Nanashake – Vegan Frozen Dessert

If you’re in a city like Toronto, are there too, many vegan restaurants, cafes and dessert locations suddenly popping up? Nanashake is the newest I’ve read from BlogTO. The small shop offers many flavours of frozen yogurt like desserts and dessert bars (popsicles).  O and I are always looking for new eats and we both were interested in tasting what Nanashake had to offer.

Not familiar with the Yonge-Sheppard area? Neither were we! We got lost, so have a map or Nanashake’s number in case of anything.

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I love the outside design. I think the building that the shop is located in, is quite new, so it wasn’t busy when we went (also we arrived shortly after opening for the day). Speaking to the cashier, the shop opened earlier this year, in March.

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We got to sample as many flavours as we liked.

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O ordered a small original and I had mint chocolate. The original had a strong banana flavour, that’s the base ingredient of the dessert. I think I picked the wrong flavour cause having a small cup of mint felt like I was constantly eating mint (my mouth felt spicy). You can add toppings to your dessert for an extra 50 cents. I believe we picked a biscotti-like crumble, as our topping, and it was on point! We also received a stamp card, to collect stamps for every dessert purchased. Collect enough to redeem a free treat!

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The other entrance/ exit leads to a food court/ open space. There are plenty of tables and chairs to enjoy your treat.

Click here to visit Nanashake’s website.
Photos via iPhone 6.

Piccolo Grande – Ottawa

The last entry of my Ottawa In A Day series like having a multi course meal for dinner. The final stretch of the series is obviously ending with a scoop (or two) of dessert (how classic). After doing my usual research aka reading tons of reviews, I chose to go to Piccolo Grande (means small big in Italian, according to Google translate).

This small cafe is at the edge of ByWard Market and we almost missed it. There is a lot of flavours to choose from, some gelato and some sorbet. They also have drinks, cakes and candy bars (the kind you’d find at a corner store).

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We were all full from dinner at Coaster’s Seafood Grill, so we decided to share two flavours; lemon sorbet and walnut gelato. The sorbet was really sour (just like eating a lemon) but unfortunately the walnut was stale (according to my parents).

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Piccolo Grande’s official website doesn’t seem to work. However, there’s a Facebook page, but it’s not really active.
Photos via Canon G12.

Yogoberri Cafe

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I love meeting up with friends over comfort food. This time, we met at Yogoberri. I’ve been here before, but maybe six years ago? It’s a small comfortable and cozy cafe, that serves desserts (mainly waffles, frozen yogurt and shaved ice). Located on the second floor of a random building on Yonge Street, south of Cummer Ave, you sure won’t miss it.

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There were too many desserts to choose from, so we picked two and shared both. We ordered a red bean shaved ice with vanilla froyo and half a Belgian waffle with green tea froyo. The shaved ice came with frozen fruits, red beans, corn flakes and a powder of something I can’t explain.  The waffle came with chopped fruits and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Both were delicious, as I had a craving for the two! But I found the froyo is too icy, for my taste, and did not have enough distinct flavour.

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It’s a cute and quiet place if you’re looking for something that isn’t mainstream (I’m referring to busy Asian dessert places).  I met my friend on a Tuesday around 5pm. There were only three tables with customers, including us. The owner/ server is really nice and speaks English. He explained and helped us with our order. They also serve shaved milk and baked goodies!

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Click here for their website (but they’re not active on social media).