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Baires Gelato & Cafe – Marion Street

Baires Gelato & Cafe is now closed. It’s place has been taken by Diaspora Cafe. I have made one visit to Diaspora, and hope to make a second one soon. 

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A few months ago as I was wandering down Marion Street, I noticed a sign for a new cafe opening in the bottom of a condo complex. I made note and a few weeks ago  I paid my first visit to Baires Gelato & Cafe. I wasn’t in the mood for supper, but wanted a little something sweet to eat.
Being on the corner of the ground floor, the cafe has lots of window that give it a real bright feeling. There are several tables as well as about 8-10 counter seats along the Marion Street Wall.

The cafe offers a good selection of gelato, from Eva’s Gelato, along with a real good selection of sweets. On my first visit to Baires, I started off with an Americano to drink and had a piece of toffee cake to eat. From what I’ve learned some desserts are made in shop and some are brought in from places such as Goodies. I don’t know which category the toffee cake fell into but it was a real sweet treat. Rich and flavourful with a nice sponge to it.

My favourite item.
My favourite item at Baires.

The coffee and the hot chocolate were both rather ordinary. Their coffee beverages are made using a machine that dispenses a variety of beverages at the touch of a button or two. These machines are only ever going to give you an adequate drink.

Americano.
Americano.

In addition to my toffee cake I ordered a small dish of gelato. I ordered Lemon flavour. The  single scoop is a generous portion and the gelato itself is good and tart as you would want a lemon dish to be.

Refreshingly tat Lemon Gelato.
Refreshingly tart Lemon Gelato.

Back to Baires Gelato

Just yesterday, I managed to make it back for a second visit. Again it was late evening dessert time. This time I ordered a Chocolate Canolli and a piece of Apple-Cranberry Strudel.
The canolli was quite good. However, I really enjoyed the Apple-Cranberry Strudel. What I particularly appreciate about it is that the apples are tart and crisp. This plays off well against the sweetness of the rest of the filling.

A delightful dessert. Next time I might ask if they can warm it up.
A delightful dessert. Next time I might ask if they can warm it up.

The service here is very friendly. The young man serving yesterday seemed a lttlle over eager in his earnestness, but that may just because it was slow when I arrived.
Having said that, one of the reasons that it may be so slow is that it is very hard to find reference to Baires Gelato on the internet. I tried a variety of combinations as Google searches and eventually had to post in Manitoba Food Bloggers group on Facebook in an attempt to find the name online. While a restaurant doesn’t need to be tweeting or posting constantly, you have to let people know you exist. Baires Gelato may not get a foothold if they don’t start getting their name out.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.