Munch it Pastry Shop and Fortify Foods are two new cafes that have moved into the Marion-Goulet area not far from St. Philip’s. Munch It is located in the Dominion Centre shopping Mall, and Fortify Foods is attached to the Fortify wellness Centre in the old pharmacy building at the corner of Marion and Taché.
Munch It Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday 12 am – 6 pm
When you enter, there are three small table scattered through the front part of the pastry shop. Straight ahead is the counter, which features a large cool case and a small section containing a few loaves of bread. In the far front corner of the shop there is a small selection of pre-packaged goods. Behind the counter there is a small coffee/espresso maker along with a selection of tea bags.
One of the things I like about Munch It is that they have a lot of treats in the $2-4.00 range. They also offers whole pies and cakes. The offerings go from the fairly simple baked goods all the way up to elaborately decorated cakes.
Munch It Pastry Shop is located only a couple of blocks from St. Boniface Hospital. The baked good from here make a great break from what passes for food at the hospital.
Munch It Sweets
I first saw the sign for the pastry shop early in December. The windows were all covered so I could not see inside. With the lead up to Christmas, there was no real opportunity to visit. So it was only a couple of weeks ago that I paid my first visit.
I picked up two items on my first visit. The first is the Lemon Horn. I thought when I purchased it, that it would be creme filling at the end of the horn, with lemon curd in the middle. It turns out to be a creme horn where they mix in lemon zest. The lemon is not as strong as in other lemon horns, but comes through good enough. The pastry is good and crispy.
The Apple Jack also does not look like the other Apple Jacks I generally order. The pastry is light rather than dark brown. there is also a lot less sugar sprinkled on top. Despite that, this is really good. One theme that recurs with the pastry is that it is both crispy and flaky.
I bought both of these items just before closing time and they we still fresh. I took them back to the church to eat, while I finished off the Sunday bulletin.
My second time in I simply picked up a bun. This is, I believe, called a medialunas. However, I forgot to write it down when I purchased it. The crust is crunchy and the bread itself is really soft and chewy. It would be really great for breaking off the little pieces and tossing them into your soup.
Yesterday I decided I would make a stop and actually order something for inside at the pastry shop. One of the things that catches my eye is the Milhoja. this is the Spanish version of the Mille-Feuille. My favourite version of this was a lemon flavoured one that they used to make at the Belgian Pastry Shop on Corydon, which is now the site of the Falafel Place.
Again, the pastry on this dish is light, flaky, and crispy. The Dulce de Leche filling is also real tasty. One of the things I like about it, is that it is not overly sweet. It makes a really satisfying mid-morning treat.
For a beverage I chose a hot chocolate. Served in a glass, it is rich and warm. Plus, it is fun to watch the milk while you stir your chocolate. The beverage is made with a thick chocolate paste, and so you need to stir from time to time to get the full value. It is however, worth the effort.
Before I left, I had a brief chat with the owner. I though perhaps he might be Portuguese, but he is Spanish from Argentina. He and his family moved to Canada in 2006 and opened the pastry shop just a few weeks ago.
Munch It may not be as glamorous as some of the new businesses everyone is going ga-ga over, but this is a local business owner who definitely deserves your business. If your down in the area, stop in and give it a try. I know I will be going back on a fairly regular basis.