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When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
After missing the 'feel-good food' because of renovations, we were excited to find some 'feel-good ice cream' in the city of Phnom Penh. Not too many people can debate the fact that ice cream is the best way to beat the heat and, trust us, there's a lot of heat to be beat in this city.
When we’re in Rome, we like to do what the Romans do and eat a lot of gelato. In fact, one of the great things about Italy is
the art the culture that eating ice cream isn’t just a tourist thing.
One place we’d heard a lot about, but never visited, was Il Gelato di San Crispino, tucked away on a back street behind the Trevi Fountain. When we say tucked away, we mean tucked away; there’s only a tiny sign announcing its presence.
But it’d probably be overrun if it was any more exposed. Because the gelato of San Crispino is superlative. Only fresh ingredients are usedno preservatives, nothing frozen, only seasonal thingsand boy does it show.
Napa is synonymous with wine, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for other deliciousness. Three Twins Ice Cream is one way to beat the summer heat but keep to organic eating. It might not be low in calories or fat, but when you know it’s produced in a sustainable manner with local ingredients...that means it’s fine to have a triple-scoop, right?
The company’s ice cream can be found by the pint at locations across California, but their scoop shop in Napa’s Oxbow Public Market is where we got our fix. Each traditional flavor gets a new twist here with flavors like Madagascar Vanilla, Bittersweet Chocolate, and Milk & Cookies. We skipped over the traditional and went for The Chocolate Project. It was chocolate ice cream with flecks of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, chocolate cookies, and chocolate chips. We promise that we then had a salad for lunch.
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Sometimes we need a little more than a Frappuccino to satisfy our sweet tooth while waiting for a flight. With SXSW coming up in only a few weeks, we’ve got to nominate Amy’s Ice Cream as one of the best airport treats in the country. There’s plenty of locations in Austin as well, so you don’t have to wait until your flight out of Texas to make a stop for a little bit of ice cream.
Amy’s makes all their own ice cream, and with a butterfat content starting at 14 percent all flavors are creamy, delicious, and nutritious. The place always has seven standard options that are always available, and you’re welcome to add anything you’d like into flavors like sweet cream, white chocolate, Belgian chocolate, and Mexican vanilla. They mix the toppings right in front of you, and if you’ve got a skilled scooper, they might just do a trick or two while getting things ready. Think Tom Cruise in Cocktail, but with ice cream.
Believe it our not, summer is quickly winding down. We’ve only got a few weeks left to gorge ourselves on hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream—then we’ll start dieting for the 2010 beach season, we promise. If Ben and Jerry’s isn’t in your neck of the woods, chances are you might be closer to one of the factories that produces Blue Bell Ice Cream. Empty cartons of their flavors can usually be found on coffee tables throughout the southeast.
The creamery opened its doors in 1907, and has been going strong ever since it named itself after the Texas bluebell wildflower. Expect more exciting facts like this when you take a tour of where the ice cream is made. They’re churning out the sweet flavors at three locations: Brenham, Texas, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Sylacauga, Alabama.
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A couple weeks ago we found ourselves in the Valley of the Sun, looking to check out the best that the area has to offer. With temperatures during our stay already approaching 100 degrees, we were eager to find something tasty to help us cool down. Thankfully we learned about Sweet Republic Ice Cream in Scottsdale, but don't expect us to claim that we discovered it because it’s a huge hit on Yelp, with local foodies and Twitter; the place even just made Bon Appetit's list of ten best ice cream shops.
The ice cream parlor is located in a nothing-special strip mall about a 15-minute drive outside the hustle and bustle of Scottsdale’s shopping mecca. Everything here is made fresh daily and in small batches, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. We’re still a little miffed that we missed out on their Peanut Butter Chip. However, we did enjoy the delicious Brownie Swirl with a side of Cookie Monster. Both flavors were exactly what you’d expect and more, and had great flavor and texture—the dessert spoke for itself—and we quickly found out that this wasn’t your local scoop shop.
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The food trucks are continuing their wholesale takeover of the NYC restaurant scene at full speed. The latest entry: the cheekily named Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, which will be rolling through the Village, Chelsea and Brooklyn soon.
Owner/ice cream connoisseur Doug Quint told Serious Eats about his decision to go with such an open name:
"Let's face it, ice cream trucks are kind of queer, and a middle-aged white man driving one is pretty suspect. That's not to say that I'm a rolling hotbed of perversion. Hardly the case. It's all in the name of silly."
All joking aside, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck will be giving New York's mobile dessert scene a fancy-pants makeover with inventive flavors like Nutella, olive oil and sea salt, and bacon. Yes, that's bacon and ice cream together in one glorious food.
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck takes off next week. We'll be the ones chasing it down the street.
· The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck [Official Site]
· The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Launching Soon in NYC [Serious Eats]
· NYC's Food Trucks All Converge in One Place This Weekend [Jaunted]
Depending on where you fall on the spectrum of hipster foodie-ism, Twittering food trucks are either awesome innovations or eyeroll inducing fads. Tech site CNET recently did a writeup of how this new trend is sweeping LA and NYC, with trucks that provide everything from Korean food to music samplers.
Cool Haus, an ice cream sandwich truck, is one of the newest entrants into the LA mobile food market. Its approach to differentiating itself from other food trucks - and from other ice cream trucks - is exquisitely hipsterific. The @coolhaus Twitter page describes it as: "All natural ice cream sandwiches designed and imagined by Architects. Look out for the COOLHAUS truck roaming the streets of LA this summer!"
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Casual ice cream connoisseurs may get revved up about Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day, but real ice cream fanatics know the frozen dairy event of the year comes a little later in spring, at the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in Boston.
We don't know where you are at right now but we are sitting in front of our computers on yet another oppressively hot day in Los Angeles and we aren't fortunate enough to have air-conditioning. Which is why Ben and Jerry's free ice cream cone deal has us counting down the hours until we can escape our internet captors.
As a way to thank our customers for their support and to celebrate 31 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away!
Around the world, Scoop Shops are opening their doors from noon to 8:00 pm, to serve up a free scoop of your favorite flavor. Please check with your local Scoop Shop for more info!
And seriously, we suggest checking Ben & Jerry's website before you make your ice cream run as some shops are not participating in free ice cream cone day. Lame.
· Ice Cream coverage [Jaunted]
Still stuck at your desk, huh? You deserve an ice cream cone, the kind that Baskin-Robbins is scooping for 31 cents until 10 pm tonight.
The original store opened in Glendale, California in 1945 and was called Snowbird. Though there are plenty of shops in the US these days, there are also tons of them worldwide. (Japan alone has more than 850.)
We don't normally go for chains 'round here, but, hey, cheap ice cream. And aren't you sick of Pinkberry by now?
Done with Tasti-D and over Pinkberry? Us too. Step up for the next NYC cold-yogurt-contender: Yolato, which opens its latest location just south of Grand Central today. Yolato is yogurt gelato, claiming to be healthier than regular gelato, with a smooth, creamy texture, despite having less fat and less cholesterol than the good stuff. Of course they have a zillion flavors--OK, over 100--and they make Yolato sorbet, crepes and cakes, too.
This new store promises to be bigger than all the others, with the same brightly colored displays and shelves laden with fresh fruit. Is it just us or does the store sign--above--remind you of an 80s throwback? The best part about tomorrow's opening: free stuff. There will be boatloads of free samples as well as a drawing for a free bright orange Vespa. We'll eat any newfangled fro-yo for a chance at that!