Ice and Vice

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream! Nothing beats summer time in NYC, and nothing beats a scoop of ice cream on a warm summer day. With June 7th being National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, we’re highlighting some of the best places to feed your frozen treat cravings this summer, right here in NYC!

1. Mikey Likes It

This small pop culture inspired ice cream shops serves ice cream with flavors such as Ice Ice Baby and Foxy Brown. Make an ice cream sandwich with the red velvet waffles, trust me!

mikey likes it ice cream
Courtesy of Yelp

Price: $
Location: 199 Ave A. New York, NY 10009

2. Melt Bakery

Try one of the pre-made sandwiches or mix and match your own from the cookies and ice cream flavors they have available, including a gluten-free option.
Price: $
Location: 132 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002. (Multiple locations).

3. 10Below Ice Cream

If you’ve been dying to try rolled ice cream, this is the place to find it. Lines tend to be out the door so be prepared for a possible wait.

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream
Price: $
Location: 10 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

4. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay offers many options for all ice cream lovers. Soft serve, waffle cones, sundaes, milkshakes, You Name it!
Price: $
Location: 125 E 7th St New York, NY 10009, (Multiple Locations).

6. Ample Hills Creamery

Ample it not new to the ice cream game so if you’re looking for someone to do it right…This Brooklyn favorite has 3 locations in Brooklyn, and 2 in Manhattan. Some of the shops are open as late as 11pm, so you can grab some during a late-night craving too.

ample hills creamery ice cream
Photo by Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Price: $$
Location: 623 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, (Multiple locations).

6. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen has multiple locations and an ice cream truck for those on the go. This place offers vegan options for our dairy-free friends, and we heard the Early Grey Ice Cream is to die for too!
Price: $$
Location: 48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, (Multiple locations).

7. Ice and Vice

Ice and Vice has ice cream sandwiches, pies, and even ice cream cones topped with a slice of pie or an ice cream sandwich. Yes, on top of the cone! How could you pass up on that?

Ice and Vice
Photo by Eater

Price: $$
Location: 221 E Broadway. New York, NY 10002

8. Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop started out with wholesale and catering, and recently opened a brick and mortar location to sell their spiked ice cream. With flavors that contain bourbon, rum, and tequila, need we say more?
Price: $$
Location: 217 E 26th St. New York, NY 10010

9. Magnum Ice Cream Experience

The Magnum Ice Cream pop up shop is back this year in the Meatpacking, and allows you to create your own custom ice cream bar. You choose your ice cream flavor, coating, and 3 toppings, but a Yelp check in grants you one extra topping. The shop has ice cream photo booths set up to help get you the perfect social media worthy pictures.(Here until Oct, 2017)

Magnum Ice cream
Price: $$
Location: 875 Washington St. New York, NY 10014.

10. OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

Odd Fellows offers ice cream and sorbet, vegan sorbet included, and their signature ice cream sandwich is served in a brioche bun. Currently, if you check into yelp you get a free pin!
Price: $
Location: 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, (Multiple Locations).

BONUS!!

Conrad New York

Today Only, Conrad New York, in partnership with People’s Pops, are doing a mocha flavored coffee ice pop blended in coconut milk. This treat is only $6 and offered exclusively at the ATRIO Wine Bar l Restaurant at Conrad.

Mocha Ice cream Conrad New York
Photo by Conrad New York

Price: $
Location: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

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10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

With an overload of summer food trends and a serious addiction to ice cream, I wasn’t sure how I was gonna go into the Fall trying to live a healthy lifestyle. When I’m in the gym, I often think about the food I regret having over the weekend no matter how great they were. How could you not when you’re melting under your trainers orders?

I’m a huge believer in eating the things that you want, when you want them. When I came across this rant about the five things Sanaa wished she ate this summer, I couldn’t help but think of all the things I did eat. There’s still a few things left on my to eat list before Fall is really here but here are the few things I ate with no regrets.

Don’t mind my new obsession of hands shots. All the cool kids are doing it. 

