Sometimes we forget how good things can be. So this week indulge on the bright side of life with a selection of sweet treats to celebrate how truly great you are, and turn that maybe frown upside down.
Whoever said you can’t have your dessert and drink it too obviously never went to Kaminsky’s Dessert Café in the Vista. This sweet destination offers its patrons sipable desserts. I’m not saying they are better than cake, but they’re pretty darn close. For traditionalists, try the Irish Coffee. For the more experimental, order the Cappuccino Float, a dreamy combination of vanilla ice cream, iced espresso, milk, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Where to find it: 930 Gervais St. Open 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Speaking of cake, after you’ve sipped your morning cup of Joe, drive over the bridge to West Columbia’s newest bakery, Buttercream Dreams. At this custom bakery, owner Jolene Bailey doesn’t skimp on the flavors and isn’t cheap with her frosting either. Flavor combinations change daily in an effort to make “sweet things happen.” Once these sweet things sell out for the day, that’s it. So be sure to get there early enough to get your hands on one, two, or a half dozen of their famous lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting — it’s the epitome of turning lemons into a delectable treat.
Where to find it: 1230 C Avenue. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
If, even after all those edible delights, you still haven’t satisfied your chocolate fix, go to Bruges Chocolaterie. Chocolatier Christina Miles is taking Columbia’s sweet scene to the next level with her artisan bark, chocolates and truffles. For those who crave a little salt with their sweet, try the nut clusters. Or take desserting up a notch with their cheesecake filled strawberries dipped in chocolate. It’s definitely, as Miles said, “something that makes you feel good.”
Where to find it: 3015B Millwood Ave. Open noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
End your sugary journey through Columbia at The Big Mo, one of only three operating drive-in theaters in South Carolina. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for double features, this throwback is dog-friendly, has a play area for the kids, hosts trivia contests during intermission, and best of all, it’s affordable. Admission is $9 for ages 12 and older; $5 for ages 4 to 11; and children under 3 are free. Their concession stand also has some of the best movie-going offerings, including frozen pickle juice. Proving once again, that when life goes slightly sour or salty, it can still be made sweet.
Where to find it: 5822 Columbia Highway North, Monetta. First film starts between 8-8:15 p.m.)