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Sweet on Toronto

Here are a few walking tours I've created that revolve around baked
goods and pastries (unless you have two stomachs or a crazy fast
metabolism, I think two trips for each area would make the nosh fests
more enjoyable).

TORONTO WEST
- get off dundas west subway station, walk south on dundas west and
down Roncesvalles

1. Alternative Grounds Coffee, 33 Roncesvalles
- grab some java and move on

2. Queen of Tarts, 283 Roncesvalles
- grabba tart (of course!), I enjoy the sweet snickers tart, granted,
it's sweet, but oh so luscious to bite into three layers of heaven-
peanuts+caramel, pb mousse, topped with choc. ganache!
- also very fond of the banana cream tart (though the best rendition
I've had so far was at panagea when Joanne Yolles did a stint there)

3. Granowka's, 175 Roncesvalles ave.
- plum doughnut hits the spot (though I do wish there was more filling!)

4. The Drake Hotel, 1150 queen st. west
- chocolate caramel tart, I eat this strategically, not with a fork,
but with two hands, biting into the crust and letting the caramel ooze
out and slide right into my mouth rather than having to lose any of
the filling to the plate. me:1 plate:0
- pick me up: chocolate brownie
-talking to the kind folks who work there... smiles abound

5. Yummy Stuff, 1660 queen west
- have yet to try it but definitely want to try some tarts and other
baked treats

6. Clafouti, 915 queen west.
- heard this place is hit and miss, but I had a good experience there.
-chose the raspberry clafouti, fresh raspberries suspended in a creamy custard.

7. Johnny Banana Bistro, 181 bathurst st.
- (apologies, I forget the name of this) akin to a giant Mexican wedding cookie and sandwiched with dulce de leche
- do not wear black when devouring this tasty treat, otherwise you'll
be visibly covered in confec sugar. bibs are optional.
- so tasty I practically inhaled it

8. Le Gourmand, on spadina (right off of spadina/queen)
- Chocolate Bomb, explosion of rich chocolate.. but goes down the
gullet easily with their large selection of teas and coffee
- best part: you can call to reserve one, as they quickly sell out.

9. Wanda's Pie in the Sky, 287 augusta ave.
- i know, not everyone is a fan, but I like Wanda and want to support
her bakery+ delights when I can
- the lemon square is tasty but a little too tart!

UPTOWN TORONTO
Eglinton Subway Station- walk down south of yonge, until you see manor road, walk down and hit---

1. La Bambouche, 4 manor road east
- mont blanc, who knew I would like chestnuts !),.. and you will
too!.. spaghetti strands of it drape a mousse centre and everything
sits on a pretty, moist cake base.

continue east till you hit mount pleasant road...

2. Le Comptoir de Celestin (or Thobor's now)
- Pain au chocolat , or flourless chocolate cake.. need I say more?

3. Flaky Tart
- Madeline was so nice to speak with (we talked shop, in particular my
intentions of making a 4 tiered fondant cake for my mom's birthday)..
her tips were very helpful
- I gravitated towards the butter tart. her philosophy as follows '
we always have a rim (lip) around our tart. the idea is that you can
break off a piece and dip it into the 'goo'.-- I like her frame of
mind. The tart is not for the faint of heart! A gloriously running
filling is balanced with a flaky crust.
- also try the brownie with chocolate ganache and skor bits on top.
It's a mammoth of a brownie, more chewy than fudgey, but enjoyable
nonetheless

4. Jules Patisserie
- Almond Croissant; it's a vision. so pretty I almost didn't want to
eat it.. almost.

.. walk over to Bayview using manor road. ..

5. Rahier, 1586 Bayview Ave.
- Lemon Turnover (though I believe they call it something else)
- textural delight with the raw turbinado sugar sprinkled on top
- nice bright flavour with the curd inside

6. Patisserie La Cigogne
- Fruit tart, vanilla scented pastry cream and lots of beautiful
fruits adorned on top. Nice with hot tea. To boot, you can eat it
outside where their patio is located.

.. reverse.. head back down manor road and hit yonge then walk south.

