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A taste of Slovenia – without the airfare

December, 2009

Walking on Ste. Catherine St. past the Pepsi Forum, you may spot the terrace of a fine café and bakery, with its name displayed in earthy colours near the door. Pekarna’s tour-de-force is the cake display with its impressive diversity of flavours including chestnut, carrot, apple, cherry, mocha, and triple ganache. I had the strawberry cheese cake and was surprised that it had a hint of lemon zest. The cakes come in two sizes, and the bakery also makes children’s birthday cakes, wedding cakes and caters celebrations.

Other bakery foods include generously sized gingerbread men, strawberry tarts, apple pockets and chocolate chip muffins that are crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. There are European candies, a range of gelato flavours and some chocolate confectionery.

Pekarna also serves large wrap sandwiches that have a distinct Mediterranean flavour. You can order just one or, if you’re feeding a crowd, a deluxe platter. To drink, you can get coffee – try the Viennese coffee – or tea, hot or cold. A lesser-known beverage on Pekarna’s menu is Euro Soda, a combination of club soda and flavoured syrup, served to the rim.

This is an authentic Slovenian pastry shop you can enjoy without having to travel to Eastern Europe. Pekarna is located in the Pepsi Forum, 313 Ste. Catherine W., Suite 103. Info: 514-228-5222.

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