Bestowing bountiful gift baskets and bouquets, Basket Cases broadens heartthrob horizons with nifty alternatives to flowers. Peachy paramours dulled by the humdrum predictability of roses and pink carnations can rejoice as the candy bouquet ($50) blooms with chocolate truffles and keen sweets. Delicately feminine bouquets bounce from Basket Cases' walls while manly options, such as chocolates blooming from beer glasses, coffee thermoses, or Batmobile engines, are also obtainable. After Valentine's Day, this Groupon may be applied to the value of other gift baskets.
Bitten's chefs pair a menagerie of sandwiches, small plates, and desserts with more than 20 wines. Diners can peruse an eclectic menu, which includes the pulled-pork sandwich's succulent strata of caramelized onions, brie, and apples (lunch, $10). Like high-fives and plans for global domination, small dinner plates work best when shared, so divide and conquer dishes of seared beef and barbecued chicken ($12) or Cajun seared scallops with cashew risotto ($9). Desserts, such as a mini chocolate cake with torched marshmallow and caramel sauce ($6), sing sweet solos in the bistro's culinary cabaret finale, which concludes with the lowering of a Barefoot Cellars red-wine curtain ($5.25/glass, $19/bottle). The Sunday menu keeps appetites guessing with a rotation of brunch plates and cocktails, which accompany prenoon mainstays such as three-egg omelettes ($10), waffle combos ($11), and barbershop rooster quartets.
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.
Touting more than 80 flavours of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Today it is one of the world's largest specialty frozen yogurt chains. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits, a sprinkling of nuts, or popping boba balls, mochi, and candies. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Polar Palace Ice Cream’s designated scoopers extinquish fiery cravings for sweets with their inventive menu of syrupy slush shakes and glacial delights festooned with a variety of traditional and original ice cream flavours. The parlor’s chipper staff also offsets their sweet, toothsome concoctions with savory fare, helping to balance each diner’s food pyramid without hiring an architect skilled in dairy-based structures.:m]]
Beer Bros.'s charming, casual eatery taps a keg of culinary innovation and sprays down its battery of beer-centric pub fare, infusing different dishes with the distinctive flavours and characteristics of various ales, stouts, lagers, and other hoppy intoxicants. Their extensive lunch and dinner menus tingle taste buds with offerings of soups, salads, beer bread pizzas, and other unique eats with suggested drinkable pairings. Quell rebellious stomach rumbles with rogue chicken burritos ($15) smothered in chipotle-ale and adobo sauce, curried lamb stew with beer-steamed basmati rice ($16), or prairie paella, concocted from Lake Diefenbaker trout, smoked white fish, northern wild rice, peas, peppers, pearl onions, and Schlerlenka Rauchbier ($18). Beer Bros. boasts 16 beers on tap and more than 70 varieties from around the world to keep parched throats moist as a freshly licked envelope.