From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Mel, owner of Little Bow Sweets, didn't discover her passion for cupcakes in the classroom or kitchen. She discovered it after the umpteenth post on her cupcake blog, MeowCakes. That same eye for finding designs around the web is noticeable in each batch of cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops, donuts, mini cheesecakes, and macarons she makes. When Mel's not squeezing buttercream, cream cheese, and hazelnut frostings on her myriad cake flavours, she's arranging custom treat tables for kids' birthdays and other events where you throw cupcakes at the honoree.
After baking cookies at the Cookies of Course storefront for 29 years, Alan Boysen recently turned to delivery as a means to supply his customers with fresh-baked treats. Despite losing their beloved retail space to a renoviction, the Cookies of Course crew now serves up more than 20 styles of cookie from their delivery Prius, ferrying everything from tubs of cookie batter to dozens of peanut butter chocolate chip treats straight to doors. A rotating menu of cookies du jour keeps customers guessing with options such as peanut butter milk chocolate and Kona cookies made with coconut, macadamias, milk chocolate chips, and ground organic coffee beans. Staff can even accommodate orders with a day's notice if placed before 8 a.m., and deliver treats for a forgotten birthday or impromptu Cookie Monster shrine.
After building a loyal fanbase at the farmers' market, Bonchaz set up its own shop in 2010, unveiling a tasty array of baked goods, savoury baguette sandwiches, and aromatic french-press coffee. Taking its name from a Mexican-French milk-bun pastry, the café outfits its signature treat in an array of decadent flavours kissed with a hint of coffee and lovingly torched to a golden-brown crust. The speedy kitchen staff rolls out the fluffy pastries alongside an ever-changing lineup of soups as well as sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, pulled pork, and smooth, creamy hummus.
Conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver, The Edge is equal parts modern and comfortable, fine dining and casual. A lounge area with cozy, but almost futuristic-looking silver chairs and black loveseats serves as comfy spot for an after-work cocktail. The dining area, though, feels like a stark contrast, with its retro decor straight from the golden age of diners. But the globally inspired menu, unlike any phone that came out earlier this year, is definitely of this time, with ingredients sourced locally and served at dinner, lunch, and brunch. Dinner means an array of signature dishes like flatbreads and burgers or hearty entrees such as roasted chicken breast, pan-seared salmon, and pastas. For brunch, both breakfast and lunch are equally represented, with skillets and french toast as well as mac-and-cheese and crispy chicken burgers.