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Ruby Jewel in Portland, OR

When I visited Ruby Jewel, the main purpose of my visit was to connect with a friend. Because I didn’t want her to think me the oddest of people, I didn’t take my usual 10-15 minutes to sample flavors and debate options.

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Nevertheless, I got a nice glimpse of her favorite Portland-area ice cream spot. They have several locations to try, and their atmosphere is lovely, upscale but comfy and casual.

Here’s what I tried:

Nineteen27 Toasted Marshmallow – This was very tasty, but in the bit I tried, it was a little bit icy. A local company makes the marshmallows, and then they’re toasted and added to sweet cream ice cream. Definitely a fun concept!

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Caramel with Salted Chocolate – I had this on two gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Honestly, how could it be bad? It was super satisfying.

So, I really liked Ruby Jewel! I’ll have to go back to give them a more fair review. I did notice their gluten-free flavors were limited, but they still had some really nice options. I look forward to a future trip!

Hope you’re staying well and have some ice cream in your future, friends. (Visit Ruby Jewel’s website for tips on getting your fix while their stores are closed.) If any of you are struggling with working from home/staying put, I’m featured in a new course bundle. Mine is called “Navigating Relationships When You’re Both Working From Home”. The link above will give you a huge discount on the course. Stay well, and take care!

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Tillamook Creamery, Tillamook, OR

Tillamook Creamery, unlike most of the ice cream places I visit, makes premium, not super premium, ice cream. So I was a little bit skeptical of how great their ice cream was – but when we were in Fort Collins, Colorado for a summer, we enjoyed their ice cream when it was on sale occasionally, and I can attest to their cheese and yogurt being excellent as well. Long story short? Their factory is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. They say their secret is more cream and less air. Could be!

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When you visit, be sure to check out the other area businesses too (like Blue Heron – their brie is incredible!), and of course a visit to the beach is highly recommended. That gorgeous Oregon coast….you should anticipate big crowds here. I recommend taking a tour (the exhibits are very well done, and you can sample cheese at the end), and they also have some mouthwatering meal options if you’d like a grilled cheese or lots of other deliciousness before your dessert. Depending on the time of day, they sometimes have an outdoor area just for ordering ice cream; at other times, you’ll order your ice cream in the food court and can sit inside or take it outdoors to enjoy.

Prices are very reasonable with big portions at $3.50 for one scoop, $5 for two scoops or $6.50 for three. They’ll let you try whatever you like first. And if you’d like one of their pre-selected flights, those will run you three flavors for $5.75.

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Here’s what I tried:

Pendleton Whiskey and Maple Custard – My bite was icy, but this was very tasty and the alcohol is very strong – they charge an extra dollar for this flavor!

Oregon Hazelnut Salted Caramel – This is a hazelnut base with chunks in it, and a salted caramel ripple. The hazelnut runs the show here, but the gentle salted caramel complements it well.

Mountain Huckleberry – This is a smooth and creamy base swirled with ample sweet and tart huckleberry. Very satisfying!

Chocolate Cherry Fudge – This was kind of a medicinal cherry, unfortunately. Not my thing.

Tillamook Mudslide – This is chocolate with chocolate chunks and a chocolate swirl. Yum!

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The ice cream here is super creamy, as mentioned, and though it won’t make my top five across the U.S., it’s a very satisfying option. Best of all is that when you’re in the Pacific Northwest, it’s very easy to find in the grocery stores. If we’re talking “grocery store” ice cream, this one is a top contender!

As of this writing, Tillamook Creamery is closed, so grab some at your local grocery store for now and plan a visit for the future. Stay well, and happy eating!

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Your Virtual Tour of Wiz Bang Bar in Portland, OR

Let’s take a journey to Portland, circa July 2019, shall we? 

After learning that I could get gluten-free cookies and cream ice cream in Portland, a visit to Wiz Bang Bar was a must. The setup is kind of a fancy, high-end food court, with a variety of vendors so you can get dinner at one place, send your partner to another and meet up at another location or two for dessert. If you’re familiar with Salt & Straw, this is their whimsical soft serve experiment, and in my opinion, it’s better than the hard stuff. 

