Deep in The Oakwood Café, a talented chef prepares contemporary Canadian dishes with tender cuts of beef, fresh vegetables, and complex sauces. The robust menu opens to breakfast options such as the Brizza, a flatbread pizza topped with eggs, cheese, and a complimentary alarm clock. As the day progresses, burgers, seafood, and pastas fill plates with chili peppers and rich mushroom sauces as sunlight cascades in through the windows. The menu also accommodates special diets with vegan and gluten-free options, which pair nicely with sips of fair-trade coffee and fine wines. To achieve a fresh taste, the kitchen team uses local ingredients whenever possible.
Tea Story, a sophisticated shop that got its start on Osborne Street, recently expanded into a second location on Corydon Avenue. There, baristas brew more than 120 varieties of loose-leaf tea, including healthy green tea, traditional black tea, fragrant rooibos tea, all-natural herbal tea, ethnic oolong tea, fruit tea, and floral teas that bloom as they steep. Specialty ice lattes, fruit and vegetable smoothies, and bubble teas are also on the menu. Like Tea Story's original location, the Corydon Avenue space is sleek and stylish with midcentury furniture and an ultramodern chandelier.
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.
Whipping up generous batches of gustatory delight in cupcake format, C-Cup Cakery is a specialty cake boutique whose flavours are as distinctive as their miniatures are adorable. Your foray into diminutive decadence begins with the selection of chocolate or vanilla cake base, from which a bevy of buttercream frosting flavours—chocolate, vanilla, mocha, mint, and champagne—mount an ambrosial assault on unsuspecting taste buds. The miniatures are housed safely in quaint cupcake caddies by the dozen where they stoically await their grisly, grisly fate. Today’s Groupon is good for in-store pickup only, so customers are welcome to take their cupcakes to-go or to enjoy their pint-sized pastries in the pink, candy-counter storefront.
Awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Manufacturing from the Canadian Bottled Water Association, Corpell's Water utilizes a multistage filtering process, stainless-steel and food-grade piping, and hourly in-house and weekly third-party quality tests to produce enticing jugs of pristine drinakables. The 10-step filtration process catapults water through reverse osmosis, UV sterilization, and ozonation before bottling it in 5-gallon bottles for delivery or pickup. For the cooler bereft, Corpell's delivers a base-model water cooler to begin the waterworks (a $200 value), and then helps it fulfill its delugian destiny by stocking it with water bottles in minimum increments of three (a $7.25 value/bottle; three bottles typically equal a one-month supply) and by providing individual stainless-steel wide-mouth water bottles (a $9.99 value/bottle) so imbibers always have pure, refreshing water to put out small pants fires.
Cold Stone’s ice cream, made in-store daily, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. Ice-cream voyeurs can create their own ice-creamplosion from old favourites or unheard of delights ($2.89–$4.59 with two mix-ins), eliciting taste tests of dozens of silky flavours such as cake batter, cotton candy, and piñata. Each ice-cream creation generously welcomes up to two of the shop's dozens of mix-ins as traditional as Oreo cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as pie crust. Those willing to bequeath the invention of creamy concoctions to the professionals can try a Cold Stone Signature creation, such as the almond-studded and caramel-slathered Coffee Lovers Only or the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with Reese's peanut-butter cups, fudge, and a side of endorphins ($3.99–$5.75). Once concoctions are chosen and perfected, they're scooped cold into freshly made waffle cones or bowls.