Inspired by his mother, "who used to make buko pie [a Filipino coconut pie] at home as a little side hustle when [he] was younger," the entrepreneurial chef launched the venture last Thanksgiving and it has thrived on social media.
After mastering advanced crust-making techniques from the chef at Dinette Triple Crown ("the secret ingredient really is just butter, lots of butter," he said), Mejia began taking traditional Filipino desserts and reinventing them as pies.
His available pie flavours vary according to the season but include bibingka (a dessert made with rice flour and coconut), buko, Hawaiian-inspired chocolate haupia, Jollibee-inspired ube, banana langka, and peach mango.
The chocolate haupia pie is also available at Le Petit Vibe on chemin Côte-des-Neiges, where Mejia works as a consultant.
Mejia said launching the home-based food business makes sense during the pandemic as "there are no more jobs or positions available at regular restaurants these days and the way that food is going now, it's more quick-serve type restaurants or takeout."
Jessica Rosval, who told the Italian publication la Repubblica that she worked at Pointe-Claire's Scarolies Pasta Emporium as a teenager, was recognized for her work at the restaurant Francescana at the Casa Maria Luigia hotel in the city of Modena.
"La Tradition Bomboloni Boss, North America’s first and only chain of high-quality Italian bakery delicacies, is excited to announce its first ever store location opening in the heart of Montreal," read a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The store's donut flavours include "Cannoli, Nutella, Pistachio, Red Velvet, Strawberry Jam, Tiramisu, Lemon, Mango Matcha Cheesecake, Custard and Dulce de Leche." But the press release also suggests that new treats are on the way.
"Chef Nando is continuously working on new products in the kitchen to bring to life the taste of our family heritage," Christina Pomponio, Bomboloni Boss CEO, said.
"Using only pure and high-quality ingredients, La Tradition Bomboloni Boss strives to bring a taste of Italy to each and every one of our clients. A place where friends and family meet to enjoy our pastries, and our coffee."
Get the details below.
Cuisine: Italian pastry shop
Address: 5475, rue des Jockeys, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a box of those ooey, gooey Italian donuts that chef Nando does so well.
Cookie? Or pie? One of life's toughest decisions, but thanks to Anita Martella-Mulé, a.k.a Madame Munchy, a Montreal-based home baker who has brought the city its first-ever cookie pie, we don't need to choose anymore.
Known for her wild and creative desserts, the self-proclaimed "Queen of the Cookie Pie" has brought sugary goodness to her loyal subjects.
"So, I started making them myself. Once family and friends got a taste they all wanted to place orders, so I decided to start selling them."
"The Cookie Pie is a first for Montreal as far as we know, since no one has ever seen one before! The dream is for it to become a staple of Montreal desserts! Montreal Smoked Meat, Montreal Steak Spice, Montreal Bagels… Montreal Cookie Pie!"