Sugar Tiers 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 Sugar Tiers' 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.
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice-cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a housemade waffle cone.
In addition to procuring handheld treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
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 café 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.
Yogurty's, a proudly Canadian company, claims that at their stores, no two customers have ever made the same exact treat twice. It would be nearly impossible—low- or no-fat, probiotic-rich frozen yogurt comes in more than 85 flavours, ranging from carmel latte to banana split to red velvet, and 65 toppings allow patrons to swirl, drizzle, and sprinkle tasty treats until they resemble works of icy art. Their gluten-free yogurt, a natural source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, is made from fresh milk right off of Canadian farms and supports healthy digestive systems and immunity. The cheerful stores showcase bright colors—nearly as bright as bubblegum and orange cream, topped with sour gummi worms, and rainbow sprinkles.
Sugar Peony's five master treatsmiths have won awards from Canada to Switzerland to Japan. This worldwide reputation for excellence in wedding cakes and pastries has made Sugar Peony the choice for such venerable clients as celebrity chef Chuck Hughes as well as Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. When not crafting custom cakes and cupcakes—from elegant to cartoony—or building decadent towers of macarons, the pastry chefs host classes to share their skills.