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Where to Nom Auckland's Best Ice Cream and Gelato

November 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

The next stop on our Auckland Field Trip is a little shopfront on the city's main strip, Queen Street. Amongst bustling cafes, shopping arcades and fast-food outlets sits a gem of a gelateria called Giapo.

Walk through the doors under a sign that reads, "Pure Aotearoa Organic Goodness and Creativity" (for the uninitiated, Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand) and you enter the holy grail for ice cream and gelato in Kiwi-land.

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Even in Cambodia, You Can't Escape a Chicago Hot Dog

August 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

There's something oddly comforting about seeing a familiar brand when traveling to a foreign land. Amongst all of the sweltering hustle and bustle of Cambodia, we came across the icy goodness of Dairy Queen. Immediately after recognizing the iconic DQ logo, we had to rest our weary feet and dig into a refreshing soft-serve cone.

Not only did we escape the heat of midday Phnom Penh by scoring some much needed air conditioning (not to mention some free wifi), but we got to check out the interesting menu of another American fast-food chain abroad. After passing over the standard ice cream sundaes, Blizzards, and ice cream cakes, our eyes settled on the hot dog section, in particular the Chicago Hot Dog.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Tim Tam Ice Cream of Australia

Where: Australia
August 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

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!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Now there's more to scream about if you're heading down under, with a new flavor ice cream that marries the delicious flavor of Tim Tams—the iconic, chocolatey cookie from Australia—with the creamy delight of chocolate ice cream.

We've talked about Tim Tams before, okay, maybe more than once (here and here). The moment the specialty ice cream flavor caught our eyes, we knew we had to give it a whirl, for research's sake. If you've had Tim Tams, then you know why Aussies treasure them.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Feel Good Ice Cream of Cambodia

April 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

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.

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It May Look Modest, But This Could Be the Best Gelato in Rome

Where: Via della Panetteria 42, Rome, Italy
December 19, 2011 at 4:41 PM | by | ()

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 used—no preservatives, nothing frozen, only seasonal things—and boy does it show.

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Organic Ice Cream Invades Napa Wine Country

June 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM | by | ()

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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Awesome Airport Ice Cream Is Available At Amy's In Austin

March 5, 2010 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

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.

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Three Times The Fun With Blue Bell's Ice Cream Tours

August 12, 2009 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

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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Scottsdale Has An Ice Cream Parlor That's Worth The Flight

June 11, 2009 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

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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NYC Gets a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

June 4, 2009 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

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.

Related Stories:
· 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]

[Photo: TBGICT]

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LA's Newest Twittering Truck Provides Ice Cream, Architectural Conceit

May 27, 2009 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

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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Mark Your Calendar For The Ice Cream Event of the Year

Where: City Hall Plaza [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02108
May 19, 2009 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

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.

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