5 Quick Snack Stops to Pop Into In The Glebe!

Now that September is under way, kids are back at school and parents are back to work all over the city, including my neighbourhood, The Glebe. From bakeries and chocolatiers to coffee shops and grocery stores, there is such a variety of places in The Glebe for visitors and “Glebites” to shop, eat and play. I love visiting my favourite haunts close to where I live and work to pick up a quick bite to eat. It is also a great place to visit whether you are planning a trip to Ottawa or if you are acting as a tourist in the city.

 

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Have you ever been to this part of the nation’s capital?  If you are ever in this area of the nation’s capital and are feeling a bit feeling a bit peckish, take a look at five places along (and just slightly off of) Bank Street in The Glebe I like to pop into for a quick snack!

1. Second Avenue Sweets

Location: 151B Second Avenue

Price:  **

 

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For those of you who are not aware of this, I have a bit of a romance with croissants. Do you blame me?! When baked well, they are light, flaky and ever so buttery. One of my absolute favourite places to pick up one of these golden brown delights is at Second Avenue Sweets. Tucked away on Second Avenue along Bank Street, this bakery conjures up some of the best croissants in the city. They also bake up some really delicious cookies, bread, cakes, cupcakes and other amazing treats. Whenever my kids and I are ever in the area, they always ask if we can go in. They treat our visits as a real treat when they get to nosh on these baked goods. It is hard not to pop in when we are in the heart of the Glebe.

 

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2.  Wholefoods Market – Landsdowne

Location: 951 Bank Street

Price: **

 

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Landsdowne Park has been revitalized to become a multi-functional area for its visitors. It draws many people throughout the day. Many of them (like me) are frequent patrons of one of its shops: Whole Foods Market. Yes, it does sell produce, other food and lifestyle items, but they also have prepared food for those looking to satisfy their grumbly bellies with a meal for lunch or dinner. Beyond their deli counters that serve sandwiches, pizza, and other such delights, they also have soups and salads, as well as sides and main entree meals on hand for diners to choose from.

 

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Whole Foods Market uses a pay-by-weight system when ringing up your selections. I really enjoyed their Chicken Cacciatore on a bed of rice and a mix of two salads for my meal one evening. It was quick and convenient, so I could decide to dine-in or take it with me on-the-go!

 

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3.  Playa Del Popsicle

809 Bank Street

Price: **

 

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This next stop nestled in between Third and Fourth Streets along Bank Street is a seasonal business that helped to keep my kids cool this past summer in a fun way. This business is called Playa Del Popsicle. This food truck serves Sno-Cones and juices, as well as homemade popsicles for revellers to savour during the spring, summer or fall. What puts this business over-the-top is the cute and functional beach scene created in front of the food truck! We were able to sit back and relax while eating our frozen treats. It is a great escape for a few moments away from the blaring sun (or reality)!

 

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4.  Morning Owl – Bank Street

Location: 891 Bank Street

Price: **

 

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Need a cup of joe in the morning? Some baked goods or a fresh sandwich to fill that void in your belly? Then popping into Morning Owl Bank Stree in between Fifth Avenue and Holmwood Avenue is a must. All of their coffee is organic and direct trade. They also serve a variety of fresh-baked treats, drinks, and handmade sandwiches for breakfast or lunch. My kids love their hot chocolates and I am a huge fan of their Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie. It is soooooooo tasty!

 

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5.  Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut

Location: 769 Bank Street

Price: ***

 

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The last stop on this Glebe shop hop list is a place that chocoholics will love to hear about. Whether it is to get your chocolate fix or to pick up a gift for a special person in your life, Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut is the place go. They have so many different treats to put the smile on your face. I was in hot chocolate heaven with their selection of flavours to choose from. There were also a variety of truffles on display to dazzle your eyes as well as your stomach. Want something on the cool side? Take a taste of their gelato! There are also many other treats you can buy to gift or to take home for yourself. This shop boasted different seating areas for customers to settle in and enjoy their sugary vittles as well.

