Spin Dessert Cafe's chefs know a thing or two about sweets. And savoury bites. And, for that matter, everything in between, extending beyond flavour into sight and scent. A glance at their dessert selection and it's obvious how deep their sense of detail goes: more than a dozen house-made ice creams drip with sauces and chocolate shavings, cakes shine with a level of moisture usually only seen in Aquaman's swimming pool, and sweet crepes come speckled with fruity bites. Then there are the savoury crepes, which fold in cheeses and fresh veggies, and thin-crust pizzas dappled with tomato sauce or pesto, all washed down with milkshakes and aromatic coffee drinks.
Jennifer Best couldn't sleep. A bout of fibromyalgia was keeping her wide awake, and though she experimented with allopathic and naturopathic sleep remedies, it was no use. Then she tried something new: a tea blend called Sweet Dreams. The brew was so effective that not only did it give Jennifer some much-needed shut-eye, but by morning it had inspired her to change careers. She explored the local loose-leaf-tea market and was amazed to find how many good varietals were out there, varietals she thought others might appreciate the way she had appreciated Sweet Dreams.
Jennifer started small, founding Steeped and Infused in 2007 as an online store that sold 20 different teas. But her fan base blossomed, and today the website?which now sells roughly 70 varieties. Like the queen's childhood toy box, her inventory includes everyday black, green, and rooibos teas, but also features yerba mate and pu-erh?a centuries old Chinese blend made from high-quality large leaves. She complements these with a small selection of accessories, such as tea filters and mesh steeping balls.
Home to more than 100 varieties of tea, Herbal Infusions Tea Co. immerses visitors in all things tea. Knowledgeable staffers stock the shelves with their own popular blends, including eucalyptus-grapefruit tea and organic cacao tea alongside a fleet of white, green, oolong, and black teas. They also sell tea-making accessories such as teapots and filters. In addition to offering advice on steeping the perfect cup to any customer who asks, they hold tea-themed workshops that range from pairing cheeses to developing pinkie-finger fitness regimens.
T-Buds Tea Lounge and Creperie treats guests to more than 70 loose leaf teas from around the world and expert food pairings. Apple honeybush tea accompanies tuna sandwiches seasoned with lemon, chives, and dijonaise; and crepes stuffed with hand-rolled beef meatballs and cheese in a basil tomato sauce are enhanced with sips of green cherry sencha tea. During daily afternoon tea services, guests can pair herbals with a scone or indulge in a three-tier platter packed with quiche, finger sandwiches, fruit cups, and a variety of desserts. The second-floor lounge hosts private parties for up to 26.
Little nuggets of pearl sugar caramelize during baking, making Wanda's made-to-order Li?ge-style waffles different from the typical Belgian style. The dough is infused with vanilla, maple, or strawberry flavour, and the waffles can be crowned with toppings such as Nutella, strawberries, or caramel. Toasted sandwiches, such as the croque monsieur and the signature chicken with thai sauce, sate savoury teeth, whereas espresso and coffee drinks brewed with beans from Illy wash it all down with more refinement than sucking on a garden hose.
Consistently praised as one of Toronto’s most coveted suite collections by Condé Nast Traveller, this boutique hotel infuses its Victorian quarters with vintage charm and modern luxury. Portals nestled in the stone portico escort guests into a lobby appointed with mahogany furniture and wrought iron gates that impart 1920s chic. After admiring the quaint beauty of bordering St. Thomas Street through a hallway of stained glass windows, bedfellows unfurl their travel wings in the plush Frette linens of a French-inspired deluxe room. Specifically recognized by Small Luxury Hotels of the World for its sophisticated style, Windsor Arms furnishes each of its decadent abodes with a majestic fireplace, limestone bathroom floors, and 24-hour butler service for round-the-clock indulgence and personalized coattail rides.