Posts from the “Food: Dessert/Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt/Gelato” Category

Cape Cod 2010 Highlights

Posted on August 12, 2010

Times of change. Laden with seafaring potential and New England bounty, at times the harvest delivered on Cape Cod doesn’t always match its geographic and human charms⎯even though it should. From the area’s nutritious dirt, fertile for agriculture of all casts; its waters, perfect for stocks of fish, mollusks and crustaceans; and its chronicled fabric of colonial American, Portuguese, Italian and French Canadian pedigrees, Cape Cod should already be sucking on a silver spoon. In some cornered aspects it is, though with research. To the majority of lacquered tourists in fact, who flock to the seaside peninsula and islands each summer, I know they sure think it is. To genuine food lovers though, initial novelties of clam chowder, fried clams, lobster rolls and mom-and-pop homemade ice…

Now Open: Red Mango

Posted on June 10, 2009

Yes, I know. A new chain has landed in Phoenix. And what a surprise, it has California tags. Though it should be obvious, up until now I haven’t specifically addressed my own personal sentiments in regard to corporate chains or franchises. My general tenet is not so much anti-chain, as it is pro-independent, and locally unique. In small defense of (some) chains, I do feel that there are simply too many exceptions in the anti-chain argument to be entirely stonewall about it. In terms of sheer quality, flavor and general character, avoiding corporate outposts whenever possible, for the most part, is a standard rule of thumb for myself. With that said however, it can still frequently be a case-by-case basis, as I do occasionally…

Sweet, Sweet Republic

Posted on May 16, 2009

While parts of the country have been under an evil hex of gelato and frozen yogurt over the past several years, it’s refreshing to see good old-fashioned ice cream making a quiet comeback. We are no longer relegated to the tortures of Tiffany lamps, grainy wood-paneled walls, brass accents, and ice cream served in tall ornate glass goblets. As our own president often says, it’s better to look forward, than backwards. Hard to disagree with such philosophy. Growing up in Phoenix, I was raised on the likes of Swensen’s and local favorites Mary Coyle’s and the Sugar Bowl. Though still tasty (and preferred over certain national chains), they have since all become near fossils of their former selves. Once the nostalgia and wisps of Americana fade,…

  

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