7. Xoxocava, 1560 yonge st.
- friendly and helpful gals there :)
- had a brownie roulade. cylinder shaped goodie, dense pate like chocolate
filling enveloped by a 1/2 inch brownie
- must get some truffles too! (i.e. highlights: chorizo, black trumpet mushroom, olive

8. Petite Thuet (across from All the Best), 1162 yonge st.
- Blackberry macaron (decent by Toronto's standards.. though I would
try their paris brest next time)

9. All the Best, 1099 yonge st.
- smorgasbord of goodies.. chose whatever catches your eyes. there are
also samples galore-- from sandwiches to bites of cookies

10. Patachou, 1095 yonge st.
-orange blossom brioche
-a buttery, floral scented delight

still got room??

choose (or if crazy enough, hit both spots)

11a. Greg's Ice Cream
- roasted marshmallow ice cream, memories of camp in a bite without
the mosquitoes taking a bite outta you!

and/or
walk down yonge, hit dundas--

11b. Wanda's Belgium Waffles, 331 yonge st.
- get a waffle, duh:)

TORONTO EAST
get off at woodbine station and walk south till you hit queen st.

1. Ed's Real Scoop, 2224 Queen Street East
- suggest a flavour and he'll probably make it for you :)

2. Bonjour Brioche, 812 queen east
- you can never go wrong with their famous bread pudding

3. Sweet Bliss, 1304 queen east
- although many of their sweets are too sweet, I do recommend the
strawberry scone (seasonal). a tender crumb and just the right amount
of sugar used.

4. Altitude Baking, 1346 queen east
Almondine Tart, I suspect they used either almond paste or marizpan in
the filling. there were also hunks of rhubarb in mine. slivers of
almond garnished on top complete the lovely presentation

5.Konditor (1856 queen east) and Zane Patisserie, 1852 queen east
-haven't tried either yet but they've been in the neighbourhood forever
-always drawn in by the heavenly smells but by then I'm usually too
full to get anything

walk to distillery district

6. Soma, 55 mill street
- must, must eat the balsamic vinegar truffle and the olive oil
truffle (also heard they have a poprocks truffle!!)
- drink bicerin
-take a flourless chocolate cake home (or devour it there)

7. Brick Street Bakery,
- I can't remember which one is only available on the weekends but you
must try the chocolate brioche and the sticky bun

8. Balzac's Coffee
- grab a fair trade cup of joe and enjoy alongside your baked goods

LASTLY, there are a few more bakeries/patisseries/ice cream shops I
haven't mentioned yet because either a. I have not tried them
yet, or b. I do not fancy them. If you want to know which ones these are, just post a message and I'll do my best to answer your question(s).

I'm currently looking for more good eats in the bloor west area
(starting from Frangipane)
- I've started compiling a list and will get around to trying them once the weather isn't so unpredictable (aka, no more rain please.. it's supposed to be summer!!) I will post my yummy results when I do.

Please enjoy and happy eating!

Sugarcube

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  1. This is great sugarcube, I can't wait to try some of these! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sugarcube, better get out there and update your list - Konditor has been closed for about a year now, a new business in it's place...

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      1. re: beabea

        Apple Pie, you're welcome and have fun!

        BeaBea, thanks for the update. Do you know the name of the new place? Have you tried it yet?

        1. re: sugarcube

          Hi Sugarcube - I used to live very near these two places but have moved away at about the same time Konditor went out of biz, hence have not tried the new place. It's name has something to do with harvest - maybe Harvest Table or Harvest Time? I've been told that it is more of a "sandwich cafe" type of place and they have recently applied for a liqour licence...that's all i know.

          1. re: beabea

            Thanks for the info Beabea!

      2. You walked right past Cherry Bomb!??

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        1. re: Marumari

          Where is Cherry Bomb located? Marumari?

        2. patisserie st honore near royal york and bloor has really good danishes. Their quiche is good too.

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          1. re: chillihigh

            Hi Chillihigh,
            yes, this place was on my list already. I will definitely try the items you recommend when I have an opportunity to go.
            Thanks!

          2. Sugarcube, you are insane! ;-) ;-)

            Is the mexican cookie you are referring to an alfajore?

