So last time I talked about my favourite places to hang out in Kingston. Given the heatwave that has swept across the country this month, I thought I’d shift gears slightly and talk about my favourite places to grab ice cream and other cold treats.
Kingston’s restaurant industry moves in waves. When I started my Masters, there was a sushi place opening on every block. When I started my PhD, it was poutine and burgers. Now, Kingston is in the middle of an ice cream and froyo explosion.
So let’s begin.
1) White Mountain
White Mountain is a Kingston staple. It’s been around for years, and is notable because they make all their ice cream in house. They have some absolutely delicious flavours, and paired with a late evening walk down by Confederation Basin, makes for the perfect evening.
Best memory: The clock hitting 3pm on a Friday, and the Thought Tub (my lab’s nickname) deciding to take a “lab field trip” to White Mountain for the afternoon.
2) Menchies - http://menchieskingston.wordpress.com/
Who doesn’t like their ice cream made a certain way – maybe with extra sprinkles? Or gummi worms? Or something a little more exotic, like chocolate covered raisins. Menchies is a self-serve froyo chain that just opened up in downtown Kingston. You pick the ice cream you want (any flavour and any combination), the toppings you want and then pay by weight. Just don’t go there hungry!
Best memory: Doing an intense medicine ball/plyometric workout, then going to Menchies with a friend for some post-workout noms. It was delicious.
3) Spin Dessert Cafe - http://spindessert.com/menu.html
A slight change of pace here, for those who don’t like ice cream as much as sweet and savory foods. They have crepes, ice cream and other delicious desserts that you can check out. They also have a lot of space to sit inside, so this is a nice place to go if it’s too hot outside to be enjoyable!
Best memory: Using a Groupon there with two friends and having the “Return to Innocence” (cookies and cream ice cream, Oreo pieces, milk and white chocolate curls and hot fudge sauce). So unbelievably good. Yes, I was mocked incessantly for my choice, but it was totally worth it.
4) Limestone City Cupcakery - http://limestonecitycupcakery.com/
Finishing with something completely different, but still falling under the umbrella of “dessert” is the Limestone City Cupcakery. They have some absolutely delicious cupcakes, but their real skill is in making beautiful cupcakes for specific events. Check out the cupcakes they made for The Hunger Games or their pirate themed cupcakes (and other examples.)
Best memory: Having LCC cupcakes as the halftime snack in an ultimate game. Less healthy than orange slices, but definitely more delicious!
These are some of my favourite dessert places – did I miss your favourite one? Let me know in the comments!