Chasing Down Cookies in Ontario Canada

Last week I was in Canada. The same province I went to in September with my mom for the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in Unionville.

Chasing Down Cookies in Ontario Canada

When I was there last, I had to drive into the city of Toronto to pick up Grant Lee Phillips, from the Drake Hotel. Yeah, NBD, just had the town troubadour in my car for forty minutes while I drove him to the festival.

Funny story about that is that when he first got in the car, my playlist was on a Grateful Dead song, and as we were chatting Grant mentioned something about it, acknowledging my amazing music taste. I was feeling pretty cool about myself until the next song came on, Justin Bieber’s How Do you Feel. So, that happened.

Before I picked Grant up, and subjected this professional musician to the Biebs, I went to the Drake Hotel Cafe, since I arrived earlier than he was expecting me. I saw that they had chocolate chip cookies and since I had reached my fast end time, I decided to partake. I got a flat white and a chocolate chip cookie.

And seriously y’all, this was the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had. And I am a total cookie snob. It was amazing. Ah-mazing.

When I went last week, I went for business. I was meeting with some folks on my team and since half of them are international, Ontario was a good mid-point. Somehow…

My only mission for this trip was to get cookies from the Drake Hotel again. I was going to buy a whole dozen!

I didn’t go the first day, because my flight was delayed and I got in late. And I couldn’t go on the second day in the morning, but I was determined to go after my meeting ended in the afternoon.

I dropped my stuff off at the hotel and made the trek, on foot, to the Drake. It was 2.7 miles from my hotel, which may not seem like much, but believe me it was.

Chasing Down Cookies in Ontario Canada

I feel like when I tell you that the lights to the cafe were off when I got there and the not-so-sympathetic woman at the front desk, told me that they don’t sell the chocolate chip cookies outside of the cafe, you won’t be too surprised. I honestly wasn’t either. Of course, it wasn’t open. Something I could have easily determined with a quick phone call, barring my crippling phone anxiety.

The cookies, may however, be available at the Drake Commissary, on the other side of town, the woman told me. Ugh, I wasn’t going to walk. But I also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get my hands on these cookies!

So I booked a Lyft.

Chasing Down Cookies at the Drake Commisasary

I practically ran up the steps to the Commissary, and could smell the sweet aroma of baked goods in the air. I was certain this was going to work.

It didn’t.

Not only did the nice man at the register let me know know that said cookies were not in stock, he seemed not to know which cookies I was referring to.

I gushed at him for a few minutes, about how these were the best cookies I’d ever had and that I had flown all the way from Connecticut, US to get them. He was really nice about it, and was apologetic that he didn’t have them. He also charged me for only one cookie, when I decided to try two others, as well as a chocolate croissant, and apple pastry. All of which I devoured in the shadows of my hotel…..before dinner.

Was the trip worth it without the cookies, it’s hard to say. Will I be back to Toronto in search of my tasty little morsels in the future? Absolutely.

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  1. Reply

    I love that you searched for a cookie. I love that you picked up Grant Lee Phillips at the airport. I love that Justin Bieber came on your playlist. Honestly, that is a very Lorelai Gilmore thing to have happen. 🙂
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      • Ani
      • November 18, 2019

      Hahaha I’m glad you appreciate my adventures! I’m living my most Gilmore life.

    • Mother of 3
    • November 19, 2019

    What a disappointment! I hate when I have just this ONE thing on my mind that I’m looking forward to and it doesn’t pan out… Love the total honesty about all that you did try to appease yourself though. Were any of the “replacements” any good?

      • Ani
      • November 22, 2019

      It was so frustrating! Especially since it was my only goal for that trip. And also because I walked so far for them! Not to mention, the cookies were just so good, and I was really hoping to stuff my face with them!

  2. Reply

    Your adventures kill me! And I love how you consumed them all ‘in the shadows of your hotel’ before dinner. I totally imagined you hanging out in a dark corner so not even the mirror could reflect what you were doing.
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      • Ani
      • November 22, 2019

      You know me so well, I was doing just that! If no one sees it, it didn’t really happen. Lol!

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        I like your style!
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    This sounds like just the kind of foodie adventure I’d get myself into! I wonder what makes those cookies so special… In a world of a million chocolate chip cookie recipes, I’m always curious about the tiny tweaks that set each one apart.

      • Ani
      • November 22, 2019

      Oh, did I mention these were vegan too?! The best vegan and non-vegan chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. It was the perfect crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside. And the slightest sprinkle of salt on the top. Ugh, now I want one all over again! If you’re even in Toronto, you must stop by the Drake!

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