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Taro bingsu is lovely

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It has been a while since getting to enjoy a huge bowl of bingsu, the Korean shaved ice dessert. Have tried to keep track of the different flavors tasted but that’s been lost. Took a shot in the dark and ordered the taro bingsu, whether it’s been requested before or not, it was delicious.

The refreshingly flavored ice, red beans, ice cream, cheesecake bites, and whipped cream mode for an amazing treat – as always.

It is amazing how all the different flavors go so well together and the ice, as it melts in the mouth, takes on a creamy feeling, not just water. The worst part is when it is over; it’s such a unique dish with a taste that is all too delicious.

Taro bingsu with red beans, cheesecake bites, and ice cream.

Written by Paulo Loreto

March 19, 2017 at 12:18 AM

Encountering a sweet monster in Hong Kong

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Wandering Mong Kok, meandering through the market stands just opening up for business, walking in and out of the endless shoe stores, and perusing menus of all the restaurants lining the shopping avenues in the area, attention was grabbed immediately while passing a shop covered in cartoon monsters. Took a closer look and it was a soft-serve stand.

Amongst the bright colors and caricatures, there were a variety of toppings offered for, what appears to be, the standard delicious soft-serve ice cream.

Of course, with a soft spot for peanut butter, it was the first choice – did spend time going back and forth, but it is always good to stick with instincts.

Watched the attendant gather a healthy portion of ice cream into the cone, decorated with the shop’s monsters, followed by sprinkling on powdered peanut butter and garnishing with a pretzel, it looked exactly like the picture on the wall. There was no doubting how amazing it would be and it was exactly what was needed after hours of window-shopping.

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Peanut butter soft serve in the middle of Mong Kok, Kowloon.

Been eyeing the frozen yogurt

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Stop by the J.Co location at The District-Ayala North Point mall every so often, they offer doughnuts that are very soft and light. Every time, reaching the cashier, always spot the frozen yogurt bar to the left and have always been curious.

As a huge Red Mango fan, had to make the comparison.

On a warm weekend, finally stopped by to give it a try. For one, and this is not an issue with J.Co itself, but moreso the inventory customs of the region, they only had about half of the full array of toppings available. Stop by a Pinkberry or Red Mango, they have every topping and are at the ready to refill when necessary. But, as said earlier, it’s not uncommon for a place to be without half of their menu, it’s a larger issue regarding responsible retail management.

Chose mango, kiwi, and kit kat bars to go with the frozen yogurt. The topping were slices very thin, unlike the chinks of fruit one gets elsewhere. Nonetheless, it looked great.

The yogurt is much sweeter and creamier than other places, am much more accustomed to the sour-y and icier variety other places offer. It did taste good, overall. Probably, if one were looking for frozen yogurt that tasted more like ice cream, rather than yogurt, it’s probably a good spot.

A much sweeter, creamier frozen yogurt variety.

A much sweeter, creamier frozen yogurt variety.

If only the toppings bar was better stocked.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 29, 2016 at 6:35 AM

Visiting the Good Batch in Clinton Hill

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Heard about a place in Brooklyn that made stroopwafels; beyond that, heard they made stroopwafel ice cream sandwiches. Stroopwafels, the incredible waffle cookies made in Holland, super thin cookies with a heaping pile of caramel to glue the entire thing together. Pre-packed and bought at Schiphol airport they’re delicious, imagine them fresh and made in-house.

Arrived in the early afternoon and stepped inside. A clean interior with a wide display case, started with baked goods like scones and breads, moving down to the ice cream section. Not noticing the stroopwafel anywhere, asked if they had them available. On this day, they did not have them ready, was simply told, “later.” Buzzkill.

Had been thinking about a stroopwafel ice cream sandwich for, just about, the previous 24 hours, just to arrive too early. Took a gaze back at the ice cream sandwiches for a replacement, and honed in on the toffee vanilla ice cream sandwich. It was delicious. The cookie was soft and sweet from the toffee – even left a bit of stickiness on the fingertips, and the ice cream was great.

The Toffee Vanilla Ice Cream sandwich.

