February 1, 2019

Name: Beechwood Doughnuts

Address: 165 St Paul St, St. Catharine's, ON L2R 3M5

Phones: 9056826887

Website: http://www.beechwooddoughnuts.com/

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday-Saturday 10AM-6PM, Closed Sunday

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • French Toast, Cronut, Birthday Cake and London Fog.

Pro:

  • Beautiful space and feel to the store right in the heart of St. Catherine's where the food scene is growing and changing everyday.

  • They make everything in house and there are different specialty flavors that change everyday.

  • Delicious 100% vegan donuts and a perfect treat to eat in or take out.

  • $1 from every Cinnamon Sugar they sell goes right back into the community to support the YWCA Niagara.

  • If you bring a clean, reusable container for your doughnuts, you will get 10% off your doughnuts.

Con:

  • They sell out VERY fast because of its popularity! So be sure to go early or on weekdays.

Must Try:

  • You can never go wrong with any flavor there I beli...

January 15, 2019

Name: Tsujiri

Address:  - Square One, 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9
                 - 147 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C5

Phones: 9052329388 / 6473517899

Website: http://tsujiri-global.com/

Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM - 9PM, Saturday 9.30AM-9PM, Sunday 11AM-7PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $-$$

What I tried:

  • Matcha Soft Serve and Sakura Parfait

Pro:

  • Matcha everything. It is one of my favorite flavors and I am absolutely elated that these type of Japanese café's and soft serve bars are being brought over to Toronto.

  • Top quality matcha which gives you top quality desserts and drinks.

  • Located in Square One mall or downtown Toronto conveniently for everyone.

Con:

  • None

Must Try:

  • Since everything on the menu involves matcha, you really cannot go wrong by ordering anything. The matcha soft serve and hot drinks are a great way to try the matcha in its purest form without the additional...

January 2, 2019

Name: Pokeh

Address:  - 35 York Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8R 3K1 (In the Hamilton Farmer's Market)
                  - 522 Concession St, Hamilton, ON L8V 1A6

Phones: n/a

Website: http://pokeh.ca/

Hours: - Tuesday,Thursday,Friday 11AM-6PM & Saturday 10AM-5PM (Downtown Location)

             - Monday-Friday 11.30AM-7PM & Saturday 12.30PM-7PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $-$$

What I tried:

  • I've been having Pokeh for the past two years now hence I have pretty much tried everything. Classic bowl, Spicy Bowl, Aburi Salmon Bowl, and custom bowls.

Pro:

  • Prides itself as Canada's first Poke bar which specializes in Hawaiian poke.

  • Started out in a little booth in the Hamilton's Farmers Market and now they have a bigger space in the market as well as a stand alone restaurant.

  • Family owned venture by Salar and Jeannie Madidi which leaves a huge impression on th...

December 12, 2018

Name: Yang Teashop

Address: 183 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C7

Phones: 6473518840

Website: http://www.yangteashop.com/

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11AM-10PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM, Sunday 11AM-9PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • Yang's Tea Latte with grass jelly (Regular -$5.50) & Marble Boba Tea Latte with tapioca (Regular - $6.00)

Pro:

  • Another great Bubble Tea addition to the ever growing one in Toronto. Moreover, this teashop is all local and is from Toronto itself.

  • Organic ingredients and tea leaves imported from Taiwan gives this tea shop a unique twist.

  • The way the tea is steeped is also different and gives each drink an extra punch.

Con:

  • None

Must Try:

  • Anything on the menu really. I got the two most popular items as I was alone and could not try more.

  • Their custom drinks, tea lattes, milk teas and fresh fruit drinks are what you could choose from. With the custom drinks, you can choose from 12 different types of tea leaves then customize t...

December 9, 2018

Name: Willard's Ice Cream

Address: 942 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1M8

Phones: n/a

Website: http://www.willardsicecream.com/

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 2PM-8PM, Saturday-Sunday 12PM-8PM, Closed Mondays.

Reservation: No

Price Range: $-$$

What I tried:

  • London Fog and Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pro:

  • What started out as a small batch ice cream producer is now a full fledged shop.

  • They supply unique flavors to other local café's and shops.

  • Great selection of vegan options as well as unique flavors.

  • It adds to the ever growing local dessert shops currently in Hamilton.

Con:

  • None

Must Try:

  • Personally I tried what I wanted to try which was the London Fog. It was simply wonderful.

  • They have a "Surprise" flavor which is very interesting and a must try. It is black in color so I am suspecting it to be charcoal based.

  • Other unique flavors I would give a try would be: cranberry rose, watermelon lavender, coffee, fruit loops, mango sriracha and blueberry thyme.

  • You could...

