Friday Five – Sweet treats from all over!

Friday Five – Sweet treats from all over!

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday Five…5 things that are bringing me bliss this week!  You know how before you start a new diet, you have one last cheat day, where you binge on all your favourite foods, the ones you are going to give up?  Well, this week’s post is something of that sort.

Summer is here, and in an effort to get my boys away from the screen time, I’m trying to plan more of an active summer (key word there being “trying”…but I digress).  A great excuse to get more active myself!  My youngest is about to get a FitBit Zip for “grading” present, and then everyone in the house will have one.  I’m going to put fresh batteries in the others, and set us all up as “friends” on the FitBit app.  Our goal is 10,000 steps a day.  Being that my boys are pretty competitive, this should make for some interesting fun!  At least, that is my hope!

So, in light of our impending venture to increase our exercise and activity, we might as well start cutting back on sweet treats and incorporate healthier snacks like fresh veggies and fruits.  Going from this…

…to more of this…

Yeah…my kids will be super excited about this (did you hear the sarcasm in that??)

But as “Murphy’s Law” would have it, it seems yummy, sugary sweet desserts are crossing my path at every turn!!!  Here are some of the drool worthy things I’ve found this week.

1. Travel the world with ice cream

Wanderlust Creamery is an ice cream parlour in California, but with a twist.  Each flavour is inspired by someplace in the world they have been, or aspire to travel to!  Wanderlust at it’s finest!  You can dream of Thailand with the Sticky Rice and Mango, or envision high tea in Britain with the Earl Grey.  Lavender fields of Provence inspired the Honey Lavender, while perhaps campfires in the Pacific Northwest led to the Smoky Road flavour.  They also have seasonal flavours like Lilikoi Pineapple Li Hing Sorbet, inspired by my favourite Maui, Hawaii!

Check out this video for all the cold, luscious goodness from around the world!

2. Mini Pancakes with Nutella

Last week I mentioned our slight obsession with Nutella around my house.  Well, the internet went an upped the game with this tasty snack…mini popover pancakes drenched not only in Nutella, but peanut butter too!  OMG, I can almost taste that ooey-gooey goodness in my mouth just writing this post!

You can get these yummy snacks at Holland House, a food truck in the Dubai Mall.

3. La Maison du Chocolat

In french, that translates to House of Chocolate. All things chocolate. Chocolate heaven. Headed up by the best craftsman chocolatier in France, Nicholas Cloiseau, this boutique dessert shop makes all kinds of chocolate treats!

You can now find these boutiques all over the world, or order online from the original in France.  Be right back…I’m messaging my contact in Paris as we speak!

4. Taiwanese Wheel Cakes

While these tasty looking cakes have quite a long history, the company Catmint is bringing them to NYC, with both traditional and modern flavours!  Right now they can be found at various food festivals, but are hoping to open a permanent location after the summer.  Take a look!

5. Wild Doughnuts

Another NYC find is The Doughnut Project.  This specialty doughnut shop is creating some unique flavours in their small batch doughnuts.  Try PB and J, Blueberry and Parsnip, Beet and ricotta, or Everything!  They even serve Frozen Doughnuts in the summer!

I may have drooled a little on the laptop here…just sayin’.

You may have noticed all of these videos were posted by Insider.  They have a few different channels, including Insider Dessert and Insider Travel.  I love the inspiration that they share daily, and I invite you to check them out on Facebook for more!

Well, that’s it for this week’s edition of the Friday Five!  I apologize for the sugar coma I may or may not have induced.  Got a sweet treat I should try? Leave a comment below, or find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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