"Spicy Jan", Tasty Road Trips Tours

Discover Brantford’s culinary scene from a local perspective with Spicy Jan from Tasty Road Trip Tours.

As a food and travel host, Spicy Jan provides guided, self-guided and virtual food and drink experiences, offering guests the opportunity to explore Brantford like a local.

Spicy Jan


What are some of your favourite outdoor patios in Brantford?

“A few months back, I met a friend in downtown Brantford at On The Lam and loved it! We enjoyed a great lunch on their outdoor patio. I also love the patio at Sociable Kitchen + Tavern, which offers awesome eats and a trendy vibe.”


A couple sitting at a bar in Brantford

Tell us more about Brantford’s craft beer scene?

Mash Paddle Brewing Company brings a variety of smooth flavour profiles to their beers – plus you can bring your own snacks! Bell City Brewing Co. pairs delicious eats with their cold brews and they have a selection of wine and cider, too. I love their Eureka Amber Cream Ale, which is an ode to Brantford being the Telephone City.”


Do you have a favourite bakery in Brantford?

Sweet Bakery, of course! It’s like walking into the iconic television show Cheers, the owner Stacey and her team know your name, remember what you order and everyone always feels welcome. The buttercream icing on their cupcakes and shortbread cookies is outstanding, and their peanut butter and chocolate cake is perfect for every occasion. I also love Le Chocolat du Savoie. My ultimate pick is their custom size Tortues which are filled with chewy caramel, tons of pecans and are wrapped in gorgeous milk or dark Belgian chocolate.


 

What are some must-visit stalls at the Brantford Farmers’ Market?

“I enjoy visiting Florcita’s Classic Latin Foods at the Brantford Farmers’ Market and appreciate Flor and Roberto’s enthusiasm for serving people their brilliant Latin food. They are also an example of a great local love story as they met at the Brantford International Villages Festival where delicious food brought them together! I also recommend stopping at The Tipperary Bog. Nadine harbours a vast knowledge of her cheeses, their local and imported sources and types, and provides her customers with the best custom cheese platters and pairing recommendations. Plus, don’t forget to visit our local butchers. Try something from all of them as they each have their own unique meats and smoking techniques.”

The Brantford Farmers’ Market , 79 Icomm Drive, has been serving customers since 1848.


A beautiful store display at the Farmers' Market

 

Specialty coffee drinkMercasa Little Italy Eatery & Catering
Photo Credit: Gabriela Ghisi, @gabynocanada


Can you share some of your favourite Instagrammable spots in Brantford? 

“Being a food tourism enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for places in Brantford where you can indulge and photograph authentic culinary masterpieces. The food at Fume RestoBar is truly beautiful, with colours, heights and flavours that jump right into the lens.

Also, the bright red Vespa on the dining room wall mural at Mercasa Little Italy Eatery & Catering makes for a great backdrop for their mouth-watering Italian cuisine. Our Kitchen Brantford is home to so many talented food creators and chefs, too. I’ve taken some brilliant food photos here that were prepared by Chef Jeulz and Cathy from the Jelly Girls.”