Category Archives: ice-cream

Milk – Los Angeles

Another interesting version of the ice-cream sandwich is macaron ice-cream sandwich!

Milk is a cafe known for its dessert and ice-cream, but most importantly, the red velvet ice-cream sandwich!

After being bummed by the churro ice-cream sandwich, I was pleasantly surprised by this crunchy macaron and not-too-sweet ice-cream.  Definitely worth the hype.

After dessert, we headed to the nearby LACMA to take photos!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States

Churro Borough – Los Angeles

During the summer, there was a lot of hype about different ice-cream sandwiches and churro ice-cream sandwiches was one of it.

I love churro and ice-cream separately .. so I definitely had to visit Churro Borough when I was in Los Feliz.

Churro ice-cream sandwiches: vanilla custard (Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean) and Spanish latte (Zona rosa organic Central American blend espresso, condensed milk)…..

It was so difficult to eat this together as a sandwich, that I ate it deconstructed.  The churro was really good but the ice-cream was a bit too sweet.  This was a very interesting concept but truthfully speaking, it’s better just to look at it.

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Churro Borough

1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone:+1 323-662-0341

Beta 5 – Vancouver

I was a bit indulgent on my trip back and kept finding more sweets to eat.

 I hunted down  Beta 5 (it’s tucked somewhere on Industrial Ave) to try the famous cream puff, ice-cream sandwich (summer special) and chocolates.

Blueberry and cheesecake ice cream with blueberry compote on a graham cookie…  This is gourmet ice-cream sandwich! Very strong blueberry and cheesecake taste.  Love the graham cookie!

Raspberry and jasmine tea ice-cream on lemon shortbread cookie….. I actually preferred this ice-cream more.. very light!

raspberry earl grey cream puff….. the cream puff is like a very flaky and crispy croissant.  Look at all the cream!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a cream puff with that much / many layers of cream before!

My friend bought be a box of their signature collection chocolates for my birthday.Fisherman’s Friend, the Whole Cherry, Bay Leaf, Tropical Crunch, Imperial Stout, Jasmine Tea, Caramelized Banana and more…. the flavours were all interesting but my favourite would be the Bay Leaf.. it actually tasted very leafy and herby…

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Beta 5

413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3, Canada
+1 604-669-3336

Rain or Shine Icecream – Vancouver

I felt like I was betraying Earnest by going to try Rain or Shine! I’ve seen such long lineup at their 4th Ave store that I decided to stray!

I passed by the Cambie store and there wasn’t a lineup!

salted caramel and london fog…. unfortunately, this was just too sweet and the london fog flavour was a bit too fake.  They also charged $1 extra for the cone! what?!!!!!!!!!

FAIM? un peu…

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

3382 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W5, Canada
+1 604-876-9986

Addicted to Earnest!

There’s a new Earnest on Quebec Street! It’s a lot closer to me than the Fraser store so I went 4 times in the short time I was back…. I’m a tad too addicted!

Today’s seriously good flavours…

Serious chocolate / blueberry lemon ice-cream… the chocolate was rather normal… but I loved the pairing of blueberry and lemon…

Toasted coconut / 33 Acres of Malt……….

We ended up buying 4 more pints to bring home!: toasted coconut / matcha / whiskey hazelnut / London fog….

It was a bit disappointing that during the time I was back the flavours didn’t change……. I wanted to try Matchstick flavour! I ended up getting the same old flavours and didn’t take any more pics…

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Earnest Ice-Cream

1829 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V5T 4S6, Canada
+1 778-379-0697

Eating in Avignon – France

Our next base in Provence was Avignon.  Avignon is famous in history as the place where the Popes fled to during the corruption of Rome in the 14th century.

Seven Popes lived in the Palais des Papes during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377).

The city is also famous for the French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge of Avignon…

Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond

The bridge is actually called Pont St. Bénézet and it is such a big tourist attraction that there’s an admission fee.  Like many other tourists, I also sang the song on the bridge!

We also had really good meals in Avignon…

First off, crêpes! We found a crêpe cafe near our apartment and the prices were decent too.

This was the first time I saw a crêpe-making machine and it’s so efficient!

tomato and pesto crêpe with orange juice…..they actually left out the pesto…

Nutella crêpe with orange and strawberry juice….

We also had ice-cream at the Place de l’Horloge, the main square of Avignon…pistachio and hazelnut ice-cream

For dinner, we ate at Le Petit Gourmand twice… cause it was THAT GOOD. Velouté et foie gras…..so yummmmmm… mushroom soup with a perfectly piece of pan-fried foie-gras…..  the most-stand out dish of foie gras on the trip..

Tartare terre et mer….. smoked salmon and smoked duck breast marinated in sesame sauce….. very Asian like…

La secca d’entrevaux.. this is their special.. thin slices of beef tenderloin that has been dried for months in spices, covered with pesto and parmesan cheese…

Saint Jacques sauvages poêlées, risotto aux asperges vertes, émulsion aux pignons de pin….  another scallop risotto dish.. this was less flavourful than San Telmo but this has most scallops…

Tagliatelles fraîches à la truffle de Vaucluse et sauce crémeuse à la truffle….. this truffle pasta was sooooo aromatic and had a very strong truffle taste…

Macaron au chocolat noir, crème Anglaise, glace vanille…. soooo delicious.. all my favourite things put together….

For breakfast, we headed to the market place, Les Halles..The market is so big and clean…. when compared to the wet markets in Asia..

a stall just for potatos!

we had coffee at the bar…..so authentic!pain au chocolat from the boulangerie…

We arrived and  also departed Avignon from the TGV station..

The train station is a relatively large hub so it has shops and an Eric Kayser bakery and cafe!

Eric Kayser is one of my favourite boulangeries and I was so happy to grab breakfast there.

I tried the double baked almond croissant… love it!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Crep’Café

Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

Regal Glace

2 Rue du Changé, 84000 Avignon, France

Le Petit Gourmand

37 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 88 07 84 94

Marché les Halles d’Avignon

18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon, France

Eric Kayser

Gare d’Avignon TGV

Ice-cream in Mougins, France

On the way back to Cannes from Grasse, we made a stop in Mougins.  Mougins, a small village perched up on a hill, is famous for its art and gourmet restaurants and many celebrities, artists and chefs have visited/lived/worked here.  Because the walk from the bus stop to Mougins is a 30 minute uphill hike, there weren’t too many tourists.

It was such a delight to walk through the village…. so many street art to discover and greenery to serve as picture backdrops!

Mougins is a serious place for gastronomists, as there are many famous restaurants in the village….. but there isn’t a single ice-cream shop! We finally found a cafe that served ice-cream… but it came from grocery shop-bought cartons…. such a disappointment….rose and lavender ice-cream…. tasted too artificial and was too icy.. guess no one ordered from that cafe…..

FAIM? non non…

Mougins, France