Coffee Break: Strange Love

Cortado and Latte. Together forever.
Lavender Cardamom Latte. Tote: OG Scribble Face by Leeloodles

Strange Love Coffee
101 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5V 2K2


Eat: The Dessert Kitchen

The Dessert Kitchen is an international dessert chain based in Hong Kong. It specializes in Asian-style desserts such as shaved ice, sundaes, sagos, waffles and more.

It’s a kind of place to take a date out for desserts or a group of girl friends to catch up while admiring the desserts’ aesthetic quality. For those who are not fans of desserts, The Dessert Kitchen also offers a few savoury options.

The Winter of Love ($7.99) – London Fog Ice Cream, Cornflakes, Mini Rice Balls, Mango, Vanilla Ice Cream

I’m a sucker for London Fog, but the dessert as a whole was a tad too sweet for me.

Purple In Love ($8.99) – Kyoto Grape Seaweed Balls, Grape Shaved Ice, Mini Rice Balls, Red Grapes, Mochi Ice Cream

The Purple In Love may be the most popular; not only is it Instagram-worthy but it won the Hong Kong Grand Cuisine Awards in 2009. There’s quite a lot going on with this dessert, texture and taste-wise. If you like grape flavour, particularly the artificial kind then you won’t mind this. For me, I hate grape candies and grape flavour cough syrup.

Honestly, it’s a pricey dessert place and what I’ve tried, they were sweet or artificial-tasting. It’s not the kind of place I’d visit again.

The Dessert Kitchen
73 Harbord St.
Toronto, ON
M5S 1G4



Eat: Carousel Bakery

I think the last time I thoroughly walked around St. Lawrence Market was for a school trip and that was YEARS ago. On a past weekend, Jeff  and I became tourists in our own city (more like I was the tourist LOL). Unlike the school trip, I was able to fully appreciate the surrounding and got excited over meats, seafood and vegetables sold at the market.

To end the “tourist-in-my-own-city experience”, I had a Peameal Bacon Sandwich, which I’ve never had before. The place to get it: Carousel Bakery, home of the award-winning “World Famous Peameal Bacon Sand­wich.” It has been at the same location in St. Lawrence Market for over 30 years; visited by many including celebrities and featured in many publication and travel shows. Personally, I found it pretty salty and dry on its own. However, peameal bacon was invented in Toronto, you can’t not get it when visiting here.

 I think this was around $7-$8? Don’t remember the exact price, but you do get the sandwich mere seconds of ordering as it was pre-packaged for quickness.

Carousel Bakery (inside St. Lawrence Market)
93 Front St. East
Toronto, ON
M5E 1C3