Queen of Tarts Bakery & Bistro is finally open and can be found at 10129 104 Street in Edmonton (sorry Calgary). I was lucky to walk through the door five minutes after it officially opened, and was greeted by the beautiful and enthusiastic Jelena. If Jelena looks at all familiar to you, she hails from Cally’s Tea’s at 8608 – 99 Street. Jelena had been keeping me updated on the progress of the opening of Queen of Tarts each time I went in to buy my beloved Earl Grey tea.
All the staff looked lovely, happy and calm in sleek black. I wanted to take a pic of the Queen of Hearts herself, Linda Kearney, but I was forbidden. Although Linda looked fabulous and smart and grand in her black, she had that look in her eye like a woman does when someone wants to take a picture of them when they have a curler in their hair and their nightgown on. I can respect that, but Linda, I will be back.
I work in the area and was eagerly awaiting the opening of Queen of Tarts. No offense to the Standard Life Food Fair people, but I’ve been desperate for a little quiet place to hide from work for a few minutes each day, and Queen of Tarts fits the bill perfectly.
The space, although in the lower level, has a grand staircase to take you below street level, and has a high ceiling with bright natural light pouring in from the windows. If it weren’t for the stairs, you’d have no idea you were in a basement.
Below is a beautiful specimen of the pear tart. A perfect thing to have with your afternoon tea. Or for dessert. Or for a late night treat after a bag of Doritos. Or, heck, for breakfast. Life’s too short to deny one’s self a good pear tart when the mood strikes.
I wanted to share the joy of the opening, and took a wee sampling back to work with me. It included: date, apricot and lemon coconut squares, brownies, a meringue, and lemon and lime tarts. Comments I received were all positive.
I tried the lemon coconut square, and was delighted. It wasn’t too sweet, had just the right amount of lemony zing, and the coconut was fresh and delicious. It was a lovely thing to have to brighten a wintery day.
One comment I’d like to share is from our Roxanne, who is, well, our Roxanne. She said about the brownie, “I just experienced the ultimate chocolate brownie. Queen of Tarts is now queen of my heart. And it’s just across the street. I am now fulfilled as a woman, as a human being. I can’t even begin to explain how this brownie made me feel, except to paraphrase Marshall (ed. of How I Met Your Mother) “This is no mere brownie. This is God, talking to us.”
PS: I ran into Sharon from Only Here for the Food, a dear fellow foodie. Unlike me, Sharon knows how to use a camera properly. She took some great interior photos. The customer in the one photo is yours truly.