Posted by After Eight 2012-04-20 12:50:07
Breyers and Haagen Dazs.
Ice Cream Favorites
Posted by Mister Matt 2012-04-20 13:21:24
Trader Joe's use to have an amazing tiramisu gelato years ago and it was the best grocery-store ice cream I'd ever tasted. It was wildly popular and you constantly had to check with the staff to see when the next shipment would arrive as it would sell out in a day. I don't know why they stopped selling it.
Talenti gelatos and sorbets are quite good. The only Ben & Jerry's I like is Cinnamon Buns. Since I can't have chocolate, my ice cream choices are pretty limited.
Posted by Jane2 2012-04-20 13:24:42
ditto about talenti
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-04-20 13:42:57
"Artisanal' is THE marketing word of 2012. It's not a real word. Artisan is a word but "Artisanal" is something they found that makes people think of better quality, special, small batch, etc.
It's amusing that Dunkin Donuts embraced the word fully ("Artisanal Bagels") and then felt the need to make commercials that talk about how their customers have no idea what that means.
You can buy "artisanal" Doritos. Really.
Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-20 14:28:10
Didn't we have this exact conversation a few weeks ago, only about soup?
Posted by JbaraFan1 2012-04-21 14:48:33
^ lol Good point!
I don't care what they call something, I just care how it tastes, and this "artisan" chocolate is some of the best I've ever had. The cinnamon chili flavor is my favorite -
Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate:
I've had Talenti - double chocolate flavor I think (delish). I'll admit that when it comes to ice cream I usually just buy the store brand (Publix), which tastes fine to me, plus it's still sold by the 1/2 gallon instead of 1.75 or 1.5 quarts or whatever.
Mister Matt, I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't eat chocolate!
Posted by Mister Matt 2012-04-21 14:56:51
Trust me, if you spend Christmas night in the emergency room, you really don't even want chocolate any more.
Posted by JerseyGirl2 2012-04-21 15:12:45
We have Ben & Jerry's at about $9 a pint and Häagen-Dazs for around $7.50. I have found most of the Swedish brands to be light and airy and not thick and creamy like I liked in the states. I do, however, love gelato. I live in a tiny little town with one movie theatre that only has one screen, so imagine my surprise when I tried the gelato place and was blown away. The couple that owns it are straight from Italy and they make it all themselves. Each day they have different flavors. Their hazelnut and stracciatella are my favorites, but I have never had anything I didn't like.
Posted by Jane2 2012-04-21 15:16:24
JbaraFan, I agree-Publix has great ice cream.
Posted by JbaraFan1 2012-04-21 15:20:39
Fair enough, Mister Matt! I'm sure I wouldn't.
No ER situation but I'm starting to think that I have developed some sort of allergy or intolerance to tomato sauce because the more of it a food has, the sicker I seem to get to my stomach afterward. (I'd say more, but would be TMI. lol) I'm fine eating salsa - hot even - or fresh tomato, but things like tomato-sauce-based spaghetti sauce, or if pizza has a lot of tomato sauce on it, I tend to get sick these days. Never used to from tomato sauce.
Posted by AC126748 2012-04-21 15:22:05
The soup Nazi becomes The Ice Cream Nazi.
Yes, the word "artisanal" is pretentious, but there are definitely some off-beat, unusual ice cream flavors that are a cut above Breyer's and are worth a dollar or two more. When I was getting my master's degree, there was a wonderful boutique ice cream parlor in the town that made the best ice cream I've ever had, and I'd happily pay the extra buck for a scoop. This is not to say that ALL unique/experimental ice cream flavors work, but plenty of them do, and are worth the price increase.
If Breyer's is your thing, there's nothing wrong with that. But don't unilaterally dismiss everything else.
Posted by JbaraFan1 2012-04-21 15:33:36
AC126748, sure, I guess it depends on personal taste and even someone's budget. Some things I might really like but just not be able to afford on a regular basis.
Where I live there is a locally-made salsa which I purchased recently in a local produce market. It's $5 for a 16 ounce jar. Normally I would not pay that much for a jar of salsa, but since I've had this particular salsa, no others taste anywhere near as good, so it's worth $5 to me. Would I pay $10 for a jar? Maaaaybeeee.... but would probably buy it less often.
(Sorry, thread, I keep getting off the ice cream topic!)
Posted by AC126748 2012-04-21 15:41:27
I hear you, JbaraFan. Local products usually cost more money on a whole, but they're often worth it, and the level of freshness can't compare. My budget doesn't allow me to buy a $10+ pint of ice cream on a regular basis, but it definitely is an occasional, worthwhile luxury.
Posted by After Eight 2012-04-21 23:56:57
Posted by Bettyboy72 2012-04-22 00:51:46
My local market charges an arm and a leg for their artisanal cheese. I don't really taste any difference.
