Bobbette & Belle : Where Bridal Meets Café

I like to think of summer as a conversational time of year. It’s one of the few times a year people are stress free, and hopefully less bombarded with work in order to make plans. Being a student, summer is my only time to get away from most troubles during the year, finally catch up with loved ones, and go on mini adventures that add up to make the whole summer worthwhile. Amongst my many mini adventures this summer, I had a chance to visit Toronto’s Bobbette and Belle’s Queen Street East location. Special call for the ladies, you’ve got to bring your girls here because they will fall in love with how cute this café is. Or, if you and your date are into posh & classy, this is your next go to spot!


As I did just that to catch up with the girls this summer, not even a few seconds into first walking in, we were immediately in awe by the classy rustic aesthetic that radiated from this café. Simple floral decor with fresh flowers, wooden furniture, cream-colored walls, little baking trinkets that hung from the walls, you would think you were in Paris with the romanticism that came from this café. It was the simplicity and spaciousness that tied this café together & made it that much more inviting to stay.

Simple elegant & floral decor makes this café easy on the eyes and welcoming to all customers.
Spacious interior setting & plenty of seating options throughout the café makes it a go to spot to catch up no matter how large the clique.

What was also interesting about this café, was the amount of bridal related items around the shop. Floral arrangement ads alongside fresh roses set at each table, a bridal magazine rack filled with wedding gown inspiration, wedding cake designs on display to the side, this is the spot to bring your potential bridesmaids or groom to be for a cup of coffee and start planning a wedding!

Each table was placed with floral arrangement ads, to compliment fresh bouquet centerpieces at each table. Also visible are potential wedding cake designs (right) and a bridal fashion magazine rack (left).

Of course since wedding planning wasn’t on my own personal agenda, my eyes were more set on the menu. The café had a selection of hot & cold beverages ranging from iced teas & italian sodas to lattes & cappucinos. They also had a plentiful selection of pastries: cupcakes, macarons, cookies, brownies, tarts, danishes, the list could go on.

Bobbette & Belle’s beverage selection, ranging from hot and cold, sizes sold in either a regular or large.
Bobbette & Belle’s definately made a mark with their unique & exotic range of macaron flavor selection. Macarons sold $2.50 each.
Desserts sold on site ranged from danishes, cookies, brownies, scones, tarts, pies, and cakes.
Select flavors of the day ranged from classic chocolate, hazelnut, peanut butter, & the infamous mango passion fruit. Cupcakes each sold $3.50.

As for me & the girls, we opted for the chocolate hazelnut, classic chocolate, and mango passion fruit cupcakes along side italian sodas as our drink choice. Yes you heard that right, mango passionfruit cupcakes, my new personal favourite! The cupcake itself was light, which is good if you’re not much of a sweet tooth and don’t want to feel too guilty after. With an overall fruity taste, topped with toasted coconut, the cupcake had a good frosting to cake ratio and the perfect flavor combination. As for the italian soda, I opted for the mango peach flavor, which paired perfectly with the mango passionfruit cupcake. The beverage itself wasn’t too sweet, and made the perfect cold refreshment for the heat that day. Thankgoodness for the quick service at this spot, because neither menu item was easy to resist.


To wrap up this review:

  • Overall price range: $/$$$ (Price depended on select items. Items such as pastries or drinks were fairly affordable, whereas items that required ordering such as cakes were more on the pricey end.)
  • Overall food quality: 8
  • Overall experiance: 8

So grab your girls, grab your date, and head on down to Bobbette and Belle for a coffee date this summer! You won’t be in for disappointment, only the satisfying feeling of pampering. This café eat is approved by yours truly – S.

“He looks at you like you’re crème brûlée.”

Kelly Moran, Ghost of a Promise

 

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Mezcal: Hamilton’s Mexican Cuisine Pride

Picture the following: You’re now in Mexico. It’s no ordinary day however,  for it’s Dia de los Muertos, or as we know it in english, the Day of the Dead. Colorful skull face paintings and masks surround you, it’s an art on its own to oberve. Of course, we can’t forget delicious food. Love this description so far? Then you’ll definately love Mezcal TnT, Hamilton’s Mexican Cuisine Pride. 

