EAT COVID can’t stop us from enjoying local food and drink this summer. From Insta-worthy ice cream to patios serving up the best beer and cider made right here in Nova Scotia, dive in and find your next outing. Bring along your bubble friends and family, just don’t forget the hand sanitizer and masks. New cone on the block Fun & Shakes. ALEXA CUDE Get your fix of frozen treats Halifax’s newest ice cream spot, Saints Supreme, offers soft serve and good vibes. Fun & Shakes 1365 Hollis Street Head to this new spot for extra AF ice cream treats while you’re down on the waterfront. BY VICTORIA WALTON Booza Emessa Saints Supreme Soft Serve is a new pop-up from the folks at Apartment 3 Coffee in Lower Sackville (833 Sackville Drive). Coowners Alex and Heather Stephen had been churning over the ice cream idea for a while, but the pandemic convinced them it was finally time to make it a reality. “Because of all this crazy crazy time, we were thinking of a way that we could encourage the community, bring a little brightness and just create like a light atmosphere to kind of hang out in the summer evening,” says Alex. Built right into the back of their coffee shop, Saints will be serving up specialty cones until early fall. “Sackville deserves great and fun things, and deserves the best,” Alex says. “So we try and do our part to help encourage that and offer that, and create our Sackville culture.” The couple has “very exciting” plans for expanding the menu at Saints, says Heather, including a couple different flavours of soft serve, plus dairy-free and vegan options. But the experienced entrepreneurs also know the value of getting off to a solid, sustainable start. That’s why the shop only had one flavour— vanilla—when it opened in early July, the white ice cream flowing from the new softserve machine a bright compliment to the store’s millennial-pink walls. By the time you read this, the chocolate will probably be ready. But it might not even matter, because the ice cream base is only part of the Saints experience. Feast on the Celebration cone: vanilla soft serve topped with birthday cake crumble and surrounded by cotton candy. It’s like a cloud in the heavens where the ice cream gods play. 819 Bedford Highway The first Syrian ice cream shop in HRM opened in 2019. Try a unique flavour like pomegranate. Manual Dairy Bar 5688 Spring Garden Road See and be seen at this summer hotspot with rotating flavours and crunchy add-ons. Humani-T Cafe, north end 5755 Young Street Enjoy delish gelato and lots of vegan options. (Downtown location currently closed.) Dee Dee’s Ice Cream Joining the Celebration cone at launch are the Koko Krunch (with salted caramel brownie topping) strawberry shortcake cone, and a rumoured “secret” menu item using coffee from Apartment 3 for an affogato-style treat. “We’ve created our own recipes with different kinds of flavours, crumbles,” says Alex. “We’re going to do some crazy posts on Instagram.” Saints is open for take-out noon-9pm daily, and the Stephens are building a patio for customers. They’re also serving up positivity with their slogan, “You can be anything, be good.” “It really came from our heart as an idea of stirring up good within the community,” says Heather. “This momentum that the city’s been kind of feeling lately, this giving back and encouraging each other, being kind to one another, stirring up hope.” And the new shop is making sure to pay it forward. “Five percent of profits will go to local charity,” says Alex. “Saints is inspiring the good in all of us. Like, just being good to one another, that’s what it’s about.” 5668 Cornwallis Street You can’t go wrong with a classic cone from this spot just off the Halifax Common. The Bread Lounge 5880 Demone Street Vegans rejoice: Bread Lounge now has one of the first dairy-free soft serves in the city. Black Harbour Creamery 419 Highway 329, Hubbards The deep-fried ice cream is worth the drive. Sugar Fix 5490 Spring Garden Road The Daily Grind Cafe’s ice cream-obsessed sibling is a great place to cool off downtown. Saints co-owner Heather Stephen serves up a Celebration cone (top), the cotton candy cloud keeping with the decor found in the shop (bottom). Cafe Taiyaki 52 2009 Brunswick Street RACHEL MCGRATH Insta-worthy fish-shaped cones with lots of fun flavours like mango and matcha. a • • The Coast 31 HOT SUMMER GUIDE 2020
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