Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ice Cream...

Evan and I went to the Luxury Ice Cream Festival in Lincoln Park last weekend.  It was held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the park, which was a fabulous museum.  

There were about 25 vendors on hand with three to four samples each. There was gelato, sorbet, and ice 
cream to be tasted. These were our weapons of choice.

We tried your normal staples from some of the best creameries in the city like Strawberry Sorbet, Birthday Cake, 
Peanut Butter Chocolate, Mango and Orange Crème Fraiche gelato.

The really fun ones were the festival exclusives and other non-traditional flavors.  Some of my favorites were Chocolate Basil, Blueberry Pie (which contained pie crust pieces), Cinnamon with White Chocolate Chunks, White Pear Ginger, and Cinnamon Honey Graham Cracker.  

The Cinnamon Honey Graham Cracker tasted exactly like the sopapillas that I make.  I take a tortilla and butter both sides, then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on both sides and put the tortilla in a skillet heated over medium to medium high heat.  Turn the tortilla once to cook on both sides.  Once it is bubbly take it off the heat, cut into four quarters.  Put it on a plate and top with good vanilla ice cream, drizzled honey and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the whole thing.

Our favorite odd flavors were Chocolate Chile, which had the best deepest chocolate flavor I have ever tasted; Serano Corn Bread, which when you put a bit in your mouth it demanded to you bite down and chew it - delicious; and finally Naga - Sweet Indian Curry and Coconut.  The Naga was by far Evan's favorite of the odd flavors.

The overall winner in my opinion was a local store called Oberweis!  The campion of the inventive flavors was Clandestino Supper Clubs & Peterson's of Oak Park.  They brought three imaginative and odd flavors that were all multi-dimensional and well made.  The only loser to me was BobTail Ice Cream because they apparently did not know how to transport their product successfully.  They had pre-scooped portions, which looked like they had melted slightly and then been refrozen.  A flavor that should have been one of my favorites, Goat Cheese and Strawberry was ruined by freezer burn.

I cannot wait to go visit a few of these ice cream shops at their places of business.  I bet many of them have very cute shops.


Maddie said...

that sounds like so much fun!!

b's bling selling mama said...

I love Oberweis. :)