A few weeks ago I went with my sister to keep her company on a weekend trip to Bellingham Bay in Washington. She was headed down there to run the Bellingham Bay 1/2 Marathon (Go Sister!!). We went down a day early to do some sightseeing in the area, as the only place we'd ever seen in Bellingham was the mall and the airport! It is really a beautiful area and definitely worth checking out. We visited the neighboring town of Fairhaven. It was lovely - we wandered around the historic area of town, browsing in little boutique stores and window shopping. We stopped in at an awesome gelato cafe called Sirena. It was packed in there so we thought it must be good and we were not disappointed!
Sirena offers 20 flavours of fresh made-in-store gelato every day! They have a flavour rotation of 50 flavours!! Wow! And they all looked delicious! It was really hard to choose which ones to try. Their gelato is made with milk instead of heavy cream which results in it being considerably lower in fat than regular ice cream - their in-store comparison notes that it has 4-8% fat content while many commercial brand ice creams contain up to 18% fat! They also serve various types of sorbets which contain less than 1% fat in each serving. How exciting! A delicious dessert that you don't have to feel guilty about (unless you eat a whole tub of it in one sitting!!).
Check out their webpage for a really interesting history of gelato and various other tidbits. One such tidbit is that the Italians have been making gelato for over 2,000 years - surely that is why their gelato is so decadently perfect! I hope that if you're ever in the area you'll check it out. Its worth the trip.