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.
Marble Slab Creamery's story is international in its scope. In 1983, the first Marble Slab Creamery opened in Houston, Texas, serving their signature gourmet ice cream developed by two French chefs. Twenty years later, their expansion spread across the border to Alberta, thanks to their more than 50 flavours of ice cream, which are handmade daily in each store. The flavours range the traditional—such as peppermint, chocolate swiss, or strawberry—to the unexpected, such as cheesecake, birthday cake, and bubble gum. They stock lactose-free ice cream and low-fat yogurt—which proudly flaunts a size-0 ice-cream cup—and the goodies can be further modified with a plethora of mixins of the candy and fruit varieties. In addition to their singular cups and cones, ice-cream cakes and pints await full-on feasting frenzies.
In most parts of the world, Nagano is best known as the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. But when residents of Kelowna hear the word, they don't think of ski jumpers and snow-mobile throwers. No, their minds fixate instead on the huge variety of Japanese and pan-Asian dishes at Nagano Sushi. Chief among these offerings are the 25 creative maki rolls constructed by chefs behind the sushi bar. Though these rolls can't help but steal most of the attention, other popular menu items include plates of crispy pork dumplings and beef teriyaki.
The Chopped Leaf’s staff quickly whips up healthy, hearty wraps, gourmet salads, and thick chowders, along with a kids' menu. Following recipes carefully curated by their chefs or the whims of each customer, they blend traditional and ethnic flavours such as pesto, chipotle, and cranberry into their signature and custom dishes. They also cook up catered portions of these flavourful, nutritious eats to satisfy cravings at parties, offices, and long lines at the supermarket checkout.
Although mambo 'taliano's mustard-yellow awning calls the eatery a "ristorante and piano bar," it's difficult to say which aspect has more influence. The chefs fully commit to the menu of traditional Italian staples by rolling pastas, curing Alaskan salmon, and making fresh mozzarella in-house. These sorts of touches add a homespun quality to dishes such as the spaghetti with pancetta and pecorino romano cheese, and the thin-pounded veal milanese with arugula and cherry tomatoes. To help prime palates, the appetizer selection features everything from marinated Sicilian olives to a shareable antipasto platter with cured meats and roasted vegetables. The aromatic herbs and the sight of diners enjoying meals at the outdoor patio help attract passersby, but so does the sound of live jazz emanating from the dining room. Solo pianists and ensembles aim to entertain patrons with soothing background melodies. Coupled with the sounds of spirited conversations, these performances help create a lively atmosphere where diners can comfortably enjoy a casual meal, a glass of wine, or an impromptu dance off.
Curry sauces of red, gold, and green add color to white ceramic dishes at Mon Thong Thai Restaurant. Chefs trained in Bangkok slice peppers into primary-colored strips, sear cuts of beef, and stir heaps of taste bud-illuminating curry into their masterpieces. Spicy or mild, the ingredients unite to create big flavors, with herb- and spice-laced noodles, seafood, and coconut rice all making appearances on the menu.
Mon Thong has three locations, and the latest, on Ellis Street, boasts an all-white interior accented by marble tabletops and elegantly simple wall designs. Such clean d?cor encourages the food's bright hues to pop with their vibrancy?unlike a snowman hitching a ride on the back of a mail truck.