November 21, 2018

Name: SYNONYM

Address: 328 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H2

Phones: 9055257974

Website: https://www.synonymshop.com/

Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 8AM-6PM, Wed-Sat 8AM-8PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $-$$

What I tried: Pear Tart, regular latte and a decaf latte.

Pro:

  • Located conveniently on James St N, adding to the ever growing area.

  • Unique theme and concept for a café in Hamilton.

  • One of the few café's that is open later into the night and serve alcohol, food and evening entertainment.

Con:

  • The top reason why I was going to visit Synonym was because I heard so much buzz around the Mac & Cheese. However, when I visited the shop I was told it was for dinner only on weekends. So then I messaged their Instagram to ask when I can come try the Mac & Cheese and I was told that it was only for lunch between 10AM-3PM everyday. Now, on their menu it says the Mac & Cheese is available everyday after 5PM. Since I was only visiting for a week, I sadly did not get to try it due to the timing mi...

November 6, 2018

Name: Nuttybutter Cafe

Address: 241 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1B6

Phones: 4168850093

Website: https://www.nuttybutter.ca/

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10AM-4PM. Closed Sunday & Monday.

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried: Autumn spice, Coconut Cashew, PB&J, Black cacao and Pistachio macarons. Earl Grey Crème Tea Latte, Sencha Tea, and a Latte with Macadamia Milk. Also, the dark chocolate Demi Macaron as well.

Pro:

  • Located in the quaint and ever changing International Village on King St downtown Hamillton.

  • Everything is organic and 100% natural which makes this place unique and current.

  • The owners were wonderful and always so accommodating.

  • One of a kind Parisian inspired café in Hamilton and everything is made in house.

Con:

  • No complaints whatsoever. On a personal level, I wished they had decaf coffee as I was not able to try the beautiful lattes.

Must Try:

  • The macarons are definitely the star of the show. Try any flavors and you will not be disappointed. My...

November 5, 2018

Name: Taiyaki NYC - Toronto

Address: 128 Dundas Street West Taiyaki NYC, Toronto, ON M5G 1C3

Phones: 6473475957

Website: https://taiyakinyc.com/

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12PM-10PM, Friday-Saturday 12PM-11PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $-$$

What I tried:

  • The Signature Taiyaki #6 - Unicorn Taiyaki ($7) & Unicorn Float ($8.85). I did not have to pay as I was in contact with one of the co-owners Jimmy. Thanks for the great hospitality!

Pro:

  • Located in the heart of Toronto amongst many other eateries and cafes.

  • Everything about this store is very "Instagrammable" as they say. The atmosphere and the product.

  • This famous New York staple has finally ventured out to Canada and in Toronto no less. Their first store in Canada and fourth as a whole.

  • Taiyaki pancakes and pastries are popular in Toronto and Canada. However, Taiyaki NYC has a custom made mold that make their Taiyaki's trademarked to them and special.

Con:

  • Nothing negative about my experience here.

Must Try:

  • I...

October 1, 2018

Name: iHalo Krunch Pop Up

Address: 831 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1
Address: 318 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A5 (Lululemon Flagship Pop Up).

Phones: 6475053777

Website: https://www.ihalokrunch.com/

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 12PM-10PM, Thurs-Saturday 12PM-11PM, Sunday 12PM-10PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • Charcoal and ube flavored soft serve with charcoal cones.

Pro:

  • Located in a Lululemon store in the heart of Toronto on Queen St.

  • We did not have to wait at all for our cones as it was not busy. I have heard that the store usually has a 1 hour wait but the pop up did amazing.

Con:

  • The charcoal soft serve stains everything! Speaking from my experience there, do not wear white! I should have known better.

Must Try:

  • The charcoal flavor is the most popular one (and most instagramable). Try the other flavors if you can as they have charcoal, ube, matcha and vanilla. You can also experiment and have all four flavors in a twist.

  • Some months they also hav...

August 25, 2018

Name: OneZo Tapioca

Address: 399 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G6

Phones: 6473500399

Website: https://www.onezotapioca.com/

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11.30AM - 11PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • OneZo Tapioca Milk Tea and OneZo Oolong Milk Tea with sesame, cactus and mango tapioca.

Pro:

  • Located in the heart of Toronto's Chinatown. Convenient location as you wander about Spadina Ave.

  • They make their own tapioca in house everyday and as you may have guessed, it is fresh and delicious.

  • Unique tea and tapioca flavors.

Con:

  • I really wanted to try their "Dirty Tea" series (Brown sugar dirty Milk Tea), but it was not available the day I went. This just means I would have to visit them again in the future.

  • Besides that, I have nothing negative to say.

Must Try:

  • A few days ago on their Instagram I noticed that they have new sizes for their Dirty Tea series. Contains more drink and looks adorable. Try anything on the Dirty Tea Series! Also try every flavor of...

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