ovaltine latte (what?)

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As you know I love Ovaltine so you can imagine how happy I was when I saw Ovaltine latte on the board at Ella's Uncle on Dundas West. The Hubs and I don't often venture in that direction on the weekends for coffee but now that I'm off with L'il E I need new coffee shops and neighborhoods to go to on the weekends. If you're in the Dundas West area check out Ella's Uncle, it's understated but the coffee is deelish and they have Ovaltine lattes (yeah!).

Today I am trying to replicate it at home with our stove top espresso maker. Wish me luck!

dark horse moves west

Dark Horse Espresso Bar has opened a new location further west (684 Queen Street West to be exact).  It's a welcome addition to this neck of the woods considering we were in need of a decent independant coffe shop (sorry Quaff and Niche, but your lattes just don't cut it).

I stopped in this morning to check it out and the decor is in line with their two other shops (so cozy) and the lattes are just the same (yum!). Unfortunately I didn't have any cash and their debit machine is not up and running yet, so they gave me a latte on the house. Don't you love that?! It totally made my day so thank you barrista girl.

Drop in if you're in the neighborhood!

parkdale is pumping

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On Saturday the Hubs and I headed west of our place to Parkdale in search of  Capital Espresso, Blondie's new spin-off coffee shop. As we wandered back to our neck of the woods we noticed that the scuzzy-ness that once was Parkdale is slowly cleaning up! We discovered two relatively new clothing stores Philistine (we didn't go in) and The Future of Frances Watson (Love!).

The Future of Frances Watson is a super cool shop with primarily menswear but with sprinkles of stuff for us girls. I picked up a new scent Dead Sexy (Ol' preggers is feeling anything but, these days) by Tokyo Milk and the Hubs bought a new pair of Unbranded Brand jeans (super cool and cheap!)

Check these shops out and go for a coffee in Parkdale this weekend, you won't be disappointed. See you in the 'hood!

coffee talk

Have you been? Finally Queen West West gets a coffee shop worth talking about (I don't mean to offend). I've been waiting for a coffee spot just like this one to pop up and here it is. I'm talking about the newly opened Crafted by Te Aro at 135 Ossington Ave. between Queen and Dundas. I've never been much of an I Deal Coffee fan so this new place makes me happy (smiley face).

Why do I like it? It's quiet, relaxed, clean, airy, bright, the baristas are friendly, the coffee and especially the chai lattes are fab and they offer classes on making a decent cup of Joe (I could go on). What's not to like?

One cool thing they have is this cold drip coffee maker contraption (it looks like a science experiment) that makes a strong/smooth iced coffee. It takes up to 8 hours to brew; every couple of seconds, a  drop of ice water falls from the top jar, soaking through the coffee grounds and winding through a glass tube before dripping into the pot. Not exactly a daily morning ritual but worth the trek to Crafted.

Check them out on Twitter and get all their dish.

August 18, 2010 by Alanna Banks