New Thing #330: Red Rocket Coffee Danforth

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Red Rocket Coffee used to be my stop whenever I was down near Queen and Greenwood while Shauna would be out picking up plants across the street. Then they had their rent upped and they were forced to move. Lucky for us, it’s near our hood.

The funny thing is that they took up residence in the same place that housed another coffee shop a few years ago: Niche Coffee. It’s on the Danforth near Greenwood, and the I couldn’t help but get a huge sense deja vu walking in. Pretty much nothing has changed from the old Niche days.

The counter, backsplash, fireplace and furnishings are to be the same, with maybe a few more tables crammed together. Even the slelection of designer teas on the shelves look familiar.

But that’s not a bad thing, because Niche was a great, warm and inviting place to grab a latte and park yourself down on a cold day. But this isn’t a post about Niche, we’re talking Red Rocket. So how do they fare?

Well, just about as well as they did when they were on Queen. They’re ok. 

The coffee’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to drop in if I’m around there and need a coffee fix. I might even take a nice leisurly stroll with them in mind in the summertime, but it won’t be replacing Grinder as my go-to spot for espresso. 

So check it out if you’re an east ender and help support another good business in the neighbourhood.

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New Thing #305: Crema on the Danforth

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It’s not much of a secret that I frequent the Crema Espresso Bar at Yonge and Bloor rather frequently. I love their coffee and it’s conveniently located about 3 minutes from my office. 

But, even though I’ve passed it many times on the Danforth, I’ve never frequented their newest location until tonight. After a rather enjoyable visit with an old friend and colleague I grabbed a cappuccino to see how it stacked up to its brother’s. Pretty well is my assessment.

Plus, out of the three Crema locations I’ve been to, this is by far the most inviting. It’s warm and has plenty of seating and, at least in the evening, it’s fairly vacated. Perfect for a little quiet espresso time.

 

New Thing #208: Cornish Pasty

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We were grabbing a treat at Celena’s Bakery on the Danforth after grabbing some fresh vegetables from the Farmers’ Market this afternoon. Audrey picked up a giant cookie and I spied the Cornish Pasties at the bottom of the display. 

I quickly made up my mind and brought home the Steak and Stilton variety for dinner. Ten minutes at 350ºF was enough to make this pasty hot and tasty. It’s sort of a cross between a meat pie and a samosa and is super filling.

For only $5, this might be the best take home dinner item I’ve ever found in this neighbourhood.

New Thing #184: P??tisserie La Cigogne

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Pâtisserie La Cigogne moved into the neighbourhood a little while ago, futher upping the ante for businesses in our little neck fo the Danforth. 

What used to be a decent Italian restaurant now boasts the most amazing pastries, cakes and breads. I know, because I had three of their desserts tonight, all of which were delightful. 

Ok, delighful doesn’t cut it but delectable is close. Ridiculously indulgent is closer.

The three I brought home to my very excited four year and happy wife were:

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Dark Chocolate Mousse filled with Mixed Berry oCulis finished with a Dark Choclate Glaze

Prince Noir
Crispy Praline Crust, Roasted Hazelnut Coffee Butter Cream Dark Choclate Mousse

The Paradise
Orange Flavoured Choclated Mousse with Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée Filling

To say we were sated at the end of our tasting would be an understatement.

On top of the wonderful treats, the staff were very friendly. 

I just hope that the expansive nature of the building isn’t too much of a burden for this bakery. I’d hate to see it go away.

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