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Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Ice cream is probably my favorite food, so I never pass up a new ice cream shop.  I had been wanting to try Morgenstern’s on the Lower East Side because it is so popular and has such good ratings.  On my visit, I went on an off hour so there was no wait.  First, I have to say I am not a fan of the trend of unusual flavor pairings for ice cream.  It’s not that I’m a complete traditionalist because I do like some creative new flavors, but I most appreciate a well-executed vanilla.  Some of the flavors on the menu at Morgenstern’s were just not appealing to me (salt and pepper pine nut, cardamom lemon jam), so I didn’t know what to order.  We got burnt honey vanilla, angel food vanilla, chocolate oat and salted pretzel caramel.  The vanillas were just OK, not very flavorful.  The chocolate oat was disappointing because I couldn’t taste oat, and the chocolate pieces were frozen and way too hard to eat.  But the salted pretzel caramel actually tasted bad.


Delicious Light Ice Cream

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photo used with permission

photo used with permission

If you read my blog, you know how much I love ice cream.  It is probably my favorite food.  Because it’s so high in fat, carbs and calories, I don’t eat it as much as I like.  I’ve tried many types of light ice creams, low-fat, low-carb, almond milk, etc, but none of them had that pure milk taste and creamy texture of ice cream.  That is, not until I tried Halo Top.  I saw Halo Top in the ice cream freezer at Whole Foods and decided I’d try it since I had tried all the others.  I didn’t have high expectations for a light ice cream.  I got the strawberry flavor.  I was happy to see that the ice cream was low in fat, carbs and calories but high in protein.  And it was made from hormone-free milk, cage-free eggs and stevia.  So all around, it was a win-win.  But how did it taste?  It tasted great.  It had a real strawberry flavor and it tasted like it was made from milk and cream.  The best part was the texture–now, I will admit it was a bit icy throughout, but it still had a creamy texture that didn’t feel artificial like the commercial ice creams.  So I feel like I have found a light ice cream that I can eat without guilt and actually enjoy!  I’m looking forward to trying the other three flavors–vanilla bean, chocolate and lemon cake.

*I wasn’t paid to endorse this product and I wasn’t asked to endorse it.  I found it and loved it, so that’s why I’m endorsing it.

New York Post Food Critic and Kids Review Ice Cream

OK, this New York Post article on Steve Cuozzo and two kids reviewing crazy ice cream flavors had me laughing.  I usually opt for vanilla ice cream–I’m a purist.  However, I do like flavors like any kind of berry cheesecake or key lime pie ice cream or a good dark chocolate.  I also like Asian flavors like corn and Thai tea.  But I don’t like the trend of concocting crazy ice cream flavors.  I don’t enjoy them.  I think if you make a delicious ice cream base, it speaks for itself.  And often, I find that these crazy flavors are hiding a lack of craft.

This article is great though.  I love when the one kid wants a glass of water.


Haagen-Dazs Free Cone Day May 13

Haagen-Dazs is giving away a free cone on Free Cone Day May 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to check for participating shops.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

For Thanksgiving dessert, we always have the usual suspect pies–pecan, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato.  This year, I wanted something different, so I made ice cream.  I made a pumpkin pie ice cream following this Cuisinart pumpkin pie ice cream recipe.  In addition, I was going to make a sweet potato pie with my North Carolina sweet potatoes but opted to make sweet potato ice cream.  Now, this recipe made a more liquidy ice cream, so for the sweet potato ice cream, I put less whole milk.  Also, the sweet potato had a thicker consistency than the pumpkin puree, so it also helped to thicken the ice cream.  This ice cream has a starchy mouthfeel similar to taro ice cream, so if you like that, you will like this.  I did!


Sweet Potato Ice Cream

2 large sweet potatoes, mashed

1 cup whole milk

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

Wash and peel potatoes.  Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave for 20 minutes.  In the bowl of a mixer, mash potatoes.  Then add milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cream.  Mix well and add to ice cream freezer.  Follow ice cream freezer directions.  It took about 30 minutes of churning.


Dina’s Top 5 Seamless Delivery

New Yorkers are known for their takeout.  Seamless makes it seamless, and I’m a big fan.  On a given night, I have over 400 restaurants to choose from in my neighborhood.  At this point, I’ve memorized my choices, and I’ve read the ratings.  I have favorites that I order from repeatedly.  This is how spoiled I am with takeout:  I’d like to move to a new neighborhood just to have some new restaurants to choose from.

So my top 5 cuisines on Seamless are:  Japanese/sushi, healthy, ice cream/desserts, Italian and Turkish.  This isn’t surprising because in New York, takeout is something you eat more regularly, and I eat healthy on a regular basis.  So I order sushi and health foods.  I have a favorite sushi place to order from:  Ageha Sushi.  I also have favorite rolls at Kodama and Ocha.  Kodama has this roll called red-eye with salmon, red pepper and cream cheese that is great.  Ocha has the winter roll that’s all yummy veggies like snow peas and baby corn.  I like the clean food from Fuel, and I often get grilled chicken and a sweet potato.  My favorite place to order dessert is Crepe Cafe Joli.  I don’t know what the frozen treat is made of but it’s low-fat and low carb and it’s delish.  I’m into the pumpkin right now, but I also like marshmallow.  When I’m in the mood for a turkey burger with sweet potato fries (and sometimes a milkshake), I order from Lucky’s.

So here’s my top 5 Seamless delivery restaurants (in order of how often I ordered from them and a dish I like from them):

1.  Ageha Sushi (sweet potato roll)


2.  Fuel (grilled chicken and sweet potato and juices)

3.  Crepe Café Joli (pumpkin and marshmallow frozen treat)


4.  Lucky’s (turkey burger and sweet potato fries)

5.  Kodama Sushi/Holey Cream (red-eye roll/midnight cookies and cream ice cream)

Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

I’m going to do a Sweets Week, since we kicked off the week with Italian bakeries. So this week’s Two for Tuesday is ice cream. I can’t believe I haven’t written about my favorite ice cream shop yet. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has the creamiest, yummiest ice cream in NYC. They also have a wide variety of standard American flavors like strawberry cheesecake and Oreo, but my favorites are the Asian flavors like ginger, black sesame, red bean, taro, lychee, pandan and even durian!


In the picture above, I have my favorite flavor on the bottom, almond cookie, followed by taro and red bean.  Yum!  While Chinatown ice cream is a classic, having been in NYC for 28 years, there are always new ice cream places popping up.

Davey’s Ice Cream is a new ice cream shop in the East Village.  A very cute shop, Davey’s has a limited menu of ice cream, but the staff is super friendly and very enthusiastic about the ice cream.  I got vanilla and sweet corn.  I was hoping it would be more creamy than it was, but the vanilla had a very pure vanilla flavor.  I am also a fan of corn ice cream, and I guess I was expecting it to be more like the corn flavor at Sundaes and Cones, a flavor I love.  However, it tasted more like the buttered popcorn jellybean from Jelly Belly, with caramel swirls.