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A reason for coffee and dessert

Photo: 5ive 15ifteen Photo

Oh dear. I’m having a hard enough time resisting making regular pit stops at Krispy Kreme, and now I’ve just read some scientific findings that give me a valid reason to go:

Coffee with a sweet something on the side can help your brain function more efficiently according to study published in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. It’s the combo of the coffee and sweet treat  that improves cognitive performance (particularly with your sustained attention and working memory).

Photo: 5ive 15ifteen Photo

Also making it even harder to refrain from daily sugar fixes? Bobbette and Belle in Leslieville. The brand new shop sells a delectable selection of sweets–from macarons and salted caramels to homemade vanilla marshmallows with toasted coconut and whoopie pies. The gorgeous, daylight-filled space boasts two communal tables–although I doubt they’ll be much sharing of treats (keep your hands off my plate, missy!)–and a sofa area making it feel homey, like you could spend every day there, sipping and nibbling.

Which would be OK, you’re only helping your brain work more efficiently, right?

Leave a Comment November 25, 2010

Beauty & the East: Florabunda

This week, Health & Swellness is spotlighting some of the get-gorgeous hot spots in Leslieville. This east-end Toronto ‘hood is best known for its brunch, bakeries and coffee shops, but a girl cannot get by solely on caffeine and cupcakes, and, thankfully, a few beauty shops have started to crop up, too.

Who: Florabunda

What: Oh-so-pretty fresh cut flowers at cheap and cheerful prices — no more need to trek to Ave and Dav. (Before Florabunda opened, for simple cut flowers, eastenders were mainly stuck with the dismal selection at grocery and convenience stores.)

Why: Surround yourself with beauty and you’ll look and feel more gorgeous yourself — studies have shown that stopping to smell the flowers can reduce stress and that flowers can trigger happiness and increase life satisfaction.

When: Monday to Wednesday, 12 p.m to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 1131 Queen St. East; 416-463-5672.

1 Comment March 26, 2010

Beauty & the East: The Brow House

This week, Health & Swellness is spotlighting some of the get-gorgeous hot spots in Leslieville. This east-end Toronto ‘hood is best known for its brunch, bakeries and coffee shops, but a girl cannot get by solely on caffeine and cupcakes, and, thankfully, a few beauty shops have started to crop up, too.

Who: The Brow House

What: The focus here is brows — everything from shaping to colouring — but you can also hook yourself up with makeup application, facial waxing and faux lashes. Brow design starts at $20.

Why: I was feeling a little like Ugly Betty when she first started working at Mode but a quick visit to a pro at The Brow House sorted out my bushy brows. “If you have the wrong brow shape, it’s very distracting and if you have the right brows, it frames your most beautiful feature, your eyes,” says Kira, founder of The Brow House. She believes that 98 percent of the public have the wrong brows, and her goal is some serious brow education.

When: Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 1256 Queen St. East; 416-804-9716.

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