The team of grilling maestros at Lick’s Homeburgers & Ice Cream bring a menu of burgers, wraps, and diner fare to life with quality ingredients, such as lean ground steak and fresh vegetables delivered daily. The Lick's homeburger ($4.99) is a savoury patty made from steam pasteurized Canadian beef, that can be topped with mango chutney or zucchini relish before it chugs toward expectant mouths atop a fresh-toasted bun. Lick’s soy-based vegan Nature burgers ($5.49) sate palates with their hefty quarter-pound composition virtually devoid of cholesterol. A Chick’n Lick’n wrap ($6.99) snuggles barbecue chicken breast and melty cheese into a soft tortilla, and trans-fat-free regular fries ($2.89) cooked in 100 per cent canola oil before dutifully accompanying main dishes on the harrowing voyage from kitchen to human stomach to whale stomach.
Carole's Cheesecake Company's expert baking team uses halal-certified, preservative-free ingredients to handcraft a daily changing selection of delectable desserts, including cheesecakes and mini cheesecake cups. Customers can stuff their gobs or shirt pockets with individual cake slices ($5+); offerings include the caramel-brownie varietal, a circular wall of chocolate surrounding a lifeguard-supervised pool of buttery caramel. Meanwhile, groups of cherries jitterbug atop a New York–style vanilla cheesecake, and mousse-covered chocolate cheesecake rests on a cookie base. Carole's also bakes eight flavours of low-sugar mini cheesecakes ($2.50) and noncheesecake selections such as banana cake topped with fresh banana slices.
There are two ways to watch Heather White & Lori Joyce bake their preservative-free cupcakes from scratch. Guests can pop into one of their bakeries on the days the duo is in the shop or they can watch from the family room as the ladies craft desserts from basic ingredients on their TV show The Cupcake Girls.
It took time to build up the Cupcakes empire. What started as a teenage dream for the two friends seemed remote after they went their separate ways, one pursuing a degree in animal biology, the other working in the fashion industry. When the two reconnected later in New York City by a simple twist of fate, they realized they still pined for the possibility of owning a company together. They drew up the plans, packed their bags, charted a course back to Vancouver in a cupcake-shaped hot air balloon, and started their first store.
Inside their retro-style locations, bakers craft cupcakes made with real butter or design specialty cakes for all manner of noteworthy occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and parties. Today, their shops attract tens of thousands of fans across British Columbia and Ontario, thanks to the ready supply of rich, freshly baked cakes and desserts.
Whether traveling by plane or paddling a raft made of burnt cupcakes across the ocean, culinary students from around the world descend upon Toronto to attend the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. Here, students receive schooling in baking, pastry arts, cake design, and confections. They enroll in full- or part-time programmes, and eventually, they graduate with diplomas in their fields.
The school has built a world-renowned reputation by sticking to the basics and not the pan: it emphasizes proper techniques, but it also fosters individual creativity. Even casual cooks can get their hands dirty thanks to general-interest classes. During these intimate sessions, instructors share their wisdom in everything from artisanal breads to chocolate bon bons and haute couture cakes. Broader topics are available, too, including introductory classes to baking and cake decorating.
Whether traveling by plane or paddling a raft made of cupcakes across the ocean, aspiring culinary artists from around the globe descend upon Toronto to attend the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. Here, students receive schooling in baking, pastry arts, cake design, and confections. They enroll in full- or part-time programs, and after honing their skills, graduate with diplomas in their fields.
The institute has built a world-renowned reputation by sticking to the delicious basics: its curriculum emphasizes proper techniques, while also fostering individual creativity. Even casual cooks can get their hands floury thanks to general-interest classes. During these intimate sessions, instructors share their wisdom in everything from artisanal breads to chocolate bon bons and haute couture cakes. Broader topics are available, too, including introductory classes to baking and cake decorating.
The Hair Wave Salon and Spa team confidently professes, “No job is too big or small,” noting that it provides the same meticulous attention to each trim, facial, and waxing treatment. The modern vibe of turquoise chairs contrasts the classical aesthetic of wood-accented styling stations, where stylists perform professional haircare services such as conditioning treatments, perms, and relaxers. The staff also renders waxing and threading services to eliminate unwanted strands and leave eyebrows with precise lines, unlike actors who improvise their dialogue according to their real-life mood. The staff can top off spa days with facial treatments that thoroughly clean pores and nourish skin cells, all the while maintaining the fun demeanour, making each staffer’s personality a compelling part of visits to Hair Wave Salon and Spa.