps, and shelves piled with pastries welcome northerners with a South American flair.
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.
Mama Mia Place's owner recalls childhood days spent at his grandfather's farm, standing beside the warmth of the clay oven as he watches his grandmother bake fresh bread and empanadas. A point of family pride, empanada recipes are passed down from generation to generation and are crafted through time and expertise; Mama Mia's empanada recipe is no exception. Inside his own restaurant, chefs knead and bake fresh dough inside an open-view kitchen, crafting traditional cinnamon-dusted churros or pastries filled with dulce de leche, homemade cream caramel, which are made following family recipes handed down for three generations. Freshly baked wares travel to the gleaming glass bakery cases under the front counter for display and safekeeping in a warm, cozy environment.
For the Love of Cake, helmed by cupcake countess Genevieve Griffin, offers dessert desirers freshly baked cupcakes made with quality ingredients. The bakery's 4-dimensional cupcake particularly stands out, with its multi-layered melding of cake, filling, topping, and garnish selected and arranged to yield a cohesive, complementary, and Facebook ready flavour profile. The decadent treats come in more than 20 flavours, and the bakery offers at least nine of those flavours each day. (Check the sweet spot's Twitter feed for daily offerings.) The Strawberry Shortcake cupcake injects juicy strawberry purée into its angel-food-cake fluff and tops it off with whipped cream and a strawberry slice, and the Crazy Carrot cupcake puts a pit of pineapple filling under a crowd of cream-cheese frosting and a candied carrot. Suffocate sweet teeth with the chocolate overload of the Death by Chocolate cupcake, or freshen up a frosted feast with the mint overtones, moist chocolate, and icy wit of the Grasshopper.
The Green Grind marries eco-friendliness to enticing coffee and tea selections through its sustainable practices and by offering fair-trade-certified and organic brews. Java junkies can satisfy crippling caffeine addictions with a large cup of locally roasted coffee ($2.20), a large espresso ($2.50), or a single-shot cappuccino ($3.20), and sensitive-tongued taste fiends can coolly sip on a Kombucha Wonder Drink ($3.50). Sail seas of tea from a pot ($3.75) of loose-leaf such as Earl Grey or blueberry rooibos, or sidle up to a glass of iced tea ($2.50), made fresh daily and available in a fruity peach, blueberry, or lemon flavour. Lattes, mochachinos, steamers, and hot chocolates are also available for drinking or dipping celery stalks into.