Saturday, October 20, 2018

Mellow Yelo'd

It's been a woefully chilly autumn here in Edmonton, with snow flying on more than a few days from mid-September up until last week. Things have done a complete 180, prairie-style, and now it feels like late summer. Go figure. I'm not about to let the weather dictate what I'm going to eat, though, so back when it was scarf and toque weather, I hoofed it down to Yelo'd.

The word "yelo" means "ice" in Tagalog, the language of the Filipines. I'd been by Yelo'd, which joins a growing roster of delicious Whyte Avenue eats (finally veering away from the franchisey feel that dominated the mid-2010s), a few times over the summer but always found the queue stretching down the block. It was barely about freezing on this mid-September day and for once there was no line. Hooray!

Inside, I found a rainbow of cookies. Enticing flavours like chocolate sesame or ube and macadamia
nut. What is ube, you ask? It's purple yam. One might not think of yam as an ingredient for baked goods, but let me promise you it is delicious. It is subtle. Sort of like vanilla, and yet not. Nutty. Gentle. Just yum.

Ube also stars in soft-serve ice cream at Yelo'd. There are generally four flavours on tap. You have the option of swirling two together or enjoying one on its own. Word to the wise - if the server asks if you'd like coconut on yours, say yes. I tried ube and passion fruit swirled together. In a word, delicious. The acidity of the passion fruit offset the serene ube in a most pleasing sort of way. It didn't feel at all strange to be wolfing down an ice cream cone when most people were clutching pumpkin spice lattes to their cheeks with gloved hands.

I didn't try most of the baked goods, but rest assured I will be back for more - weather or not.

10150A 82 Ave (Whyte Ave)
Edmonton, AB

Closed Mondays
Tues-Thur 1 - 8:30 pm
Fri 1 - 9:30 pm
Sat Noon - 9:30 pm
Sun Noon - 8:30 pm
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