The Toffee Vanilla Ice Cream sandwich.

Mid-treat, a few other customers walked in and took coffee orders to go, while biting through the ice cream sandwich, overheard somebody ordering a hot chocolate – along with a discussion of peppermint hot chocolate; it became a necessary follow-up. Having, pretty much, made myself at home at the bench next to the window, got a peppermint hot chocolate once the ice cream was full enjoyed and it was a fantastic chaser.

A Peppermint Hot Chocolate for a misty NYC afternoon.

A Peppermint Hot Chocolate for a misty NYC afternoon.

While the visit to The Good Batch started as disappointment, there are heaps of treats the place offers to satisfy any craving one might have.

More Than a Double Scoop

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A first visit to Myrtle Beach, hit up a few spots for shopping on one of the days and found attractions at Broadway at the Beach. Usually a sucker for ice cream, especially when it was getting a bit warm from all the walking, happened upon a location of The Fudgery. Like many fudge shops, you’re welcomed by the scent of sugary goodness of the varieties of fudge made on-site. Having been, pretty much, on a hangover from enjoying fudge between the Carolinas, the focus was on the ice cream.

Peanut butter fudge ice cream – absolutely.

Ordered a double scoop in a waffle cone and the friendly server was happy to oblige. Expecting a double scoop, the server hands over a giant cone that, clearly, includes more than two scoops – it was overwhelming. She explained their location happened to be changing suppliers and since the peanut butter fudge was pretty much at the bottom of the tub, she just emptied it out… into the cone. She said, “It may look weird,” yes, it looked weird, but even more delicious.

She caught me taking a photo of it, she says, “Yes, I did that. You can say I did that!”

The Fudgery has retail locations in 15 states.

The Fudgery has retail locations in 15 states.

Written by Paulo Loreto

December 21, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Big Gay Ice Cream

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Leaving New York City three years ago, I would always see instagram posts and, even, TV segments on food shows about a truck called the Big Gay Ice Cream truck. Adorned with a rainbow ice cream cone as its logo, they were constantly being praised for their array of soft serve flavors and toppings.

Returning to New York City on vacation, I finally had a chance to visit. No longer just an ice cream truck, now, they have two brick and mortar shops in both Greenwich Village and the East Village. On this particular occasion, stopped by the Greenwich Village location, on Grove street.

Stepping into the location, it’s not the typical ice cream shop one would expect. Usually, it’s stacks of ice cream, of all flavors, strewn across the place. At Big Gay Ice Cream, it’s a very simple, clean, and modern look. The board behind the cashier displays all of their specialties, which isn’t just limited to soft-serve; they also sell sundaes, shakes, and floats.

When ordering, went with my first instinct, the Bea Arthur. Described as vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, and crushed nilla wafers; the Bea Arthur was a great selection. The ice cream is so soft and creamy, and mixed with the dulce de leche and the nilla wafers, it’s a seemingly perfect combination. The added bonus, apparently, before the entire thing is put together, some dulce de leche is squeezed into the bottom of the cone for a sweet surprise as you finish the amazing treat.

Nilla wafers have never been so awesome.

Nilla wafers have never been so awesome.

Written by Paulo Loreto

November 7, 2015 at 9:16 PM

Ice Cream with Madame Chiang

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Visiting the Chiang Kai-shek memorial in Taipei, just outside the main gallery are a couple gift shops along with a coffee bar. The coffee bar offered an array of beverages, along with ice cream; in particular, a special brand of popsicle labeled with a cartoon caricature of Madame Chiang.

Coming in a variety of flavors, chose taro. Took off the wrapper and it was a light purple hue, and in the first taste, it didn’t just have a distinct taro flavor but it also carried a unique texture – felt like there were tiny bits of chewy taro in the popsicle, itself – a pleasant addition.

If ever in the area again, will have to try another flavor; there was one in the shape of a flower that piqued a lot of curiosity.

A refreshing popsicle for when the sun beats down on the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

A refreshing popsicle for when the sun beats down on the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

Written by Paulo Loreto

October 7, 2015 at 7:23 AM