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Michel’s Baquette

Location: (Yorkdale Mall) 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto http://www.michelsbaguette.com One of my favourite “go-to” bakeries in Toronto is Michel’s.  It’s an European-inspired cafe/bakery and there are several locations in Ontario.  It reminds me of Paul’s in Paris.  No nonsense pastries, sandwiches and cafe lattes. It’s the perfect spot for a giggly group of girls women to go … Continue reading

LOCAL FEATURE: The Blake House

Location: 449 Jarvis St  Toronto http://www.theblakehouse.ca Open only three months, one of the last standing heritage structures (built in 1891) in Toronto  has been converted into a restaurant called The Blake House (previously, The Red Lion). One of the three owners and brothers, Jim Vasilakakos sat down and chatted with us as well.  He described … Continue reading

Product: Pita Break

I was recently sent a large box filled with  Pita Break products: a variety of One Bun pitas and Lavash “Flax and Honey” crackers. Now, it’s no secret that I like to eat, so it was almost instantaneous that I broke into the Lavash cracker box!  It just so happened that I’d just met up … Continue reading

TRAVEL: Paris: Boulangerie Patisserie Coudrier Geffroy

Location: 77 avenue Kléber, Paris (16th Arr) This was my First Taste of Paris: I think I did well. We stopped by this bakery on our way to our hotel…and they line-up was huge!  Am not surprised at all.  We wanted to go back again, but got distracted by some sort of tower in the … Continue reading

O&B Canteen NOW OPEN + O&B Cafe, Oakville

Locations: O&B Canteen: 330 King St. West, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto O&B Cafe & Grill: 240 Leighland Avenue #235, Oakville The new TIFF building’s restaurant is now open – here’s their menu online. It seems to always be packed in there and one day I will try it. Not too long ago, we dined at … Continue reading

Frugal Fare #5: The Bellwoods Bar & Grill

Location: 756 Queen St W., Toronto Cost: Under $10 for breakfast It’s almost refreshing to find a place in TO that doesn’t cater to all your dietary concerns (ie. lactose-free and/or soy milk, gluten-free what-have-you). It’s plain white or brown bread. Milk or cream. Sausages or bacon. That’s what was so perfect about spotting the … Continue reading


Location: 323 Kerr Street, Oakville Cost: Sunday Brunch approx $9 per entree After all the hoopla and hype over Stoney’s; we finally made it for brunch on Sunday and I have to tell you…I am a little bit disappointed. Okay, so you stand in line, make your order, get a number, pick up your own … Continue reading

Truscott Italian Bakery and Deli

Location: 2425 Truscott Dr, Mississauga ON I’m sure you will agree, there’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread; the smell, the taste, the warmth, it’s all so very good!  I definitely heart bakeries. When I was growing up there was a lovely little bakery called Hot n’ Crusty where the breads were baked fresh every morning; it was always … Continue reading

Patisserie La Cigogne

Location: 1626 Bayview Avenue, Toronto Cost: under $10 for a pastry or mini cake http://www.patisserielacigogne.com One of my very good friends (with very dependable tastebuds) took us to this charming cafe over the weekend. It’s called Patisserie La Cigogne and it opened on Bayview Avenue in June of 2003. Thierry Schmitt, the master pastry chef … Continue reading

Bijan Bakery and Cafe, San Jose, CA

Location: 170 S. Market St. Suite 110, San Jose, CA Cost: ranges from $1.50 + http://www.bijanbakery.com After a much needed breakfast at Il Fornaio, we remembered (from having passed by it the night before), that Bijan Bakery had a magnificent array of desserts and pastries and both agreed we had only enough room to share … Continue reading