Here they are, in no particular order of deliciousness:
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Where? Betty’s Pie Whole, 155 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas.
Strawberry rhubarb pies are notoriously hard to get right- they’re either too sweet or too tart if the rhubarb is left to overpower the strawberry. Betty’s version hits just the right note: it’s the perfect balance between sweet and tart, and the crust is fresh, flaky, and light.
Vegan French Toast Cupcake
Where? Yummy Cupcakes, 1514 Encinitas Blvd.
Many customers claim this to be THE best cupcake shop in Encinitas, and the local favorite seems to be one of their vegan selections. The French Toast Cupcake is comprised of a vanilla/maple/cinnamon cupcake frosted with a vanilla/maple/cinnamon buttercream, and topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. You won’t be able to “taste” the fact that it’s vegan- this cupcake (and really, any cupcake you try there) is rich and absolutely delicious.
Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
Where? The Baked Bear, 7610 Via Campanile Ste. 142, Carlsbad.
Here’s how to have the best ice cream sandwich of your life: First, you choose two types of cookies for the top and bottom part of the “sandwich”, and you also have the alternative of donuts and brownies! Next, choose an ice cream flavor (at least 10 options) and any topping your heart desires, which includes Fruity Pebbles and brownie bits.
Where? Magic Market Bakery, 333 N El Camino Real, Encinitas.
This Mediterranean bakery offers a wide selection of meticulously-prepared pastries and cakes. The cream puffs are light, sweet but not overly so- everything a cream puff should be, but anything you select from the bakery is equally amazing and fresh. Try the tiramisu or passion fruit mousse as well!