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Little Man, Denver, CO

I really enjoyed my visit to Little Man Ice Cream, not least because I visited them after 1 a.m.! After flying into the airport, I was craving an ice cream treat, and I was super delighted to try Little Man at that hour. The staff were friendly and playful and happy to let me try flavors. Here’s what I had:

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Frozen Matter, Denver, CO

Frozen Matter is not your average ice cream place! A microcreamery with unusual flavors, ice pops and soda, it was within walking distance to a venue my husband and I were performing at in Denver, so a stop was essential. They also have their own speakeasy inside called Retrograde – so a return visit for a cocktail is a must!

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It’s an adorable space, with excellent service and a nice mix of indoor and outdoor space. Super cute and the hipster vintage lovers like me will eat this out of this world theme up.

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Here’s what I tried:

Space Junk – This has a bourbon butter base with nuts and other fun things in it. Fun, but alcoholic flavors are always tricky, and this didn’t win me over.

Black Magic – This is a chocolate base with black tea and black currants. I really enjoyed this flavor combination! It’s very unusual, but also pretty excellent. I’d definitely go for this again. (I can taste it now! Very memorable.)

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Lemon Blueberry – I loved the lemon flavor, in particular, but this ice cream didn’t quite win me as a favorite unfortunately.

Lavender Caramel – This is a tasty and very forward lavender flavor. It’s very good, bit life-changing, but if you enjoy lavender ice cream you’ll enjoy it.

I loved the creative flavors here. Besides Space Junk, which was really wacky and perhaps even excellent in its weirdness, none of these got into the realm of excellence. But they’re trying for big things with high quality ingredients. The double was $7.40 with very large portions, so the prices are pretty decent for a big city.

This isn’t my favorite in Denver, but I look forward to stopping by in the future to see what they’ve cooked up and check out the speakeasy. Thanks, Frozen Matter!

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Ice Cream Update

Well, I know what you’re thinking.

Did she really have ice cream for breakfast last Saturday?

You bet your ice cream scoop I did.

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And you know what? It wasn’t gourmet, but it sure was delicious.

So if you’re feeling inspired, I highly recommend a pancakes and ice cream combination. (Make mine gluten-free.)

Tune in next time for your regularly scheduled ice cream update.

And if you celebrated, I’d love for you to share a photo with me on Facebook! You’ll find me here.

Have a wonderful week, and happy eating!

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National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day Is Today!

Today is National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day!

So if you’ve already had breakfast, it’s time for second breakfast, and if you haven’t, this is your perfect excuse for a treat!

So go grab some brunch and throw some ice cream on that waffle, show up at your favorite place and grab a scoop as soon as they’ll let you in, or (my plan) make yourself pancakes and throw some ice cream on top.

Life’s too short to save ice cream for last. Happy eating!

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Inside Scoop, Littleton, CO

I stopped at Inside Scoop without any expectations on my way to see a movie. Littleton’s downtown was a delight, truly, and this gem of a place was well worth a trip. Once again, I found myself saying to my husband, we could live here! (Is there any town in Colorado we wouldn’t have that reaction to?)

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In any case, here’s what we decided on:

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Minnesota Salted Toffee – Oh my word. This is a delicious toffee, bold and bright, in a super creamy base, with salt right behind it and tiny pieces throughout. Yum!!!!

Strawberry Basil – The basil here is super strong – if anything, it’s stronger than the strawberry, which makes me love it! It tastes like I am eating a garden.

Nutty Irishman – This has Frangelico and Bailey’s, I think – it’s kind of like a grownup coffee ice cream. So tasty and creamy. The flavors here are truly big and bold – they go for it and don’t hold anything back (unlike some of their more northern Colorado counterparts…) The occasional chocolate bites are fun, though maybe they are not needed? In any case, it’s delightful and has a very well-executed base.

Chocolate Mousse – This was creamy and chocolatey. It’s great, but there’s much more I’d be more excited to enjoy here.