 

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Whether you live, work, go to school or are visiting The Glebe, this neighbourhood is such a great one to explore and grab a quick bite to eat. This family-friendly area of Ottawa makes eating around here feel casual and easy. The stops I highlighted all held their own personal identity and charm, but all held the same friendliness and care-free atmosphere. Hopefully, you will find yourself in this part of the nation’s capital and pop in for a visit!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Sticky Sweet French Toast

Hey, Readers!

Being at home with my kids during summer vacation makes me want to loosen the reigns a bit where food is concerned. I let them eat foods with more sugar in the mornings from time to time, and it is great to see the smile on their faces when they see the extra special breakfast my other half or I had prepared for them.

My younger daughter loves to have sprinkles added to some of her breakfasts on special occasions. One morning, I wanted to make French Toast for her, but she is not crazy about eating eggs. To solve this conundrum, I decided to try putting some special touches to it so she would try to eat it. This is where I came up with this Sticky Sweet French Toast dish!

 

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Now, I know you are thinking to yourself that French Toast can already be sticky and sweet with syrup drizzeld all over it, but no syrup is used in this dish! Check out below how I put this yummy treat together.

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsps milk
  • A few drops of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of butter (not pictured)
  • Icing sugar (not pictured) and sprinkles

 

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Directions

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and use ½ tsp of butter to lightly grease the pan.
  2. In a bowl, blend the egg, milk and vanilla together until it becomes a uniform mixture.

 

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  1. Lightly dip each piece of bread into the egg mixture on each side and place into the heated pan. Flip it over after about 2 mins or golden brown and cook on the other side.

 

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  1. Remove from stove and lightly butter each piece of toast with the rest of the butter.
  2. Using a strainer, dust each piece of toast with icing sugar.

 

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  1. Add sprinkles to each piece of toast.

 

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And there you have it! My daughter is thrilled whenever she gets to have this dish. She loves how bright it is and how sticky and sweet it tastes.

 

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The great part about this dish is that you can customize it to your liking. You can add theme-specific sprinkles to celebrate a holiday, or you can use different fun-shaped sprinkles to make each piece special.

I hope you enjoy making this Sticky Sweet French Toast for someone special!

What breakfast dish do you make special for your kids?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes

Breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us do not get to enjoy it most of the week. We are always hustling and bustling, trying to get out the door to get to work or school, and are satisfied with shoving food and gulping some form of liquid in our mouths to hold us over for a few hours. Since breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I thought I would share a family favourite breakfast at our home: Pancakes!

On the rare occasions I make breakfast (my other half is usually at the helm for meals), I like using cookie cutters to make eating pancakes just a little more fun. I started making these for my family this past Canada Day. I bought maple leaf-shaped cookie cutters to make sugar cookies to celebrate Canada’s birthday, but then I got the idea to make something fun for my kids to kick off the festivities with pancakes.

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Here is what I did to make these cute and tasty breakfast treats:

Cookie Cutter Pancakes 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Flour

4 Teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Egg

1 Cup Milk

2 Tablespoons Oil

Directions:

Mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together.

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Pour the batter into the center of the cooking area so that it is a bit larger than the cookie cutter(s) being used.

Heat a frying pan or skillet to medium and lightly grease with butter.

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Preheat oven to 200°F or to the Keep Warm feature.

Once the second side is cooked, remove the pancake from the the cooking area and place on a hard, smooth surface. Use your chosen cookie cutter(s) to cut out the shape you desire.

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Cook the remainder of the batter until the bowl is empty.

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And for a closer look…

 

You’re probably asking what I did with the unused pancake. I ate them, of course! Just because a pancake has a hole in it, does not mean that it is less delicious. I enjoyed these pieces as well as the shapes I cut out! We do not like for pancakes to go to waste at our home.

Maple leaves were the perfect way to start our Canada Day this year! My kids smiled when they saw my creation, and loved eating pancakes in the shape of maple leaves. Since this was a great success, I made other Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes for my kids with some of our favourite cookie cutter shapes such as trains, dinosaurs, butterflies and daises. They liked them even more!

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I love how this idea is so versatile. It can be used any time of the year, so breakfast with these tasty treats can start off occasions (such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, etc.) on a fun note!

So if you want to put a smile on the faces of your family’s face the next time you gather around the breakfast table, try making making these Cute Cookie Cutter Pancakes!

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