There aren’t any good bakeries near where we live, so we tried out this place called French Corner Patisserie 10 minutes drive away.

It was not good. The sponge cake tasted dry and flavourless. The almond cake tasted like regular flour. Overall, just very low skill level. We also bought some regular bread and still not good. Onto the next place…

The only reliable sweets place we’ve liked has been Sugar Marmalade. It’s a chain restaurant specializing in drinks and desserts, and the occasional side of deep fried food.

Left: Coconut milk with glutinous rice balls. Right: Coconut jelly scraped out from previous coconut.

And Serena’s favourite: black pepper chicken katsu over rice. This tastes extremely salty to me, but Serena just can’t get enough of this.

And the drink we always get, their special Royal Mango drink, with yogurt pops. We like it equally for the mango syrup and half for the pops. Nice texture.

For Summerlicious, we went to Cactus Club Cafe beside the BMO building downtown.

Salad: extra sour. Flooded with vinegar, this was tough to finish. The Kale was okay, but the dressing, dear lord.

The tuna tartare was okay. A little tasteless, but Serena liked it.

Stead for the main. This was actually pretty good. Cooked rare enough, and seasoned well.

Salmon being the other main. Quiet crispy and not fishy.

For dessert, the little mocha cups. EXTRA SWEET. Hard to swallow.

The brownie fudge, also VERY SWEET. Yikes.

Overall, I’d say it was an okay meal. The atmosphere and decor were nice, but the food is completely passable. Maybe the volume of Summerlicious caused them to sacrifice quality. I don’t know.