Archive for the ‘Ice Cream and Sorbets’ Category

I seem to like the ice cream shops with the long lines.  The wait doesn’t bother me; in fact, it allows me to do other things like imagine which ice cream flavors the strangers in front of me are going to pick.

Haha, I am not sure what thoughts other people think of in these long lines waiting to see the flavors, but I usually try to imagine why people pick the ice cream that they do.  I think that the combination of choices is slightly telling of the personality they have or the mood they are in.

Some marry the tried and true flavor combinations together like coffee and chocolate.  They seem simply satisfied with something they know will be good, or maybe they need that jostle of caffeine because they are caffeine fiends.  Hey, this is spoken from a recovering caffeine addict ;)

Then, there are those ice cream flavors we try on a dare or a whim.  If you asked us a few hours later, we may not pick that flavor again.  I mean, who would try eating the herbaceous basil ice cream if you had other more delectable and normal choices?  FYI: basil ice cream is delicious with its delicate anise notes and works great as a palate cleanser.  Who knew?

And then there are other flavors that lie somewhere in between that spectrum of weird and boring.  For the curious but not ambitious, it’s the perfect harmony of trying something new without fretting whether that flavor would be the unsavory scoop of ice cream that will have to be swallowed down fast.

At least, that’s where I stood with the idea of toasted coconut ice cream.  What is toasted coconut ice cream supposed to taste like anyway?  Is it more toasty or coconut-like?  Is it like a fabulous coconut cream pie in ice cream form?  Well, if it even resembles Tom Douglas’ coconut cream pie, I am sold.



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I think it is summer.  The makeshift flats of berries glistening at each facade and the piles of shucked corn husks at the market have been insisting it’s indeed summer, but the zephyrs–the ones greeting me on the lunch strolls to and from the office–haze the fruition of such an idea.  Summer, it argues, is completely absent.

Perhaps, that is the case every year in the Bay Area, as the heat lunges forward sprinting during the final months of summer.  However, this time around, I keep thinking about hot tea, cinnamon-laced desserts, and knee-high boots.  Sometimes, my mind ventures off to things involving chocolate and bourbon or chocolate and chili.  Am I embracing the crisp nonchalant wintry air too early?

My taste buds lusts for the spicy pungency of autumnal sweets.  I blame the weather for my current obsession with ginger.  This ice cream bridges that fantasy of an autumnal wonderland and the reality that it is indeed summer.  Something spicy yet cool for the palate!


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It is always funny (and revealing) the kind of quotes we choose to remember from elementary school.  One friend confessed to remembering who “sprouted” first.  For whatever reason, my memory of my second grade teacher revealing what she thought was a perfect gift was withstood the test of the time.

“Dried apricots!  They’re better than candy!”

I remember how my second-grade brain couldn’t fathom her answer.  Not chocolate, not jewelry.  Dried apricots!  However, I tried to be open-minded and got myself a generic supermarket bag of dried apricots to understand her penchant.

To my dismay, my second-grade self felt that they were a step below raisins!  Dried apricots were definitely wrinkly, often sour, and usually not as flavorful as their non-dehydrated counterparts.  Ick!  At least, raisins are sweet!

That lack of flavor in the supermarket kinds kept me away from dried fruit for the longest time.  However, after the granola-making experience, I could never hate dried fruits again.  In fact, I adore dried fruits now because the sweetness and flavors become more concentrated as the fruits dry!

Anyway, in my “study of dried fruits, I was intrigued by the David Lebovitz comment about the superiority of dried California apricots.  In fact, that note is clearly set out in his ingredients list in The Perfect Scoop.

That comment in and of itself lured me to this ice cream.  Oh yeah, I like pistachios too :P


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