Colette Grand Cafe – Disappointing Experience

Last weekend my sister and I thought we’d check out Colette Grand Cafe since we were in the area and we’ve always wanted to give their brunch menu a go. As we were getting seated, I couldn’t help but feel even more excited by my surroundings. The interior was decorated beautifully. 

Everything was fine at the beginning. Our waiter greeted us and took our orders. I couldn’t decide on what to order, so he recommended a couple of dishes to me. My sister decided to get the eggs benny and I decided to be more adventurous and got the croissant tart. I didn’t really know what it was, but it sounded good when our waiter described it to us. 

When our food came, I was disappointed. I sort of expected it to be amazing but it was just alright. The eggs benedict tasted a little bland; nothing about that dish screamed “I want more” or even worth mentioning again. 

Up til this day, I still cannot describe how I feel about the croissant tart. It literally was just a croissant crust filled with jam and blue cheese topped with a poached egg. It wasn’t really what I was expecting. Perhaps it’s just me, but I didn’t love the whole combination of the sourness from the jam and the saltiness from the blue cheese. The only thing that stood out was the croissant. It was warm and flakey. That by itself woud’ve been amazing. 

The thing that spoiled the whole experience for my sister and I happened at the end of our meal. After our server brought us our bill, we asked our server to pay with 2 credit cards. Right after we told him that we were paying with 2 cards, his whole attitude changed completely. His smile was gone and was replaced with a look of anger. He unwillingly took our cards and the whole exchange became super awkward. We didn’t think paying with 2 different cards would be that big of a deal. We thought it would be easier for him so he wouldn’t have to go back and re-do our bill to have it seperated. My sister even calculated how much each of us would have to pay (we just split the bill in half), and all the waiter had to do was to input the numbers. Everything would have added up to be the same, his tips would have been the same regardless if we paid with one card or 2. 

His reaction and how he handled this was totally unprofessional. Never would I have imagined to receive this level of unprofessional service at such a fancy “Parisian” cafe. Other than the fancy decors, I have nothing more to say about Colette. Needless to say, I was completely disappointed with this place and will not be going back there anytime soon; especially not for their overpriced, mediocre brunch. 

Eggs Benedict – $16.00

Jambon de Paris, baby spinach, butter croissant

Croissant Tart – $16.00

Blue cheese, poached egg, sour cherry mostarda

Parking: there’s a parking lot right across from the restaurant for $15.00 and can be parked until 6pm. I would suggest finding another street to park on to avoid the hefty fee.

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Tasty Tours Toronto: Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury Food Tour

Have you ever had times where you feel like you’re just bored of going to the same places over and over, week after week? You visit the same malls, the same cafes and restaurants because you just can’t think of anywhere else to go. Worst thing is, you don’t really have any other choices. It’s either you stay home and be bored, or you go out to the same shops you’ve been to the week before, the only thing different is the location of the mall. Truth is, I feel the same all the time!

Here’s an idea: play tourist and join a local tour! It’s actually surprisingly fun! You may think that just because you’ve lived in this city for such a long time, that you probably know all the places! Chances are, you probably don’t! This never even crossed my mind until last week, when I had the pleasure of accompanying Grace from Foodinthecitytoronto in joining Tasty Tour‘s Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury Food Tour.

To my fellow Torontoians, we all know that Kensington Market has some of the best diversity of foods: from sweet to savoury, from Asian to Mexican to everything else in between! You name it, they probably have it! There are some really well known restaurants that everyone knows about like Seven Lives and Dirty Bird, where there’s always crazy line-ups. People are always focusing on the super popular restaurants, myself included, and end up overlooking some of the other amazing places within Kensington Market. These hidden gems are the main focus of Tasty Tour’s Kensington Market Sweet and Savoury Food Tour. Audrey, the founder of Tasty Tours and also our amazing tour guide, brought us to all the other amazing places within Kensington Market and gave us a chance to sample the food from these restaurants.

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First Stop (Pictures above): Dingdong Pastries & Cafe | Located at: 321 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E9

We got to sample their spring rolls! This bakery has been here forevers! Well, not forever but a really long time. Audrey (our tour guide), also gave us an in-depth history of how spring rolls came to be! Seriously, it was super interesting. If you are interested, and you are in Toronto, join one of Audrey’s tasty tours and she can tell you the story.

