Work-from-home days hectic, banishing whatever plans I had to execute prepwork for my Holiday Cookie Box project. While occupants of my workspace have donned plush Santa hats on their already plush figures, the seasonal spirit has yet to fall upon the realm of emails and submissions.
Acquired from the local Chinese bakery were cocktail buns and raisin twists - rare sightings in my household these days. They served as splendid afternoon snacks, just as a Mince Tart from COBS Bread - a decision stemming from misinformation surrounding the concept of mince meat tarts/pies - would be enjoyed with De Mello's holiday-exclusive La Campanella for a light breakfast.
And so, Mr. Buttons was purchased, in addition to stackable cookie racks to meet the complimentary shipping minimum.
I chanced across portions of paved asphalt cycle tracks, by which labourers were busily sawcutting and placing interlock. It is undeniable that the completed Eglinton Crosstown project will be beautiful - and, most importantly, functional! - once complete, but the construction is truly madness. Had the Queens Quay development taken place in a similar manner?
Flaky Tart was compact yet absolutely cozy and aromatic. The shelves were lined with various types of cookies, while the behind the counter were handheld and full-size tarts and pies. I restrained myself from indulging in the assortment; my kitchen would fill with baked goods in due time anyway.
From the other side of the display case, I pointed towards the Eggnog, Bûche de Noël, Stollen, Mint Choco, Oreo, and Matcha KitKat, and then the Maltesers and Coffee Dacquoise.
Truthfully, expectations had been low given the sticky meringue of Luna Bakery and frail, dismal cross-section of Cafe Login. Alas, economics and convenience prevail as the pillars of decision-making.
Soon, I was able to unveil my purchases from the boutique bakery.
The Coffee Dacquoise was sampled second, and triggered a similar response in terms of contentment. We agreed that, while a roasted, more bitter profile would have been desired, the French delicacy was still scrumptious as is.