Manna European Bakery: To Go

There is nothing worse than rushing around running errands and having to settle for what I would call “road-food”. It is especially bad since I am not an eater of most fast foods. This leaves me with the options of nasty grocery store sushi, limp salads, and stale sandwiches – ew!

That is, until recently, when I was introduced to the amazing Manna European Bakery. This, I am officially calling my ultimate “to-go” spot. You can even place the order in advance and have it ready for when you are! What could be better?

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Upon entering you are greeted with cases filled with cakes, cookies, chocolates and a wall lined with shelves of bread. My dream come true! The staff are friendly, welcoming and easy to have a conversation with, in true Newfoundland style. The seating area is a little dated and generally lacking of any atmosphere – but the food is the real draw here. We’re here for the food.

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In classic comfort food style, Manna serves up a selection of made-to-order fresh sandwiches and classic Newfoundland soups, such as pea soup, beef & barley and chicken & vegetable.

Lately I have been on a curry-kick, so I stuck with it and ordered a Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich. This is when I had my “ah-ha!” moment about the true quality of Manna European Bakery. For my sandwich I had the choice of any bread they make fresh in store. Like, hello, bread-lover’s dream! After requesting a list of options and a moment of staring into space trying to determine how I could possibly choose – I went with a classic, yet dense enough to handle curry, Light Rye. Apologies to the person working, I’m sure remembering that list isn’t easy – but I appreciated it.

I added to my sandwich a touch of mayo, a bit of spinach (for extra healthy points) and a couple slices of provolone. Of course, there are a ton of options to choose from! With each sandwich you have a choice of two sides, I chose the classic pickles and carrots.

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My mother (and partner in food-admiration) went with the Baked Ham Sandwich. Watching the server slice the ham fresh for the sandwich almost made me regret my decision of the curry chicken salad… None-the-less, I stuck to my cravings (and requested a taste of hers, of course).

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To top off the meal we both got a side of soup: one pea soup and one chicken & vegetable. I didn’t find the soup to be quite as full of flavour as the sandwiches but it sure hit the spot on a hectic, cold winter evening.

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Although watching your sandwich come together is totally worth doing, there are a few other things you should check out while you’re at Manna.

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Manna European Bakery has a selection of their own olive oil and balsamic vinegar infusions! Very unique and the smell definitely adds to the appetizing atmosphere in the bakery itself.

Of course, being a bakery, there are a large selection of pastries, cookies, cakes, pies and donuts. It’s going to be hard to leave this place with out grabbing a little desert. At least, you’re going to want to take home a fresh homemade loaf of bread.

To top it off, there are a selection of food trays available for special order that would make the perfect addition to any party or event. (Hint: someone bring me a cheese tray…). You can order online from Manna Bakery here.

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One final appreciation I have for this bakery is their use of recycled and recyclable take away containers. This aspect is largely over looked by restaurants, mostly due to cost, but I appreciate the dedication this shows to the local environment from a delicious local restaurant.

Overall: next time you’re out and about, stop into Manna European Bakery. Have a chat with these fine folks while they make you a delicious sandwich, get it to-go, and make sure you don’t forget desert!

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If you’re a frequenter of Manna Bakery, what would you recommend for me to try?


Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food

One of the most important fixtures in a city for a foodie is finding your perfect ‘local’. This is the place where you feel like you’re at home, the place you automatically gravitate towards for your morning coffee on your walk to work, the first place you think of when you’re headed for lunch and when you decide “today deserves a treat”.

For myself, this place is Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food.

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If you’re heading for lunch, Rocket has a ton of fresh and delicious options that are sure to satisfy! Serving amazing croissant sandwiches, chicken & black bean burritos, quiche, daily soups, salads and fresh on-the-spot sandwiches, you’re sure to fill yourself up and feel great about what you’ve eaten! Posting daily on Facebook, Rocket is always keeping it interesting and also sticking to their customer faves! I highly recommend the chicken burritos – make sure you get a taste of their homemade salsa, it’s amazing.

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As well, daily at 5pm, Rocket Bakery serves up homemade comfort food that is absolutely worth the try!

Another must-try, is Rocket’s selection of artisan breads – and the classic baguette and whole wheat too! Whether it’s to bring home for dinner, to make amazing french toast or to contribute to a pot luck – these are the breads to go for.

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Although the food is delicious, Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food has a reputation for being the place to go for a perfect pastry and all sweet treats! If you haven’t heard the buzz, you must get down there and find out for yourself. Using seasonal products, Rocket has a constant array of sweet delectables that can be a great start to a morning or the perfect way to wake yourself up in the afternoon. My absolute favourites are the Ginger Cookies, Coconut Macaroons and Almond Croissants.

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The final thing you must try on your visit to Rocket is their coffee or espresso. With talented baristas creating beautiful latte art or serving you up a rich Americano with ease, these guys do it the best! With your coffee and treat in hand you’ll feel at home as your nestle yourself into the antique and brightly coloured seating and enjoy the effortless and friendly atmosphere. An added bonus for coffee lovers, is Rocket’s supply of Phil & Sebastian beans which they will gladly grind for you so you can take this amazing wake-me-up taste home with you.

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I have been frequenting Rocket Bakery since it’s inception and am always impressed with the quality of the food and service. Not long ago, for my lactose-intolerant boyfriend’s birthday, I ordered a Vivacious Vegan Chocolate Cake – I expected a delicious treat knowing Rocket’s consistent quality but wondered at the ability for a Vegan cake to maintain such a full flavour. My concerns were very much out of line. This cake was out of bounds! Since that time I have ordered this cake for every occasion (including my mother’s recent birthday) and it is always the crowd favourite. It truly is vivacious and absolutely decadent.

cake vegan rocket Rocket offers a selection of specialty cakes available for order as well as offering catering services. You can find out about their cakes here and catering here. If you are still doubting the uniqueness and authenticity of this amazing bakery and cafe, this final note should make it obvious that Rocket Bakery should be your ‘local’ too. In the summer months, Rocket creates its own homemade sodas and lemonades that are the perfect thirst quenching, heat-beating treat we all need on a stroll downtown. lemonade rocket bakery If you’re lucky, when you stop by you may even catch a local band playing in the Rocket Room. Either way, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. I hope you can make my ‘local’, your ‘local’ too.

What is your favourite treat from Rocket Bakery?