The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
The patio at Alexander's Beach Pub overlooks picturesque Kalamalka Lake Beach, with its caramel-colored sand and views of verdant hills. As they watch the waves and fish learning to walk, al fresco diners feast on burgers, ribs, stir-fries, and towering slices of five-layer chocolate cake. On blustery days, they can always retreat to the cozy interior. There, glasses hang from the ceiling above the full bar, a fire in the stone fireplace heats chilled bones, and a dartboard, perfect for friendly competition, hangs on one wall. The pub now welcomes families and kids.
Hidden away in the Bulldog Hotel near Silver Star Mountain, Allora serves up shareable portions of small-plate provender, bolstered by a rotating selection of local and imported wines. Break bread with compatriots or knitting-circle bros over a saucer of spanish mussels—tender New Zealand green-lipped mussels bathed in a warm rosé sauce and accompanied by garlicked toast ($10.95)—or seasoned baby-back ribs glazed with lemon pepper ($9.95). The uncarnivored can savor a sampling of tomato bocconcini, a smattering of roma tomatoes set atop fresh mozzarella and sprinkled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar ($9.95). Order separately, or bundle three small plates ($25.95). Finish off the feasting festivities with a rich slice of homemade tiramisu, which, when translated, means tiramisu ($6.95).
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
With a chef-driven vision, the staffers at Marble Slab Creamery concoct ice cream in traditional and modern flavours as well as hand-rolled waffle cones. Once an order is made, the staff scoops the ice cream—available in lactose-free options—onto a frozen slab and mixes in fresh fruit, nuts, and candy before piling it into a traditional or flavoured cone.