25 Fairmount O.
Bus: STM 46, 51, 55, 80, 435, 935
Visit: August 21, 2012
The Mile-End part of Montreal is home to a lot of really big names in Montreal’s eating scene. Trying to become one of those iconic names isn’t quite that easy. When your neighbours are Wilensky’s and Fairmount Bagels, you know that the competition is ferocious. Fresh off their appearance their appearance on CTV’s Sunday Bite, Fabergé is one of the relatively new faces trying to cement their place among the rest.
2313 Sainte-Catherine O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150
Visit: June 28, 2012
My recent visit to Sparta didn’t quite end over there. As some things go these days, this was another impromptu decision made by curious eaters. While we can all list the major players in the ice cream game of Montreal, there is one that may or may not be a contender. Just last year, the Tim Horton’s franchise put forth its first foray in the Montreal area by opening Cold Stone Creamery across this fair island.
1311 Bernard O.
Bus: STM 160, 161
Visit: September 20, 2011
My search for decent ice cream has taken me to a place that everyone keeps on mentioning when it comes to top contenders. I had plenty of opportunities over the last 6 months to get pretty decent ice cream and I did not hesitate at the chance to come here. As was the case with the Greek restaurant visited on the same day, I was accompanied by my very knowledgeable educational cohort.
Bus: STM 24, 30, 144, 427
Visit: August 16, 2011
As some of you know, ice cream has become a recent fixture in my excursions. I have been quite lucky to have been surrounded by a few ice cream experts in recent months. Those individuals have paved the way for dessert goodness.
5401 Boul. Des Galeries
Galeries de la Capitale
Quebec City, Quebec
Bus: RTC 60, 64, 65, 75, 85, 185, 332
Visit: July 8, 2011
Laura Secord is a chocolate candy store that serves ice cream. I can’t count the number of times last year when they saved me during a heat wave. Since I wasn’t about to turn Quebec City upside down to look for a Dairy Queen or something equivalent to Ben & Jerry’s, I went to the province’s largest mall for my fix.
Orange Cream Flavored Ice Cream
Tried: July 8, 2011
When I saw this flavor in the counter, I couldn’t resist. Short of being bacon flavored, orange is something that I absolutely love. Even though I found the chocolate to be out of place, the orange ice cream was pretty good. It didn’t take very long for me to make it disappear. The only down side is that I felt this flavor doesn’t go well with cones.
Bus: STM 10, 95
Visit: June 10, 2011
This is the first true dessert visit on the annex portion of the GBS. I like ice cream. In the last two years, I’ve really started to get back to having ice cream during warmer days. I’ve been trusting places like Laura Secord, Dairy Queen, and Ben & Jerry’s. Again, this was a suggestion from a colleague who guaranteed we’d like this ice cream. When you enter, you pay for the serving size you want and you pick the flavors you want filled in your cup. So, because of this, the possibilities are endless. The worker at the counter was very cordial and patient as I asked a bunch of uselessly dumb questions. If you’re looking for the best ice cream in Montreal, you have to try this place.
Baci - Chocolate and Nuts (Brown)
Arancia - Orange Sorbet (Yellow)
The Baci tasted wonderful for chocolate ice cream. It took me a while to get to a nut, but when I did, I liked it. The proportion of nuts to chocolate was low, but the taste definitely makes up for it.
The Arancia peaked my curiosity because it was made with orange. Now, I’ve never had sorbet before in my life, but now was as good a time as ever to try. The orange flavor was apparent, but not too overwhelming. Incredibly, the Arancia and Baci mixed well together. Both flavors are definitely worth trying.