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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!
Walk through the super popular shopping district of Myeungdong in Seoul, South Korea and you're bound to see them. Strolling young couples take a moment to put away their smartphones and focus on the most impressive street food south of the Cheonggyecheon: the 32cm ice cream cone.
Okay so it's not technically a grocery, but you wouldn't want to buy this at a supermarket anyway. Available in several basic flavors as well as a mix, the ice cream is served up by a few skilled workers who pull the soft serve from sun down until past midnight, depending on the strength of the crowds. The allure of the foot-high cone is simple: it's cheap, it's quick, it's cooling after a warm early summer day, it's a treat, and it's an ideal subject for photos posted to social media.
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Most people think that Vermont’s most famous export is maple syrup, but unfortunately those folks are totally wrong—at least if you ask us. While we're fans of maple syrup it just doesn’t satisfy our sweet tooth the same way that ice cream does, so that’s why we consider Ben & Jerry’s to be the most famous—and important—product to come out of the Green Mountain State. We already had plenty of cheese and chocolate on our little foodie tour of Vermont, so it was only natural to see what kind of new flavors were being cooked up at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury.
We’re not sure of the numbers, but we’d bet you a pint of Cherry Garcia that the ice cream factory is one of the state’s largest—if not the largest—tourist attraction. There’s state highway signs pointing you in the correct direction, and once you pull into the parking lot it’s pretty darn clear that you’ve arrived at the mecca for ice cream lovers. The grounds and surrounding area is picturesque Vermont to a tee, and there’s even a chance to check out the landscape through snowshoe tours during the chillier months. Although we were slightly distracted by the view—and the babbling brook by the parking lot—we new we needed to head inside.
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Fried ice cream was something we’d never considered until two weeks ago. In fact, it wasn’t something we were even aware of existing, what with being British. And then we were in the supercheap-but-superfabulous Guadalajara Grill in Taos, New Mexico, when we saw this huge thing looking like a deep fried brain, saying Fried Ice Cream $5.50. And we had to have it.
It didn’t look as brainy as it did in the display case, when it came. It was still huge, though – in a sweet taco shell, covered with a layer of cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry which we promptly scraped off. It looked a bit more brain-lumpy underneath.
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The new dessertsSkinny Cow Skinny Dippersare caramel ice cream pops dipped in chocolate, and they're totally complimentary to passengers flying Virgin from Manchester, London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow to the US, Caribbean and Tokyo-Narita. Even better still: each Skinny Dipper is only 65 calories (that's less than a tiny airline cup full of regular soda). They're new onboard from this month, and they should last through the end of the warm weather.
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Independence Day is now behind us, but that hardly means that the summer is anywhere near over. There's a lot of outdoor fun to be had, and we're thinking that Mother Nature still has plenty of heat in store for us. If you need a way to beat the heat this summer you might want to consider scooping up a little fun with five of the best ice cream festivals this summer:
· Austin Ice Cream Festival:
It's just one of many festivals devoted to the sweet stuff this summer, but the Austin Ice Cream Festival just might be the best ice cream festival in all the land. This year's fun starts at 10am on Saturday, August 13 and runs until 7pm at Waterloo Park. The very best part is that there's free ice cream. Just don't overdo it, as you'll want to be firing on all cylinders to participate in the festival's screaming contest. After all, we all scream for ice cream!
There will be plenty of music-this is Austin after all-along with games, entertainment, and fun stuff for the little ones. There's also a popsicle stick sculpture contest where one and all can their best to make the best of pretty much anything out of popsicle sticks. Just remember that pre-notched sticks aren't allowed, but you can use glue and plenty of decorations. Good luck with your sculptures and your plans on overeating!
Last week, we told you aboutthree great French Brasseries found in airports, but this week we're feeling way more casual...way more like we just wanna eat dessert and get on a flight with happy memories of a last-minute airport indulgence. That's right: we're talking about Pinkberry.
