Thursday, 9 February 2012

Three local loves

With the weather ripe for long afternoon walks, I wanted to celebrate a few local Danforth area gems:

Maselli's supermarket, between Donlands and Jones
After 50 years in business, Maselli's groceria has everything you'll need from meat to veggies to lentils. Brother Mario visits the food terminal every morning to get the freshest produce, and Mr. Maselli Sr. makes the house proscuitto and sausages. This place is around the corner from our house and I visit almost every day. Their prices on meat and produce are better than most of their larger competitors.  ...and I just love that it is family run.

The Danish Pastry Shop on Pape
It turns out the Danes are experts at more than just modernist furniture. The windows of the Danish Pasty Shop on Pape are always filled with delectible treats, and in the morning you can watch the bakers pulling their latest works or art out of the ovens. This is the perfect place to pick up some sweets for your Valentine's Day celebration! I think I'm going to get some chocolate cupcakes.

Crema Coffee
Crema's newest location has landed on the Danforth. My friend Megan swears they have the best almond croissants east of Calgary, but I am partial to their lattes. The foam is dense and smooth and the temperature is perfect. Starbucks has nothing on these guys. Their Danforth location is adorable with a glass garage-style window that opens up in the summer, and a bright red laquered church bench sits inside, perfect for relaxing on all afternoon with a warm beverage. 

What are your favourite spots?

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