Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more dining stories and videosSINGAPORE: There are lots of ways to beat Singapore’s punishing heat, but none as joyful as succumbing to a luscious scoop of ice cream. Throw in an air-conditioned room to enjoy that frozen treat in, and you have yourself a slice of tropical heaven on earth.At the following establishments, there are excellent-quality frozen treats galore in deliciously whimsical flavours. Be prepared to wait in line at peak hours though. BIRDS OF PARADISE GELATO BOUTIQUE It might be the perfume of freshly baked thyme-scented waffle cones or the Instagrammable light-filled space. Whatever it is, ice cream lovers, both hipster and old, think nothing of joining the snaking queues that form outside this pint-sized parlour, particularly on weekend evenings. The draw: Ice cream in “botanically inspired” flavours like strawberry basil, spiced pear, and … [Read more...] about Beat the Singapore heat with the best ice cream joints in town
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With so many different culinary traditions, Indonesia is well-known to be a breeding ground for weird and wonderful desserts. But have you ever tried... tempe ice cream? The Jakarta Globe visited three unique ice cream parlors in Jakarta, places that can only be found in Indonesia, with flavors that you'd never think can be made into desserts, let alone ice cream! 1. Locarasa Piggybacking on the success of their sister restaurant Warung Pasta, Locarasa has been making their mark on social media with its range of unique and Instagrammable ice creams. As the name suggests, Locarasa uses local flavors, and sometimes those better known in savory dishes! Locarasa's manager Tessa Melati said the restaurant uses only locally sourced ingredients since its owners want to really transport the unique flavors into their ice cream creations. Kemangi (basil) and tempe (fermented soybean) ice cream on a waffle cone at Locarasa. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Visually, the aesthetics of the ice cream at … [Read more...] about Beat Jakarta’s Heat With… Tempe Ice Cream!
MANILA -- The old Sebastian’s ice cream shop at SM Mall of Asia has long been a haven for ice cream connoisseurs with its rich, sometimes experimental, flights of frozen fancy by owner and sorbetero Ian Carandang. The MOA branch has been sorely missed as very few people really knew where to get the Sebastian’s quirky flavors since it closed late last year. The good news is that Sebastian’s has set up its new flagship store at Ayala Malls Vertis North on the other end of EDSA. “I had been wanting to do a partnership with Ayala because I felt that they were a good fit for us. When they presented the concept of what Vertis aimed to be (a mall targeted to the younger and modern community), I liked the demographics,” Carandang said in an e-mail interview. The new store is a lot bigger than the old MOA branch. It has an expanded kitchen and the Sebastian’s staff is now able to create full sundaes, shakes, and even hot items. Old favorites such as Once In A … [Read more...] about News Sebastian’s opens new flagship ice cream shop at Vertis North
By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press Sun., March 18, 2018 Prepare to shell out a little more for the sweet treats of spring and summer as a global surge in the price of vanilla makes itself felt at some small-batch ice cream shops and neighbourhood bakeries. The cost of the foodie staple has been on the rise for years, but is now starting to really be felt on retail shelves and mom-and-pop eateries that pride themselves on natural ingredients, say observers. That includes Toronto cupcake master Verge Manuel, who says the hike is exacerbating various financial pressures on his two gourmet shops, called Dlish. “There are certain forces that we have no control over, which is the pricing of certain ingredients that we have to obviously pass along at some point because you can’t absorb it anymore,” said Manuel, whose brand revolves around the use of real Madagascar vanilla. “One of the rising costs is vanilla, absolutely.” Article … [Read more...] about Soaring vanilla prices could mean price hikes at local bakeries and ice cream shops
‘Light’ and low-fat ice creams appear to be part of the low-fat diet trend that emerged in the 1990s. There is no evidence to suggest that these products help you lose weight. Studies actually suggest the opposite. To find out how healthy your sweet treat really is, look for three ingredients: protein, fat, and fiber. Sweet, creamy, and chilled, ice cream may well be one of the most uniquely satisfying and perfectly-engineered desserts. But that hasn’t stopped food manufacturers from adulterating the original version. In at attempt to adapt to American diet trends, low-fat and light ice cream varieties plague grocery store shelves. They claim to offer the same flavor and satisfaction with fewer calories and less fat. But it’s tough to say these delightful treats are healthier than the original. In fact, experts believe the opposite may be true, and several studies back them up. In the 1990s, a … [Read more...] about Why you should never eat light ice cream