I Got Baked In San Francisco

I'm lucky enough to live within a 5 minute walk of one of San Francisco's most famous bakeries, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. This bakery is most well known for their neon sign installation (pictured above) and their delicious baked goods. Their Cruffins (a delicious croissant/muffin creation) are ready at between 8AM and 11AM daily. They have a weekly curated flavor list that gets posted to their Instagram every Monday morning. 

Beyond the famous Cruffin, they have other delicious baked goods ranging from savory to sweet to satisfy everyone's cravings. The jelly filled doughnuts are amazing and I'm a sucker for any one of their croissants. On this trip, I just went with a plain old chocolate croissant which did not disappoint. If you're looking to score one of their boxes, you need 6 items which will run you about $25-$30. 

Mr. Holmes keeps their coffee on the simple side with drip coffee but still delicious. The coffee cups and sleeves add just the right touch for some great photos. If you're in the mood for a latte or specialty drink with your baked goods, Jane on Larkin is just down the street. 

Mr. Holmes is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. The best time to go is early Monday through Wednesday; there tends to be less of a line and a full selection of treats. If you're in it for the 'gram, you'll be able to get some good pictures too instead of weekends which are insane. If you're in it for the Cruffin, you'll likely get your hands on one during the week, but on weekends ensure you're lined up well before opening to get your hands on one of their coveted 'guaranteed' Cruffin stickers. 

Make sure you get 'baked' if you head to San Francisco this summer. Check Mr. Holmes out on Yelp! and Instagram

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper XX

Protein Banana Pancakes

I’ve had a few requests from people to upload our “Instagram Story” from this weekend when I made Protein Banana Pancakes. The recipe made 5 pancakes so double up if you’re making this for a larger group. I would even recommend making a larger serving for 2 people.

Ingredients: 
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup oats
- 1 serving protein powder (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Handful of seasonal berries of your choosing
- Maple syrup

Directions:
- Mash banana in a medium sized mixing bowl
- Add the two large eggs to the bowl and whisk together
- Blend the ½ cup of oats in a blender and add to mixture
- Add 1 serving of protein powder to the mixture
- Add the cinnamon and vanilla for some flavor
- Preheat a pan on low/medium heat with a dash of oil or butter
- Cook ¼ cup of batter at a time at low/medium heat for 1.5 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the second
- Add your handful of berries and syrup

I hope you guys enjoy this quick breakfast recipe! It takes 5 minutes of prep and less than 3 minutes to cook.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Pepper XX

Toronto Coffee Corners: Must Visits

One of my boyfriend and my favorite Sunday traditions is to head out and explore the best of what Toronto has to offer in terms of unique or original coffee shops. Its no different when we head out on vacation; we're constantly searching for the best cup of Joe. We tend to find those gems from fellow bloggers who stumble upon the best new spots in their cities.

For those local Torontonians and visitors, I thought it was only fair to share my list of favorite Toronto coffee shops. There is by no means an order to this list, just an accumulation of what we've found to have a little je ne sais quoi on a peaceful Sunday afternoon. 

 DineEn

DineEn

 Sorry iced Latte

Sorry iced Latte

Rooster Coffee House (East Side), Arvo Coffee (Distillery District), Odin (East Side),  Dineen Coffee (Financial District), Maman (Financial District), White Squirrel (Rosedale), Sorry (Yorkville), ZaZa Espresso Bar (Yorkville), Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar (West Side), Quantum Coffee (King Street West), and Sam James Coffee Bar (West Side). 

 Sorry

Sorry

 Rooster 

Rooster 

Is there anywhere in Toronto you think we're missing? Comment below so we can take a peek on a Sunday afternoon. 

 Maman

Maman

 Maman interior

Maman interior

p.s. can you tell I like red nail polish!?