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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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.

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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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