Coffee

For a long time there was a common misconception that I didn’t like coffee: I don’t drink coffee every morning, I don’t own a coffee maker and my hot beverage of choice is tea.

IMG_3395Latte from Buds Coffee Bar in The Beaches.

IMG_5154Latte from Sorry Coffee Co. in Yorkville.

When I was in high school and everyone was starting to drink coffee, I made a conscious decision to not become a coffee drinker. I didn’t want to become reliant on coffee. I didn’t want to wake up and be a zombie until I had a cup of coffee. I would enjoy the sugar-packed, whipped cream covered coffees from Starbucks on late night coffee dates with the girls but no other coffee.

IMG_3422Flat White from Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar on Queen West.

IMG_5219Americano from Portland Variety on King West.

In university I spent hours in Second Cup but again, not drinking coffee. Al worked at Second Cup and would fill espresso cups with whipped cream, caramel sauce and chocolate shavings – if and when I get diabetes, I will clearly point to events like this. Coffee was still a vehicle for ridiculous, sugary toppings and not about the coffee itself.

IMG_3435Latte and cranberry scone from I Deal Coffee, uptown.

My love for coffee began with my love of brunch. I switched from orange juice to coffee in order to take advantage of free refills and longer brunches. One cup of coffee slowly turned into two or three and sometimes even coffee before brunches.

IMG_3590Latte and biscotti from Fabricca at Shops at Don Mills.

In 2015 my brunch habits changed. It wasn’t financially viable or healthy to continue with my excessive brunching ways. While I still brunch more than most people, I have taken to going for coffee on weekend mornings with Giancarlo. We are discovering the city, grabbing coffee and visiting different neighbourhoods.

IMG_3920Chai latte from Boxcar Social in Summerhill.

IMG_5388Latte and empanadas from Odin Hus on King East.

Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t go east of Yonge. But lately, you can find me there on weekends. The East side of Toronto has so many more coffee shops and the coffee shops are not all clean, simple and modern. They future coffees brewed with local blends and treats that go beyond your typical scones and croissants. They are big, lofty spaces, conducive to long sits alone or with someone.

IMG_5486Flat white for him and chai latte for me from Boxcar Social in Riverside.

IMG_5430Flat White from Crafted Coffee on Ossington Avenue.

We are working on our coffee game at home. We have the traditional Italian Moka machine and a larger espresso maker. We are making espressos and lattes. I want to take a latte art course and buy a coffee bean grinder to make the freshest coffees. I want to perfect my biscotti recipe (actually, find a biscotti recipe and make it my own) and constantly have some sort of treat to accompany a good cup of coffee. I want our house to be the type of house where people can randomly drop by and there will be coffee and pastries/desserts to be enjoyed.

IMG_5492My relationship with coffee has revealed how great coffee can be. Coffee can be sipped from a huge mug while snuggled on the couch with a good book. An espresso can be enjoyed in the backyard in the summer while looking on to a homegrown tomato garden. A latte can be clutched while strolling in and out of vintage shops on Queen West or Queen East.

The city can be discovered through good cups of coffee.

Moo Milk Bar

Last Saturday morning, order GC and I ventured out to the Beaches to finally try Moo Milk Bar. When I had heard about this bakery months ago I knew we had to go and check it out. The problem is, cialis the Beaches are ridiculously far from our house and we rarely make the trek over there. Our trip on Saturday was just to get milk and cookies, viagra sale to satisfy a craving and this week’s Gastropost mission.

Moo Milk Bar opened in August and is literally a milk bar. I think this is great because I always talk about how if I had my own cupcake shop (this is not happening so don’t get excited, it is just one of those things that gets thrown around whenever we visit a bakery and we compare what is there versus what I would do if I had my own spot) I would have a sign saying “We have milk on tap.” They make different flavoured milk and cookies to go with the milk. The store is small and simple but beautifully showcases the reason why you came – the milk and cookies. The aroma is overwhelming and cozy and just makes you feel nostalgic and happy. My favourite part of our visit was talking with the owners. It is a husband and wife team and we were served by the husband. GC asked him where they got the idea from and he launched into a speech about how it was his wife’s idea and how she is brilliant and everything she makes is delicious. It was so touching to hear how he talked about her. You could tell it was genuine and he loved his wife and her cooking/baking so much. When she came up from the basement, his face just lit up even more – it just added to the coziness and warmth of the place. This bakery combined two things a love – delicious baked goods and people in love with food, and more importantly, each other. We bought a cookie and a milk each – for $5.00 – and then headed down to the boardwalk to munch. It was windy, cold and brisk that day but one of my favourite things to do is to visit the beach when no one else is there. The beach wasn’t empty that day – there was people kite surfing and walking their dogs (on a cold November afternoon) but we were still able to have a little snack picnic in peace.

GC got an Oatmeal Raisin cookie with Bottom of the Bowl milk. GC liked his cookie but it was a little hard for his liking; he prefers his OR cookies to be chewy and soft. It had a good amount of oatmeal and raisins though, it was just the texture we had an issue with. If you are getting just milk, I would recommend Bottom of the Bowl. It is from Cinnamon Toast Crunch and it tastes exactly like the milk at the bottom of the bowl after you finish your cereal. It is such a strange sensation when you drink it – you feel satisfied as if you have just finished your breakfast but you haven’t. It seems like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s magical, playful and sweet. You can also ask them to heat up your milk or turn it into a latte of sorts – we are definitely doing that next time.

I got a Chocolate Chip cookie with Vanilla milk.

This is the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had. It was moist, buttery, chewy and still slightly doughy. It was perfectly browned and crunchy on the outside but this was all a protective shell for the deliciousness inside. The chocolate chips were melted and delicate when you bit into them. Yums.

This milk was perfect for drinking with cookies. It was speckled with gorgeous vanilla bean seeds and tasted exactly like a vanilla milkshake. This would be an amazing milk to make lattes and other coffees with.

This place is simple perfection fitting for a bakery serving up childhood memories in the form of milk and cookies.