We had just finished having lunch at Havana on the Drive and I was waiting at the intersection of Commercial and Venables. Looking over to my left, Uprising Breads caught my eye. Boy, this place has been around for as long as I can remember. Despite driving by it many times, I've never tried it. A quick last minute decision found me turning left instead of right. Viv was wondering what I was up to. I declared that this would be the day I actually tried Uprising Breads. Better late than never! I quickly zipped into a parking spot and away we went. On the outside, there were some people enjoying some coffee and pastries. Inside, there were people doing much of the same thing. This place is indeed quaint.
I asked one of the staff if I could take some pictures. He looked at me blankly for what seemed to be an eternity. I finally broke the uncomfortable silence by explaining that I write a food blog. Immediately after that, he seemed to break out of whatever trance he was in. There were so many yummy things to choose from, it took me awhile to decided. Finally, I decided to get 2 Cheddar Scones, a Blueberry Cheesecake Square, a Lemon Cranberry Square, a piece of Carrot Cake, a Smarties Chocolate Cupcake and a half dozen of Smuffins.
When we got home, I quickly took some pictures and then dug right into the carrot cake. Oh, this was good! The cake itself was full of carrot and raisins which was topped by a fairly sweet cream cheese icing. Then I decided to take a bite of the scone. Hmm... Okay, I needed to nuke it first for 20 seconds. Alright, much better! It was fluffy and there was more than enough cheddar to flavour the scone. I was tempted to slap on some butter; but I resisted. I ended up giving the cheese cake to my mom, so I didn't get to try it. However, she did say it was good and she knows her cheese cake, it's one of her favs!
I finally got to try the lemon cranberry square the day after and boy did it have a lot of zing. However, the tartness was not overwhelming and I could still taste the butter... mmm... buuuutter... I also ate one of the blueberry muffins and I found it a bit dry. Not dry enough to make it bad; but it was not as moist as I would've liked. Mind you, it probably means less fat which translate into a healthier muffin. I didn't get to try the cupcake because my son ate it; I'm sure he liked it. It's chocolate, has icing on it and is topped with smarties. What's not to like? I did like the items I got from Uprising Breads, they were more than adequate. I've had better, but for the prices and the quaintness of the store, it's got something that is lacking these days - character.
- It's a neat bakery in a neat location
- Decent products
- It's got character
- Maybe it's just me, but I thought it was a bit expensive for what you get