Mezcal TnT, a restuarant located in Hamilton Ontario that specializes in Mexican Cuisine, has definately won my heart for many reasons. From the moment you walk in, immediate Dia de los Muertos vibes. Dimmed lighting brought to life the beautiful artwork of Catrina (skull) figures and calavera (skeletons) along the walls, similar to those iconic in Dia de los Muertos. I LOVED it. I regret not taking any pictures myself of their beautiful decor, but if you’d like to see it with your own eyes, I’d suggest a) get going there as soon as possible or b) you can check it out on their instagram page here. The staff were incredibly hospitable, making sure we were well taken care of from the moment we walked in, quick to serve us drinks, offering us better seating once spots cleared up (it was pretty packed in the restuarant by noon thus proving it’s popular name), all the way up until even after we received our orders to make sure the food was okay. A1 for customer service! Another plus, shoutout to the choice of music at this spot, it’s always appreciated to have good music alongside good food. 

Mezcal’s menu speciality comprises of either tacos or burritos, where any taco flavour could be turned into a burrito ($6 per taco or 3 for $15, $9 per burrito). 

Upon our visit, we opted for the Baja Fish Taco and Bam Bam Shrimp Tacos. If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ll fall in love with both of these items. The Baja Fish Tacos consisted of beer battered cod, lime crema, tomatillo salsa verde, cotija, citrus cabbage, and charred tomato salsa fresca. The Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos consisted of beer battered shrimp, guacamole, ponzu, ginger aoili, serrano rojo, and diakon. Crunchy, fresh, and packed with flavor in each bite, there was nothing not to love about these tacos. The portion size was also just right so nothing was falling apart in your hands.

As a side, you had a choice between items such as Tuna Ceviche Tostada, Nachos, or even Cuban Styled Chicharrones and more. We decided to opt for the Fries Supreme (best decision ever x2, try it and you’ll thank me later). The Fries Supreme consisted of american cheese , tomato’s , scallions, and crema.  With a saucy bite each time, and definately no lack of toppings, this side alone could fill you up as a full meal if you wanted it to!

Of course, when talking about Mezcal TnT (Taco’s and Tequila), we can’t forget about the drinks menu. With over 11 different cockatils to choose from, I decided to opt for the Gin N’ Juice cocktail. This cocktail consisted of lavender & juniper infused El Jimador Blanca Tequila, St.Germaine Elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice , and white grape juice. Having never heard of the cocktail , I was hesistant to try it at first but trust me on this, the flavors work together AMAZINGLY. The lavender and juniper add a sweetness to the drink, and paired perfectly with the taco’s we ordered. It is a bit of a strong beverage, but then again that’s why all the food you order helps!

All in all, if you want to experiance a get away to Mexico with all the right flavors and zero flight ticket hassles, you gotta eat here. Mezcal TnT is open Mon – Thurs 11:30am- 11:00pm , Fridays & Saturdays 11:30am-2:00am, or Sundays 11:30am-1:00pm, waiting on your arrival!

This international eat is approved by yours truly – S.

Soul & Comfort at The Dirty Bird

Here’s a question: what’s the difference between soul food versus comfort food? I’ll answer that with my own little approach: I feel that soul food has it’s own fine definition of southern cuisine, whereas comfort food is more personalized per person. Two people could look at cornbread & fried chicken as soul food, however one person might find chilli as their comfort food while the other finds mac & cheese as their comfort food. Point being, soul & comfort food are two fine lines, so how to make the two converge? Toronto restaurant “The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles” seems to have figured out just that. 

The restaurant has two locations, 79 Kensington Ave or 527 Bloor St West. I had a chance to visit the Bloor location, staff was a little quiet but it was understandable considering it was just opening hour. The atmosphere was quiet, not too much hustle but again, it was quite early in the day. With plenty of seating, the decor was fresh and modern, definately the sign of a toronto restuarant.

Now for the main attraction, foodwise, the menu had plenty of options We opted for their 2 pc meal that comes with a side choice of mac salad, coleslaw, housecut fries, or potato salad, all for the price of $7. We also opted for their infamous Dirty Fries, which is a MUST TRY (you’ll thank me later). Their menu is most popular however for their waffle specials, such as their buttered maple waffle, a perfect pair for any fried chicken meal. Overall, if you think you deserve to go out for treat on your cheat day, this is definately the spot to do so. This eat is approved by yours truly – S. 

