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Two for Tuesday: Spumoni

National Ice Cream Month is nearly over, so I’m featuring spumoni.  I have a memory of the best spumoni at Villabate Bakery in Brooklyn (before it became Villabate Alba).  Where better to try spumoni than at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.  L&B is a pizzeria that sells spumoni and ices as well.  It’s still owned by the same family as the original owner.  There are outdoor tables outside, and you can walk up to the window and either order pizza or spumoni/ices.  On my visit, I got both.  I saw a lot of people with plastic cups of the signature spumoni with its distinctive green, brown and yellow color representing pistachio, chocolate and vanilla.  So I got one too while my friend got plain vanilla.  While it was a smooth treat, I prefer my spumoni with pink cherry in it.  Also, I prefer the lemon ice at L&B to the spumoni.

Spumoni L&B

The second spumoni I sampled was at the recent Giglio Festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from an Uncle Louie G’s stand.  It had the same vanilla, chocolate and pistachio in yellow, brown and green.  However, it was smoother than L&B and had more flavor.  I really enjoyed this one.

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Ice Cream Monday

Today’s ice cream dessert is shaved ice from Korean bakery Paris Baguette in Koreatown.  Shaved ice is different from the ice in a snow cone because it’s shaved rather than crushed.  Korean shaved ice, or patbingsu, includes sweetened azuki beans; tteok (like mochi); fruits like grapes, strawberries, blueberries, melons and pineapple; syrups; condensed milk and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

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Wow.  I love this.  It’s so refreshing.  The ice gets kind of creamy, and it’s sweet–but not overly sweet–from the syrup.  The combination of all the flavors make for a great summer treat!

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.