I am having a love affair with pumpkin. Don’t ask what it is, but I have become quite obsessed with it lately – I feel it’s border-lining on unhealthy. As soon as fall hits Vancouver, I start craving anything with a little pumpkin in it. As we are apparently celebrating 10 years of Starbucks’ infamous pumpkin spice latte, I feel I am not the only one with a little love for the big, round squash. Therefore, I have created a top ten fall foods I must try before “pumpkin season” is up and I start craving gingerbread men and candy canes. Who is with me?
10. IHOP: Pumpkin Pancakes
Okay, so I will admit I have already tried these but hey! – I have yet to try them twice! If anyone is going to do pumpkin any justice, it is the famous Pancake House. I must say, these are amazing. Fluffy as always and loaded with a rich, cinnamon taste it is officially Fall when IHOP brings these bad boys back t0 their menu.
9. Cupcakes by Heather and Lori: “Great Pumpkin” Cupcake
Everyone in Vancouver knows this place. With three locations in the lower-mainland, and a TV show on Oprah’s network, these ladies basically made the cupcake the chicest dessert in town. This month the shop features a cupcake made of pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin buttercream, and a candy pumpkin to top it all off. This just might be the dessert to satisfy my desire for pumpkin. Ladies, want to send a dozen my way?
8. Soirette Macarons and Tea: Pumpkin Pie Macaron
OH.MY.GOD. Leave it to Soirette to combine my two favourite things into one! Located on Pender, this little tea shop is best known for their wide array of French desserts and pastries as well as their long list of teas. Whether popping in for a 3pm indulgence or sitting down for their high tea service, Soirette is a welcome addition to Vancouver’s dessert scene. I cannot wait to try these and have been looking everywhere for a pumpkin macaron to celebrate the autumn season!
7. David’s Tea: Pumpkin Chai
Nothing is better than sipping on a hot cup of tea when the weather is stormy and rainy – and let’s face it, Vancouver is in for a number of those days in the upcoming months. The David’s Tea website declares this tea is almost as good as pumpkin pie so I am ready to curl up with a great book and satisfy my pumpkin craving with a spot of tea!
6. Dairy Queen: Pumpkin Pie Blizzard
Ladies and Gentlemen – this actually exists! I am basically squealing and shaking with excitement to try this! I feel like I do not even need to write anymore about this piece of heaven so I am taking a break and heading to my nearest DQ…
5. Aphrodite’s Café and Pie Shop: Pumpkin Pie
Ahhh, back to the basics with some good old, wholesome, organic, pumpkin pie. Located on 4th Avenue in Kitsilano Aphrodite’s is known for their healthy and clean brunches as well as their scrumptious desserts! I may combine trying this pie with a visit to the Dunbar Haunted House this year!
4. Purdy’s: Pumpkin Truffle
Oh, I can see this easily becoming my new addiction! Goodbye sea salt and chilli pepper chocolate and HELLO to pumpkin! Leave it to Vancouver’s most famous chocolatier to create the perfect little treat for the fall season. Described as having a creamy center filled with cinnamon and ginger flavours and hints of lingering pumpkin, I am definitely going to have a hard time sharing these.
3. Lucky’s Doughnuts: Pumpkin
I have yet to experience the hype that is Lucky’s Doughnuts but with a pumpkin treat topped with cream cheese icing and toasted pumpkin seeds this MUST change! Combined with a coffee from 49th Parallel I am looking forward to the next rainy day of writing with a pumpkin doughnut in hand!
2. High Tea: at various locations
Anyone who knows me will know my love for a Sunday filled with high tea. October is the month the summer menus all change to comforting, colder-weather themes. Expect places to have an abundance of pumpkin tarts, pies, and, loafs to add to the high tea experience.
1. Starbucks: Pumpkin Spice Latte
And back to the birth place of the pumpkin obsession! The one, the only, and here for only a limited time, the pumpkin spice latte! If the commercials aren’t enough to persuade you let me: this is a must try for any pumpkin lover. Fall doesn’t actually start until you’ve had one! Go head, it’s okay hipsters of Vancouver, I won’t tell anyone you’re giving into the man.
By: Micaela Monk