Healthy Diaries – Greenhouse Juice Co.

Healthy Diaries - Greenhouse Juice Co. - Candy Coated Culinista

Healthy Diaries – Greenhouse Juice Co. – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Greenhouse Juice Co.
Location: 5 MacPherson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1W7 (Between Rosedale & Summerhill subway stations)
Phone: 416-546-1719
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

I had an early morning errand to run and knew Greenhouse Juice Co. was in the area. At 7:45am I went in and I asked a very helpful associate to explain to me and suggest to me some juices. She explained that the juices are cold-pressed, which makes the juices nutrient packed, raw and unpasteurized. I was even gave me a few taste samples to help me decide what I wanted to purchase and when I made my selections I was given a menu for next time and I was on my way to work.

My selections were:
Deep Roots – $8-250ml or $11-500ml – beet, carrot, apple, celery, lemon
Benefits – Lung kidney & liver cleansing, bone strengthening, heart healthy, antioxidizing
Rabbit Run – $7.50-250ml or $10.50-500ml – carrot, apple, ginger
Benefits -Immunity & metabolism boosting, anti-inflammatory, stress reliever
Tumeric – $5.50 for a shot
Benefits – anti-inflammatory, antioxidizing

These juices were really healthy and tasty and I could detect all the ingredients in each juice. I didn’t care for the turmeric at all even though I know the health benefits are great. I poured half a shot into my deep roots and it overpowered the whole juice. Turmeric is very pungent to me and also gave me a stomach ache and I didn’t even consume that much. I have heard others get the same reaction to turmeric also and maybe I have to build up a tolerance, or for me I’ll just stay away as I prefer my raw healthy juices to be less spicy.

I do find that it’s too overpriced as I could make it at home, but doing the cold-pressed process is what makes it a little different and attributes to the price. However, if you’re on the go, don’t have time to juice vegetables at home or own a cold-press juicer it’s worth it just not all the time. Each juice comes in glass bottle which probably helps to increase the price; but I expect no less than a glass bottle. To me the whole idea is to be healthy and having plastic bottles wouldn’t be healthy to the environment, or our bodies.

Keep in mind that these types of juices have a very short shelf life but that’s to be expected, so don’t purchase too many at once and also arrive early as there is a tendency to run out of those popular flavours before the end of day. Next time I will try the nut-milks and keep in mind that it’s not cheap eating healthy for sure.

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Portuguese Custard Tart – Loblaws Patisserie

Portuguese Custard Tart - Candy Coated Culinista

Portuguese Custard Tart – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Loblaws @ Maple Leaf Gardens
Location: 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario

My first introduction to this tart was at my workplace Annual Bake Sale for the United Way. A Portuguese co-worker would of course bring in Portuguese Tarts. Every year from then on this is what I bought. Sure I’d try other selections, but I would always leave with this treat in hand. I had a recipe that called for Anchovy Fillets and I came across the tarts on my search. Needless to say I bought some and my beloved macarons as they were in the case too.
A Portuguese custard tart consists of an outer pastry crust that is filled with egg custard and baked. The custard is sweet and firm and the top is slightly burnt giving it the characteristics that make it a Portuguese tart.

My first bite is sweet and creamy and the crust is a chewy, crispy and crunchy; just like I remembered it. I was first introduced to these tarts at work at our yearly bake sale for the United Way. A Portuguese co-worker would always bring these in and it had to be an authentic cultural treat or she wasn’t brining anything in. Since my lips have touched these tarts, every time she would bring them in for an event I was first in line. There are a bunch of great bakeries in Toronto that have excellent Portuguese tarts. I will be trying these out and having a Portuguese Custard Tart Quest.

Portuguese Custard Tart - Loblaws Patisserie - Candy Coated Culinista

Portuguese Custard Tart – Loblaws Patisserie – Candy Coated Culinista

Macaron Diaries – Loblaws Patisserie

Loblaws Patissserie - Candy Coated Culinista

Loblaws Patissserie – Candy Coated Culinista

Happy Macaron Day and the first day of Spring! Today is Macaron day and I had intended to have my 2nd attempt Macaron post up but I just somehow got side tracked with other recipes and holidays (St. Patrick’s Day) C’est la Vie. Macaron Day has been celebrated for the last nine years now, and it was created to get people to try my most favourite treat and also give money to a local charity. In Toronto they are supporting the Red Door Family Shelter and various children related causes like the Sick Kids Hospital. Spread the love to today and get your self a Macaron and support this cause. For more information about Macaron Day T.O. click here.

Place: Loblaws @ Maple Leaf Gardens
Location: 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario

I was in Loblaws on a search for Anchovy Fillets, for the Roasted Turkey Breast with Olive Salsa Verde I was going to make. As I passed the Patisserie section to my great excitement I saw Macarons and Portuguese Custard Tarts. I was in a rush that day so I decided to come back another day to partake. When I went back there were cases and cases full of cakes, cupcakes, bon bons, tarts and much more. Let me tell you this patisserie takes pride in their product from beginning to end. I placed my order and the patissier gently placed the macarons in a cellophane bag and then transferred them into a paper box, and put a sticker on it with directions. It said its best served 30-45 minutes after removing it from the fridge. She was about to tell me to be careful as these are very delicate and we both said “delicate” at the same time and laughed. I had previously learned how delicate they are from holding them for 3 hours on Quest #2 La Bamboche. There is no safe place in a movie theatre to rest my precious delights without worry so set them on my lap.

I needed to take a picture of all their offerings but was feeling a bit awkward. Then a man to my right was approaching and saying “you to eh”, to which I replied “yes I love these things there my quest” to which he said “they’re all so so yummy and beautiful”. So we both just took our pictures and smiled.

When I tasted these I immediately noticed the difference from the other two macarons I have tasted. The meringue was made very differently; the interior of the shell had air pockets in it. I believe they used the Italian meringue method versus the French meringue method I recently tasted. It tended to crumble more as there was no body to the shell to keep everything together. The fillings were pretty good but the shell made it hard to enjoy my macaron experience.

Loblaws Patissserie Case - Candy Coated Culinista

Loblaws Patissserie Case – Candy Coated Culinista

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