Friday, August 5, 2016

Sweet Jesus

Cafe: Sweet Jesus
Address: 106 John St.
Phone: 647-348-2266
Store Hours: Sun-Mon 7 AM - 10 PM, Tues-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM


My Order: Red Rapture, $6.50

Sweet Jesus is often mentioned when it comes to getting ice cream in Toronto. It also doubles as a coffee bar but I didn't try any during my visit so I can't comment on their drinks.

When my friends and I first arrived, we had to wait outside in line briefly. We had the opportunity to check out their menu before ordering when we went inside. I decided on the Red Rapture because I saw the words "red velvet". I never looked up any reviews of Sweet Jesus prior so I wasn't sure what to expect. I saw a lot of colourful photos of their products in the past and they seemed appealing. So with my order, I assumed it would be made with red velvet ice cream. It wasn't, just regular soft serve (it didn't register in my mind that it would be soft serve despite being listed under the "Pimped Out Soft Serve" section, my bad).

This was the first time in over a decade where I was greatly disappointed by ice cream. Despite the various toppings, I found the Red Rapture to be blandly sweet. The soft serve itself was mediocre, making any ice cream truck's swirly soft serve amazing in comparison. The toppings did not combine well with the soft serve at all. Two of my friends shared the cookies and dough version (I forgot the name) and they couldn't finish it despite it being split between them. Price was also a big factor to why I wouldn't come back here. The cost was too much for the ice cream quality. It should've been no more than $5 with tax included but even then, I feel that I'm being generous.

If you want some amazing quality decked out ice cream, I highly recommend Booyah! and Dutch Dreams, both in Wychwood over Sweet Jesus.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Quantum Coffee

Cafe: Quantum Coffee
Address: 460 King St. W
Phone: 647-494-4429
Store Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 9 PM, Sat 8 AM - 9 PM, Sun 8 AM - 7 PM



Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Quantum Planck is their rotating featured drink (changes every 89 days)
- Roasted coffee beans from Classic Gourmet Coffee

Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: No vegetarian options
- Fruits are available for vegans
- Cookies are gluten-free
- A range of healthy Canadian snacks available for purchase
- Fresh scones from Bake and Scone and fresh croissants from Tempered Room delivered every morning


My Order: Creme Brulee Cappuccino, $5

Finding cafes that aren't Starbucks or Tim Hortons that are open past 5 PM in Toronto can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you want to stay within the downtown core. I'm extremely picky with the type of cafes I like to sit and get my work done at. Lots of space, Wi-Fi and outlets are a definite must. After a quick Yelp search, I landed on Quantum Coffee. I recalled passing by it when the cafe was still under construction back in fall when I was working at King and Spadina for a short while

My friend and I awed and oohed when we arrived at the cafe. Absolutely spacious and appealing to the minimalist lover in me, Quantum Coffee is one of my ideal cafes to get work done. There are plenty of seating for customers and overall has that beautiful space for you to enjoy your time at.

Quantum Coffee is the first cafe in Toronto to have a Poursteady, an automated machine designed to make your drink perfect every time (and several others at once!). They also have a drink feature that changes every 89 days, called the Quantum Planck. When I was there, it was the Creme Brulee Cappuccino ($5) that was featured. The top of the drink was torched!

Highly recommend for cafe lovers to check this one out.