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Jun 29, 2009 03:12 PM

Leslieville ice cream and gelato

First there were none and now there are three! Ed's was the first (Queen East and Logan) and I was not wowed. The ice cream and gelato selection, although large and interesting, lack flavour. The smell of the homemade waffle cones certainly draw a crowd, but I'd say "pass".

I just sampled some gelatos at Leonida's on Coady, just up from Queen East and they get my vote! The company she orders from imports all ingredients from Italy, with the exception being the mango, which they get from India. They were delicious and she makes beautiful chocolates too.

Haven't tried Cream - the urban dairy...yet.

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  1. You need to taste, and taste widely, before choosing flavours at Ed's. Many of his flavours are, indeed, boring, but some of them will blow you away.

    1. Ed's strawberry yoghurt is the best I have ever tasted. His icecream is good as well depending on the flavour you pick. They sometimes have peanut butter and Jelly which is so tastey!

      1. We had the chili chocolate gelato and the mango gelato tonight - none of us were complaining, really really good. I've also had (and liked) the green apple.

        1. Ed's is probably best described as being "uninspired".
          Seems like there are some boring flavours and few new ones introduced or rotated.

          but when he does it right, he does it really right!

          1. I was a huge fan of Ed's just after it opened (the french mint and bordeaux cherry are awesome) - but the more I visit, the more underwhelmed I've been. I find their ice cream too creamy, with a heavy and somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

            Leonida's gelatos are lovely. I particularly liked the pistachio. However, if you're looking for variety, this place is going to disappoint. They have a very small case with no more than 8 flavours.

            Cream, the Urban Dairy is fantastic! I'm completely addicted to their ice cream sandwiches. Great ice cream flavours between two homemade cookies. To die for! Have also sampled the reverse chocolate chip ice cream which is fantastic. My only quibble about Cream is that the flavours change every week, which is great for variety, but not so much if you have a fave flavour that only appears once in a while. Cream also offers a variety of baked goods which altho not sampled, look delicious.

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            1. re: jayzie1

              I read on the Leslieviller blog that Cream is giving out cheap ice cream sandwiches on canada day if you come in and say "i'm a leslieviller too". Kinda dorky, but I might try it.