Category Archives: dessert

Milk – Los Angeles

Another interesting version of the ice-cream sandwich is macaron ice-cream sandwich!

Milk is a cafe known for its dessert and ice-cream, but most importantly, the red velvet ice-cream sandwich!

After being bummed by the churro ice-cream sandwich, I was pleasantly surprised by this crunchy macaron and not-too-sweet ice-cream.  Definitely worth the hype.

After dessert, we headed to the nearby LACMA to take photos!

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Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States

Churro Borough – Los Angeles

During the summer, there was a lot of hype about different ice-cream sandwiches and churro ice-cream sandwiches was one of it.

I love churro and ice-cream separately .. so I definitely had to visit Churro Borough when I was in Los Feliz.

Churro ice-cream sandwiches: vanilla custard (Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean) and Spanish latte (Zona rosa organic Central American blend espresso, condensed milk)…..

It was so difficult to eat this together as a sandwich, that I ate it deconstructed.  The churro was really good but the ice-cream was a bit too sweet.  This was a very interesting concept but truthfully speaking, it’s better just to look at it.

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Churro Borough

1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone:+1 323-662-0341

Cacao 70 – Ottawa

We weren’t full after dinner at town. so we decided to have dessert at Cacao 70.

Every item on the menu is chocolate… in heaven!

Hazelnut pizza with white chocolate sauce and fruits… It’s basically dough drizzled with chocolate..

Dark chocolate fondue with brownies, waffles and fruits

I was all chocolate-d out! After that, we went to watch the Parliament light show.

O Canada!

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Cacao 70

53 William St #51, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z9, Canada
+1 613-860-1991

Beta 5 – Vancouver

I was a bit indulgent on my trip back and kept finding more sweets to eat.

 I hunted down  Beta 5 (it’s tucked somewhere on Industrial Ave) to try the famous cream puff, ice-cream sandwich (summer special) and chocolates.

Blueberry and cheesecake ice cream with blueberry compote on a graham cookie…  This is gourmet ice-cream sandwich! Very strong blueberry and cheesecake taste.  Love the graham cookie!

Raspberry and jasmine tea ice-cream on lemon shortbread cookie….. I actually preferred this ice-cream more.. very light!

raspberry earl grey cream puff….. the cream puff is like a very flaky and crispy croissant.  Look at all the cream!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a cream puff with that much / many layers of cream before!

My friend bought be a box of their signature collection chocolates for my birthday.Fisherman’s Friend, the Whole Cherry, Bay Leaf, Tropical Crunch, Imperial Stout, Jasmine Tea, Caramelized Banana and more…. the flavours were all interesting but my favourite would be the Bay Leaf.. it actually tasted very leafy and herby…

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Beta 5

413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3, Canada
+1 604-669-3336

Addicted to Earnest!

There’s a new Earnest on Quebec Street! It’s a lot closer to me than the Fraser store so I went 4 times in the short time I was back…. I’m a tad too addicted!

Today’s seriously good flavours…

Serious chocolate / blueberry lemon ice-cream… the chocolate was rather normal… but I loved the pairing of blueberry and lemon…

Toasted coconut / 33 Acres of Malt……….

We ended up buying 4 more pints to bring home!: toasted coconut / matcha / whiskey hazelnut / London fog….

It was a bit disappointing that during the time I was back the flavours didn’t change……. I wanted to try Matchstick flavour! I ended up getting the same old flavours and didn’t take any more pics…

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Earnest Ice-Cream

1829 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V5T 4S6, Canada
+1 778-379-0697

Parisian Boulangeries & Pâtisseries Version 2

This is another post about Parisian Boulangeries and Pâtisseries (Version 1 is here) and it’s about all the carbs I ate in Paris!

There’s nothing really opened on a public holiday night.. even Carre-Four was closed. We ended up grabbing some dinner at a bakery…

quiche from a random bakery…. soggy soggy soggy

mille-feuille!

There’s also a boulangerie near our apartment that won Best Baguette in 2013 and decided to give it a try…

I can’t possibly eat a baguette for breakfast but I can eat sweets haha!pistachio eclair

pain au chocolat….

