Hot Stacks Famous Pancakes

We hardly ever venture out of the Scarborough-Toronto area. 1. Scarborough is a central spot to find most Chinese foods (that my family will eat). 2. What’s the point? (though I see all the other activities we could be doing.)

This was definitely a special day (or weekend rather) because my parents went on a cruise! And I took the day off from studying just to come here (sort of). We started off, well early enough, leaving the house around 9 A.M.ish. It took us about an hour’s car ride to get to Tanger Outlets in Cookstown. After all the shopping, we finally made it to Hot Stacks Famous Pancakes, located five minutes West of the mall (literally five minutes!).

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It’s really family friendly. The restaurant looks so cute! It’s really big and spacious inside. I wish I had taken a panorama from the entrance.

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A restaurant that serves (mainly) breakfast items all day (till closing)…I LOVE IT! The menu has plenty to choose from….pancakes, waffles to omelettes.

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The premium orange juice wasn’t anything fancy. It just comes with pulp.

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We were starving and almost ate everything! I had a hard time choosing what I wanted because I wanted a bit of everything!

D ordered Liver, Bacon and Onions (under the Lunch Clasics) (typical him). It came with a side of chicken rice soup. And the soup was delicious (we never had that before).

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A also had a hard time deciding what she wanted. I believe she settled with the Junior Lumberjack (under Breakfast Classics) ; that came with everything: eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon and hash brown.

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I ordered the Cinnamon Apple Glazed Waffle. Truly disappointed. The waffle (YES, one waffle) wasn’t crispy and where do I even begin with the glaze? It is honestly apple sauce with powdered cinnamon. I was expecting more, like a cinnamon apple waffle batter? And it wasn’t hot either. Maybe warm? It’s been too long! (Sigh!)

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I’m on the edge if you ask me whether or not I would eat here again. I do like the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. I have yet to encounter something similar to this in my area. But the journey here is a bit too long.

Visit Hot Stacks’ website here.
*All photos via. my iPhone 6.

Sunday Pancakes x 2

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Nothing like a wintery Sunday morning making pancakes for breakfast. I can’t remember the last time we made pancakes. Actually, I’m not a big fan of pancakes. The fact that making pancakes with my family makes me really happy. We hardly see each other, besides eating at the dinner table.

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Because my brother can’t have dairy products and eggs, I searched for an eggless and dairy free recipe. I chose a vegan and gluten free recipe. I never really liked vegan or gluten free foods; there’s something plain about it. But I WAS so wrong. This Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Buckwheat Pancake recipe by Oh She Glows completely changed my mind. The batter was thinner compared to a normal milk and egg pancake mixture, but what the hell. Using a ladle, I scooped the batter and placed a hot plat cast iron buttered grill. They cooked within seconds (wait for the bubbles to form).

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Because my dad is a picky eater, I used Sorted Food’s Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe. This recipe made a thick batter, too thick compared to a regular pancake mix. Nevertheless, this recipe was fun and pretty easy to make. We had fun squirting the cinnamon butter on the pancakes!

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To top off these two very different pancakes, we made peameal bacon. Trying to be super healthy (but not really because there we used a lot of butter to cook the pancakes), we had bananas and avocados.

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Sorted Food’s Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe (Youtube video here)
Oh She Glows’ Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Buckwheat Pancake recipe

*This is part of my new year resolution. I’m trying to cut out junk food and eat healthier. To me, that means more fruits, vegetables, yogurt and grains. And of course, less eating out, but treating myself one in a while.
** In NO means I am trying to persuade anyone to change their eating habits.