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Ice Cream Monday

Today’s ice cream is from Cafe Jolie in Hell’s Kitchen.  Cafe Jolie specializes in crepes, but they also have something they call “frozen treat.”  It’s a low-calorie frozen confection.  I’ve ordered this delicious treat on Seamless, and my favorite flavor is marshmallow.  But if you actually visit the cafe, you are limited to a few flavors.  On my visit, they were chocolate, vanilla, rum raisin and black forest cheesecake.  I got the black forest cheesecake thinking it would have a cherry cheesecake chocolate flavor, but it was largely chocolate.  My friend got a chocolate/vanilla twist with chocolate crunchies on top.  I don’t know the nutritional information on this, and I’m not sure what it’s made of, but it tastes great and has a soft serve texture.  You really don’t miss ice cream when you eat this.

frozen treat

Ice Cream Monday

OK, Sweets Week is over, but National Ice Cream Month isn’t!  On every Monday in July, I’m going to feature some yummy ice cream or frozen treat!

Today’s ice cream comes from an unlikely place, a chocolate shop.  Vosges Haut Chocolat is probably my favorite chocolate shop.  The flavors are exquisite, and the chocolate just melts on your tongue.  Well, a few of those wonderful flavors are also available as ice cream!  Their popular chocolate Naga®–sweet Indian curry + coconut +41% deep milk chocolate is one of my favorites.  Now, they have Naga curry and coconut soft-serve ice cream.  And it’s creamy and delicious.  The flavors are subtle, so if you’re afraid of curry in ice cream, don’t be!  This is one of the most delicious ice creams I’ve had in a while.  And the waffle cones are made in house, and they, too, are delicious.


Sweets Week: Day 7: L’Arte del Gelato

Nothing like a stroll on the High Line to end the holiday weekend.  And some delicious gelato!

July is National Ice Cream Month. In honor of my favorite creamy sweet treat, I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

L’Arte del Gelato is my favorite gelato in the city.  Now, the original shop is named Dolce Gelateria, and the locations in Chelsea Market, the High Line and Lincoln Center Plaza are still named L’Arte del Gelato.  I love many of the flavors here.  On a recent trip to the High Line, I got strawberry gelato and frutti di bosco sorbet.

L'Arte del Gelato

Verdict:  Still my favorite gelato in the city.  Both flavors are delish, but the sorbet was the standout.

Sweets Week: Day 6: Spot Dessert Bar

Are you heading to the beach this weekend for the long holiday weekend?  If so, enjoy some ice cream!

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

I’ve been on a Spot Dessert Bar kick lately, so I had to try its ice cream.   There aren’t many flavors, but one caught my eye that I haven’t ever tried before:  condensed milk ice cream.

Condensed milk ice cream

Verdict:  The condensed milk ice cream is very sweet, so if you like you’re ice cream sweet, you’ll like this flavor.

Sweets Week: Day 5: Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit

Did you eat too much at yesterday’s barbecue?  How about a low-fat treat?

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.
soft serve fruit

At Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co., there is no ice cream or frozen yogurt.  No, the frozen dessert here is Soft Serve Fruit™ –made from real fruit, filtered water and “a touch of” organic cane sugar.  A small cup is less than 90 calories. It’s dairy-free, as well as fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free.  Like a frozen yogurt shop, the Soft Serve Fruit™ is served with toppings, but the toppings here are guaranteed free of high fructose corn syrup, nitrates, coloring, additives, preservatives and allergens and is kosher parve.

On my visit, I saw a lot of chopped fresh fruit for toppings.  I decided to go au natural, as I often do, and just got the Soft Serve Fruit™.  One of the flavors of the day was blood orange.

Verdict:  The consistency was smooth, which is what you want if you think of soft serve.  The taste was a real orange juice flavor.  I’d like to go back and try other flavors, as I am a big fan of any kind of frozen dessert, especially a healthy one!  Plus, you can add protein or vitamins to it as well.

Sweets Week: Day 4: Sundaes and Cones

Happy 4th of July!  Celebrate the Fourth with some ice cream!

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

Sundaes and Cones is one of my favorite ice cream shops in the city.  It got its start in Bay Ridge and opened its East Village outpost in 2006.  There are many standard ice cream flavors, as well as flavors inspired by Asian cuisine, like green tea, lychee, wasabi, corn, ginger, black sesame, taro, Thai tea and more.  They also make custom ice cream cakes.  I do have favorite flavors here–corn, Thai tea and taro, pictured below.

Sundaes and Cones

Verdict:  Well, I just told you this was one of my favorite ice cream shops, so of course, I like it! The ice cream is very creamy and smooth, and I love the unique flavors.

Sweets Week: Day 3: Yogorino

Today is Hunting for the Very Best’s 4th anniversary.  Yes, I started this blog back on July 3, 2009.

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

The staff at Yogorino say a lot of people come just to take a picture of their mural, that famous one of men eating lunch on a steel beam high in the air of the NYC skyline.  Only in this photo, the men are eating something else.

Yogorino mural

You guessed it, frozen yogurt.  Yogorino is a bit different from other frozen yogurt places.  The Italian company’s philosophy is one of health, in the form of probiotics and their benefits.  I can get on board with that.  It’s also not self serve, and there is only one flavor of yogurt.  But at Yogorino, that’s all you need.


Verdict:  This yogurt has a unique flavor, a creamy tart flavor unlike any other in the city.  And of course, there are toppings, such as fresh berries, which I have gotten before.  However, the yogurt itself is so good here that I eat it plain.

Sweets Week: Day 2: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

I love Van Leeuwen ice cream.  My favorite flavor is currants and cream, a flavor that is seasonal and often sold out.  I like many of their flavors (except cinnamon, which I think is a bit overdone with cinnamon).  I usually have to chase down their truck on Bleecker Street or in the Meatpacking District, but now they have a permanent store on East 7th Street, so I can visit at my leisure.  On this trip, I got the basics, strawberry and chocolate.

Van Leeuwen

Verdict:  Do you remember when Breyer’s ice cream was all natural and good?  When I taste Van Leeuwen strawberry, I taste that familiar fresh strawberry ice cream.  Van Leeuwen captures the texture and flavor of pure ice cream.  The chocolate is good too, but the strawberry lives up to being called strawberry ice cream.

Sweets Week: Day 1: Yooglers

July is my favorite month.  Not just because my birthday is in July, but also because it celebrates my favorite food.  July is National Ice Cream Month.  In honor of my favorite creamy sweet treat, I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

crema de Barcelona in front; horchata from Spain in back

crema de Barcelona in front; horchata from Spain in back

Yes, there is an overabundance of self-serve yogurt places in NYC.  But Yooglers is bringing some Latin flavor to the mix.  The Spanish company has recently opened an outpost here in NYC.  There are standard flavors like tart yogurt, vanilla, mango…but then there are some creative flavors like maple bacon donut (nonfat, can you believe?) and sea salt caramel pretzel.  There are Latin flavors too like dulce de leche, crema de Barcelona and horchata from Spain.

Verdict:  Crema de Barcelona has a lemon and cinnamon flavor, according to the company Web site, with a touch of a “secret” Spanish spice.  I definitely tasted the cinnamon.  I really enjoyed this.  It was creamy with a light touch of concentrated cinnamon flavor.  Very delicious.  The best part:  it’s nonfat.

The horchata from Spain, also nonfat, is made with tiger nuts for a subtle almond and caramel flavor.  The flavor is very subtle.  I enjoyed this, but if you really want caramel, try the dulce de leche.