Falling for Purdys Chocolatier’s Fall and Thanksgiving Collection of Chocolates – Review

Hey Readers!

As promised, I’m back with my second assortment of chocolates from Purdys Chocolatiers! If you didn’t already know this about me, I LOVE chocolate, and Purdy’s creates so many wonderful varieties of chocolate treats for chocolate devourers like myself and my family.

For this review, I was given the following chocolate creations to taste from Purdy’s Fall and Thanksgiving Collection:
• Licorice Caramels
• Pumpkin Caramels
• Pumpkin Truffles
• Chocolate Jewels Tin.

 

Purdys Fall Group

 

I loved the wrapping paper that the caramels and the truffles were wrapped in. It was so beautiful that I unwrapped each box carefully so I wouldn’t ruin the paper, and I will use it in a DIY in the near future. I didn’t have the heart to ruin paper that was so gorgeous! The Fall Assortment tin is also beautiful. I will be saving this tin to decorate my desk as it needs such a lovely box.

 

Purdys Fall Products Collage

Purdys Fall TY Note

 

The first treat we tasted was the Licorice Caramels. I really enjoyed these caramels because I love licorice, and it was even better when Purdy’s added their signature chocolate to it! These caramels were soft and sweet. The chocolate was so delicious. It was hard to put them down could save some for another day.

 

Licorice Caramels Collage

 

We then tried the Pumpkin Caramels. I loved how these treats were decorated. The orange and brown stripes were really gorgeous and chic. When we bit into them, they had this sweet yet spicy flavour that puts you right into Autumn. You just felt all warm and cozy inside after eating one of them!

Pumpkin Caramel Collage

The Pumpkin Truffles were my other half’s favourites out of the chocolate we received. He said that they reminded him of eating a pumpkin pie, which is one of his favourite desserts. I am a huge fan of truffles, and these truffles did not disappoint me in the slightest! Like the caramels, they were soft, and sweet. They also had a hint of a spice-like flavor to them. What set the truffles apart from the caramels was the molten chocolate on the inside of the truffles where the pumpkin flavor was hidden. Let’s just say that they were so good, that they were gone the next morning.

 

Pumpkin Truffle Collage

The last chocolates we sampled was the Chocolate Jewels Tin. Purdy’s did it again, with all new flavours in this tin for my family taste and enjoy.

 

Assorted Tin Collage

 

My eldest really loved the Coffee Crunch Mayan. It was a chocolate pyramid of dark chocolate delight with a slight coffee taste, and it had a bit of a crunch to it. My favourite, surprise, surprise, another truffle! This time, it was Purdy’s Java Jazz. Readers, I could have eaten these little beauties all day! It had a chocolate cover with a creamy center and a hint of a coffee flavor to it. It was adorned with an espresso bean on top for that jolt of flavor. It was really lovely.

 

Tin Assortment Favs Collage

 

If you were not really for Fall before, Readers, Purdys Chocolatiers has made some delightful treats to put you into the swing of the season with their Fall Collection of chocolates! Look out for my next Purdy’s Chocolatiers reviews, and I can’t wait to taste more of their sweet creations! You should go to a Purdys Chocolatier near you, or visit them online, or on their Facebook or Twitter pages to try these sweet treats for youself!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Disclaimer: I was compensated with a collection of chocolates and treats from Purdys Chocolatier in order to write this post. However, the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

The Country Cookhouse: A Great Place For A Great Price!

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Since my fa mily lives in the Glebe area of Canada’s capital, we frequent shoppers along Banks Street, the mains street for of all of the shops in this area.  During  one of our trips to Bank Street, we got a little hungry, and were trying to figure out where we should eat. That was when we decided to go to this chip wagon that we had seen on previous stops to the area.  It was  the Country Cookhouse. It is located in the parking lot of Kunstadt Sports at 680 Bank Street.  We were attracted to this chip wagon because of the seating they made available for their patrons.  Look at it! It’s so original and awesome! I had to take a few pics of this place!

 

CC Seating Collage

 

Here is a front shot of the wagon. I loved everything I saw about this place! It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Bank Street, and places you, for a moment, into a cozy, woodsy fun cabin-like area.

 

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          CountryCookhouseKitcgen1

 

The Country Cookhouse also has a great menu! Besides serving the usual fare of other chip trucks in Ottawa, they also serve cole slaw, spicy beef chili, potato salad, mac & cheese, along with various warm sandwiches!

