Happy weekend, everyone! It’s a crazy one with Pride going on, the first weekend celebrating the end of the school year and the official start to summer vacation, World Cup, and Canada Day weekend! And if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets or is taking Monday off to make it a long weekend, you must be feeling elated! Sorry for missing the last few days here though. I’ve been under the weather and in a lot of pain and discomfort and honestly, I just need some serious TLC for both my mind and body because the stress of everything – finding work, losing sleep over finding work, and then getting sick – took its toll for the greater part of this past week and I’m really looking forward to mindlessly watching tv to calm everything down. BUT! I did manage to enjoy a bit of Pride Week/World Pride, foodie-style, before a bout of sickness took over so I’m so excited that I was able to squeeze that in because after getting an e-mail about these babies, I did NOT want to miss out: Pride maple gingerbread cookies from All the Best Fine Foods in the Church-Wellesley village!
I subscribe to e-mails from All the Best Fine Foods, a gourmet food shop here in the city with two locations (one by Summerhill station and the other by Church & Wellesley; check out my first post on them HERE, featuring their chocolate fudge cupcakes!) and I received one last week with a whole bunch of summer news and goodies, including the news about Pride and the Church & Wellesley location selling special Pride-themed gingerbread cookies. I saw it and freaked out because the little picture of them looked so darn adorable! So amidst all the chaos of this week, I managed to make a trip down to grab a bunch of these beautiful cookies to celebrate Pride. It is SO awesome seeing the community decked out in all its rainbow glory and even just walking through the neighbourhood and buying these cookies for the occasion felt special. It was like being a tourist in my own city.
I picked up five cookies ($1 each!) including a set of rainbow maple leafs, a rainbow Pride flag, a rainbow Canadian Pride flag, and a cutie-patootie drag king and queen, ha! And to round out my purchase, I picked up a few Russian doll Pride keychains because I’m a total sucker for cute accessories and knick-knacks like that. And you know what? They taste AMAZING! The cookies, not the keychains. Some might dismiss decorated cookies as just that: cookies that are decorated but bland in taste and purely admired for their aesthetic. Not these. The maple gingerbread cookies are so soft and delicious and I love them. The icing wasn’t hard (seriously, there are decorated cookies out there that have the capacity to chip a tooth!), the sweetness was perfect, and they screamed fun and cuteness. I’ve already eaten four – three maple leaf ones and one of the flags. My brother and I are totally gorging on the rest of them for the rest of the weekend.
However you’re celebrating this weekend, I hope everyone has a fun one. Happy Pride and fingers crossed for a rain-free parade tomorrow!
All the Best Fine Foods is located at 493 on Church Street near Wellesley in the Church-Wellesley Village. Their 2nd location is south of Summerhill station at 1101 Yonge Street in the Rosedale neighbourhood and area.