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Second Stop: Ten Ren’s Tea | Location: 454 Dundas Street West, Toronto M5T 1G9

Not only did we get to try some cold red bean lotus seed milk black tea and cookies, we got to learn about the traditional way of making tea and had a live demonstration of it.

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Third Stop: Moo Frites | Location: 178 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L8

They are known for their amazing, moist Belgian fries and lots and lots of different dipping sauces. What we got to sample that day was their CLASSIC POUTINE! Who doesn’t love poutine!? The owner also gave us some background of how he came up with the idea of bringing Belgian fries here and the whole science behind making the perfect fries.

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Fourth Stop: Toronto Popcorn Company | Location: 147 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T

Their popcorn flavors are endless…

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Fifth Stop: El Arepazo | Location: 181 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

El Arepazo specializes in arepa: a round, gluten-free cornbread sandwich that is stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, veggies, and salsas. I’ve never had anything like this before. I didn’t even know what an arepa was until Tasty Tours. From the above picture, you can see that one arepa is different from the other ones. That is because it was a vegetarian arepa. Another thing that makes Tasty Tours so good is their attention to people’s dietary needs. They do try and accommodate and pay special attention to everyone’s dietary restrictions to the best of their abilities.

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Sixth Stop: Pancho’s Bakery | Location: 214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

If you live in Toronto, you must have heard about the infamous churrocone from Pancho’s Bakery. During the tour, we got to try their churros with our choice of strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce or condensed milk.

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Seventh Stop: Wanda’s Pie in the Sky | Location: 287 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

MINI MINT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES! YUM!

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Eighth Stop: Blue Banana Market | Location: 250 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7

It’s a quirky shop that sells everything from fun gifts to tasty chocolates and candies.

Overall, I had a super fun time! I can tell that Audrey put a lot of thoughts and efforts into the tour. She provided us with lots of fun facts and history about the places we’ve visited. It’s too bad that it was raining that day, otherwise it would’ve been perfect! This was a total new experience for me. I’ve never thought about joining a local tour and pretend to be tourists. I learned a lot, got to meet new people, and tried places that I normally would’ve never tried. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new- and it’s about time that I did because I would’ve been missing out on so much!

Join one of the Tasty tours and try it out! Enter “Wendieats” as the promotional code when you sign up and get 20% off adult tickets booked until september 30, 2016 (tour can take place after this date. Just needs to be purchased before September 30th.)

Quantum Coffee

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I first found out about Quantum Coffee when my friend showed me a picture of the Crème Brûlée cappuccino from their instagram page @quantumcoffeeco. I couldn’t stop thinking about it ever since. That very same day, we made a trip to see what it’s all about. I have to admit, I am a crazy coffee and sweets addict. So when an opportunity where I get to have both at the same time, I had to jump on that. 🙂

The outside appearance of Quantum Coffee is so distinct, you cannot miss it!

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This chic interior was the firs thing that I noticed right when we stepped into the cafe. I instantly fell in love with the simplicity and spacious design of the cafe.

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The simple menu made it easy to look at and to chose from. Sometimes when places have crazy items on the menu, I get so overwhelmed that I end up getting frustrated from looking at it and not knowing what to order.

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For people that want to grab a light bite, they have various baked goods to choose from.

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I can totally imagine myself to be a successful author like J.K Rowling and sit here all day long just scribbling away on my notepad and watch people walk by. 🙂

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At the other end of the cafe is where the magic happens! It’s rare to see the cash register separated from the coffee making station. Right when you walk in, the right side of the cafe is where you order and the left side of the cafe is where they make the amazing lattes and coffee.

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Quantum Planck – Crème Brûlée cappuccino

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Latte

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Verdict– If I could, I would just sit here all day long and just keep drinking their Quantum Planck! I just love this coffee shop, not just because they have amazing drinks. It’s also because of the ambiance of the whole place and all of the friendly staff here. It’s a place where I feel that I can relax and have a peaceful time while I have my coffee. For me, those are important qualities that I look for in a coffee shop: a place where I can  have a moment to just slow down and not feel the rush of the big busy city.

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