Sweet Olenka’s in the Summertime

I’ve always said that I have the best luck when it comes to good food.

The kind of luck where just weeks after learning about Sweet Olenka’s delicious ice-cream for the first time, they open up a new location just blocks from where I live.

To say that I was in good company for ice-cream testing is an understatement. I was with my best brother (my only brother, but also one of my best friends, who just so happens to be the guitar player at the beginning of every episode of our podcast), my boyfriend (who is also vegan), and my Guinea Pigging Green co-host Stephanie.

The Kensington Market location of Sweet Olenka’s is tiny and utilitarian, in that their ice-cream and ice-cream bars selection more than makes up for their understated atmosphere (it’s not really an I’ll take it for-here type of place)

I asked the cashier for her vegan recommendation and she told me that the salted caramel ice-cream bar (pictured above left) was both the best seller and her personal favourite. Steph ordered the mocha-chocolate-chip cone, which she confirmed was rich and creamy and delicious (vegetarian).

My boyfriend opted for a generous scoop of Mint Oreo ice-cream (vegan), which is lucky for me, because mint-chocolate chip is one of my favourite ice-cream flavours of all time and relationship rules dictate that I get to try whatever he’s having.

My brother opted for their Ontario Strawberry ice-cream cone (vegan), which he practically inhaled after letting me take a photo.

Right down the road on Augusta is a small park called Bellevue Square. Perfect for eating ice-cream and lounging in the shade with friends.

Make sure to soak up the last few days of summer. Get outside, support local businesses whenever possible, and make dates with good company.

– Laura

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