This is not just any Loblaws. It is the Maple Leaf Gardens location!
My first visit to this location was back in 2012 with my sister Shannon. Before that? I saw my first concert back in the 80s. Did you know I used to be a HUGE Duranie? That is right. No hockey for me. It was all about Nick Rhodes.
What a stunning store! The bright colours are so festive and fun. They draw you in and cheer you up at the same time.
The Patisserie would be downright dangerous had Michelle and I visited on an empty stomach.
They even have an in-store Ace Bakery working away.
My eyes were all over the deli though.
Basil pesto pine nut goat cheese ball?! Brilliant foodie idea.
Hello yummy free samples!
I will never get over their wall of CHEESE!!!
As much as I wanted to buy, well, EVERYTHING, I started to focus. Focus on the products that are hard to find at my store. I was thrilled to see so many Black Label products, my favourite!
It was hard not to pick up both the Coffee and Pistachio ice creams, my favourites, but despite it being freezing outside I knew we had a long day ahead and leaving it in the car just felt weird. Damn it.
Now here we go! I could find the regular PC Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee at my local store but NOT the decaf version! I was so happy to find it here even though it was 50 cents more than what I paid for in Vancouver at my Superstore.
Again, I could find regular Typhoo tea but NOT the decaf. Not cheap but it is an import and will not hurt my brain.
I was shocked that I could not find Earth’s Own So Fresh Almond Coconut milk at my local store. I love this product. So much so that back in 2013 I choose it as one of my favourite products of the year. Super delicious and I am not even a huge fan of coconut but this makes the BEST morning iced mocha drinks.
The best surprise of all was discovering they still made and sold PC Black Label Truffle Aioli!!! Now they call it a whipped dressing so I will see if it is different than the one I reviewed back in 2011. It is one of my favourite products of all time. OK, it may actually be my favourite product of all time, I love it that much. As you can see this made me very, VERY happy!
There Is More!
I had picked up a few 100% berry juice drinks that are hard to find and thought that was it. We were done. Then I saw Nutella! Lots and lots of Nutella! A whole Nutella bar at the Loblaws café. My foodie mind was blown.
Everything Nutella is here and damn, I so wished I was hungry. But I was still stuffed!
You can also find all sorts of weird frozen treats like Chili Chocolate…
Kale, spinach, pineapple, orange sorbet (OMG, seriously?) and…
Sour Cherry and Pistachio, that is better! Much better.
Not only can you stock up on everything food you can pick up small appliances, kitchen tools, dishes, mugs… This is like a Superstore on steroids but in a good way.
If I lived right downtown, I tell you I would be hanging out at the Nutella bar all the time. What a genius idea!
The Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws location is a foodie dream. It is a tad more expensive but not cost prohibitive and totally worth checking out.
As much as I loved going there I am going to also be checking out the rumour that some Superstores do online delivery now! Hopefully when I start to need my foodie favourites again I will turn to this option and check it out and see if it is worth it and what is involved. I have to keep reminding myself that this is my home now, I am not on vacation. To feel like I am home I need my favourite foods.
Have you been to this location? If you could buy anything from this fantastic location what would it be?