McGavin's Bread Basket bolsters shoppers’ home arsenals of breads and baked goods with an ever-changing selection of noshes from brands including Dempster’s, Little Debbie, and Dare Foods. The store’s shelves brim with discounted gluten-based delights stamped with swiftly approaching expiration dates alongside excess loaves baked by overly prolific bakers. Sandwich meats find support when enveloped within snowy slices of McGavin’s white bread ($10.49 for five loaves), and Dempster’s English muffins ($6.99 for three six-packs) add a British spirit to breakfast without inviting over Laurence Olivier’s ghost. Additionally, Dempster’s bagels ($8.99 for three six-packs) act as soft bases for sweet and savoury spreads. In the discount section, crust connoisseurs can assemble a team of 10 loaves for $12, mixing and matching yeast-laden goods based upon their size, grain count, and preference for being covered in smooth or chunky peanut butter.
After testing hundreds of cupcake recipes, The Cupcake Corner's owners finally found their perfect blueprint. Today, they bake their scratch-made mixes into light and airy treats each day, then ice them by hand with freshly whipped buttercream flavours such as lemon, peppermint, and peanut butter. In addition to standard flavours, which all feature a chocolate or vanilla base, they've also come up with specialty creations such as maple bacon and strawberry cheesecake.
The cupcakes come in eco-friendly packaging and, because they have no preservatives, last two days when kept in airtight containers. For each wedding or other catering order, the staff bakes the cupcakes the morning of the event. They'll work with hosts and hostesses to tailor special-event cupcakes to clients’ satisfaction, whether it's adding custom logos, creating new flavours, or matching the icing's color to ring-bearers’ shoelaces.
Don't be confused by the menu. At Dhoom Restaurant & Lounge, the kitchen crafts a fusion of Indian and Canadian cuisine. This doesn't mean you'll find grilled cheese dipped in curry sauce—instead, diners can sample the best of both cuisines, beginning meals with samosas and quesadillas, or chicken wings and chicken tikka. For those with a taste for Canadian classics, the menu lists roast beef, battered haddock, and poutine, while those with a spicier palate can select a curry dish with chicken or lamb. Pizzas also offer both traditional and Indian flavors, with toppings ranging from tandoori chicken to salami. And for those who are looking to fill their eyes, pro hockey and football games are projected live onto a 120" screen.
Other breakfasts can seem boring in comparison to a tasty sticky bun with the right toppings. At Jonnies Sticky Buns, sticky buns are baked fresh every morning and afternoon, so both early and late risers can get their fix. Daily changing flavours can be topped by anything from apples to black olives to dark chocolate to pizza toppings. The buns come in standard or mini sizes and can be ordered as a variety pack of a dozen.
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.