After waffles for breakfast and a quick latte from the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, my sisters and I walked what seemed like an eternity for an ice cream lunch. Yup, no such thing as dieting when you’re on vacation.
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream for Lunch
With four locations and an ice cream truck, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream has been bringing joy to Seattle with their unique flavors made with as many local ingredients as they can get their hands on (lavender from Sequim, sugar from Idaho, organic fruits etc). Even the chocolate that’s used in the shop is from Theo Chocolate – a Seattle based company that is the only organic, fair trade chocolate factory in North America.
My sisters and I spent a good half an hour in the store (which was packed by the way just like the shops we visited previously – we must have picked some pretty popular places to visit!) deciding on which 2 flavors we would split amongst the 3 of us. Yes, we could have gone for one pint each I suppose but decided there wouldn’t be room for a healthy-ish dinner if we did that.
We kept flip flopping. Theo Chocolate? Balsamic Strawberry? Salted Caramel?
We eventually went with none of the above and bought 1 pint of Honey Lavender and 1 pint of Earl Grey.
O-M-G! As soon as I had the first spoon of Honey Lavender (which we decided to eat at the park across the street from the shop because we couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel room) I could not stop. Not too sweet which was a much needed change after the breakfast I had only a few hours ago. I loved the subtle hint of lavendar – wasn’t powerful enough to overtake the honey but you could definitely taste that it was there.
Earl Grey was just OK in my opinion. Tasted just like the tea but in ice cream form :). We only bought it because one of us (not me) is an Earl Grey tea drinker. I am more of an Orange Pekoe kinda gal. Maybe I should suggest that as a flavor? I digress.
After devouring half the tub of Honey Lavender we decided to lay off the sweet stuff for a bit and headed to the grocery store to look for a salad and some fruit. While we were shopping for a healthy light dinner we decided to pick up some dessert. Well it’s right there in the grocery store so why not, right?
Top Pot Doughnuts for Dessert
I have never seen so many different varieties of donuts in my life. Over 40 of them! Top Pot Doughnuts are all made from scratch and trans fat free.
Here is what we ended up with. I don’t even remember what we bought and couldn’t tell you what flavors are in the box below but I will say that I really liked the simplest doughnut best – glazed cake. None of the doughnuts were particularly light – texture was like a combination of a cupcake and a doughnut – and we barely made a dent in them that night.
5.5 doughnuts were enough to last the 3 of us for 2 more breakfasts.
Oh Seattle. We were so spoiled. I have not had ice cream in 6 months. I lied. I’ve had the occasional green tea and black sesame ice cream after sushi lunch or dinner but other than that… nada!
*Love ice cream? This post is part of the Celebrate travel blog carnival: A Salute to Ice Cream.
Becca@R We There Yet Mom? says
I love learning about local places to get good food/treats – so I loved your post. Can’t say that I would have chosen the honey lavender or the earl grey versions of ice cream though!
Thanks for linking up with us! I hope you continue to do so!
The majority of my travels center around food. HA! 🙂 Oh I didn’t think I would have liked Honey Lavender either (thought it would taste like a plant!) but it was delicious! I think about it at least once a week. See you next week 🙂
Lisa from Gone With The Family says
Sometimes ice cream for lunch is perfectly reasonable! 😉
Rules are made to be broken when on vacation!
Malaysian Meanders says
You sound like my kind of vacation partner. I like your food diary for the day. I’m personally not a Tea as an Ice Cream flavor type of person, but the Honey Lavender sounds yummy.
I think centering travel around food/dining is popular with many people. Thank you! I always love reading about what people eat too when they travel. It was the best ice cream I have had. Ever.
One Balsamic Strawberry, please!
Judy Cowan says
Never would of thought of Honey Lavender as an Ice Cream flavor. Love checking out places like this on holidays!
I wouldn’t have thought that either until I tried it. Always surprising the places you come across and the things you learn while on vacation.
Lisa @bitesforbabies says
Wow! Those flavours sound delicious! I’ve made my own at home and I’ve been dying to make Lavender Honey ice cream…I finally bought some in the South of France! Can’t wait to make it!
Oooh, that honey lavender sounds amazing. And I approve of your idea of moderation being only 2 pints of ice cream to split.