Soma Chocolate Factory
If Charlie had discovered the Soma Chocolate factory first, he would’ve started his empire right here in the Distillery. The folks here really know their chocolate, and it’s not just the basics either. Aside from creating and manufacturing their own supply of the cocoa goodness, they also make their own gelato (a healthier version of ice-cream using milk instead of cream) on-site as well. For the health-conscious, it’s comforting to know that Soma offers a variety of lighter options such as the sorbets (which are dairy-free and have less sugar and calories) and uses healthier ingredients, like the blueberry basil gelato.
A popular drink is the hot chocolate. It’s not only made with their custom dark chocolate, but also spiced with chili peppers which has a warming effect on the back of the throat. It’s sure to warm on even the coldest of winter days.
Brick Street Bakery
The Brick Street Bakery in the Distillery District seems quiet and unassuming at first glance. However, as I pull open the door I’m greeted by the aroma of dark roast coffee and the sounds of tribal house playing from the kitchen. The upbeat cashier busies herself behind the counter. She’s courteous, but not overly perky.
Puffy pastries and tarts are showcased throughout the displays. The cashier catches me curiously looking at the jars of pickled onions behind the glass. “Oh, that’s for the fish and chips,” she tells me. “We’re going to start selling them on Friday.”
For a little bakery, I must say they have a lot of attitude. From the funky names of their creations (ie. “Eat My Mousse”) to the sounds of tribal house playing in the background, the Brick Street Bakery is an eclectic mix of sweet pastries, organic sandwiches, and refreshing honesty. They give customers a friendly, no-nonsense way to start off their morning with their bestselling pieces, the Eccle Cakes and sausage rolls. Personally, I went back for the banana and walnut cake (3.50) which was rich but not overly sweet. The cream cheese in there gave it extra texture. I would definitely recommend it!
The Sweet Escape Patisserie
The Sweet Escape Patisserie is tucked away in the heart of the Distillery. It’s a bit hard to find but you’ll be glad once you did. What’s even more exciting is that they are creating a massive gingerbread house which will be featured in the Toronto Christmas Market, set to commence on December 3rd, 2010. Starting November 13th, bakers will be working every day in creating this gingerbread house. Upon completion, the house will proudly at 6 1/2 feet tall, and will feature over 1000 shingles and 650 bricks, all of which are edible. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!
What is your favourite dessert at the Distillery?