Here’s our meal! We all got hot dogs, French fries and pop.  We sat down on one of the tables and ate our lunch hungrily. It looked as though it was going to rain soon, so we wanted to get something we could eat quickly before we got rained on. The Hot Dog was delish, the fries were thick and scrumptious.  My drink washed it down perfectly!

 

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Here are some things to note about the Country Cookhouse:

Price: $ –  Not Bad!

French Fries – ; Hot Dog – ; Drink – .  Their sides (cole slaw, mac n cheese, spicy beef chili, potato salad) are $4. Their warm sandwiches cost $7.

Location: Easy to get to.

The Country Cookhouse is right on Bank Street, so it is really to find for a quick snack.

So if you are looking for a place to get a quick bite while in the Glebe, then check out the Country Cookhouse for some great food!

You can connect with the Country Cookhouse on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way by the Country Cookhouse for this post.  I really wanted to share a great spot to check out in Canada’s Capital.

SuzyQ Doughnuts: A Smile in Every Bite

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I miss living a stone’s throw away from Wellington West, a neighbourhood just west of downtown Ottawa.  This area has so many things happening there, and there are also so many delicious places to stop and get a bite to eat.  One of my favourite haunts in the Wellington West village is SuzyQ Doughnuts!

SuzyQ is a gourmet doughnut company that is unlike any other I have ever visited ! The flavours that they have available are so different, fun and original and scrumptiously delicious! My family and I have become huge fans of their delectable doughnut delights, that we always have to drop in whenever we are in the area.

Here it is! This is SuzyQ Doughnuts on Wellington Street! They have a parking lot for those doughnut lovers that want to drive to get their sugar fix here, and they have a seating area for patrons who want to savour their detectible delights if you cannot wait to get home to do so. This is the box that they were packaged in.  It is simple, yet it gets the job done.

 

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These are the beautiful treasures that lie within the box!

 

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These are three of our favourite flavours that SuzyQ has available on their menu daily.  These are Dirty Chocolate , Cookies and Cream and London Fog.  We all love eating the Dirty Chocolate and the Cookies and Cream, but I absolutely love their London Fog. It has a clean and simple earl grey tea  flavour that is so good! I get this one whenever we go.

 

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Here are my kids enjoying our SuzyQ doughnuts fresh from the shop.  Since it was a really hot day when we got our doughnuts, we decided to sit at a shaded bench to eat. SuzyQ also has water and other drinks available to buy alongside their doughnuts, and the water came in handy to keep us cool and to help wash them down.

 

Doughnut Collage

 

Some thing to take into consideration:

  • Visit their menu before you go.  It will make it much easier to know what’s available and to place your order. There are so many fun options to choose from, and I find it hard to make a choice with just my eyes!
  • Try to go there early. If you go during peak times (afternoons, especially on the weekends), there will be a bit of a wait to get doughnuts as so many others also munch these snacks, too!
  • No Credit Cards – they only accept cash and debit.
  • Order large orders ahead of time (at least two dozen) – for orders larger than a dozen, SuzyQ requests that you fill out their Special Order Form that can be found on their website ahead of time so they can have your order waiting and ready.

Overall, Suzy Q is a shop I like to pop into to grab a scrumptious treat whenever I am in the Wellington West area. It is a small and cute shop selling some of the best doughnuts I have ever had! I would strongly recommend that, whether you live in Ottawa, or if you are just passing through Canada’s capital, that you try to make the trip to SuzyQ Doughnuts and sample their delicious treats! The next doughnut on my hit list to try is their version of S’Mores! It looks like a ooey, gooey delight!

Price: $ – Not too pricy

For a single doughnut, up to six, it is $2 + tax.

A half dozen is $10, no tax.

One Dozen is $20.

Location: Easy to get to

It is located at 991 Wellington Street, a few blocks away from the Somerset Bridge west of downtown Ottawa. Besides being in the Wellington West area, it is also within walking distance to Little Italy and Chinatown, so you could make a day of visiting SuzyQ. You can easily get there by rcar, on bike or on foot.

Extra Tidbits: Always Festive

I love going to a shop that likes to celebrate various occasions.  SuzyQ Doughnuts has made doughnuts to commemorate different pop culture events.  They made an Ectoplasm doughnut in honour of National Doughnut Day and for the 30th anniversary of the film Ghostbusters. They also had a viewing of the film in their parking lot for patrons to view to continue the celebration. This past weekend (August 15-17, 2014) SuzyQ also made a Flower Child doughnut to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock.

