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Lots to love about Kelly’s XO! (Kelly’s XO Bakeshop, Burlington, Ontario, Canada)

A single cupcake at Kelly’s could make any gluten-addict turn gluten-free. Seriously.

I picked up a box of cupcakes for my gluten-free friend and took home a few for my cupcake-crazy daughter and I to test out. We couldn’t even hold out till dessert time. I assure you that you will never know these delicious treats are 100% guilt-free with no gluten, peanuts, artificial colours, or dairy. This mother-daughter team sure knows how to “bake you happy” (their slogan, not mine!)

What to bite?

You MUST try a cupcake. They serve standards everyday such as red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, but on special occasions (like Valentines or Christmas), their creations get even more amazing! We tried “candycane”, a chocolate cake with mint (dairy free) buttercream icing sprinkled with crushed candycanes. Another fav is Chocolate orange, which is essentially a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in cupcake form – amazing! Each day they have daily special cupcakes so you could go all week and indulge in a different cupcake each day!

They also serve a variety of cookies, brownies, muffins, scones, cakes, cookie sandwiches (yes, you read that right) and if you don’t have a good reason to get married anytime soon, I can give you one….they even cater weddings (and custom orders if you have a lower-key event!)

What to sip?

Kelly’s serves up fair trade coffee with dairy-free options to stay in or take out.

Why I love it?

Incredibly friendly staff. When I stopped in, the staff took the time to explain the selection to me and I didn’t feel at all rushed despite the growing line behind me. Warm cozy inside, and lights up the bustling street with trendy outside decor. Located in the downtown core of Burlington, they offer a few spots to sit in and enjoy on a break from shopping at nearby boutiques, or take your treats to go in beautiful cupcake-friendly boxes. If you give them 48 hours notice, they’ll bake up a custom order for your event (think girls night!).

Check them out online here!


This pizza would make Mona Lisa smile! (Mona Lisa Cafe, Granada, Nicaragua)

Remember a time that you were wandering the streets of a foreign country after weeks of travel, craving some grub from home? Then picture stepping into a little pizza shop, almost feeling guilty for not immersing yourself in that culture’s cuisine, but indulging in your comfort food. You gear yourself up for a mediocre slice, as you sip your cool beer on the patio. We both know how this story turns out when your pota

to and sausage pizza arrives and you realize that this is one of the greatest pizzas of your life. SO great in fact that you make it a priority to visit the restaurant one last time before you catch your flight home! If you are fortunate enough to tour around Nicaragua, make sure you stop in Granada for a few days. Not only to check out the rich culture, colorful doors, and bustling markets, but also for some great pizza! (check out my other reviews on Granada restaurants while you’re at it!)

What to bite?

Let’s be honest here, you could order a topping you didn’t even like and you would still go back for more. Although a little pricy for Granada, it is well worth ordering a pizza larger that wh

at you’d normally order. Thin, crispy crust, fresh homemade sauce and gooey mozzarella. Grab a beer and share your pie with a friend or better yet, order 2!

Why I love it?

Kid-friendly (even a highchair if you ask) with an indoor play area. Sidewalk patio for prime people watching and incredible sunset view of the city street (see photo below!). Or eat indoors (booooring!). Family owned and staffed with warm and friendly locals.

Check them out online here!

View from Mona Lisa Cafe

View from Mona Lisa Cafe

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