Sunday, February 5, 2017

[TNWS Feature] Sweets Canada

Company: Sweets Canada
Product Type: Gourmet chocolates made with high quality and local ingredients.


Sweets Canada is an online retailer that sells gourmet chocolates. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Sweets Canada at The National's Women Show back in November. Sweets Canada aims to be a one-stop shop for a chocolate lover or if you are looking for a gift. Whether personal or corporate, these gourmet chocolates are made with precision and wrapped with care. The chocolate bars are also placed in a fabric pouch, perfect to reuse afterwards for storing or gifting small items. I was able to try an array of Sweets Canada products for this review.

I got to try three of the Gourmet Chocolate Bars and two of the Edible Flower Chocolates. Each one were unique on their own. My favourite is the Dark Chocolate Matcha Green Jasmine Powder. Being a matcha fan, this is a great blend of jasmine and matcha in chocolate. I thought the edible flower chocolates were quite unique and everyone should try it at least once. Each chocolate bar is made with high-quality and locally-sourced ingredients that you can taste.

I also got to try Q'Bites, which are snack-sized chocolate pieces. I found these to be a hit or a miss, depending on the flavour you pick up. The first one I had were the Orange Chocolate Apricots, which unfortunately was a miss for me. Mainly due to the fact that I don't like apricots anymore, making me averse to this flavour. The Milk Chocolate Malt Balls reminds me of Malteses, however a bit lighter and slightly less flavourful. I did like the Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Balls and Milk Chocolate ChoChip Cookies.

I highly recommend checking out products from Sweets Canada if you have a wedding or office party coming up. These are the perfect gifts to give your favourite chocoholic.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Young Animal

Restaurant: Young Animal
Address: (Temporarily on Mondays Only) 2901A Dundas St. W
Phone: 416-569-8949
Operating Hours: (Temporarily on Mondays Only) 6 PM - Close



I was invited to try out a pop-up Trinidadian restaurant called Young Animal. The owner wants to bring attention to Trinidadian food because it's not commonly found in Toronto. Jamaican cuisine dominates the Caribbean food scene here when in fact there are 25 countries that make up  the Caribbean. Trinidadian food has African, Indian, and Chinese influences due to the history of the island. The first dish I tried was the Curry Chicken Roti, commonly known as a Buss Up Shot ($8) in Trinidad. It's broken up roti that you dip into curry and eat with your hands. This is an Indian-inspired dish with very mild spiciness. So it's great for people who cannot handle spicy food!

After, I had the Jerk Trout (the type of fish changes depending on when you visit) with Fried Plantain and Curried Callaloo ($10). This is one of the best dishes I've had to date. I couldn't stop raving about it afterwards to the chef. It's very rare that a dish truly stands out to me because I like practically everything! However, the Jerk Trout does not taste like typical seafood. There's no fishy taste and the combination of flavours simply melts in your mouth. I cannot highly recommend it enough!

The last dish was the Doubles with Tamarind and Mango Chutney ($5). In Trinidad, this is commonly eaten during breakfast. It's a type of sandwich that contains two dough buns with chickpeas squished in between. It's a very tasty vegetarian option!

Young Animal is currently hosting pop-ups on Mondays at Cut the Cheese in the Junction. So if you are in the area, I highly recommend that you check them out! This is a great way to try Trinidadian food if you are looking to explore other Caribbean options within Toronto.