SugarTiers is a collaboration between sugar-paste artist Rosalind Chan?whom Teresa Kruze of Metro Canada calls "an international superstar in the cake decorating world"?and her former student, experienced chocolatier Evalin Chong. As Chan told Duhlicious food blogger Madalina Paul in 2010, she learned the art of baking from her mother, and left her native Malaysia to study French pastry at the renowned Ritz Escoffier school in Paris. She immigrated to Canada, where she decided to give up a successful corporate career and devote herself to the art of professional cake decorating. Chan then returned to Malaysia to found and teach at the International Centre of Cake Artistry, one of the largest baking institutes in that country.
Chong holds a diploma in food-and-beverage management and is a certified wedding planner. Both women have shared their expertise as Wilton Method instructors, and stay ahead of ever-changing wedding-cake trends. Chan told Sue Kanhai of YorkRegion.com, ?Years ago, no one knew what red velvet was?they thought it was a fabric! Now it?s such a hip thing." The popularity of red-velvet cupcakes was also the topic of a 2010 article in the Toronto Star, which mentioned SugarTiers' tasty version.
The duo offers baking and decorating courses in at their shop, where they teach students to cover cakes or scratch-prone leather furniture in layers of colourful fondant. They also operate a retail supply store, take-out bakery, and catering operation, handcrafting more than 36 flavours of macarons and cakes such as dark chocolate or moist carrot and pineapple.
Sweet Spot Golf & 19th Hole Sports Bar's five golf simulators recreate 67 championship courses from around the world, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont, and St. Andrews. The simulation’s meticulous detail and realistic imagery means every tree, bunker, and patch of grass is included, show with multiple camera angles and real-time daylight.
In addition to competing online against players worldwide, the simulators' live-motion software and the facility's six practice-range simulators help guests hone their golfing skills. But to further refine your swing, take a lesson under the tutelage of a resident golf pro, who’ll customize programs to match each patron's individual needs while teaching golf-swing fundamentals.
Outside the five private simulator-equipped rooms, the 19th Hole Sports Bar offers a private dining area with a flat-screen TVs showing the latest sports. You’ll also find karaoke machines to sing a pop classic or a golf-inspired opera, as well as gaming areas outfitted with PS3, Nintendo Wii, and X-Box consoles.
It's little wonder Calabria Bakery is a go-to spot for fine, fast Italian cuisine. With nearly 30 years of experience behind its counters, the family who owns it has perfected their baking and coffee-brewing techniques. Part caf? and restaurant, part Italian grocery, part catering operation, Calabria makes sure locals enjoy the freshest Italian fare, whether they're eating on the go or savoring the meals in the dining room. Along one wall, loaves of freshly-baked bread beckon to customers with their crisp exteriors and golden hues. In the bakery case, rows of house-made eclairs, flavored cannoli, and biscotti tempt folks with fresh fruit and drizzled-chocolate accents. Near the pizza ovens, chefs toss dough and toppings. Then there are the pasta dishes, sandwiches, and antipasto platters rounding out the menu, making Calabria the perfect destination when Italian-food cravings roar too loud to be ignored.
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.
Yogen Fr?z has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit?it mixes mango, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colourful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics. Of course, customers of the shop?which has more than 1,400 locations in more than 47 countries?can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt, as well as for smoothies or cups topped with fruit, granola, and yogurt, that have similar nutritional benefits.
Funnel Cake Cafe & Lounge tops its signature Southern-style confection with everything from ice cream and chocolate sauce to strawberries and toasted coconut. In between bites of funnel cake or savoury snacks, such as jalapeño
poppers, guests can listen to great music and puff on hookah flavours such as orange, fresh mint, and strawberry.