Enjoying Ice and Vice

Ice & Vice is a New York City is an experimental ice cream shop, with several locations and pop-ups and a taste for ultra-premium and “edgy” ice cream.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

During a recent visit to New York City I was happy to see a location near me. When we arrived, we mentioned gluten-free and I was shocked when the employee informed me that nothing in the store was gluten-free. Although I knew that was possible, and I always expect cross-contamination, it still shocked me that such a fancy place wouldn’t have any gluten-free options. But he insisted and so we left.

After we got outside, I did some digging online and found their delivery menu through a third party. On that website, flavors were clearly labeled gluten-free or not, just as I had expected.

With my newfound knowledge, we headed inside to order ice cream. They had eighth flavors available in this small and simple (and popular) location.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what we tried:

Tea Dance – Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, salted caramel – This is really great! If you enjoy tea, this is a complicated and not too sweet flavor.

Shade – Smoked dark chocolate, caramelized chocolate ganache – Oh my word. This is wildly delicious. It’s as outrageously awesome as you’d hope.

Basic B – Mexican vanilla, Black Sea salt – This was basic but very tasty. It paired well with Shade and is good for those with pickier palettes.

The prices here are typical for New York. Expect to pay $8-10 if you’d like multiple flavors and want to leave a tip. You can also experiment with adding pie, making it an ice cream sandwich or going for a sampler, kind of pricey at $12.

This ice cream is outrageously creamy. I imagine a dish will run you a ridiculous number of calories and fat grams and such. But if you’re going to treat yourself to ice cream, I can’t really recommend these folks more highly! Just do your research if you’re gluten-free.

Enjoyed this? You might also reading about my visit to High Point Creamery in Denver.

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Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

Discovering Mt. Desert Island, Maine

Mt. Desert Island is an ice cream company based in Bar Harbor. I’ve always heard great things about them, but I was delighted to experience it for myself during a visit to their Portland, Maine location last week. Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, Portland, ME | In Search of a Scoop

Due to a busy schedule and a very busy store, I couldn’t try my ideal, wide range of flavors. But I really enjoyed the flavors I did get to try.

They’ve got some pretty original and unusual flavors, but there are a few classics in the midst if you want to play it safe. Here’s what I had:Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, Portland, ME | In Search of a Scoop

Bay of Figs – This was creamy and sweet and full of fig flavor. The texture was very good. If you like figs, you’ll enjoy this. For my taste, I’d recommend pairing it with another flavor.

Kulfi – This is an absolutely epic pistachio dessert. It’s a delicious take on the dessert itself and I could have eaten this for days. Such a treat if you like pistachios!

This is fun and quirky stuff, artisanal with smaller portions and higher prices but worth it.

Apparently the Obamas visited on vacation which got them some extra press! I hadn’t realized that until after my visit, for the record.

I loved my visit to Mt. Desert Island and look forward to the next one.

Happy eating! And if you enjoyed this, maybe you’d like to read my review of Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick?

Ice Cream In The Snow

It’s snowing here. Well, it’s snowed, actually. And you may think, ice cream in the snow? No way.

But you’d be wrong. Just top it with hot fudge or throw it in some hot cocoa or atop a warm dish like bananas foster or apple crisp.

Then you’ll be thinking ice cream in the snow? Yes please.

(This shortened blog is brought to you by a very busy week in the life of Jamie!)Snow day | In Search of a Scoop

Return to Van Leeuwens

Three years ago, I had a marvelous visit to New York City, and when I returned there this year I was eager to explore more ice cream hot spots. But I also wanted to return to my favorite from my last visit: Van Leeuwens.

You can find them at several locations across the city. And I highly recommend you do.

My past review can be found here.

This time I made sure to sample their Earl Grey again. I also enjoyed their vegan and gluten-free Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam and their Peanut Butter Marshmallow Crunch. Van Leeuwens, New York, NY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I will keep my review short and sweet. Still a charming place. Still super delicious. Still outrageous vegan flavors. And gluten-free is clearly labeled and plentiful.

Be sure to stop by on your next trip to NYC!

Van Leeuwens, New York, NY | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoyed this review? You might also enjoy my past reviews of Morgenstern’s and Oddfellows, also in NYC.

Cremeland

Cremeland in Manchester, NH is an institution. I visited them recently due to a soft serve craving.

This won’t be a full review, because all I did was order their soft serve. It met the mark for soft serve (I ordered a twist) and at two scoops for $3.80, it was very affordable.

I can’t give them the full review, but it’s worth a stop when you need ice cream in Manchester.

Have you tried Cremeland?

