Life is sweet when you’re having a sundae. After all, why have just plain old ice cream when you can top it with sauces, whipped cream and sprinkles? A sundae says you’re going all out in the fun department – and that’s just something you’ve gotta do once in awhile. Try these Vancouver hot spots for cool treats. [Photo credit: iStock.com/Robert Ingelhart]
How did summer just sneak up on us like that? With the weather finally starting to heat up, there’s no better time to grab that tasty cold smoothie packed with nutrients and vitamins. There are plenty of options around town, whether you’re a hardcore green monster or looking to dabble in a fruity mix. Check out these fresh summer smoothies and healthy snack options in Vancouver. [Image courtesy of The Juice Truck]
There’s nothing better (or healthier) on a hot summer’s day than a cup or cone of frozen yogurt. But with so many fro-yo shops in Vancouver to choose from, deciding where to go can feel as overwhelming as choosing the toppings for your treat. Luckily, I’ve done the work for you, presenting seven of the city’s best frozen yogurt bars where you can satisfy cravings. [Photo credit: iStock.com/matthewennisphotography]
Maybe it’s because I grew up with sisters who love muffins, loaves and scones, or perhaps it’s a carb thing I’ll never give-up, but show me a healthy baked good, and I’m a happy gal. I’m also picky about ingredients, favouring quality stuff like almond flour, coconut oil, organic dark chocolate and cinnamon. While not always easy to find, guilt-free treats do exist here in Vancouver. [Photo credit: iStock.com/john shepherd]
Gooey, warm, aromatic, nostalgic – a universally loved snack, banana bread is a staple on café and bakery menus across North America. I’ve scoured Vancouver to come up with the best locations for indulging in everything from banana-bread-flavoured French toast to simple, pared down loaves reminiscent of childhood kitchens. [Photo credit: iStock.com/ bhofack2]
If you love chai tea, then you may also adore chai flavoured chocolate, lattes or desserts. In Vancouver, there’s plenty of chai to go around, and I've scoured the city to come up with seven establishments that use the spice in various ways: from hot brewed tea to gourmet chai-infused chocolate bars to simple spices for cooking.[Photo credit: iStock.com/hannahmillerick]
Vancouver is unquestionably a city of coffee fans; one can find an indie café on almost every street corner. However, some days you just have to have your espresso the Italian way. Check out these local cafés if you're craving an authentic Italian experience. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
Vancouver is home to roughly 40,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees that create stunning pink and white canopies across the urban landscape. The best way to see (and snap) these gorgeous springtime blooms is to explore the city’s many parks and residential neighbourhoods on foot. Take a self-guided cherry blossom tour and stop to refuel along the way at these nearby cafés.
You know spring has sprung when you see cherry blossoms in the trees and catch the scent of hot cross buns in the air. Pillowy soft and lightly spiced, these traditional Easter treats make an excellent alternative to all of those chocolate eggs. If you’re in the mood for hot cross buns, visit these Vancouver bakeries to get ’em while they’re hot (and eat them by the ton). [Photo courtesy of Beacoup Bakery]
Easter is coming, and we couldn't be more excited! With all of the amazing chocolatiers in Vancouver, the hardest part is choosing which one to visit. We can never decide, so we’ll just have to hippity hoppity over to each and every one of these delicious spots. We both LOVE sweets so it’s hard to compile a list of favourites...but we're true, sweet-loving professionals and we got the job done. [Image courtesy of Thomas Haas]
The perfect blend of sweet creaminess and satisfying crunch, the cannoli is a favourite of many dessert lovers, Italian or otherwise. Whether you're after a traditional treat or a tasty new spin on the classic dessert, you can satisfy your cannoli cravings at these Vancouver bakeries and cafés.
Packed with antioxidants and bursting with flavour, frozen acai bowls have been popping up at juice bars across the city. These Brazilian-inspired berry bowls topped with fresh fruit and granola can be enjoyed as a sweet (and filling) morning meal and also make a great post-workout snack, since acai berries contain amino acids that help with muscle regeneration. Get your acai fix at these Vancouver health-food spots.
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