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Chipits Bake Bar

With the gloomy weather, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled on Chipits Bake Bar by the beaches. It’s a pop-up shop that offers free cookies until July 16th where you can either customize your own cookies or choose one from their set menu. I liked the fact that while they are promoting their products, they are also adding a charitable component where for each bag of cookies they give out, a meal will be donated to the Daily Food Bank.

I had trouble with choosing the combinations that were available so I ended up deciding on the Salty/Sweet Cookie from their set menu and I really didn’t know what to expect. The cookies took about 10-15 minutes to bake and they were super soft which is exactly how I liked them.


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Family Day Weekend


The weather in Toronto has been absolutely spectacular this past weekend and without a doubt it was a much needed respite from the extreme cold alerts that the city has been experiencing. I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend with their family.

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Hojicha Pudding


The first time I had hojicha pudding was at Mon K Patisserie and it changed my perspective on puddings forever. Prior to having a hojicha pudding, most puddings I have had where rich and very heavy so it was quite pleasant to come across something that was light. For those who do not know what hojicha is, it is basically a form of Japanese tea that produced a caramel like flavour without the high level of caffeine that would be found it matcha.


It took a few times before I got the pudding at the right consistency and taste. Straining the tea leaves allowed me to capture the taste and aroma from the tea which was the easiest part of the process. I had found that using the gelatine powder was the most challenging part because if it’s not done properly the pudding would not solidify properly in the fridge. However with enough practice and experimentation, this is a relatively easy dessert to make due to minimal ingredients involved.

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Ryus Noodle Bar


I love ramen especially during the bleary and dreary weather. There are a lot of noodle bars in the city and its always difficult to choose which one to go to but one of the ones that I was introduced to was Ryus Noodle Bar. It’s a relatively relaxed atmosphere that is budget friendly. Every time I visit, I always order their Spicy Miso Ramen which makes me a bit lame but I am a creature of habit. The Spicy Miso Ramen varies on how spicy you want it and if you choose mild, its actually pretty good as it offers you a bit of a kick but not to the point where you have to keep drinking liquids.

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Bang Bang Ice Cream


It is a bit cold right now to eat ice cream but last year I had the pleasure of being introduce to Bang Bang Ice Cream by some of my old colleagues. I can honestly say that while I have had ice cream, I have never had ice cream with Hong Style Waffles and I am pretty sure I can never go back.

Aside from Hong Kong Style Waffles, Bang Bang Ice Cream also offers other types of ice cream sandwiches from cookies to macarons. Depending on the time of day, the line ups can be a bit long but it is definitely worth a try!


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Millie Pâtisserie


I have heard a lot about Millie Pâtisserie through word of mouth so after much waiting, I finally went and visited them. It is a bit on the pricy side but I definitely felt that they were worth a try. After trying their sesame and their green tea cheese cake tarts, I decided that to grab their famous mille-crêpe cakes to go so I can share some with my family. The mille-crêpe cakes come in different flavours from earl grey to matcha green tea and its a win-win selection all around.


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Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie


One of the things that I have always loved to do is to try new desserts regardless of what time of the day it is. Whenever there is a new shop that I have not been to, I like going in and see what they are all about. The latest dessert that I have recently tried is from Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie located at the Distillery District. This pistachio/grape dessert is divine and I actually forgot what the real name is as I was too busy eating it. It is sweet but not overly sweet which suits works well with people who aren’t too keen on overly sugary desserts.