Brown Sugar Bake Shop

Last month we were in the town of Okotoks and got to check out a gem of a bake shop. The Brown Sugar Bake Shop resides in a strip mall off of Milligan Drive. Inside sprawls a spacious dining area in front of their giant counter full of muffins, cupcakes, ice cream and other baked goods and of course they do coffee. When I entered, I was impressed with the simple decor.  It was a cute little bake shop!

I have seen many attempts to bring good coffee to bakeries and sadly, only a few places have succeeded. Whether it’s an affinity for over-roasted beans, cutting corners, automated machines, a disregard for training/quality, or any combination of all the above, I’ve seen it all at the Brown Sugar Bake Shop. Thus, when a shop does things right, they deserve their praise due. What I would say is stick to the baked goods and quit doing the coffee thing because you are not good at it. I was extremely disappointed with the lack of flavour in my drink.

Stepping up to order, I settled on ordering a Caramel Macchiato, we also ordered an Americano, a London Fog and a Vanilla Latte. All drinks except for the Americano lacked flavour.

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Now lets talk about the baked goods, they not only looked great but tasted great. My daughter had a cheese bun that was to die for. So much so we bought a bag of 6 of the for $13.50. My wife and me both had muffins which were both excellent as well. We did discuss going back and checking out their other food items on their menu as the food coming out looked delicious It is a bit pricier but worth the extra.

The staff are friendly and very helpful.

Whether you’re in town for the week or a day visit, definitely check out Brown Sugar Bake Shop for the baked goods. 

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Village Flatbread Co.

On Saturday we decided to go and try out a new pizza place called Village Flatbread Co. in the south. We decided to head over because they have some vegan options and my son’s girlfriend is vegan and we wanted her to try out this place.

When we arrived it was very little inside, just enough space for one table and then outside there was three tables. We took over a big table since there was five of us. A very nice gentleman came out to talk us through the menu, later we found out he is the owner.

After reviewing the menu, you head inside to order and we decided on the Brentwood which is a starter of Brushetta and a Montgomery which is a starter salad. Both were absolutely amazing.

As for the main dishes we ordered the Bridgeland, the Red Stone, the Shaganappi, and the Harvest Hills. All the pizza’s were amazing! My son and his girlfriend ordered the vegan versions of their pizza’s and his girlfriend said that this pizza was way better than Virtuous Pie in Vancouver who specializes in vegan pizzas.

This little location is all natural, local, and organic and I could see them doing really well with where they are located on 17th ave just off of Crowchild Trail.