The GO train WILL be loud and rambunctious.
The passenger car WILL reek of the newly-decriminalized plant, to an extensive degree.
The streetcars WILL be delayed from Exhibition Station.
The countless road closures WILL result in needless traffic chaos and an excruciating return commute.
Now, with that said and done, let's proceed with our regular gustatory programming
The opportunity for analysis finally rolled around with much warmer weather and an ambitious brunch buddy; it worked out well, since their "secret" backyard patio was now in operation as well.
Served on the side was a lightly-dressed arugula leaves, with emphasis on "lightly" since greens drowned in oil defeat the sheer purpose of salad, and crispy home fries (accompanied by ketchup). Charred slices of fresh peaches and pickled radish were vital elements in enhancing tartness and cutting grease. The Hollandaise and home fries were on the standard side, though undeniably possessed less sodium than other breakfast eateries. I appreciated the sporadic dark spots on the underside of the English muffin, for it contributed a texture dissimilar to that of your run-of-the-mill recipe (read: damp and soggy). The house sausage was thinner than anticipated and admittedly a bit scraggly in terms of presentation; that said, it did not fail to deliver in terms of taste.
The task was performed with little grace - at least, as much grace as manageable at low table heights and lounge seating. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the creation. It was equal parts innovative and indulgent, with its greatest impacts originating from the silkiness of the foie gras, earthiness of the red vein sorrel (a puny yet powerful player), and familiar aroma of cinnamon. Syrupiness was the not the sole facet of this geometric figure.
Bathrooms were located at the foot of a rickety wooden staircase, adopting the same blueprint situation as Good Neighbour. The gateway to the facilities did not smell particularly pleasant, nor did the two-stall enclosure provide enough illumination for its users. Occasional flecks of dust were spotted glazing the toilet, but fine details were harder to discern given the dim circumstances. Toiletries were well-stocked though, so I have no complaints in that regard.
- The Classic: Thicker than your average Chocolate Chip and arguably a tad coarser, this was satisfying but not particularly memorable given the incredulous profile of the surrounding cookie contestants.
- Mistachio: Pistachios are an outlandish choice for insertion in matcha cookies, as the norm abides by macadamia nuts (or my go-to roasted, salted peanuts). That said, the trio paired exceptionally well, with the green-tinged nut providing a floral aroma to the otherwise grassy formula.
- Beggo's: Heavier than I would have liked, the prominent presence of butter in conjunction with the naturally-existing sugary properties of Nutella affirm its status as a "cheat day" treat.
- Campfire Smores: Essentially a brownie with greater substantiation (and an inkling of rigidity; the frequent sticky marshmallow bits were devilishly heavenly.
- Ooh Bae: The purple-toned trend in the food industry has yet to fade - so it seems - and has even made its way into cookies! Striking violet Filipino treats, are no newcomers to the scene, however employing plush bits of ube to form a thick mount of chewiness is undoubtedly a bakery milestone.
- Key Lime Pie: A blessing disguised with a seemingly mundane exterior, this crazy contraption oozed a citrusy key lime cream filling upon severing. The "shell" was constructed of a delectable graham base - reminiscent of the crunchy graham cracker crust found in the original pie rendition. I could have easily polished it off with a side of Iced Americano.
- Mocha Chip: Absolutely aromatic with lingering notes of coffee, this one took a few slow chews to trigger its robustness.
- Milk-n-Oreos: Despite solidifying the tried-and-true combination of Oreos dunked in milk in a portable form, the result was less intriguing than expected. Tasty nonetheless, it did not possess the same presence as the bake shoppe's other creations.
- The Inside Scoop: Not included in my own box of takeaways, the cupkie is made available for those looking for a cookie shot with cold milk, or taking things to the next level with an extravagant scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The coordinates for this grab-and-go shop aren't exactly convenient, but its impressive inventions were, without a doubt, worth the travel time. Pairing that with speedy, gushingly sweet service certifies it a(n underrated) noteworthy bakery.