I finally made the trip down to the popular church of soft serve Sweet Jesus.
We waited half an hour in line causing the nearby TIFF goers to ask what movie we were lining up for. “Icecream,” I replied.
The space inside was relatively small with bags of sugar on display beside their giant menu.
They have other offerings such as popsicles, coffee and pie but of course were were their for the infamous soft serve. Funny enough we’ve actually already tried two of the flavours when we visited Home of the Brave, which has a partnership with them or something.
I had the Smores soft-serve which had graham cracker crumble, burnt marshmallows, chocolate sauce on top of a chocolate ice cream. It was a nice twist on a classic! Can’t ever go wrong with Smores.
My friend Steph ordered The Elvis which was peanut butter and bacon on top of a banana soft serve. I thought it was a little bit weird and wasn’t really a fan of their banana flavour. It wasn’t like a fruity banana flavour, more like the yellow antibiotics you have when you are sick. This was our least favourite of them.
Her sister order the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich which was a vanilla icecream, strawberry jam and toast. This one was our favourite. The little pieces of toast worked so well with the salted peanut butter and sweet jam.
It was totally worth the line, but just skip the banana.
Last weekend at Camp Wavelength, I saw The Pop Stand, which was offering 10 flavours of popsicles. It started as a joke, but I started from the top and made my way down the list and ate all 10 popsicles over the course of 3 days.
Peach bourbon iced tea:
Campari, grapefruit and mint
Blueberry lavender lemonade
Coconut + cinnamon
Raspberry and cream
Orange Vanilla Bean
My favourite popsicles were the fresh fruity flavoured ones because they were more refreshing over cream ones on a hot day. Although, I do love chocolate so the harvest fudge was irresistible.
The other day while grocery shopping I bought some Freezies. When I opened the package, I noticed something. There were a lot of red ones (and red are usually my least favorite). I even instantly tweeted at Kisko the above photo to explain my situation.
As it turns out there are actually two different types of red Freezies. I just wasn’t being observant enough. One was a tropical fruit punch and the other very berry. They turned out to be better than I thought.
Sometimes we need to take a second and not make snap judgements. It took a pack of red Freezies to teach me his lesson.
It’s rare I have a weekend where I have nothing planned so I headed over to Market 707, where shipping containers were converted into restaurants and shops.
As my avid readers know, my friend Steph has a little café called Petit Nuage there that specializes in French macarons and cream puffs. For the summer, she even has a patio where you can enjoy tea and coffee (iced options available!).
The inside of the shop has changed a bit since I last went. There are now shelves with teas and other things for sale!
I enjoyed a piece of matcha tea cake on the patio. It was delicious and beautiful.
I also picked up half a dozen macarons which came in an adorable box with a print of kittens having a tea party. Naturally, I took photos of the macarons before eating them. Enjoy some photos below:
Last night I attended The Drake Hotel’s Chip N’ Dip battle. It was hosted by PEI Potatoes. The event was FREE and we stuffed our plates with chip and dip from 10 different Toronto restaurants.
Some were served traditionally: chips with a side of dip. Others were presented beautifully as a single bite amuse-bouche type thing. There were dips with caviar, french onion, fish foam, bacon and all sorts of combinations you wouldn’t think of. Some chips were waffled, others were wavy, others BBQ’d or coloured differently for presentation.
Nash and I had a shared favourite. It ended up being one of the simpler ones. Plain potato chips with a poutine dip containing cheese curds and mushroom gravy. It was such a classic combination! People underestimate simplicity sometimes. We didn’t stay to find out who was the actual winner but in our eyes it was the poutine dip!
I may have grown up to be pretty Canadianized but the one thing I can’t leave behind is Asian snacks. All North American junk food cannot compare to the chocolate koala bears, flavoured Pocky sticks, ramune soft drinks, jelly cups and bizarre flavoured chips. The East was always ahead of the game in terms of adventurous snacks.
I found a Korean grocery store across from work and now my desk is stashed full of treats. What are your favourite treats as a kid (or even now)?
Last week I attended Field Trip Music Festival for both days and since I wasn’t shooting it, I got to enjoy the music and of course, eat my way around. Here are some photos (from my camera and phone) of most of the things I tried.
Reuben Sandwich and Fried Mac n’ Cheese Balls from Food Dudes.
Seared Ahi Tuna and Octopus tacos from Buster’s Sea Cove.
A popsicle from Augie’s Ice Pops.
5 Cheese + Mushroom and Butter Chicken Hot Bunzz
Iced Coffee from Detour Coffee, which used to be the Manual Labour Coffee truck!
Fusion Pierogis from Saucy Pierogi.
Margherita Pizza from Bread Heads
“The Canadian” meat pie from Kanga
Mojito gelato fom Boreal Gelato
Bubble Cake with Icecream from Penny Lou Lou
In conclusion, the food was delicious and oh yeah, there was some awesome music too but I’ll talk about that somewhere else.
Have you ever had one of those weeks where you totally need a doughnut to feel better? I had one of those so our journey took us to Jelly Modern Doughnuts near College and Spadina.
The interior was white and pink and there was a variety of different doughnuts to choose from. They also come in small and bigger sizes.
Obviously we went for the bigger sizes. Nash had the Peanut Butter Cup and I had the Maple Bacon. I couldn’t resist bacon on a donut. I love it, it was a perfect combination of flavours. The bacon brought out the maple glaze wonderfully. It was light and fluffy. I’m not a fan of doughnuts with cream in the middle so I was relieved that this was simple and tasty. Also, the person working the front was very nice and will totally photobomb you if he sees you taking a photo!
My sister also popped in with her boyfriend while we were in the store. She also ordered the maple bacon (we are sisters afterall) and her boyfriend had the coconut. They were delighted with their orders and there was no crumbs left in sight.
Before I left, I bought a large doughnut for a friend we were going to visit. They wrapped it up in an adorable container! Thank you Jelly Modern for a fantastic doughnut experience.
Lays sponsored a contest where people around Canada created new chip flavours. The winner gets $50,000 and 1% royalty from future sales.
Right now they’re down to four finalists, each of which have received $5000. I missed out on the Perogy Platter (because they were not available at the time) but I purchased the Caesar Salad, Maple Moose and Grilled Cheese and Ketchup flavoured chips.
The Grilled Cheese and Ketchup greatly resembled BBQ chips, but a little blander. The “cheese” could be tasted when I licked the chips. The Creamy Ceasar Salad chips tasted a lot like a tamer version of sour cream and onion chips with a hint of cheese and a bit of garlic. By far the most original flavour was the Maple Moose flavour. They reminded me of firewood and camping. It was kind of atrocious on the first bite, but they got strangely addictive after a while.
My bet on the winner is probably Maple Moose as it is the most unique. The US contest had a Sriracha flavour which I wish I could get my hands on!