This LA-based frozen yogurt chain has damn near conquered the world in short of five years, and naturally that's included airport outposts. It feels like only yesterday we were writing about their very first Pinkberry-in-an-airport opening, back in November 2009 in Terminal 1 at LAX Los Angeles was a fitting first, but what other airports are swirlin' up the fancy froyo now?
Airports with Pinkberry, as of June 2011:
It’s Academy Award season, but we usually are too busy watching awful television shows like Real Housewives of Somewhere to get out and see classy stuff like Black Swan. Even if we don’t have time for true cinema, we usually make sure we see all the nominated cartoons, so we were pretty excited when Disney’s Up took home that little statue last year for best animated film.
Sure it’s make believe, but at the end of the picture the two heroes of the film were enjoying some down time over an ice cream cone at Fenton’s. Luckily for everyone, Fenton’s Creamery isn’t a made up place, and we had the chance to swing by for a scoop and a sit not too long ago at the original Oakland location.
A recent trip to Portland opened our eyes (and wallets) to some of the greenest city's great finds. This week, Sedona Fitzgerald will take you on a little field trip to "The City of Roses" for some of her favorite picks. Warning: this will make your stomach growl.
Our peek around Portland continues today with more amazing eats. After brunch at Tasty n Sons you'll be full, but not too full for locally-inspired ice cream we're sure. Take the ten minute walk over to N. Mississippi Avenue from North Williams and stroll on in to Ruby Jewel Scoops where you'll meet your diet's kryptonite.
Gracing the freezers of celebs including Goldie Hawn, LeAnn Rimes and Diane Sawyer, Ruby Jewel's famous ice cream sandwiches made their debut at the Portland Farmers Market back in 2004, but this scoop shop (the brand's only retail location) just opened in July. What to expect? Keep reading...
We’ll pretty much go to the ends of the earth for a great scoop of ice cream. Lucky for us, on our last ice cream hunt, we just had to hit the streets of Camden in north London for our latest find: Chin Chin Laboratorists.
Billing itself as “Europe’s first nitro ice cream parlour,” Chin Chin is half confectionery, half mad science lab. It’s that half we like the best. The staff—husband-wife owners Ahrash Akbari-Kalhur and Nyisha Weber—actually don lab coats, protective gloves and goggles reminiscent of high school chemistry class as they dramatically shoot vaporous nitrogen gas from metal tanks into the mixing bowls they fill with their ice cream solution. And, a quick chemical reaction later: you have a scoop of ice cream. If only all science had such delicious applications!
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What's better on a rainy fall day in Vermont than a pint of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream? Nothing, that's what. So last week when we found ourselves up in the Green Mountains, we did a road trip to Waterbury, to the original factory and home of Ben & Jerry's for their production tour. We ate ice cream, we got rained on in the Flavor Graveyard and we spent way too much on souvenirs.
The biggest obstacle to taking the Ben & Jerry's tour is getting up to Waterbury, because believe usthis place is rural and without any nearby public transportation. The options aside from renting a car and road tripping there is to join a group bus tour, and that was definitely the most popular option when we visited. Whole busloads of German, Welsh and Japanese tourists dropped by, in addition to Americans on fall foliage tours.
Once you're up at the factory, it's not long until the ice cream starts flowing. Pay $3 per adult for the tour, or check-in on Foursquare to get the tour for free.
Everyone knows that New York City was baking in the summer sun earlier this week, and with the end of summer still far away there’s plenty of time to see triple digit temperatures again. One way to beat the heat is to head out of town, and if you’re doing so with the help of JetBlue, there’s now a great way to cool down at Terminal 5 at JFK.
Ben and Jerry's has installed one of their scoop shops to the terminal, and passengers will now be able to overindulge on Chubby Hubby and Cherry Garcia before heading out of the city. Just make sure to not overdo it, as we want you to leave room in case you're tempted to take those new JetBlue snack boxes for a test drive.
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.