Brown Sugar Bakeshop – Okotoks, Alberta

My coworkers know how much I love cinnamon buns and when they had an opportunity to tell me about Brown Sugar Bake Shop, I went there at my first opportunity! It’s located on the North end of Okotoks right in a strip plaza near Drake Landing.

Once we figured out what we wanted, as there was a lot to choose from, I decided I was going for their Caramel Sticky Buns which was heavenly! It was really light and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness from the caramel! It wasn’t a small piece either, everything about it was just perfect!

Then, for some savoury food, we ordered their Taco Beef Bun which was absolutely amazing! It was seriously beef taco in a bun instead of a taco shell. I think I enjoyed this more than a taco! The meat inside was well seasoned and flavoured to taste like beef that you would find in a taco. The bun, again was light and fluffy – but not so light where it just falls apart.

Then, their soup of the day was Chicken Taco Soup which does sound redundant with the options we picked in savoury selection – but everything was so different and delicious! The soup was hearty and well seasoned and made me want to make something like it at home right away!

Overall, a fabulous experience with great food and service. There was a lot of customers that came in just for the sticky buns, so you can tell it was a good one! I know we’ll be back as I enjoyed them so much and there was lots of other goodies I would love to try in their display case. The even have a wide selection of gluten-free products for those who need it!

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Brown Sugar Bake Shop

#109 – 235 Milligan Drive
Okotoks, AB
(403) 982-9878

Ici Ice Cream – Berkeley, California

We heard about an amazing ice cream place in Berkeley and although I am a little sick, I figured I’m going to have ice cream anyway! 🙂 We ventured and found Ici Ice Cream which is located right on College Avenue. They do have street parking along the sides, and be prepared to wait in line outside as the shop is a small one with tons of customers!

We decided to try their Pumpkin Caramel Swirl flavoured ice cream in a dish and it was amazing. It definitely tasted almost like a pumpkin pie and it almost seems like it can have the texture of a frozen pumpkin pie filling. It was amazing and very enjoyable. You get pieces of frozen caramel swirl within the ice cream so it’s a nice treat when you get some!

We also got the Vanilla Creme Brulee in their home made waffle cone! The cone was really different but it was really tasty. Definitely not too sweet at all, and it had a chocolate nugget at the bottom to stop ice cream from dripping down as it melts. The ice cream was amazing and there was pieces of the broken burnt sugar from the brulee which added nice texture to the ice cream!

We love local shops and stores and we have no problem waiting for a good one. This place was worth the wait! A great treat any day!

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Ici Ice Cream

2948 College Ave
Berkeley, CA
(510) 665-6054

D Dutchmen Dairy – Sicamous, British Columbia

I really love dessert, and last time we were in the Sicamous area, we saw this Ice Cream place called D Dutchman Dairy and we tried to go there. We pulled right into their parking lot only to see them switch the sign over from “OPEN” to “CLOSED”. We said next time we’re in the area, we have to stop there. This was our opportunity!

Once inside, there was a wide array of flavours and I settled for one of my favourites, Coconut Ice Cream and it was nothing like I have had before. It was really creamy and light, yet tons of coconut flavour. It wasn’t rich, as it felt really delicate. It was pretty awesome and even the cone tasted pretty good.

My husband enjoyed one of his favourites, the Mocha Almond Fudge and he really enjoyed it. I tasted it and it was a nice mocha based ice cream with almond slivers swirled with dark fudge chocolate. It was really delicious. The ice cream base is amazing and we believe they get their dairy from the dairy cows from behind the shop and make do their own creamery.

Overal, this has been one of our favourite ice cream places we have ever been too! It’s definitely worth the trip out and I’m sure I will be back to try other flavours!

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D Dutchmen Dairy

1321 Maier Rd
Sicamous, BC
(250) 836-4304