Toronto Eats: Brick Street Bakery

✣ Top pick ✣

I’m not a huge fan with pastries but I don’t mind to try the good ones that people recommend.  An excellent bakery that carries a variety of English specialties.  I didn’t get a chance to try their croissants, but from the quality of the Eccles I think it’s a good indicator that they are experts in making good pastries.  It was totally worth the time (and pain) to get to the Distillery District and try one of their heavenly goods.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Eccles Cakes
Currants, brown sugar, allspice and everything nice.  Wrapped in our very own puff pastry.
It’s the right amount of sweetness (reminded me a bit of mincemeat tart but they are definitely not the same) and the pastry crust was similar to those danish biscuits (but defintiely way better than the boxed products.  In fact I’ve never met a patisserie that creates this kind of pastry texture)

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Brick Street Bakery
Various locations.
brickstreetbakery.ca

Toronto Eats: Daniel et Daniel

This is a multiple award-winning catering company.  I can only speak for the pastry.  They definitely know how to create excellent pastries. Besides the pastry section there is also a cooked food section.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$
Apricot Danish
It’s not oversweet and the pastry had the right amount of butteriness and flakiness.  It’s also not a messy business when you eat it.  Note: They usually sell out early.

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Daniel et Daniel
248 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2L1
(416) 968-9275
danieletdaniel.ca

Toronto Eats: Balzac’s Coffee Roastery

Their coffee was full bodied and was very nicely brewed.  It’s definitely an excellent coffee shop.  They also sell their own roasted beans.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

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Balzac’s Coffee Roastery
Various locations
www.balzacs.com

Toronto Eats: Lola’s Commissary

I was eager to try their breakfast/brunch selection from the reviews.  Lola really doesn’t disappoint.  Food was good but I still think it’s overpriced.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Cappucino
A very well done milk froth

Lola’s Stuffed French Toast (mini)
Our Challah French Toast stuffed with homemade vanilla cheesecake topped with seasonal fruit compote
It wasn’t as rich as I thought it would be, but that’s a good thing.  It was a nice combination of the 3 ingredients, without having one overpowering the other.  I did think the French toast was a bit dry, but it gets balanced out by the cream cheese and fruit compote.  I did like the fruit compote a lot for having the right amount of tanginess and not being oversweet.

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Lola’s Commissary
634 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G3
(416) 966-3991
www.lolascommissary.com

Toronto Eats: Carousel Bakery Ltd

So their peameal bacon bun is a Toronto tradition and is internationally acclaimed.  I’ve had it a few times whenever I get a chance to go to St Lawrence Market.  The peameal bacon bun is very good.  The other items on the menu also seem quite good.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Peameal Bacon (style) on a soft country bun
The bun is a nice loaf of crusty Italian bread.  It’s not too hearty but it’s also not flimsy either, so it’s firm enough to contain the huge amount of peameal bacon between the buns.  They serve good quality peameal bacon and portion is quite generous.

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Carousel Bakery Ltd
93 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
(416) 863-6764
stlawrencemarket.com

Toronto Eats: Big Smoke Burger

The patties are “handcrafted one at a time. 6oz, fresh Ontario AAA ground chuck.  Fresh never frozen”. The food was good and fresh (also fresh made to order) but I didn’t think there was any wow factor.  It’s definitely a good burger joint.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Craft Burger
Sauteed mushrooms, rosemary garlic mayo, tomato & lettuce
It’s a very good burger but I also don’t think there’s anything special about it (besides the fact that is it quality made).  It’s also very juicy so make sure you have something underneath for the drippings.

French fries
Hand cut each day
Very evenly cut and they are very good fries – crisp on the outside with a soft and fluffy interior.  Size is in between shoestring and thick cut.  Portion is very generous.

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Big Smoke Burger
Various locations
bigsmokeburger.com/

September ’11: Coffee Blond Brownies

Not too sweet and quite fudgy.  Pretty strong coffee flavour.

Adapted from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook, Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins, 1984

Yield: 28-35 brownies

Ingredients

Dark brown sugar……………………….1 lb [reduced to half]
Unsalted butter………………………….1 1/2 sticks
Espresso powder………………………..2 tablespoons
Hot water………………………………….1 tablespoon
Eggs…………………………………………2
Vanilla……………………………………..2 tablespoons
Unbleached all purpose flour……….2 cups
Baking powder…………………………..2 teaspoons
Salt………………………………………….1/2 teaspoon
Chopped pecans…………………………1 cup [omitted]
Chocolate chips………………………….1 cup

Directions

  1. Heat the brown sugar and butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter melts.  Dissolve the coffee in the hot water and stir into the butter mixture. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.  Butter an 13×9 inch baking pan.
  3. When the butter mixture is cool, beat in the eggs and vanilla with a hand-held mixer.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together and stir into the butter mixture with a wooden spoon. Stir in the pecans and chocolate.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan with a rubber spatula.  Bake until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes.  Do not over-bake.
  6. Cool completely and cut into small squares.

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