Sweet, tart, buttery and chewy all it once. Mango coconut lime squares, a gentle reminder of warm weather and good things to come.
I love finding new places to hangout in. I’m a true believer in loving the city you live in and learning about all it has to offer. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for new coffee shops, a hip and funky boutique or a fantastic new restaurant in my adopted home of Hamilton, Ontario. It was during one of these jaunts across the Hammer, where I came across Mulberry Street Coffee House and tried the dessert that inspired the post I’m sharing with you today. This great spot and their in-house baked cranberry coconut lemon squares sent my mind a spinning and my culinary wheels a turning. It also reaffirmed my belief that Hamilton’s embarrassing “armpit” of Ontario moniker really needs to be retired.
Many have a sordid reputation of Hamilton, especially those from the other side of the Lake Ontario. Torontonians and other habitants of the GTA, who shall remain nameless, see Hamilton as the Golden Horseshoe’s cesspool, a place of heavy industry, low class citizens, sketchy neighborhoods and confusing one-way streets. While some of these characterizations are true, the wheel that turns Hamilton’s economy is steel production (hence the nickname, “The Hammer”) and one-way streets do plague the downtown area, the city is so much more than what people make it out to be. Hamilton is a diamond in the rough, a city in the middle of a cultural renaissance and on the cusp of urban renewal. It’s those unfairly tagged, “sketchy” neighbourhoods that are being transformed into the pride of the city, and the very thing that is beckoning young professionals to live, work and play in the burgeoning arts and culture sector of the Hammer.