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|Monday, September 10th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 35
Back at Zero° for Pomegranate ice cream. Pomegranates grow everywhere in Austin. Often grown as ornamentals, the fruit is too
often left to rot, despite its recent promotion as a panacea among the food fadists.
It turns out that it makes wonderful ice cream.
uploading pics seems to be on the fritz. will look into it.
|Friday, September 7th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 34
Labor Day at a backroom game in Texas, and they have ice cream--in this case Dreyer's Butterfingers. The label says it has crushed Butterfingers candy bars and something called 'Peanut butter Swirl.' To me it seem that it had butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.
|New Year's Resolution Week 33
Mango strawberry at Amy's. strong strawberry, hint of mango. Delish. Thought it would taste like a smoothie, but it is all ice cream.
|Saturday, September 1st, 2012|
, I've upgraded my Toshiba netbook to Ubuntu 12.04. I like it, it seems peppier, but has what I call problems, and others refer to as 'issues'.
No orange screen, but a black one.
I repeatedly receive the sad news, via popup screen, that 'precise' is no longer under development. Don't know what the import of this is, but bet I do soon.
It is now able to reach the printer. The cleaning lady unplugged the hub. I don't hold ubuntu responsible for this, nor for the 24 hrs that it took me to figure out what was wrong.
My chron-tab mailbots work perfectly. I haven't been able to get them to work on a Mac for several years, but they are humming along on ubuntu 12.04 very nicely. Go Ubuntu!
I'm having a lot of fun. I'm a guy who enjoys debugging code as much as writing it, and there's a lot of stuff to do here.
|Saturday, August 25th, 2012|
| Tito's "The DUDE." Tito's, Kahlua, cream. Very subtle. I doubt if I have any friends who haven't put Kahlua on ice cream. Amy's took it a step further by adding Tito's. Thish time thay put enough in. ;)
Thanks for the tip: Schmengie!
|Saturday, August 18th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 32
World Class Chocolate. White-chocolate-flavored mousse with dark chocolate ice cream. White chocolate is underwhelming, dark chocolate is OK.
|Saturday, August 11th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 31
A little behind on my reviews, but not my consumption. Will get caught up soon. Above is Kaui Pie from Lappert's. One of their most famous flavors. Coffee, fudge, macadamia nuts, coconut. Macadamia nuts are whole and provide the perfect cru
nch. Coconut is toasty. The coffee seems to be lighter than that in their Kona Coffee, but is really delicious. If I get back to Vegas this year, I will award 'separate flavor' status to Lappert's Kona Coffee because it so unique. Tip 'o the hat to Gamblin' Steve.)
|New Year's Resolution Week 30
This is a weird one. It's Java Chip from the ice cream joint in the Las Vegas Gold Coast. It's listed as a Breyer's Ice Cream. Good coffee flavor--delicious chocolate chips.
There used to be Kate's ice creams in both the Orleans and the Gold Coast. The one in the Orleans was removed and a BR put in. The one in the GC remains, but with some changes. It is no longer a Kate's, but is now a Kat 'e 'e's. giving it a Hawaiian flare. It also sells Breyer's flavors called Green Tea and Kona Coffee. Seemingly lappert's Rip-offs, but I am going to withhold judgement until I investigate further. I know that Boyd casinos that are not down town are courting Hawaiians, so this may be a move in that direction.
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 29
Another tequila-based flavor from Amy's, this one styled "Republic Tequila Pineapple Basil." Republic Tequila is a boutique tequilla claiming to be organic.
As with their Jalepeno Tequila, I couldn't taste the tequila.
Vague pineapple flavor. At first I couldn't discern the basil, but about halfway through, it started tasting faintly of pesto.
forgettable and disappointing.
|Wednesday, July 11th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 28
Bee Cave Crunch. Mexican Vanilla, cinnamon, honey and candied pecans. Exactly as described. Cinnamon tasted wonderfully fresh, it's taste perhaps accentuated by the honey. A Keeper!
|Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 27
Week 27. Over the hump!
Coconut Pineapple. Last year I wouldn't have gone near this flavor--coconut or pineapple in ice cream? But with my discovery that I like coconut, why not?
One-two punch with every bite--the pineapple is the flicking left jab, the coconut finishes you off.
I love Lappert's!
|Friday, June 29th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 26
Week 26! The halfway mark! Am I over the hump? It doesn't feel that way, I just see a long long road of rigorous self discipline stretched out before me.
Caramel Coco Macadamia. Coco is short for coconut, which makes it pleasantly chewy. The caramel is more like the cellophane-wrapped candy than the more common syrup. It is becoming more apparent to me how important texture can be in ice cream. Lappert's knocks another one out of the park--this one by texture alone.
