Emack & Bolio’s: A Boston Born Ben & Jerry’s

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Upon entering Emack & Bolio’s I was struck by all the similarities to Ben & Jerry’s. The small store front was eclectic, colorful and fun. They offer more than ice cream and frozen yogurt however, they also have smoothies, juices, ice cream pizza, chocolate, fudge and micro-brewed soda. This Boston born chain store has a very interesting tale of birth. The founder was a music lawyer who started the business as a place where musicians could unwind and soothe their cravings. Their website claims ties with Aerosmith, Boston, The Cars, U2, James Brown and Al Green.

We visited the little store in Soho and when we arrived it was packed. This particular location does not have much seating or space in general.


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I ordered a smoothie and we all shared the Grasshopper Pie. The smoothie was good but not terribly impressive. The Grasshopper Pie flavor ice cream however was very rich and flavorful. I was very impressed. There were plenty of Oreo chunks in every bite and it was well balanced with the mint flavor. If all their ice cream is that creamy I will be back!

SKY ICE a la Brooklyn

 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSky Ice is a flavor paradise located on 5th Ave. in Brooklyn, NY. When you walk in the kitschy little corner shop the vibe is shabby chic adorableness. The ice cream freezer counter is not unusual but all the flavors are written across the glass are. The flavors are all creative and intriguing.

We got a sampler tray with five flavors:

Roasted Thai Coconut – Light texture but rich flavor with a flavor reminiscent of the leftover milk after a bowl of sugary kids cereal and coconut.

Black Sesame Seaweed – This was also light on the tongue but rich in flavor. It reminded me of a Chinese dessert my dad makes, zhi ma tang yuan.

Lychee Rose – Very rich for a sorbet, a sweet strong lychee start with a very rose finish but not getting soapy like some rose flavored things tend to do.

Honey Ginger – Very subtle start, all honey, with a HUGE spicy ginger kick that really lingers on the tongue.

Belgium Chocolate Brownie – Creamy full texture and full flavor, like eating melted chocolate with little bits of chewy brownie evenly mixed in. This was the most traditional.

This place was adorable and fun to sit in. The signs along the wall to the bathroom were hilarious. The mood in the place was of pleasant camaraderie as there were five women working in the kitchen while we were there. Everyone seemed in good spirits and worked together well in such a small space. The restaurant no longer just serves frozen desserts but also Thai food – I can’t wait to go back!

Here is a great video about the place and some photos we took:

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Kilwin’s: A sweet little paradise

Kilwins-Chocolates-Photo-by-KelleyAdam While recently in Michigan I found my way to a Kilwin’s. After dinner I had gone in search of dessert and found my way to paradise. Kilwin’s is chock full of candy, fudge, ice cream, chocolates, brittles, taffys and candied apples. It is the land of all things covered in chocolate. It was hard to decide what sweet to get let alone a flavor. Eventually, I did find my way to the ice cream counter. Kilwins touts all original recipes for their ice creams and have quite a few unique flavors. kilwins-ice-cream-flavors1 The decision was really tough. I was torn between Georgia Peach, Rum Raisin, and Toasted Coconut, but in the end I picked Toasted Coconut. I could not have made a better decision as it was honestly the best thing I have ever tasted. I am still dreaming about that ice cream. In fact, I have already looked for the nearest Kilwin’s to my home and am planning a trip! If you haven’t tried the Kilwin’s near you, my advice is GO! IMG_4310 IMG_4308 IMG_4307 IMG_4306 IMG_4305 IMG_4301 IMG_4300 IMG_4299 IMG_4304 building photo credit. flavor board photo credit.

Weekend Cures for Curiosity!

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Is it almost July already?! Below is some awesome link love that Grace and I have put together to get you through the rest of June. Stay hydrated out there and enjoy a delicious ice cream for us!

1. The votes are in! The Huxtables are America’s favorite TV family but how do they compare to the average American household?

2. These posters FTW.

3. Watch how an original Steinway piano is made from start to finish with the original factory tour narration from Steinway himself!

4. Mindy Kaling made a celebrity visit to Google’s “Made with Code” event, which encourages girls to code. Who knew these fab bracelets could be made with programming language!

5. These innovative tents let you sleep in the trees!

6. Watching the World Cup? Apparently we have an Uruguayan biter on our hands!

7. These trippy photographs are made with light inside your camera. Looks like something Wonka himself would enjoy ;D

8. Ooh, a furniture, retrofitted vacuum cleaner! Could this be the home of the future? Are we finally keeping up with the Jetsons?!

9. How to spend the first 10 minutes of your day.

10. Sadly, our SCOTUS has deemed Aereo unconstitutional.