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Inside Scoop is very affordable and accommodating – they let me fit three flavors into a double, which was super reasonable at $4.55. My husband got a junior size for $2.85. Excellent city prices!

I was delighted to see that they have regular, gluten-free and waffle cone options (including chocolate ones) as well as fun and more unusual toppings, like blueberries.

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The walls are fun, covered in great quotes, with drawings or photos of ice cream.

I’m a big fan of the super creamy ice cream and bold flavors here. Delicious! Definitely one of the best I’ve had in the area. They’ve apparently got Denver locations too.

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Thanks for stopping by! Had any good scoops lately? I’d love to hear about them.

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Colorado City Creamery, Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado City Creamery’s ice cream has been handmade since the late 1970’s. Located in an adorable neighborhood I could move into tomorrow, it’s full of charm. My one beef is that, like most of the soft serve frozen yogurt chains so prevalent nowadays; they charge for their ice cream by the ounce. (It always unnerves me when I have no idea what my ice cream will cost – it’s dangerous!) My three Scoop total was 9.48 ounces and came to $10.26 with tax.

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They’ve also got a window so you can see them making the ice cream. Here’s what we tried:

Colorado City Creamery, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Kettle Corn – The base itself has the sweetness of kettle corn – it’s great! It kind of has caramel rivers too, no chunks, and it’s awesome and unique. It’s almost like that burnt popcorn flavor, in a good way. Super smooth, creamy and rich. Excellent.

Butter Brickle – This is like a butterscotch base with toffee pieces in it. It’s excellent, with strong and compelling flavors. The chunks are outstanding caramel toffee goodness.

French Silk – This is pretty good, a light and smooth chocolate base with great chocolate chunks.

Sweet Cream – This is a light, milky but sweet, base, which I found good with a creamy texture, though not super memorable.

They’re extremely good at a creamy and consistent ice cream texture here.

Although I found their flavors to be of the old-fashioned variety, it’s gourmet quality and they’re very good at what they do. Pretty excellent at it, in fact.

Thanks to Colorado City Creamery for a delicious bite. We will be back, I’m sure!

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Want more like this? For a review of another great spot in Colorado Springs, head here.

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Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, NM

In my short visit to Colorado Springs, I read good reviews of Josh and John’s, so I was eager to see what they had on offer for ice cream.

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They’ve got a really fun setup where you can actually see the ice cream making from the street through the windows! They also clearly label their regular flavors, though not the rotating ones, as gluten-free, which made me more self-sufficient and confident in ordering than I would have otherwise been.

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Here’s what I tried:

Dark Chocolate: This is a super smooth, tasty and classic flavor! One of the best I’ve ever had for Dutch or a light chocolate style.

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Mint Chocolate Chip: This is a smooth, classic mint, with tasty chocolate chunks. It’s also perfectly creamy.

Almond Joy – I ordered this coconut-based ice cream, which is smooth and full of coconut flavor, two visits in a row. It’s delicious, a big flavor defined by chocolate chunks, some almonds and something else…but wow, it’s the base that makes it, super smooth and tasty. The chocolate chunks are tasty and you’ll occasionally hit a coconut chunk too.

Butter Pecan – This is kind of a subtle base, but I found it very tasty. My only concern was that I was afraid I might get bored with the subtlety eventually. Very nice though.

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Rumchata – This was super tasty, but unfortunately they couldn’t confirm if it’s gluten-free or not, so I couldn’t order it.

Purple Mountain Majesty – This is a taro based ice cream with raspberry dark chocolate truffles. I found it fresh and fun! The base is awesome, as are the truffles. Picture a subtle base, light sweetness, milky, and punchy chocolate! So tasty and unique.

Here a large three scoops will run you $5.95 with tax, and they are good portions and good prices for a city.

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On my first visit, the server was very friendly and honest, willing to research whatever she could for me. On my second visit, the super friendly server still managed to be efficient and all business.

I went at a slow time of day, but I was delighted on my visits to Josh and John’s. Well worth a trip when you’re in Colorado!

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