11 8 / 2012

Bi-Rite, Humphrey Slocombe, Full Tilt & Molly Moon

Arrived home today from a quick trip up north and of course, I had to visit the local ice creameries!

SAN FRANCISCO

Our first stop was the famous Bi-Rite Creamery. There was a long line out the door which meant no time for me to sample every flavor.

Everyone raves about Bi-Rite’s Salted Caramel so that was what we ordered, along with a Malted Vanilla with Peanut Brittle. Both flavors were absolutely amazing. Uber rich, creamy, luscious, decadent to-die-for ice cream. Totally worth the hype!

Unfortunately we were only doing a quick stop in SF so there was no time to try one of their signature sundaes. How amazing does this sound? —> Dainty gentleman: honey lavender ice cream, hot fudge, blood orange olive oil & maldon sea salt”.

The next morning, we delayed our departure time from SF so that we could visit Humphry Slocombe - famous for their adventurous flavors. I was so excited I had already bought their book even before visiting the shop.

After sampling almost all the flavors on the menu that day, I was particularly blown away by the Jesus Juice Sorbet (coke and red wine) which I paired with some Secret Breakfast (bourbon, vanilla, cornflakes). Yes, it was a boozy start to the morning. The Black Sesame that Nathan ordered was really good too.

Third on my list was Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous but they were closed on Tuesdays. Boo.

SEATTLE

Full Tilt Ice Cream is an old school pinball arcade type ice cream shop. My friend Julissa and I visited the Columbia City location and we sampled a few flavors including the Vegan Blue Moon, Horchata and Salted Caramel. We ended up sharing an enormous scoop of the Birthday Cake ice cream which had cake (thumbs up!) and colorful sprinkles in it.

We had time left for only one more -  Molly Moon - Seattle’s most famous artisanal ice cream shop, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a Boston Terrier in their logo!!! :)

The cute shop on Capitol Hill was very busy when we arrived so we didn’t sample too many flavors. I found most of the fruity flavors a bit too subtle but the Salted Caramel was delicious. Nathan enjoyed the Stumptown Coffee and I got the Honey Lavender.

Of all the ice creams tasted, I would say that Bi Rite and Humphrey Slocombe were my favorites.

Now back in L.A. I feel the need to organize some sort of ice cream tasting tour. Mashti Malones, Carmelas, Fosselmans, Scoops Westside, Coolhaus…Who wants to join me?

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19 11 / 2011

New ice cream maker: Cuisinart ICE21

I have a new ice cream maker! It’s the newest Cuisinart model, the ICE21, in RED, with a RED freezer bowl. This item has been on my Amazon Wishlist for months and it was so nice to receive this as a surprise gift from Nathan who tells me it’s “an investment”. Yes, he will be enjoying homemade ice cream for the rest of his life.

Via Jeni’s Ice Cream Forum, Jeni wrote:

"The new machines are pretty great - they freeze much quicker than the old ones. And the dasher gets all the ice cream off the wall so you won’t have the butterfat buildup on the side of the canister"

Yep. Totally true! In only 15 MINUTES (as opposed to the old machine’s 30 minutes) my Blue Hawaiian ice cream was done! And mind you, this particular ice cream is loaded with liquor so it was extra exciting to see it freeze so quickly.

 

Photo on the left: 5 minutes later. On the right: 10 minutes later.

I love that the ICE21’s opening spout is large and round = mess-free and easier to clean! This machine is also very noisy… it makes a very loud whirring sound as it churns which is something I’m sure I’ll get used to. What’s more, the old ICE20 canister is compatible with this machine so now I can churn TWO flavors a day if I wanted to… :)

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