Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe

I’ve heard a lot about Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe, especially in magazines.  However it wasn’t until recently when GRock’s friend started working there as a baker that I’ve succumbed to lots more praises and recommendations from GRock. The final nail in the coffin was when GRock showed me a picture of this magical looking poached plum tart that they had for the Fall season.  I had to have it, so finally I made a date with Miz Brown Sugar, C-Dizzle, and Erin to visit the bakery for a sugar coma fest.

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe: Baked Goods

There are a ton of baked goods to choose from obviously, but they have a pretty extensive cafe menu too.  We were instructed by GRock to arrive no later than 10:45am on a Friday for the best selection.

And it was a wise decision, as we saw that the store was constantly busy.  We were lucky though that their signature item the Almond Croissant was still plentiful even by the time we left, as were a lot of their other goodies.

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe Latte

Miz Brown Sugar is vegan so all she had was a latte (every baked good has eggs in it).  She was very excited about the latte art.

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe Cheese Scone with Porchetta & Smoked Cheddar

Since we arrived so early, I hadn’t had a chance to eat breakfast yet.  Neither had C-Dizzle and she quickly hopped to it and ordered a Brioche with Duck Prosciutto, Rillette Mayo, Red Oak Lettuce, Candied Walnuts & Apple ($9.5, not pictured).  I was originally just here for the sweets, but once she unwrapped her sandwich, I knew I had to get one too.  So I picked the Cheese Scone with Porchetta & Smoked Cheddar ($9.5, pictured above).

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Hot Chocolates & CakeBread Bakery

Hot Chocolates and CakeBread Bakery in Courtenay

Cold winter weather always calls for a nice, cozy cup of hot chocolate don’t you agree? We took a short trip to the island, and while it wasn’t exactly wintery weather, it was still mighty cold. So Hitman took me to a place in downtown Courtenay called Hot Chocolates for…wait for it….Hot Chocolate!!

Hot Chocolates and CakeBread Bakery in Courtenay

Now Hot Chocolates actually coexists with the artisan bakery Cakebread.  On one side, there’s handmade belgian chocolate treats of all sorts plus gelato.  On the other side, baked goodies that are sure to bring out your indecisive side.

Hot Chocolates and CakeBread Bakery in Courtenay

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Wannawafel

Market Square in Victoria, BC

I went to a congress in Victoria for work.  Yep.  Victoria.  Actually, it was Sidney.  Even worse.  I asked around beforehand about where to go to eat, and a fun place called Wannawafel came up.  It was located in downtown Victoria.  And they serve waffles.  So my roommate SheShe and I decided we were going to go there.

Wannawafel exterior

Wannawafel interior

I didn’t expect it to be so small.  But apparently it was bigger than what my friend thought it would be.  She thought it was going to be just a cart.  I guess they expanded.  They were very aromatic though.  We could smell their waffles from the outside.

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Cookies of Course

Cookies of Course

I’ve recently joined a bunch of those “Daily Deal” sites and I must say, I was skeptic at first but it’s been treating me pretty well.  They are usually very good deals and the coupon for Cookies of Course was one of my first purchases from Groupon.  The coupon allowed for 2 dozen cookies for $9.  J and I took a trip down to finally get our fix.

It was kinda hard to find though.  If it helps, this store is actually located inside the Harbour Centre.

Cookies of Course

It seems like this deal had brought them a ton of  business, as they asked if we’ve called ahead.  We didn’t, but we definitely will next time.  The owner(?) was very considerate.  Even though the coupon specifically said that we had to redeem all 2 dozen at once, he allowed us to get 1 dozen first and get the 2nd later.

The flavors I got was Chocolate Decadence, Chocolate Chip & Chunks, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Butterscotch Pecan, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, and Maple Walnut.

Cookies of Course: Butterscotch Pecan

Butterscotch Pecan

They. Were. So. Good.  Soft, gooey, chewy, rich, and yummy.  I really liked all the flavors.  The cookies are so full of ingredients, for example, the Butterscotch Pecan was full of pecan pieces and the butterscotch flavor was very prominent.  Oatmeal Raisin was so chewy and I convinced myself it was healthy~ 😉

Cookies of Course: Chocolate Decadence

Chocolate Decadence

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Pumpkin Seed Cream Cheese Muffin @ Starbucks

Starbucks: Pumpkin Seed Cream Cheese Muffin

Get it.  You won’t regret it.  Well, maybe in a few hours.  But it’ll be worth it 🙂