Morgenstern Buttermilk Balsamic Strawberry ice cream

1. Buttermilk Basil Strawberry Ice cream from Morgenstern’s

I was suppose to be at a speak easy but the sun was blaring! I decided to take a stroll down Bowery to cool off at Morgenstern’s. Well known for their coconut ash ice cream, I was overwhelmed by the other delicious sounding options on their menu. Being the strawberry ice cream lover that I am, I couldn’t resist the words buttermilk and the cashier even let me do a taste test. It was better than the bourbon vanilla so I went for it. Little did I know, that the balsamic wasn’t included in the taste I had and I was in for a treat. This was the best ice cream I had all summer. I ordered it on a cake cone, and they dripped the balsamic liquid over it before serving. This made it tart but sweet and also perfect. Morgenstien’s is worth the line and the ice cream there is more than a summer food trend.

Wowfulls

2. Wowfulls at Smorgasburg

If you haven’t had a egg waffle yet, you should. They’re  fun to look at and you can stuff it with anything! Must be why Wowfulls has the one of the longest lines at Smorgasburg because this is what instagram post are made of. I tried the chocolate Wowfull stuffed with vanilla ice cream, topped with Orea cookie crumbs and banana pocky. Pocky doesn’t taste like much but it’s all for show. Powdered sugar is also sprinkled on top but note that this sweet treat is made for two. The best part of it all is that you can customize your Wowfull and then dig in!

Maven Cocktails

3. Maven Cocktails

Now it’s definitely been on trend this summer to have wine in a box – to go style. I’m not talking about the cheap box wine that your friend decided to bring to the housewarming either. Maven Cocktails has a similar to go style because it’s wine, without the wine glass, and instead, inside a frosted single serve glass bottle. Yes, make it classy. The delight about this wine, is that they add vodka and it’s only offered in a few places around NYC currently. Find out where. Don’t be fooled, you probably can’t walk out of those places with this drink but I was at a special event so I did. The bottle is super resusable and just a stylish new way to get your drink

10 Below Mo Mango Ice cream

4. Mo’ Money Mo’ Mango from 10 Below Ice cream

Perhaps I only cared about ice cream and it was my personal summer trend but 10 below is also making the list. I had already tried rolled ice cream at Vendy Plaza so I wasn’t too crazy about the experience of seeing them make it but I was here for the flavors. The Mo’ Money, Mo’ Mango also has strawberries in the mix, then I topped it with more strawberries and fruity pebbles. Gluttony at it’s finest for my sweet tooth. The entire thing tasted like breakfast cereal. I tried my friend’s who ordered something completely different, with no cereal toppings and felt the same way about his. It was nostalgic and fun to bite into. They were also generous with the toppings and it didn’t take as long as I heard it would.

Sounds like I want to eat ice cream and cocktails forever and I’m okay with that but at least I have no summer food regrets! What did you eat this summer that you don’t regret? Leave me a comment below!

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mikey likes it ice cream

If you follow me on twitter, you know how much I love ice cream but Mikey Likes It Ice cream ?.Like the obsession is serious. So much so, that I went to try Mikey Likes It Ice Cream twice in a week in the Lower East Side. What I liked most, aside from this being a black owned business, and the fact that Mikey has an incredible story, is that the flavors are consistently changing.

Mikey Likes It has the funkiest clock on the wall with the faces of people whom past flavors were based on but the “regular” menu is nothing close to average. This is a taste buds party. What really gets people going though are the waffle sandwiches that they make on sight to go with your ice cream. I opted for the red velvet waffle, but they have blue velvet as well. My first time here, I indulged in a classic flavor, the pretty in pink but on my second trip, tried the flavor of the month. The servers here are also very sweet, even when overwhelmed and they let you try some flavors! If you like ice cream, you’ll love Mikey’s.

 

mikey likes it ice cream
Courtesy of Yelp
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Coco Rau Display

CocoRau Food Tasting

Absolutely amazing is the best way to describe CocoRau! It was love at first bite. The bold, authentic flavors, and great ingredients blew me away. These chocolate treats are organic, healthy, and local. It’s a complete win in my book.

