Monday, March 19, 2012

Hamburger Cupcakes

Hamburger Cupcakes

They would make the perfect birthday treat for the Hamburglar.

Courtesy of Cutest Food.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Don't Blink

Doctor Who Weeping Angel Cookies

The angels have the phone box.

TARDIS and Weeping Angel cookies courtesy of Bakingdom.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pikolo Espresso Bar

Pikolo Espresso Bar
 In a city filled with coffee shops, Pikolo Espresso Bar stands out. No, they're not open 24 hours, like the plethora of Cafe Depots you'll find at regular intervals. And they don't have instant brand recognition, like the Starbucks cafes that have proliferated around the world. But what they do have is arguably the best coffee in Montreal.

A labor of love for Marie-Ève Laroche, who worked at cafes in Sydney, Australia before opening Pikolo, every cup is crafted with care. Quality is more important than quantity. Elegance comes in simplicity. You won't find 15 variations on a latte on the menu. But every latte will be a small work of art.

This attitude carries through to everything at the cafe. Pikolo only serves a handful of pastries - chocolate chip banana bread, pecan tarts, cheddar and bacon scones - but the items are homemade, and the banana bread in particular is fantastic.

Pikolo Espresso Bar

Located in the McGill Ghetto, the cafe feels comfortable enough for college students to spend hours typing up papers (there's free wifi) yet upscale enough to appeal to professionals on their way to work. It's an inviting space, with high ceilings, dark wood, and plenty of light, that manages to feel hip without being pretentious. And the staff are friendly. Class, character, style, and substance: if you're in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

Pikolo Espresso Bar

Pikolo Espresso Bar
3418 B Avenue du Parc
Montreal, QC H2X 2H5

Saturday, March 3, 2012

PBR: In China, It's Art

Expensive Chinese PBR

Pabst Blue Ribbon: Beer of choice for the hipster crowd. It's cheap, going for $1-2 a bottle on special at Chicago bars. But did you know that PBR has a fancy cousin? Blue Ribbon 1844 is being sold in China as a premium brew, going for $44 a bottle. Ads extol the beer's status as a "heritage classic breakthrough" and "a piece of art." Yes, the brewery says it's a different recipe than your average American PBR - but all the beautiful advertising the world would have a difficult time convincing any Chicagoan to pay an extra $40 for what they know as cheap beer.