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From National Bean Day to National Egg Day, if a food exists, chances are a day on the calendar has been set aside for devotees to show their love.
Sift through the ho-hum offerings, and you'll find gems like National Cheesecake Day. Celebrating creamy, sweet, luscious desserts made from a little more than cream cheese, sugar and a crisp crust, National Cheesecake Day is as appealing as its name implies and as good a reason as any to break out your most forgiving pair of pants.
Celebrated on July 30, National Cheesecake Day is the time to indulge in some of Toronto’s most stellar renditions. Whether you prefer classic, New York-style, Basque, Japanese or some other iteration, there’s bound to be a cheesecake in this city that will sate your particular cravings.
For classic takes, with or without add-ins, Carole’s Cheesecake Café, Dessert Lady Café and Bakery and Cheesecake Factory have a range of flavours on offer. Celebrate the day with a slice or a whole cake, and savour every morsel of creamy perfection.
Dufflet Pastries and Phipps Bakery offer New York-style cheesecakes to rival the Big Apple’s best. Richer than classic cheesecake, sporting gooey toppings to enhance the creamy filling, these cakes express cheesecake appreciation in style.
For portable sweets, perfect for picnics, barbecues, or casual ambles around the park, Heirloom, available through Toronto Market Company, should be your go-to. Each of the six cheesecake-on-a-stick flavours, from plain Jane to strawberry & Nutella, is made from a velvety smooth slice of cheesecake covered in graham cookie crumbs and toppings.
If you want to lighten things up, try Japanese-style cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu, Cheese Garden or Bake Code. Each of these places makes improbably ethereal desserts considering their ingredients. For cheesecake purists, melt-in-your-mouth original is the only way to go.
Finally, a taste of Basque cheesecake is an elegant way to cap off this ceremonious day. From Bar Raval and Little Pebbles to Milou, and more, plenty of spots around town are now making excellent versions of Spain’s unique take.
Whichever cheesecake you choose, you’ll be rewarded this Friday with one of the city’s creamiest, dreamiest desserts and an extra reason to celebrate summer.