Strangely, I detected no clue of macadamia nuts.
|Sunday, June 17th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 25
Tequila Lime Jalepeño. Couldn't taste the tequila. Couldn't taste the lime. Tasted nothing like a margarita. But Boy! this had some bite.
I will confess to being in an unusually good mood for an hour after eating this.
I always thought that jalepeños couldn't be combined with ice crea 'cause they'd curdle the milk. I was wrong.
|Saturday, June 16th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 24
Texas Dirt Cake.
Described as chocolate cheesecake, Belgian chocolate and crushed Oreos. Strong chocolate and Oreo taste, but no cheesecake. But Wait! -- a faint cheesecake taste appears and then disappears on the 3rd bite.
This is very good ice cream - not as extreme as Lappert's Chocolate Crunch, which, I guess, can be good or bad, and without the gobs of cream cheese in the B&R Lunar concoction.
|Monday, June 4th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 23
Chocolate Crunch. Picture taken in front of the Golden Arm plaques on the bridge between the Cal and Main Street Station while "I Want to be Sedated" is blasting from the speakers. Does anyone else find it odd to hear the Ramones in a mainstream casino, or Vanity6 in the HEB? This is how I know that I have truly arrived at the wrong side of the hill.
Anyway, ice cream is simply Cookies 'n Cream made with chocolate ice cream and Oreos. Chocolate is that velvety smooth kind that is almost like custard. Oreos gotta be Oreos. Another Lappert's winner.
|Friday, June 1st, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 22 Lappert's
Coconut Macadamia w/ chocolate fudge. I was at first skeptical about putting coconut in ice cream. Taking a bite of this was like being a kid again when my big sister baked coconut macaroons. Yum--what a wonderful world we live in. It has that delicious--I don't know what else to call it--burnt flavor. Macadamia nuts provide the perfect crunch.
In other Lappert's new, I had previously reported on Banana Caramel Chocolate Chip with white chocolate chips. I just sampled a new batch where the chips were dark bitter chocolate. Striking difference but still delicious.
|Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 21 part II
I am getting too many suggestions, so I am increasing my workouts in order to keep. Plus, with getting ready to go to Vegas next week, the stress is mounting.
Went by Amy's looking for the illusive Tito's Dude. They didn't have it today but they did have Fuzzy Navel.
"Like an adult Dreamcicle with a hint of peach," says the counter girl. "Allllllll Riiiiiiiiight," she says when I order one. What with counter girls in Austin all saying Alllllll Riiiiiiight? They sound like Midwestern salesladies during the Nixon administration.
All Vegas cocktail waitresses affect the same nasal drawl. Now 20-something girls in Austin are sounding the same. If this is what the are replacing Valley Girl Speak with, It's not much of an improvement.
Anyway the ice cream. Fuzzy Navel. Peach Schnapps, orange juice and sweet cream ice cream. Very rich, very fluffy and delicately nuanced--a real winner. Orange flavors hit the side of my tongue as the peach schnapps hit the roof of my mouth. Flavor lasts from start to finish. Texture so rich as to be almost buttery.
|Monday, May 21st, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 21
Lunar Cheesecake. This BR ice cream is a promotional tie-in to Men In Black 3. I got all excited because some of my favorite flavors are green; pistachio, mint chip, green tea etc.
The green of this IC is food coloring. It is cheesecake flavored with gobs of cheese cake and graham cracker crust. The graham crackers saved it. I love graham crackers.
OK--not a bitter dissappointment but rather pedestrian.
|Sunday, May 13th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 20
After watching "Bernie" (recommended (also, featuring Sonny Davis as a townie (those of you who knew me back in the day will remember that Sonny fired me as his assistant bartender (long story, but I didn't drink all that Stoly)))) at the Arbor Cinema, I strolled over to Amy's in search of the elusive Tito's enhanced ice cream. I didn't find it, but did find...
All Thai'd Up; which has coconut, basil lime juice, ginger and rum. I know it sounds a little busy, but it was wonderful. Exotic, yet perfectly composed. And reminiscent of that trip to Thailand in the 60s...which is another long story.
|Wednesday, May 9th, 2012|
|New Year's Resolution Week 19
Week 19. Watermelon Chip from BR. Fantastic! I assume that it is all artificial flavors, but it really captures--even before you bite down on it--the flavors of the first watermelon of the Summer. They put chocolate chips in it, I assume to look like seeds, and as strange as it may seem, they compliment the flavors nicely.
The BR Flavor of the Month is Lunar Cheesecake, a MIB3 tie-in, but they were sold out. I now have a backlog of flavors to check out. I may have to increase my workout schedule...