I hope that you go by and get a taste of SuzyQ Doughnuts. It is a treat you will not soon forget!

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in away way for my review of SuzyQ Doughnuts.  I really just wanted to share my experience there with you.

 

Second Avenue Sweets: A Satisfying Pleasure for Your Sweet Tooth

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.

Second Ave Sweets Store Front

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.

These croissants were some of best I've had in a long time! I'm in love with them.

These croissants were some of best I’ve had in a long time! I’m in love with them.

This oatmeal Raisin cookie was really good.  I should have bought more than one.  :(

This oatmeal Raisin cookie was really good. I should have bought more than one.  😦

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
From Top to Bottom; Left to Right - Chocolate Chip Cookie, Flour-Less Chocolate Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcakes, and Classic French Chocolate Cupcake.

From Top to Bottom; Left to Right – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Flour-Less Chocolate Cupcake, Vanilla Cupcakes, and Classic French Chocolate Cupcake.

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!

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The Hintonburger – How Old-Style Burgers Really Should Taste!

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Ever since my family moved into our neighbourhood, I have been compelled to visit the Hintonburger, a old school burger joint that makes everything hand-made and on-site, and likes to deal with local vendors for a lot of its products.  All I have heard from my neighbours who have dined there have raved about how great it was.  As well, it has won the “Best Burger in Town” award for 2012 by readers of the Ottawa Citizen (one of the major newspapers in Ottawa, ON), so I made a plan to go to the Hintonburger with my little ones to see what all the hubbub was all about.

Here it is in all its glory! It's a converted KFC, if you're wondering why it looks so familiar.

Here it is in all its glory! It’s a converted KFC, if you’re wondering why it looks so familiar.

Once we got there, we saw we were not the only ones who had the same idea to grab some burgers.  It is a small restaurant, but it was packed, with patrons waiting outside the door to place their order (the green fiat is blocking the line)!  We also visited on a night when the restaurant was running under new management with new prices and a new system of doing things.

Once we placed our order, we took a seat outside to wait for our food to be prepared.

This is where we would have sat if we had we dined al fresco. :(

This is where we would have sat if we had we dined al fresco. 😦

About ten minutes later, the skies above us told us dining al fresco would not be an option.  We got inside and got a booth just in time before the heavens opened up, rain coming down, washing out the streets of Hintonburg.

This pic was taken about 10 mins. before buckets of rain fell.

This pic was taken about 10 mins. before buckets of rain fell.

Yay!  Our food had arrived!  I ordered two Wellington combos (two 6 oz. burgers with small fries and two cans of pop) along with another order of fries for the kids.  You’ll only see my order as my eldest was a ravenous thing, tearing into her meal as though she had eaten in weeks.

Here it is! My 6oz. burger, fries and drink. Sorry I didn't display the fries better. I had my little guy on my lap, and he was reaching for everything!

Here it is! My 6oz. burger, fries and drink. Sorry I didn’t display the fries better. I had my little guy on my lap, and he was reaching for everything!

As we shared our meals with the little ones (it doesn’t look it, but there was enough to do so, and they would also be getting something healthier when we got home), we all agreed that these burgers were living up to the accolades it has received.  The burger wasn’t overdone.  It was simple and to the point.  The bun seemed as though it was a normal bun you can buy from the grocery store for your own home barbeque; not huge with some sort of grain sprinkled on top to take away from the taste of the burger.   The patty wasn’t too thin or too thick, and it was so good to chow down on!  Not greasy, but not dry.  Dare I say that the meat was soft?  Not in a bad way, but it wasn’t crumbly, as though it was overdone, or kept warm under a heat lamp.  The fries tasted good, too.  They were lightly seasoned, and really fresh (it took me a while to cool them down for my kids, they were so fresh).

By the time we left, customers were still filling up the joint, in spite of the weather.  We made a mad dash to take public transit home, so the little ones weren’t in the rain too long.  I’m still thinking about those burgers, and plan on making a trip back to the Hintonburger soon.

I would rate the Hintonburger a 4 out of 5.  This is based on the delicious and fresh food I received.  Why not 5?  Well, at the time this review was written, there is no real notice or advertising to let the public know that you can call ahead for a take-out order.  This way,  all you would have to do is show up and pay instead of waiting for 20 minutes after waiting a while in line just to order.  There was a notice in the restaurant, just not anywhere else for those not used to visiting the Hintonburger.

So, if you ever come to Ottawa, and you’re in the mood for a good burger, hit up the Hintonburger.  You won’t be disappointed!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.