Ice Cream 64 & Snacks not only cools down taste buds on a hot day, but it also spices them right back up again. That’s because the ice-cream shop doesn’t just scoop out its signature 64 flavours of ice cream—it also cooks up a select menu of spicy Indian favourites such as samosas, bhel puri, and butter chicken. Alongside these savoury options, they also prepare sweeter Eastern treats such as mango lassis, lychee smoothies, and 26 flavours of bubble tea. All of their treats can be combined into party packages that feature ice-cream cakes.
McGavin's Bread Basket bolsters shoppers’ home arsenals of breads and baked goods with an ever-changing selection of noshes from brands including Dempster’s, Little Debbie, and Dare Foods. The store’s shelves brim with discounted gluten-based delights stamped with swiftly approaching expiration dates alongside excess loaves baked by overly prolific bakers. Sandwich meats find support when enveloped within snowy slices of McGavin’s white bread ($10.49 for five loaves), and Dempster’s English muffins ($6.99 for three six-packs) add a British spirit to breakfast without inviting over Laurence Olivier’s ghost. Additionally, Dempster’s bagels ($8.99 for three six-packs) act as soft bases for sweet and savoury spreads. In the discount section, crust connoisseurs can assemble a team of 10 loaves for $12, mixing and matching yeast-laden goods based upon their size, grain count, and preference for being covered in smooth or chunky peanut butter.
From foodies to celebrities, to trendwatchers and Pinkberry's own fanbase of groupies, the buzz about Pinkberry has been sweeping the world. Excitement was high from the very beginning when in 2005 Pinkberry opened its first store in West Hollywood, CA. The demand for the swirls of yogurt was so high that Pinkberry was dubbed the "taste that launched 1,000 parking tickets" by the Los Angeles Times. Undeterred by parking regulations, people were drawn in by their cravings for the yogurt, the abundance of toppings, the bright and energetic modern store design, and the kind smiles of the staff. With over 220 locations in 18 countries, Pinkberry is now one of the most talked about premium frozen yogurts in the world.
Starting with a base of Canadian non-fat, hormone-free milk and non-fat yogurt, Pinkberry's artisans incorporate live and active cultures into the mixture to create a healthy, refreshing treat. The original yogurt is always available, but staffers also swirl new seasonal flavours throughout the year, such as chocolate hazelnut, pomegranate, and cherry. The selection of fresh fruit rotates with the seasons and is cut daily in each store. Other toppings, such as honey almond granola, dark chocolate crisps, swirl pearls, and Italian caramel, allow customers to create a new and inspired flavour combination every visit.
Though both of Shawn and Lisa Low's daughters, Isabella and Emma, love cupcakes, it was Emma who unwittingly named her parents' bakery—when presented with a cupcake, she used to clap her hands and shout, "Happy for me!" At Happycakes, a team of pastry chefs bakes fresh cupcakes from scratch as the sun rises, creating both filled and unfilled varieties. The ever-changing roster of 15 flavours includes inventive selections such as peanut-butter supreme alongside signature red velvet cupcakes. Though cupcakes are the bakery's bread and butter, it also tempts sweet teeth with other treats—cake pops, fudge, cakes, and coffee—and sates hungry bathtubs with cupcake-themed bath products.
Happycakes invites guests of all ages to celebrate birthdays in its cupcakery, and offers party packages that include ceramic painting, decorations, and goodie bags. Happycakes also caters its eye-catching cakes and cupcakes to help celebrate weddings, corporate events, and corporate marriages of two smitten conglomerates.
At Hillcrest Bakery & Deli, longtime head baker, David Moyer, and his staff handcraft meaty deli sandwiches on housemade bread, along with tiered wedding cakes, individual pizzas, and fresh vegetarian fare. The bakery makes all its confections from scratch—meaning patrons can customize cakes with a special design or an aesthetically pleasing squiggle. Diners who swing by for a midday soup-and-sandwich special can also treat their four-legged friends, as the bakery keeps a supply of snacks for dogs.
The artisans at Snowbear Bakery combine Eastern and Western traditions to create sweet and savoury pastries and works of edible art. Three-dimensional design cakes reveal light, airy cream fillings such as fresh mango. Frosting artists specialize in recreating fun figures that kids know and love from cartoons, storybooks, and Parliament.