            BTW, I didn't like Thuet's blackberry macaron at all! I thought it was just sickly sweet (no discernable fruit flavour at all) and grainy.

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            1. re: pinkprimp

              Yes! Thanks Pinkprimp for the name.

              Thuet's was definitely not the best that I've had, but it wasn't the worst. The exterior of the shell was smooth, slightly crisp and chewy on the interior. However, I agree that the filling was a little too sweet though.

              1. re: sugarcube

                wow thanks for creating this! I look forward to future adds!

                1. re: deabot

                  You're welcome deabot :)

                  I also forgot to mention some of the addresses. Here they are:
                  Flaky Tart- 711 Mount Pleasant Road
                  Jules Café Patisserie‎- 617 Mount Pleasant Road
                  Thobor's- 623 Mount Pleasant Road
                  Greg's Ice cream -750 Spadina Ave
                  Patisserie La Cigogne- 1626 Bayview Ave
                  Brick Street Bakery and Balzac's - 55 Mill Street (don't remember what units they are)

                  1. re: sugarcube

                    Oh sugarcube, did you have the eccles cake at the brick street bakery? it is delicious

                    1. re: chillihigh

                      The Brick street cafe eccles cake is one of my favourite sweet things in TO!

                      1. re: chocabot

                        I love the bakewell tarts from Brick Street. Yummy! Followed by a chocolate shot at SOMA...

                      2. re: chillihigh

                        Oh yeah! I do recall seeing those, they looked oh so tasty.. but alas, I was bustin' at the seams by then.haha.. next time I'll be more strategic and save room. Thanks for the suggestion.

                        1. re: sugarcube

                          DO IT, sc. They are awesome. :)

              2. Awesome!

                1. Thanks for the sweet trail! Sounds like a modern-day Hansel and Gretel tale, except with sugar and no witches at the end of the road...I
                  Now, 'm wondering if your sweet tooth might be able to direct me in choosing the best place for night-time dessert-noshing with friends....a place that is inviting to sit and chat for a while....in the uptown area. We've got a reunion coming up, and I'd love to visit one of these sweet shoppes for the occasion!

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                  1. re: unturtlesoup

                    Sadly, none of those will be open late-night. The only thing in the area (I guess depends on what you deem "uptown"!) that I can think of is Demetre's and the like.

                    If you head North, you can try the Chinese dessert shops. Sugar at Yonge and Finch is the southernmost that I know of. Though it's only so-so, it's serviceable.

                    pinstripeprincess also started a late-night cake post:
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642561

                    maybe something appeals in there?

                    ---
                    http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

                    1. re: unturtlesoup

                      You're welcome Unturtlesoup!
                      The link Jlunar provided is very useful. I hope you find something that appeals to you on it.
                      Also check out this article Toronto Life wrote on where to get dessert late-
                      http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...
                      I haven't tried the places they recommend but the desserts they list sound very appetizing.

                      I've satisfied dessert munchies at the Drake Hotel before so I know they're open late (11pm sun-thurs and till 12am fri-sat) The selection is not as big at night but they still have wonderful tarts, cakes, cupcakes, brownies,etc).
                      Also try Kalendar (on College street), it's a cozy romantic-ish spot. I can't vouch for their savoury (dinner) courses, however, I enjoyed the homemade desserts and appreciated the wide selection. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend a particular item to you because it has been about 2 years since I last went.
                      Dessert Trends (on Harbord Street) is open late for desserts as well. I heard that they offer wonderful savoury meals in addition to their sweets.
                      Art Square Cafe- 334 Dundas St. W. (at McCaul St.) comes highly recommended by my friends who are regulars there (open till 10pm). They specialize in sweet and savoury crepes.

                      I know that Dutch Dreams (in the St. Clair West area) is open fairly late. However, as much as I wanted to like this place, I do not recommend it. The ice cream was very air- whipped and the waffle cone I had tasted like cardboard.
                      I also don't recommend Dufflet (even though their Beaches location is open late). The desserts nowadays are much too sweet for my liking.

                      Those are all the spots that come to mind but if I can think of any others, I'll let you know.