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Macaron Rainbow :: Bottega Louie, Los Angeles

Have you ever stepped into a restaurant and literally just fell in love? Well that’s how we felt when we stepped into Bottega Louie for the first time.

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Weekend Brunch :: Brassaii, Toronto

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As I mentioned in my previous #ootd post, my friends and I went to Brassaii for a Saturday brunch date. Tucked in an alley on King Street (not far from the popular ping pong club, SpiN), Brassaii may be more known for its night scene, but it also makes for the perfect brunch spot with its rustic design (wooden tables and iron wrought windows) meets glam (leather booths and fancy lighting) interior design.

We had the opportunity to taste test their brunch menu, which was slightly tailored for us. Set up as a three-course meal, we started things off with a butternut squash soup. Garnished with fried parsnips, the savoury soup left a delightful sweet after taste.

Torn between the eggs benedict and the french toast (complete with rice krispies and nutella), the decision was a lot harder to make for my second course. While the more obvious choice (the french toast of course!) may have been the tastier one, I glanced down to see what desserts were offered to help make my final decision. Without batting an eye, I knew I wanted the cinnamon bun. Knowing an over-the-top french toast with a cinnamon treat would be overkill, I opted for the eggs benedict with porchetta on an english muffin in the end, which was super satisfying in every way. But by the time I got to the last bite, my friend (who also ordered the same thing as me) and I telepathically agreed that the pecan tart might indeed be the smarter choice, so we switched. The pecan tart was a sweet (maybe too sweet) way to end the meal, but having zipped through two courses already, our tummies just couldn’t finish it. #firstworldproblems

I definitely recommend this place to go with friends. Judging from the menu, I would love to come again to see what other dishes they offer for brunch and dinner. Also, I heard Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston were actually there later that day for a private dinner to celebrate the actress’s birthday. If my pictures don’t convince you, I know the possibility of a celebrity spotting will definitely do the trick.

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Music To My Ears :: Sweet Note Desserts

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Have you ever noticed as you grow older a birthday slowly becomes a birthday month? With friends and family currently living in different cities on different schedules, March ends up being a month of birthday celebrations with groups of friends celebrating on various days to make up for the actual date. Coming back on the same weekend before my birthday, my closest group of girlfriends and I decided to have a sweet afternoon at a café I’ve been itching to try for quite some time: Sweet Note Desserts.

Not knowing what to expect, I was eager to try a bit of everything, especially the French soufflés. You see, Mama Tse is a huge soufflé fan (and the biggest soufflé critic), so this trip was kind of a test to see if it was worthy for her to come in. While one friend ordered the chocolate flavour with mango dressing, I opted for the vanilla with passion fruit coulis on the side. However, after a couple of spoons with the sauce, I ditched it. I much preferred the soufflé to stand on its own. Though I haven’t had many in my lifetime, I found it a tad too sweet to my liking, but liked how the texture and density was light and fluffy.

While we were waiting for the soufflés to bake (approximately a half hour wait time), we made our way to the counter to see what other delicious sweets were encased in the glass display. From cupcakes to macarons to milk bottles to the featured cake of the day, it was a feast before our eyes. A macaron devotee, there was no question I grabbed a green tea macaron to pair with my green tea latte. Though it wasn’t mind-blowing (I’ve already dubbed Pierre Hermé as the king of macarons), Sweet Note has definitely made it to one of the top spots on my Toronto macaron list (below Nadège Patisserie, of course). It was not too sweet, a nice balance between filling and meringue and bursted with authentic green tea flavour. Now, no birthday celebration is complete without an overdose of sugar. Mesmerized by the colourful milk bottle dessert display, my one friend and I decided to try it (a matcha green tea pudding for her and the Café Baileys for me). The best part is you can take the milk bottle home as a souvenir. Score!

Simple white furniture, exposed brick walls and colour accent from the dessert itself complete the cute environment. With cupcakes, meringue cakes and mocha bites still left to try, I know I’ll be making a second trip here soon with the sister to indulge in the rest of the menu.

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Sweet Note Desserts (map here)
Commerce Gate, Unit 61-63
505 Highway 7 East,
Markham, Ontario
Canada
t: 905.877.9338
h: 2 PM to 10:30 PM (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday); 2 PM to 11:30 PM (Friday and Saturday) [Closed on Tuesdays]