If I ever open a bakery (which is unlikely to ever happen, since I’ll get shutdown/bankrupt within a week), I’d name it either “Carbo” or “The Gluco Diet”. And all of my food will be labelled GF – where GF stands for “Gluten-Filled”. It’s all just me giving one giant middle finger to all the stupid fad diets that needs to die.
Am I being too insensitive? Well, a less controversial alternative would be Willow (after yours truly, of course). Unfortunately, apparently that name has already been taken: there is apparently a place called Willow Cafe & Bakery. Now the bakery isn’t named after a person, but the street it’s located on (16th Avenue and Willow Street). They have a good selection of casual breakfast/lunch items, including fresh baked goods. I’ve had a Chocolate Tart and a Carrot Cake, as well as an Almond Croissant for my mom.
Chocolate Tart ($3):
The chocolate ganache filling was smooth and not at all waxy, and had a nice bittersweet flavour. It was mixed with some raspberry, which provided a fragrance as well as a bit of tang. The crust was perfectly baked with a nice crispness, as well as a sweet caramelized flavour. This is definitely one of the better chocolate tarts that I’ve had.
Carrot Cake ($4):
This consisted of three layers of carrot cake sandwiching cream cheese frosting. The cake was dense and relatively moist, and filled with shredded carrots. The cream cheese frosting was smooth and sweet, with a nice bit of tang. Being a massive lover of cream cheese, I personally could have done with a bit more of it present. This is a straightforward dessert, but definitely delicious.
Almond Croissant ($3.50):
I gave this to my mom. She quite enjoyed it.
Although I am admittedly a bit peeved by the fact that Willow Cafe & Bakery has stolen my future (never going to open) bakery’s name, I have to admit, I really enjoyed my visit there. The food was quite tasty, and the prices are very reasonable. The staff were also quite friendly. All in all, this is a great local place for a quick bite or some treats.