Biking 2:03:31  26.72 km (4:37 / km) +191m 4:28 / km
Probably shouldn't log this, but it was a fun day! Oscar proposed that for our joint birthday, we do a birthday bike ice cream crawl. Anna, Thom, Marco, and Leon joined in. I would normally invite all the people to my birthday celebration, but that didn't seem wise in COVID times. All the stores were good at having the line ups outside (max 1 other group in the store at the same time), we wore masks while inside, only one person from each couple went in, and otherwise were outside the whole time.
We went to:
Stop 1: La Glace @ MacDonald and 16th. Got 2 flavours in 1 scoop with matcha black sesame and lemon blueberry ricotta--the latter was disappointing as it was too icy, but the matcha was great. Oscar had a avocado coffee, which was surprisingly good, and coconut cream pie.
(Unplanned stop to fix my flat back tire. Fortunately, between all of us we had enough tools and equipment to sort it. The tube we used wasn't quite the right size but worked for the rest of the trip.)
Stop 2: Rain or Shine @ Cambie and 18th. Oscar and I shared 2 flavours in 1 scoop with blueberry balsamic and strawberry jam. Both were good although the strawberry wasn't quite as smooth. Strawberry is tricky in ice cream due to its water content.
Stop 3: Buckets @ Main at 16th. This place does liquid nitrogen ice cream. Got the salt caramel. It's quite a different easy experience. So so smooth, but melts in your mouth a lot faster.
Stop 4: Originally was going to do Earnest at Frances St., but people were starting to get pretty ice creamed out at this point. Decided to skip Earnest since Anna and Thom live across the street from one, and go to our last stop of Elephant Garden @ Commercial and 5th. I got a kiddie scoop of Hong Kong Milk Tea while Oscar got avocado. His really tasted like you were eating an avocado.
Stop 5: All of us were craving something savoury and salty, so ordered Juke's fried chicken and ate it at the new-ish Concord Pacific Park.
Fun day! Would have probably been a better strategy to order one kiddie scoop at each spot, but YOLO. It's hard to pick a favourite spot, especially since we don't have Earnest to compare to. Maybe the conclusion is that there are lots of delicious ways to make ice cream. The seasonal flavours are a little more hit or miss though.