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At four locations, Ooh La La Cupcakes' bakers mix fresh ingredients into luscious batter for 14 cupcake flavours. Among these are the Triple Bypass, a brownie cupcake with caramel filling, caramel buttercream icing, and bits of caramel and Skor bars, and the Monkey Business, a banana cupcake with cream cheese icing. They also design custom cupcakes for special occasions.

9774 Third St
Sidney,
BC
CA

Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe owner Jim Townley professes the gospel of single-origin coffees whose flavours can "stand on their own." He imports organic beans from farmer-run co-ops in countries as far-flung as Indonesia, Peru, and Ethiopia. The beans release bold, nuanced flavours as they roast in the café's proprietary Roastaire. Fresh Cup also conducts tours of its roasting facilities to prove that the environmentally friendly roaster doesn't resort to dark, medium, or light magic. A team of engineers designed the roaster to conserve heat energy with a closed-loop system while precise controls produce consistent quality, eliminating the worry of burnt beans or hyper-caffeination.

Baristas stir the hearts of coffee lovers with artisanal touches such as house-mulled cider and the house-made caramel sauce that sweetens macchiatos. Wholesome ingredients such as organic flour and local free-range eggs make their way into soups, quiches, and panini sandwiches.

1931 Mount Newton Cross Rd
Saanichton,
BC
CA

One million probiotic cultures per gram sounds like a lot. That's the amount of the healthful stuff you'll ingest when eating frozen yogurt made from powdered mix. But when eating fro-yo made from fresh yogurt, as it's made at Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, you'll be consuming as many as 700 million probiotic cultures per gram. It's an astonishing increase, one that's complemented by other conscientious methods: Most of Qoola's products are fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher.

Qoola's low-calorie concoctions helps patrons feel better about indulging a bit at the toppings bar, where they can opt for lighter scoops of fresh fruit and flax seeds, or go all-out with crumbled candy bars and chocolate sauce. As committed to the health of the planet as it is to the health of its customers, Qoola uses biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable containers and utensils, and keeps its facility bright and sparkling with energy-efficient lighting and natural cleaning supplies. Qoola also proudly gives back to the community by supporting a number of charitable organizations.

3531 Uptown Blvd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Much like its bigger sister bakery, Broadmead Bakery, Euphorium Bakery serve a harmonious menu of breads and pastries baked from scratch. In its cozy café setting, patrons nibble on custom toasty paninis, tangy lemon tarts, or spires of soft-serve ice cream. The bakery also remains mindful of common food-allergy issues by maintaining a peanut-free environment and baking several wheat-, dairy-, and truffle-free selections.

5122 Cordova Bay Rd
Saanich,
BC
CA

If it’s not the scent of freshly baked pastries and cookies that lures noses toward Broadmead’s goodies, then it’s the shelf stocked with freshly baked gourmet breads, all crusty surfaces and soft surprises inside. But once guests force their eyes away from all the single-serving treats, the chalkboard menu boasting specialty organic coffee drinks, italian sodas, and hot breakfast fare is what turns eye candy moments into casual mealtime at the bakery. Along with custom omelettes served with flaky croissants and fruit crepes for breakfast, the allergy-aware bakers also gladly prepare wheat- and dairy-free options while striving to keep all menu items peanut-free. During lunch, vegetarian soups and hot paninis offer patrons a quick getaway for the senses while dining inside the café or alfresco on the large sidewalk patio. :m]]

777 Royal Oak Dr
Victoria,
BC
CA