Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 21-25

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 21: Pumpkin Macaron, Thomas Haas

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Out for a lovely, gray-day meeting with K.L., I found myself with an unexpected pumpkin item at Thomas Haas. Unexpected, because I had ordered an apple pie macaron, and was served pumpkin, instead!

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It had what looked to be pumpkin purée on the inside of its creamy filling, and was accompanied by a soy chai latte and a raspberry macaron. A delicious meeting, indeed!

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Day 22: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake, Breka Bakery

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Swallowing the unjustifiable frustration from my previous visit, I went with company this time to Breka to retrieve a pumpkin item.

We locked our sights on the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake, and grabbed the treat and went on our way.

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It was surprisingly accurate on the “latte” component of its name – it was kind of like what I recall tiramisu cakes being like, with their coffee flavour and sweet layers. Definitely worth a try if you’re in the neighbourhood and like that sort of thing!

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Day 23: Pumpkin Cheesecake, Neverland Tea Salon
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My plan had not been to have my pumpkin so early in the day, but here I was at high tea for breakfast, and there, on the menu, was pumpkin cheesecake. For breakfast.

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Among many other delicious menu items, this little slice of cake was at the tail-end of my meal and nearly missed the mark because of just how many pots of tea and small sandwiches I had consumed leading up to it. However, it was delicious, and I would recommend you snagging it while it is in season!

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Day 24: Pumpkin Pecan Muffin, Made by Grandma

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Thanks again to my grandma for keeping my Pumpkin Challenge exciting and sprinkled with homemade goodies! These were some healthy and texture-filled muffins that, with a mug of tea, made a few grey mornings much more pleasant.

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Day 25: Vegan Pumpkin Pie, Aphrodite’s Organice Café and Pie Shop

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It seemed wrong to go through an entire Pumpkin Challenge without indulging in an Aphrodite’s pumpkin pie. So I didn’t.

At first, one may think that these pie slices seem a bit expensive (particularly for the vegan/gluten-free flavours), but one will almost certainly find it worthwhile when they take a bite. This is especially true if you have it in-house and served with ice cream (dairy-free, too!), gelato, and heart-shaped cinnamon designs on the side of your plate.

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