When the ride picked up some major press last week – in the National Post and on Metro Morning – I was even more excited to meet up with Hyedie and the rest of the riders.
We started out at Dlish, a cupcake shop I’ve walked past many times but had never stopped in to sample. Verge, the super-generous shop owner, set our ride off to a sweet start with complimentary cupcakes and water. I chose a simple vanilla/vanilla combo (in my opinion, the best gauge with which to judge a bakery) that was light, fluffy and, well, Dlish. Needless to say, I’ll be stopping from here on in.
With our blood sugar levels sufficiently spiked, we rambled through Trinity-Bellwoods on a western tour that included the new-to-me West Toronto Railpath (an amazing paved path that runs north/south on the east side of the train tracks between Dundas and Dupont) and a lilac-scented meander through High Park on our way to Bunner’s Bake Shop in the Junction.
Bunner’s is the city’s only vegan and gluten-free bakery, which is not something I typically look for, but enjoyed nonetheless. I again opted for a vanilla variety, but this time topped with yummy strawberry icing. Pretty owner Ashley sent us all off with a protein-packed supersonic gypsy cookie (super YUM), and I also brought home a chocolate chip creamie (a whoopie pie made with chocolate chip cookies and filled with non-dairy buttercream icing) for husband.
Cupcakes aside, as someone who usually rides solo, it was such a treat to bike with a non-competitive girl group through neighbourhoods I don’t often get to. The route was easy enough for even beginner bikers and the pace was perfect for meeting and chatting with fellow riders.
Thanks so much to Hyedie for starting such an amazing monthly event! I’m already looking forward to June’s ride. Don’t miss out: check out the Cupcake Ride blog, join the Cupcake Bike Ride group on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.
P.S., if you’re really disappointed you missed out on this month’s ride (you should be) and feel like re-creating it, I Google-mapped (that is so totally a verb, by the way) the route.
Photos: cupcakes (Dlish Cupcakes); group photos (Hyedie Hashimoto)