This Toronto cafe offers a 2$ latte and it’s delicious

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Nutella cafe in Fort York is just west of the Rogers centre on the Spadina street car route. This hidden gem will get you a fresh pressed coffee (reasons to have fresh pressed coffee) or the choice of a Nutella donut, Nutella danish or an apple pie danish for only 2$ in Canada we call that a toonie. The baristas at this location take pride in creating beautiful designs in the latte which produce a positive effect on the mind and soul and serve the need for any cravings you might have for aesthetic things.IMG_1125.JPG

Nutella is a world famous food brand that globally capitalized on a niche market when they made their hazelnut spread. Nutella recently opened a series of cafes in the last few years and this particular Nutella cafe location is actually unique because it is partnered with urban fresh.

This spot is totally instagramable and you can do groceries, purchase wine or other convenience store products at the same time because it is inside an urban fresh grocery store.IMG_1126.JPG

 

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

One of my passions since I was a little girl has always been baking, however as an adult with a busy life I have definitely stopped baking as much as I would like too. Starting my blog has gotten me in touch with the many creative sides of baking. I’m excited to share more recipes with you all. I always like to make recipes my very own and substitute ingredients or ratios to existing recipes or family recipes to make them more unique and personal.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins
* 1 1/2 cups flour
* 1/2 cup of rolled oats
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 3/4 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp cloves
* 2tsp ginger
* 1 tsp nutmeg
* 1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1/2 cup coconut milk, at room temperature
* 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
Crumble Topping
* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
* 1/2 cup of rolled oats
* 4 Tbsp flour
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 3Tbsp of margarine or butter melted
* 1/2 cup of crushed pecans

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups; spray baking cups with cooking spray. For the crumble topping, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; add melted butter and toss mixture with a fork until crumbly. Chill until ready to use.
2. Whisk oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Combine pumpkin, coconut milk, maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, sugar and coconut in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir until combined.
3. Fill each baking cup 3/4 full and sprinkle crumble topping and chopped pecans evenly over batter. Bake for about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack before removing to serve. Drizzle muffins with maple syrup to taste.

 

Long Weekend Brunch at Stoney’s Bread Company

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ETOBICOKE LOCATION
Address:
1045 The Queensway
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1R1
Telephone: (416) 259-9959

Steve Chabot and Blake Stoneburgh first opened the doors to Stoney’s Bread Company in 2004. The name of the restaurant was inspired by the football career of Blake’s Dad, Norm Stoneburgh. During his 13 seasons with the Toronto Argonauts he was famously known as Stoney.

Stoney’s wants to be known for  being a great restaurant with amazing food and charm. Stoney’s is a casual eatery with food fresh from the market served in a distinct atmosphere, a modern take on traditional classics. Everything at Stoney’s, from the daily soups to the artisan pizzas, is prepared with only the finest ingredients coupled with an unmatched passion for the art of cooking.

I was really impressed with how fresh everything was at Stoney’s and I am looking forward to going back to try some other great food menu items. Here are the menu items I ordered on my recent trip to the restaurant and some photos for you to see.

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH & PEAR SOUP
 butternut squash and pear soup
GRILLED VEGETABLES roasted garlic aioli, asiago, mozzarella, field greens & balsamic vinaigrette on grilled focaccia

SLOW ROASTED LAMB 
tomato, field greens, sweet onion rosemary marmalade & three mustard aioli on a panini

CRÊPE AU MIEL
vanilla crêpe with banana, strawberries, toasted almonds & honey with vanilla whipped cream

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But First… We Brunch

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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4

My girlfriend and I recently went to The Art Gallery of Ontario for brunch and these are my thoughts on my experience. The space was massive and the tables had a good distance from one another, wine filled the walls making for a great conversation and also gave us something to look at and study. The service was quick and our serve was helpful but very respectful of our privacy and dining experience. The pricing was very fair and we really enjoyed the menu items that we chose to share.

The Art Gallery of Ontario Frank Restaurant is run by Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille , she brings over 20 years of culinary experience. Bellefeuille has worked at The Drake Hotel, the Consulate General of France in Toronto, and alongside Jamie Kennedy, with whom she worked as Pastry Chef for five years. Bellefeuille is inspired by Indian, Sri Lankan, South American, Mexican, Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. Bellefeuille leads her team in combining global flavours and local ingredients to produce plates that are aesthetically satisfying and pleasing to all the senses.

My girlfriend and I had originally thought about the fix price brunch menu but when we saw how large and fresh the portions were we opted on sharing the following plates

cauliflower steak – vegan
warm date and quinoa salad, spicy cashew sour cream
pea shoots, pomegranate seeds

I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed the flavours of the vegan plate, the pomegranate seeds added a nice acidity to the spicy cashew sour cream, we loved the texture of the quinoa with the cashew and sprouts.

fresh baked pastries
fresh selection of house-baked pastries and scones, compound butter, jam

The fresh baked pastries were light, buttery and fresh, I really found the croissants to be super flakey and fresh but I was not impressed by the scones. I enjoy a dense scone and found my scone was a bit on the dry side, my friend however disagreed and really liked the scone. It is worth noting that not food was left on either plate.

 

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