The taste-bud pleasers at Dairy Queen whip up a creamy whirlwind of classic ice-cream treats and toasty mealtime dishes. The signature Blizzard's ($3.49–$5.29) chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies and other flavour options blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft-serve. Sundaes slather vanilla ice cream in hot fudge or caramel for an appealingly layered delight ($2.99–$3.59), and cones come either audaciously nude ($2.69–$3.19) or dipped in a luxurious layer of chocolate or crunchy coating ($2.79–$3.29), Alternatively, sizzle-starved denizens can get their fill without walking on coals by noshing on a selection of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and fries.
Champions of making treats from scratch using high-quality ingredients, The Cookie Messenger’s team of artistically inclined staffers bake and decorate cookies for all manner of special occasion, from weddings to housewarmings. Bakers eschew additives and preservatives as they forge their classic shortbread cookies in the company’s nut-free facility, opting instead for all-natural ingredients such as butter, eggs, vanilla, and sustainably harvested love. Once plucked from the oven, confectioners decorate the sweet noshes with edible embellishments such as glitter dust and sugar pearls, customizing the centre cookie with a heartfelt note or individualized barcode for the recipient. Each meticulously arranged bouquet arrives at doors with individually wrapped cookies to ensure freshness for up to a week.
Crumbs & Co’s bakers eschew mass-production methodology in the creation of their nut-free cupcakes, opting for the more homespun approach of hand making each treat, tucking it into a gleaming oven, and meticulously icing the diminutive cake. This hands-on approach to baking enables the confectionary crew to create personalized and themed orders for all manner of special occasion such as weddings, birthdays, and the second Tuesday of every month. While specializing in the architecture of shrunken cakes, Crumbs & Co’s staffers showcase their varied baking talents as they whip together pure Belgian-style chocolate chunks and creamy butter to form cookies or sandwich buttercreams and ganaches between meringue slices to assemble vibrantly hued French macarons. Not taking their confectionary efforts lightly, the dessert gurus founded Cupcakes 4 Kids, a nonprofit charity that distributes frosting-topped creations to underprivileged, ill, and hospitalized children on Valentine’s Day and Christmas.
The macaron display case at Ruelo Patisserie is an edible rainbow of tiny, round sandwich cookies. Each flavour is lined up in neat rows, waiting to be savoured with a cup of afternoon tea or alongside another treat from the café. These little sandwich cookies are even known to make an appearance in the shop's extravagant cakes. The cakes are made with classic French cooking methods and the bakers use only natural ingredients every step of the way.
Mama Mia Place's owner recalls childhood days spent at his grandfather's farm, standing beside the warmth of the clay oven as he watches his grandmother bake fresh bread and empanadas. A point of family pride, empanada recipes are passed down from generation to generation and are crafted through time and expertise; Mama Mia's empanada recipe is no exception. Inside his own restaurant, chefs knead and bake fresh dough inside an open-view kitchen, crafting traditional cinnamon-dusted churros or pastries filled with dulce de leche, homemade cream caramel, which are made following family recipes handed down for three generations. Freshly baked wares travel to the gleaming glass bakery cases under the front counter for display and safekeeping in a warm, cozy environment.
At Cachet Optical, sales staffers facilitate clients’ introductions to the soft lines and brushed steel of frames from designers such as Gucci, Versace, Dior, and Marc Jacobs. The boutique regularly brings in new styles of glasses and sunglasses from Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Oakley, and Swarovski, enhancing the frames with prescriptions that counteract sight imperfections. Cachet Optical offers a complimentary scratch-resistant, UV-protective, or anti-reflection coating, as well.
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.