It’s time for round two of The Local Life, a new feature where I highlight some of the best things about living in the Okanagan. Last week I showcased a few of Kelowna’s lesser known restaurants so this week it only makes sense to follow it up with a dessert themed blog!
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in luck because our city has been blessed with some amazingly decadent desserts. Below you’ll find a few of my personal favourites but if you’ve got suggestions on others I need to check out, feel free sound off in the comments below. Now, let’s explore some sweet treats!
Parlour Ice Cream
Being relatively new to downtown hasn’t stopped Parlour Ice Cream from making a big impact right away. They claim to be obsessed with local and it shows with flavours like Carmel Apple Cheesecake made with fresh BC apples, Whisky Hazelnut made with Okanagan Spirits Whisky and Gellatly Nut Farm Hazelnuts, and their Coffee Chocolate Chunk made with Bean Scene coffee and Bernard Calibaut chocolate. This is craft ice cream at its finest!
I’ve talked about the best neighbourhoods in Kelowna before but if you’re a foodie, Glenmore is something special. Pakwaan Restaurant is just one more reason to follow your stomach to the north end of town. With their mix of traditional Indian and Greek food, you get the best of two culinary worlds but for this post, I want to highlight their loukoumades. These are vanilla flavoured Greek deep fried doughnuts served with vanilla ice cream and garnished with nuts. Sounds divine, right? Well they taste even better than they sound! A must try if you’re craving something sweet.
I could probably do a whole article about Raudz. Heck, I might, just to give myself an excuse to eat there more often. Since we’re focusing on Kelowna desserts, we have to give Chef Rod Butters and his team a shout out. This is another place that focuses on being as local as possible and their lineup of post dinner sweets is incredible. It changes from season to season but the standouts right now are the chocolate caramel crunch, the spiced chai vanilla crème brulee, and the Raudz Signature Dessert, a double chocolate mashed potato almond brioche. Don’t question mashed potatoes as dessert. Just indulge!
The Perking Lot at Kelowna General Hospital
OK, this might seem like a weird one but before you judge, go try their cheddar scones. Go on, I’ll wait.
[Hums a little tune.] Told you! The Perking Lot is tucked away at KGH and is home to some of the best baking I’ve ever had. The scones melt in your mouth, the muffins are moist and flavourful, and the cinnamon buns are disturbingly delicious. They also make a mean pot of coffee there so if you’re in the neighbourhood, make sure you pick something up. All the funds go to the help the hospital so you’re doing a good deed by sampling a pastry or two!
I could go on and on and on but I’ll pull the plug here. Maybe I’ll do a second round of this in a few months but for now, my sweet tooth is sated and I hope yours is too! Speaking of sweet, how sweet would it be to enjoy some dessert out on the patio of your brand new home? If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Kelowna this spring, get in touch with me today!