It’s been a long time coming for this review, but this one was one worth waiting for! The focus of this review is on Second Avenue Sweets, a family-owned and operated bakery and cupcakerie that is nestled near the corner of Second Street and Bank Street in the Glebe within Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. They make their products by hand in small batches without the use of preservatives, and have been at their location since 2007.
I had only in my new home for a few weeks when I decided to go for a walk-about to get a better lay of the land. With my little ones in tow, we weaved up ad down streets until we got to Second Street near Bank Street, and I saw Second Avenue Sweets. We were getting a bit hungry, so we went in to see what they had. It was displays of treats and sweets and baked goods! Since I’m a butter croissant lover, I had to try one! Well, actually, I bought two of them; you know, one for the kids, too. I also bought an oatmeal raisin cookie. I know it sounds lame of me to say (but I don’t care), but oatmeal raisin cookies are my favourite cookie, so I couldn’t say no to it.
After giving my kids their snack, I hurried home, gave the kids a lunch, and tore into the packages to finally enjoy my treats. I was not disappointed, Readers, as the croissants were soooooo good! Besides their golden brown hue, they were slightly crispy on the outside, and super moist with so many layers on the inside. I’m used to having the outside crispier, and the inside a bit drier, but these croissants were delicious. Oh, I forgot to tell you that they were big, too, so I felt stuffed after eating it. I waited until the kids were asleep to have the oatmeal raisin cookie. It was how I liked eating cookies: soft, with a bit of hint of firmness on the outer layer. It was a good cookie.
On my second visit to Second Avenue Sweets, I brought my eldest child, along with my youngest and my niece and nephew who were visiting us for a weekend. They had a hard time deciding what to choose as their treat. Here is what we finally bought:
- A Classic French Chocolate Cupcake
- A Flour-Free Chocolate Cupcake
- Two Vanilla Cupcakes
- A Chocolate Chip Cookie
We sat down on one of the benches that lined the streets of the Glebe to enjoy our afternoon treats. The kids were not fans of the amount of icing on their cupcakes, but I was. It looked as though it was placed on to the cupcakes in a way that I can only describe as being home-style, you know, with a knife, and it was a thick layer of icing. It was a bit dense, but it tasted good. They said there was too much of it. I removed the access amount of icing (and ate it), and they dove into the cupcakes. They really liked them. I, being the biggest kid there, had to have a nibble of each treat for myself, so I could properly assess each one.
The Classic French Chocolate Cupcake was really good. It had a rich chocolate flavour, and it was moist, too. The Vanilla Cupcakes were delicious as well. They had that simple, natural taste you get from a good vanilla cake.
The Flour-Free Chocolate Cupcake was the only one that was no adorned by any frosting. My eldest was the adventurous one who chose it as her treat. As you would expect, it tasted a bit different than what you would expect from a normal chocolate cake, and it had a different consistency. The best way I could describe it was that it was denser than a cake that was made with flour. Even though there was no flour used to make this cupcake, it was good. It was chocolatey, soft and good. She finished it and said she would get another one the next time we visited.
The cookie was mostly consumed by my sweetie at home since he was sad that I didn’t buy him one on my first visit. I, of course, had a nibble. Just like the oatmeal raisin cookie I previously ate, the chocolate chip cookie was really good, too. It was soft, and the chocolate chips had a smooth, chocolatey taste to them. It was eaten in an instant.
What can I say, Second Avenue Sweets is a great spot for picking up treats or baked goods within Canada’s capital. Their products are fresh, hand-made, and there is a lot to choose from. So if you ever find your way to the Glebe-area of Ottawa, Ontario, you should swing by Second Avenue Sweets to get a satisfying pleasure for your sweet tooth! I can’t wait to go back for yet another croissant, too.
I would rate Second Avenue Sweets a 4 out of 5. As I previously said, the icing on the cupcakes were a bit too thick for my liking, but, everything we ate was ever so delicious!