Coincidentally, when I went to visit Notre Dame, there was the Fête du pain( Bread Festival) in the courtyard.Inside the tent, there were demonstrations of bread making and freshly baked goodies on sale…

I went on two separate days and tried… baked apple tart?????

baguette with nutella! 

 breakfast with a view!

Another new find on this trip was the Pâtisserie  Pain de Sucre in the Marais.Tentation (raspberry and pistachio tart)…… it was very pretty and tasted as good as it looks…

Because it was so good, I bought another cake to eat later by the banks of the river..Bollywood (pineapple mousse infused with cilantro, pistachio cake base, candied pineapple core)….the prettiest bridge in Paris, Pont Alexander III

One of my favourite places to go is the gourmet floor of department stores.  I went to Galleries Lafayette again and even thought there’s so much variety to choose from, I only bought sweets.pistachio mousse tart…..

There’s also a counter that specializes in gourmet éclairs…Vanille noix de pécans….. I love the crunchy pecans on top as it gives the normally soft éclair a crunchy texture…

Passion chocolat laitthis éclair had a very strong passion fruit taste.. which gave this a bit of a kick!

and MACARONS!!!

pistachio macaron from Ladurée ….

Venezuela macaron from La Maison du chocolat…….

salted caramel macaron from Pain de Sucre

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Julien 

24 rue St. Martin, 75004

Pain de Sucre

14 rue Rambuteau, 75003

Lafayette Gourmet

35 bd Haussmann, ground floor and lower ground floor of Lafayette Maison and Gourme

Ladurée

La Maison du Chocolat

 

Eating in Avignon – France

Our next base in Provence was Avignon.  Avignon is famous in history as the place where the Popes fled to during the corruption of Rome in the 14th century.

Seven Popes lived in the Palais des Papes during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377).

The city is also famous for the French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge of Avignon…

Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond

The bridge is actually called Pont St. Bénézet and it is such a big tourist attraction that there’s an admission fee.  Like many other tourists, I also sang the song on the bridge!

We also had really good meals in Avignon…

First off, crêpes! We found a crêpe cafe near our apartment and the prices were decent too.

This was the first time I saw a crêpe-making machine and it’s so efficient!

tomato and pesto crêpe with orange juice…..they actually left out the pesto…

Nutella crêpe with orange and strawberry juice….

We also had ice-cream at the Place de l’Horloge, the main square of Avignon…pistachio and hazelnut ice-cream

For dinner, we ate at Le Petit Gourmand twice… cause it was THAT GOOD. Velouté et foie gras…..so yummmmmm… mushroom soup with a perfectly piece of pan-fried foie-gras…..  the most-stand out dish of foie gras on the trip..

Tartare terre et mer….. smoked salmon and smoked duck breast marinated in sesame sauce….. very Asian like…

La secca d’entrevaux.. this is their special.. thin slices of beef tenderloin that has been dried for months in spices, covered with pesto and parmesan cheese…

Saint Jacques sauvages poêlées, risotto aux asperges vertes, émulsion aux pignons de pin….  another scallop risotto dish.. this was less flavourful than San Telmo but this has most scallops…

Tagliatelles fraîches à la truffle de Vaucluse et sauce crémeuse à la truffle….. this truffle pasta was sooooo aromatic and had a very strong truffle taste…

Macaron au chocolat noir, crème Anglaise, glace vanille…. soooo delicious.. all my favourite things put together….

For breakfast, we headed to the market place, Les Halles..The market is so big and clean…. when compared to the wet markets in Asia..

a stall just for potatos!

we had coffee at the bar…..so authentic!pain au chocolat from the boulangerie…

We arrived and  also departed Avignon from the TGV station..

The train station is a relatively large hub so it has shops and an Eric Kayser bakery and cafe!

Eric Kayser is one of my favourite boulangeries and I was so happy to grab breakfast there.

I tried the double baked almond croissant… love it!

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Crep’Café

Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

Regal Glace

2 Rue du Changé, 84000 Avignon, France

Le Petit Gourmand

37 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 88 07 84 94

Marché les Halles d’Avignon

18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon, France

Eric Kayser

Gare d’Avignon TGV