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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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20 Cool Christmas Cookies

Here are 20 Christmas cookies that I’d like to make this year.

Bourbon Balls from Southern Living

Brown Sugar Masa Shortbread from Sunset

Butter Dream Cookies from Midwest Living

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies from WebMD

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies from Paula Deen

Chrusciki Leaves from Martha Stewart

Cornmeal Cookies (Paste di Meliga) from Saveur

Crackly Sugar Cookies from Chow

Creamy Eggnog Bars from Better Homes and Gardens

Double Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint from Our State

Filled Cherry Macaroons from Better Homes and Garden

Giant Spice Cookies from Taste of Home

Gingerbread Cookies with Guiness Stout from WebMD

Homemade Graham Cracker Christmas Cookies from Yankee

Pecan & Cran Holiday Cookies from Clean Eating

Pineapple Delights from Taste of Home

Saltine Toffee Cookies from allrecipes

Speculoos Buttons from Bon Appetit

Stenciled Chocolate Cookies from Martha Stewart

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) from Saveur