  • Overall experiance: 4/10
  • Overall price range: $$
  • Overall food quality: 9/10

Su&Bu Savory Sushi Fusion

So let me start by saying, this eatery is a MUST try for many of the following reasons.

The aesthetic of the place is amazing: bright inviting colors, plenty seating areas so there’s no need to stand while waiting on an order, and its a grab and go or dine in type of enviornment where either or works. 

The staff needless to say are the definition of good customer service, with smiles all around and a positive attitude. Even better was the fact that there was plenty enough staff to keep wait times short so you’ll have your order in no time. 

Now for the best part, the food. I personally opted for the Gringo’s Delight sushi burrito. It was a full packed meal and you’ll understand why just from what was inside: shrimp tempura, surimi crab, mango, jalapeño, avacado, lettuce, cucumber, nacho cheese, sriracha aioli, and last but not least, sweet sauce. Believe me when I say there was no pretty way to eat this burrito but it was worth every messy bite. For a side, I also decides to opt on their Poké nachos, which was definately my favourite. Likewise their sushi burrito, the Poké nachos were no short of toppings: crispy wontons, salmon, tuna, massago, avacado, corn, green onions, jalepeño, nori strips, sriracha aioli, sweet sauce, and nacho cheese. Each bite is fully packed, you get a tang of their sweet sauce combined with a crunch of the nori strips and all the other toppings. It goes to show that in any menu item, Su&Bu definately care about quality and quantity alike. 

The only thing to be weary of is the price, for instance, 2 full sushi burritos plus a side of Poké nachos came to a total of $39. If you’re willing to shell out the cash, it is 100% worth the price being paid.

Overall, I would highly recommend this local eat to anyone who’s a fan of international cuisine and seafood, because Su&Bu provides exactly that and sets the bar well high. This local eatery is approved by yours truley, -S. 

  • Overall experiance: 9/10
  • Overall food quality: 9/10
  • Price range: $$

    Sweet Jesus Dessert Café

    If you’re a person who’s a fan of keeping it simple with a twist, then sweet jesus dessert café is definately a local eat you must try. I had the chance to attend the downtown toronto location which I will be doing this review based on.

    Aesthetics wise, it’s a fairly tiny shop, which gives the café a cozy feel. However, this does take away from the prospect of eating inside the café, as there was limited seating. We also cannot forget the infamous blue walls cannot be mistaken in every social media pic possible. The way I saw it, the simple color palette with a kick of blue coincides well with the simplicity of the menu with their kick of toppings!

    Food wise, their menu items range from soft serve to espresso, giving customers a variety in satisfying that inner sweet tooth. Staff was a little short on my visit, considering the time of month was just before the city’s summertime icecream rush, but that also meant a short waiting time and customer service was no less according to that.

    On my visit, I decided to opt for a small (which is a lot more than the cup seems so be weary when choosing between a small or their larger size soft serve) birthday cake icecream. This flavor was a vanilla softserve topped with creamcheese icing and cake bits. The topping had a flavor more similar to cookie dough than cake, however the overall flavor was well combined with the sweetness of the vanilla softserve. Another sweet option on the menu was the cookies and cream flavour. This flavor was similarly served with vanilla softserve topped with cookie bits. Similar to the birthday cake flavour, the cookie toppings enhanced the sweetness of the vanilla softserve so each bite with the two combined made the overall success of the dessert.

    Overall, this spot is definately worth checking out, especially on those hot summer days that just call for a little dose of sweet icecream. This dessert cafe is approved by yours truley – S. 

    • Overall experiance: 6/10
    • Overall food quality: 6/10
    • Overall price range: $

    Fresh off the Boat: Chinatowns hidden gem

    If you’re a fan of seafood, then you’re definately going to be a fan of this modern take on seafood classics, with a kick of asian fusion food. Located near Toronto’s very own china town, this local spot is the coziest seafood spot you’ll come across!

    My personal fav had was the lobster roll with coleslaw and house cut fries, definately worth the medium price range. The tang you get from the lobster mix and the citrus taste of the fries is unlike any other.

    • Overall experiance: 7/10
    • Overall food quality: 9/10
    • Price range: $

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    Potential bite for this summer? Definately, savoury seafood approved by yours truley.