Konstanze greeted me at the shop and I was offered a cup of tea. The shop was lively, warm, and full of laughter. I gulped down the tea and headed to the table of chocolates. There were four different flavors and each was named after a mantra. First, I grabbed the Samadhi Orange Bliss flavor because orange and chocolate sounds amazingly interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicate hint of orange. Each flavor was unique and wonderful. Once I was done stuffing my face sampling the chocolate I decided that Turiya Espresso is my favorite flavor. It was so good that I had to take a power bite home. I definitely enjoyed the CocoRau Valentine’s Event and if my future lover is out there two bags of CocoRau Espresso Power Bites for Valentine’s Day will make me the happiest girl in the world.

Delicious treats, wholesome ingredients, and a great team had made me a lover of CocoRau!

 

CocoRau Display

 

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lady lexi sweets cupcakes

I had the lovely opportunity to attend Lady Lexis’ Sweets food tasting. The experience was great and the desserts were awesome. Just check out some of the desserts I sampled.

APPLE TART

These were hands down the best apple tarts I’ve ever tasted. The touch of sweetness with cinnamon and a perfectly flaky crust made for an exceptional apple tart. I took about four of this home and finished them all in one day. That’s how good they were.

 Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Muffin

I loved the light texture of this muffin. The flavors blended well together, although I wished more of the cappuccino flavor came through. Overall, I enjoyed this beautiful breakfast muffin. The next day I had this muffin with a cup of vanilla almond milk and it was heaven.

carrot cake

Lady Lexis manages to nail the perfect texture on all of her desserts and the carrot cake is no exception. The frosting was a fluffy consistency, which paired well with the fluffy cake. As a carrot cake lover, I would have loved for a bolder flavor with this cake.

I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the ginger snaps but they were also delicious! These ginger snap cookies weren’t the traditional tough ginger snaps. Much to my pleasant surprise they were slightly chewy. The flavor and texture of these cookies were amazing.

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After a break and two glasses of water I prepped myself for the beloved red velvet cupcakes. These cupcakes were again, just amazing. The frosting was piled high, the texture was light, and the flavors balanced perfectly.

Overall, the tasting went well. The apple tart and cappuccino chocolate chip muffins were my favorites. I would definitely visit Lady Lexis Sweets again.

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Magnolia Ice cream

This post is about Ice cream. But not just any old ice cream, it’s about Magnolia Ice cream.

I got invited to a tasting for Magnolia Ice cream at the We Work Space downtown. I was greeted by a new necklace, lychee martinis and an array of different ice creams. The martini’s tasted like water and vodka but who complains about free drinks? Everyone seemed to be having a good time and the place got filled up quickly. The line for the ice cream was pretty long but we got on it about four times each so we obviously didn’t seem to mind.

Magnolia Ice cream

That’s because Magnolia makes fun flavors from natural products with 0 trans fat. I was really interested in what these would taste like especially since they offered avocado, lychee, purple yam, and red bean popsicles amongst others. I was nervous to try the Purple Yam but it was surprisingly very good.  It actually had a nutty and smoky flavor to it. My mind was just promising that this would have a grape flavor but of course, it was just playing tricks!

Magnolia Purple Yam Ice cream

The Avocado ice cream tasted interesting as well. I personally don’t even like avocados but this was great ice cream. It had a strong avocado flavor too but it was still sweet and buttery. The red bean bar was really grainy and pasty. Although it wasn’t my favorite, the flavor was very authentic as all the products were.

Magnolia Avocado Ice cream

The highlight of the evening was the Mango ice cream. Jesus. This pint of deliciousness tasted like we were eating real mangos right at the event. You can only imagine how excited I was to win the raffle and take home 5 flavors for myself.  I also got a cute Magnolia t-shirt and ice cream scooper. It was a lucky night!

Magnolia Mango Ice cream

Thank you again Magnolia for the experience and the great flavors we got to try! Visit their site to find out where you can buy these for yourself!

“Born in the tropics, enjoyed everywhere”

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