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Making Memories in Kingston

Memories, Exeter, NH | In Search of a Scoop

I’ve gone to Memories in Exeter, NH several times in my life. In my younger days, they struck me as overpriced, and I recall a very odd scoop system where you could order quarter scoops, half scoops etc. but unless you ordered two gargantuan scoops, you couldn’t get two flavors.

But with age comes wisdom and a ridiculous amount of ice cream eating, so when I missed my favorite place for frozen yogurt closing by mere hours (until next year, Wright Place!), I returned to Memories for a visit and a review.Memories, Exeter, NH | In Search of a Scoop

I was honestly delighted by my visit! To be fair, it was a rainy October afternoon, so there wasn’t a line and I could take my time sampling, but I felt very comfortable trying flavors, was impressed to see a sampler option on the menu and was especially excited that they had an ingredient binder on hand for those of us with food allergies! Their fall menu was really fun, and their farm setting with a big farmer’s porch is picturesque.Memories, Exeter, NH | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I thought of Memories:

Sweet Potato – This is a sweet potato base with toffee pieces. If you love sweet potato, this is worth a try! I enjoyed the toffee and there seemed to be some sort of caramel or similar running through it lightly. A fun new fall flavor for me.

Chocolate Marshmallow – This was kind of a medium, Belgian chocolate type base. And you can’t go wrong with marshmallows. I really, really loved this base.

Bananas Foster – Oh my word. If you like bananas, this is sweet and creamy and an absolute 10/10. I could have eaten this one forever. So, so good!!!

Overall, their ice cream is pretty perfect. Creamy and consistent, easy to eat and never icy. They’re not too sweet and you truly taste the flavors. Their chocolate marshmallow should make my top five chocolates (hard to do!) and their bananas foster was truly a thing of beauty.

They may have closed for the season, but you can pre-order some ice cream and pick it up once a month on a chosen day. Follow them on Facebook, because they seem to like to open up and scoop if it’s nice outside.

Thanks for an incredible treat, Memories! And putting my three flavors in a dish was genius. Also, you’re very reasonably priced for high end ice cream. $6 for three large scoops makes sense. And thanks for getting rid of your old, odd scoop scale!

Memories, Exeter, NH | In Search of a Scoop

If you enjoyed this review, you might enjoy reading about God Save The Cream in Denver. Happy ice cream!

An Obsession Hatches At Hatchland

Hatchland Farm in North Haverhill, New Hampshire is wonderful. I knew it to be wonderful, because in the past I’d occasionally had a dish (before the blog) if I was in an area carrying their ice cream, and it always was absolutely delicious. But their ice cream stand/dairy in North Haverhill really isn’t the kind of place you get to by accident.

So when fate brought me to North Haverhill to teach a series of classes recently, I was really excited to see their ice cream was still available for scooping. Particularly because the sign said that they have maple soft serve, and I truly love maple soft serve.

Hatchland Farms, Haverhill, NH | Ross And Jamie Adventure When I got there, I was pretty awed by the place. First off, their prices are reasonable verging on cheap. Second, they offer samplers and tiny portions for those craving as little as a half scoop of hard ice cream. Third, they have some really fun flavors and gluten-free cones! But when I got to the window, I was wowed.

I said that I was having a hard time deciding between soft serve and hard serve maple ice cream. The woman behind the counter cheerfully said “why not have both?” and I said “I can do that?” and she said “Of course!”. Now, I’m all for combining flavors in the name of variety. I will ask if I can get multiple flavors in a scoop. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be allowed to combine hard and soft serve ice cream in one dish!

All thoughts of trying multiple flavors went out the window. All thoughts of anything but that combination were gone. “Sounds great!” I said. So I got a scoop of each.

It’s $3 for a scoop of each. This ice cream almost has me speechless, folks. Hatchland Farms, Haverhill, NH | Ross And Jamie Adventure

Maple Soft Serve – So, the soft serve really balances creaminess with a strong maple taste. Definitely the best maple soft serve I’ve had, although others have been in the ballpark. It’s delicious.

Maple Hard Serve – Wow! This is the best maple ice cream I’ve ever had. The hard ice cream has a deeper complexity of flavor than the soft…and yet it’s still quite soft and creamy. Ross said this tastes like maple candy.

I was so in love with this stuff that I got it two days in a row. When they had extended their hours to be open one more day when I was in town, Ross couldn’t resist getting his own. The third time they were out of maple soft serve, but we both savored our hard ice cream.

Go to Hatchland Farm. Or eat their ice cream, if you’re local and they carry it nearby. I can’t speak to anything but their maple with specificity, but I’ve never gone wrong there. And if there’s maple on the menu, you know what to do. Hatchland Farms, Haverhill, NH | Ross And Jamie Adventure