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.
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.
When coming up with a recipe for The Mad Italian’s gelato, the owner enlisted the help of a Italian family who had been using the same recipe for generations. A selection of more than 50 flavours includes milk-based varieties, such as dulce de leche and pumpkin pie, and an additional reserve of water-based flavours takes on fruitier variations, including blood orange and blueberry basil. In addition to scooping authentic gelato, the staff brews Caffè Haiti espresso, a 100% arabica blend imported directly from Rome.
Owner Eli Turkienicz wondered what he could add to the menu to combat the wintertime slump of gelato sales and frozen tongue syndrome. In true gelateria form, the answer came in a cone: Zazzu hot pizza cones. The savoury treats portably encase toppings such as meatballs and mozzarella or turkey and basil pesto. The cooks also whip up a menu of salads and paninis.
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.
Home to more than 100 varieties of tea, Herbal Infusions Tea Co. immerses visitors in all things tea. Knowledgeable staffers stock the shelves with their own popular blends, including eucalyptus-grapefruit tea and organic cacao tea alongside a fleet of white, green, oolong, and black teas. They also sell tea-making accessories such as teapots and filters. In addition to offering advice on steeping the perfect cup to any customer who asks, they hold tea-themed workshops that range from pairing cheeses to developing pinkie-finger fitness regimens.