Around the World with a Sweet Tooth ~ Part 1

There’s something so alluring about desserts. No matter how full you might be, miraculously you always have room for some delicious dessert. Who knows... Maybe there is a hidden tiny portion of our stomach made just to capture the magic that is­–dessert

I am a person who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth, but there are days when all I want to do is dig my fork into a decadent spongy cake and scoop up every bit of that luscious whipped cream icing on top. Who hasn’t had those midnight cravings where that one piece of chocolate is enough to fill your body with all the satiety and calmness it needs?!

From elegant high tea to messy chocolate lava cake smeared all over your face, there’s no one way to experience desserts.

​Italian Gelato

Summer’s coming and what more can you want than chilled, melt-in-your mouth gelato to beat the heat? Gelato beats its counterpart ice cream in several ways: smoother texture and more intense flavours, all this with only one-third of the fat present in regular ice cream.

For several years, my go to place for Gelato has been Bella Gelataria. Located in Downtown Vancouver, this place offers unique artisan flavours with new flavours introduced every season. I particularly enjoy their Black Sesame and Earl Grey Tea gelatos. The sea-wall is just a short walk away­–couldn’t ask for a better setting to enjoy their velvety gelato!

Ukranian Makivnyk

Makivnyk–a poppy seed roll is a traditional Ukraϊnian delicacy commonly eaten during Christmas and Easter. What makes this humble baked roll so appealing to me is its lightly sweetened taste and honest flavours enhanced by the poppy seeds, that also adds a crunchy texture to it. This comforting dessert makes a wonderful pairing to a nice hot cup of tea or coffee. You can find Makivnyk and other fresh baked Ukraϊnian delights made from scratch at Kozak Ukraϊnian Eatery, located in New Westminster.

Indian Ladoos

These fried balls of chickpea flour glazed with sugar syrup and flavoured

with cardamom; and coloured using saffron, and garnished with

pistachios and melon seeds are a food fit for the gods–even in a literal sense. Motichoor Ladoos are an intrinsic part of Indian festivity and a common offering to deities in Hindu temples. Just a look at those bright orange coloured ladoos is enough to lure you into trying a piece, and of course, there’s no stopping with one! Prabu Sweets in Surrey is one place where you cannot stop with buying just one thing on the list. The variety of Indian sweets that they offer is bountiful and their Motichoor Ladoos are just delectable.

Australian Lamingtons

A popular treat across Australia, Lamingtons are sponge cakes coated in dark chocolate sauce and sprinkled with desiccated coconut. This scrumptious dessert can be found at Peaked Pies in Vancouver–an Australian inspired bakery that makes freshly handmade baked goods prepared every day and offers great customer service!

Korean Patbingsu

The inner child in you is bound to fall in love with Patbingsu, which is shaved ice (Bingsu) with red bean paste (Pat). The beauty of Bingsu is that you can tailor it according to your taste. There are several variations of Bingsu that are available, ranging from fruit, yogurt, green tea, coffee, and chocolate Bingsu. This icy treat can be found at Snowy Village in Coquitlam.

Cuban Pastel de Tres Leches

In sync with the lyrics of Camila Cabello’s popular song “Havana,” “half of my heart is in Havana”, because of this ambrosial dessert that I tasted at Havana–not the city, but a unique Cuban-inspired restaurant located in Vancouver. A bite of this luscious dessert is an explosion of flavour and texture in your mouth. A butter cake dipped in three types of milk, coated with spiced rum, topped with torched meringue and served with honey dipped pineapples is what makes this dessert a piece of art at all levels.

Japanese Mochi

Backed by a strong and rich culture, Japan has always seen food as more than just something to be eaten. Japanese meals are associated with socialising and sharing. Mochi is rice cake, traditionally eaten around Japanese New Year. The Sakura (cherry blossom) Mochi at Gyoza Bar in Downtown Vancouver, is a perfect tribute to the distinctive nature of Japan’s traditions. This Mochi wrapped in a Sakura leaf, paired with azuki (red bean) paste, and drizzled with kuromitsu (black honey) is a must try during Vancouver’s cherry blossom season.

The sweet stops will continue…