Hello again, Ethan’s back!
So, my last blog post was solely about Le Dolci classes, but in this post I want to expand more on the amazing treats I’ve tasted (the best days are the ones that have meringue-buttercream in them), the neighbourhood, and just a lil’ bit more about some classes I’ve seen.
The treats. Oh my goodness. Everything ranging from the macarons, to the cookies, to the cupcakes, are all amazing. Seriously. I take a bite of any of the above and I swear I can hear holy choirs (having grown up in a foodie family, you can be rest assured that I know what I’m talking about). The cupcakes are made with an icing that is just, so buttery soft (like, I’m drooling). Okay. Breathe.
What I find really cool is that all of the baked goods that are presented in the little shop are all made here. I think that’s interesting because I’ve been to a lot of bakeries and a good third of their produce is from another bakery (not that there is anything against that), so I was surprised when I found out that the honeycomb toffee, the caramels, the popcorn are made by careful hands in the bakery. Again, there’s a little home in every bite (not literally).
The neighbourhood! It’s right across from Trinity Bellwoods. I mean, do I really have to go on? I’m kidding (not really). The neighbourhood is absolutely lovely, and we frequently get customers who are from the area – families, couples, fiancés and fiancées. Not to mention that there are so many dogs in this neighbourhood and they are all adorable. When I’m at the cash looking out I always see, on average, three dogs sniffing the grass of the park across the stress. **Sidenote: there’s this leonberger that comes in once in a while and he is just precious.** Funnily enough, some people walk in annoyed only because they have “just found this place and they live just up the street!” Needless to say, they leave with a treat or two in hand.
By now I’ve seen a couple classes happen. The latest one I’ve seen was the Decorating Cake Class. The teacher/pastry chef, Lindsey, instructed her students as they gently folded fondant on top of their crumb-coated cakes. The results were really impressive for students who had never worked with fondant before. They each made bunnies and little flowers in celebration of the past Easter weekend. They concentrated for about two hours, and wore smiles of satisfaction when their little masterpieces were finished – even better, they got to take their cakes home! (You go, Lindsey!)
Right now, I’m sitting at one of the tables finishing up this post. A black cake embellished with bright fondant flowers is staring back at me, the shop – closed – is quiet, the refrigerators are humming, keeping the icing cold, and the cakes in the shop sit patiently for their owners. No wonder why I look so forward to coming back here every weekend!
Make sure to book a foodie class or order a tasty treat!
See you all, and have a sweet and lovely week.
Hello again, Ethan’s back!