It's kind of weird that most of us at Red Rocket Coffee are cat people. We talk about our cats, force others to look at photos of our cats and make friends with the neighbourhood cats (Monster & Willy, most notably).
I'm certainly no exception to this rule. Last summer, we adopted a fuzzy, crazy Russian Blue kitten. Her name is Boo Radley, but we call her Boo for short. She is not your average cat, and let me tell you why...she's toilet trained (really...no litter) and she can walk on her hind legs. SUPERCAT! Reminds me a bit of this fabulous fella - without the helmet & cape, of course.
"Remember this, kids, it is very important. Even if your Mommy makes you a superhero costume, do not attempt to do any of these things, especially flying. Because you cannot do it. You do not have super powers. Because there is only one Super Grover. And that is me."
While it's true that all good things come in three (or at least I say it's true), and I'm waiting to do another post about Bacon Jam, it's good to mind that we are Red Rocket "COFFEE" and not Red Rocket Bacon.
And to this effect I present to you one of our fabulous Rocketeers, Natalie.
...and this is one of her Easter Lattes...bunny and all!
Through this hallowed red door awaits your adventure.
Well...a baking adventure at least.
We're looking for someone to join our Red Rocket kitchen team. The position to be filled...very, very soon... is that of BAKER. The lucky applicant who gets chosen for this prestigious job (it's actually a pretty fun) will be working from our Leslieville location 4 to 5 days a week with a start time of 5:30am (that's in the morning).
The ideal candidate will have:
Ability to follow a recipe and measure ingredients accurately
Attentiveness to detail
Willingness to learn
Ability to follow instructions
Ability to work as a team member
Knowledge of safe food handling procedures. Food Handler Certification will be considered an asset
Ability to lift 20kg
Ability to stand for extended periods of time
The ideal candidate wil also have the following qualities:
Great attitude and pleasant demeanour
Punctual & Responsible
Please send your resume and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the job title in the subject heading.
For more info, you can contact Liako (that's me) @ 647 889 2338.
Thank you to all applicants in advance, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Ok, so we're not really a team yet since there's only 2 of us, and sometimes Sharon, but you've gotta start somewhere, right?
Mel and I have been working our technique for the past few months at our favourite gym, Joe Rockhead's in Liberty Village. I know it's been a good workout when my arms are so weak and sore I can't even open the pickle jar for my post-workout snack! No, not just pickles... pickles on a burger. Oh, baby!
I was busy working away in the kitchen making macaroons and testing some new techniques for banana bread and making Red Rocket buttons and trying out some baklava recipe I found somewhere and generally getting in our baker's way making a mess of things when in whirls Pam (and I mean in a way that would make a tornado look tame) with the idea of mixing brownies with bacon, cayenne, and maple.
A challenge when you take texture and flavour layering and balance into consideration.
The evolution of this idea has been going on for some time now. It started off with crushed pretzels in chocolate chip cookies. Then it moved to crushed pretzels in fudge brownies which then morphed to caramel & pretzel & brownie.
So far, so good.
Pam's idea of salted caramel & bacon brownies...which you see before you.
Almost bang on in the first try (we're good at what we do) but it may need a 2nd or 3rd generation to perfect...just because we're freaks when it comes to texture and flavour distribution.
Sweet. Smokey. Spicy. Salty. Sassy & Special.
Will you ever see these in our pastry window?
But I can tell you I was no longer cranky after making them.
It's hard to believe that four years ago today, we opened the doors to our Leslieville location. It's been quite the journey, and look where we are now! The first location was so successful that we decided to open a downtown shop, which will be turning 1 this Saturday, April 16th.
Drop by either location to share in the festivities...special treats and Red Rocket swag await you!
And by special treats, I mean macaroons, and by swag, I mean buttons. Drop in for some goodies, and leave a little bit happier!
That crazy Liako...makin' macaroons makes him loony! Or should I say loonier than usual?
In preparation for our stores' respective brithdays, Likao's been busy mixing, scooping, decorating and baking macaroons to give away...for free!
Join us at our Leslieville location, 1402B Queen St. E., on April 14th to celebrate our 4th birthday. Or, you can drop by our downtown location, 154 Wellesley St. E., on April 16th to give us a high five for a successful first year.
While you're there, pick up one of our super-fabulous Red Rocket Coffee buttons, and wear it proudly for all to see. We're giving those away for free too...really. But just on our birthday.
By the way, we don't really stick macaroons in our eyes and then serve them. Or do we...???