Aldi's has the best salsa I've ever eaten. It's fresh (not the nasty ketchup consistency kind) and its under $3.
Posted by JbaraFan1 2012-04-22 01:08:47
Bettyboy72, Aldi is my second main grocery store. Publix is a bit closer, so more convenient, but I'm a fan of both. I mentioned Publix's ice cream. Well Aldi's is pretty good too (though they've gone to the smaller containers). As for the salsa, if you're talking about the kind in the clear plastic tubs stocked in the refrigerated bin, that is indeed very good salsa. I like Aldi's hummus too.
Posted by Bettyboy72 2012-04-22 01:26:58
Jbarafan-yes the kind in the clear plastic tubs. Fresh tasting and some great flavor profiles. Their ice cream is really nice too. We don't have Publix here. I'll have to try the Aldi's hummus.
Posted by AC126748 2012-04-22 07:58:29
I think your subsequent post perfectly illuminates the point of my post. As I state very clearly in my post, we all have different likes and dislikes, and it's all a matter of personal taste. I am not criticizing your dislike of "artisanal" fare, but rather taking issue with your unilateral dismissiveness and tone--basically that anyone who enjoys and is willing to pay extra for such fare is a dupe who is blindly following the latest manufactured trend. And if you don't want people to disagree with you, or offer alternative views to your own, then you shouldn't open up a forum for discussion at all.
Posted by After Eight 2012-04-22 08:20:51
Posted by D2 2012-04-22 08:31:44
And you did get opinions that differed from yours A8, so what's your beef with AC? Especially as he has given you very eloquent and well considered responses.
Posted by After Eight 2012-04-22 08:39:08
Posted by Bluemoon 2012-04-22 09:35:13
A8 - this thread is actually more opinion-oriented than informational. After all, in your original post you ask, "Is it worth it?" If you ask the question, don't blame the answer - even if it doesn't support your thesis.
Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-22 11:21:54
You're welcome to like whatever you like, dislike whatever you choose, start a thread about anything you care to--and people get to respond however they respond.
AC's point, and I agree, is that your posts frequently start with a negative. That's fine--your choice of words is up to you--but you can't be surprised if a negative post generates some negative responses.
Because of your choice of words.
Posted by Kad 2012-04-22 11:28:25
It's always other people's choice of words.
Posted by After Eight 2012-04-22 11:46:42
Frankly, I don't care if he likes what I like, doesn't like what I like, likes what I say, doesn't like what I say, and I don't care if he, or anyone else says as much. I don't use certain words.
Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-22 11:55:11
I don't know what you're talking about, but presumably AC does (assuming that's whom you're talking about).
Posted by Kad 2012-04-22 12:05:17
Is it "Nazi"? Is that one of the certain words?
Posted by Reginald Tresilian 2012-04-22 12:10:39
Oh! Is that it? The Seinfeld reference was offensive?
Posted by Kad 2012-04-22 15:00:16
That's the only thing I could see in that post. And I would imagine AfterEight is no fan of Seinfeld, since it's trivial and mean-spirited.
Posted by AC126748 2012-04-22 19:04:11
Actually, After Eight, if you remembered correctly, you would know that I agreed with you (to a point) on the soup thread.
It's hard for me to believe that you wouldn't be familiar with a pop culture reference that 98% of this board (and people in general who were alive in the nineties) would get, but okay. But I can't believe he would think I was actually calling him a Nazi. I think anyone who's read my posts would know that I don't need to resort to childish name calling (or other fallacious practices) to get my point across. It was a allusion which presumably went over After Eight's head.
After Eight accuses me of reading things that aren't there. Such as? I called his post dismissive. It's dismissive in tone. I said that he seems to think that people who like "artisanal" ice creams are merely dupes who are impressed by $10 buzzwords. How else might one interpret:
But someone must be liking it, and buying it. Calls to mind that line in Darling of the Day: "If it's called ragoût de boeuf, it sells the old goulash."
In short, he presented an opinion, and I presented a differing one, and he responded by huffing about how I shouldn't read a thread if I know I'm not going to agree with it. If you're not comfortable with people disagreeing with you, then you might not be ready to play with the big kids.
And on that note, I'll wait for next week's thread about how halloumi and chevre can't compare to good old Kraft singles and Cracker Barrel cheddar.
Posted by Kad 2012-04-22 19:32:54
It seems to me that if AfterEight used certain words, maybe his already condescending posts won't be misconstrued as dismissive, sweeping generalizations about people who like things he doesn't.
Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2012-04-22 21:37:25
I don't like the use of this word ("artisanal", that is), because all I can see is "anal" and that's not something I like to think about whilst eating ice-cream.
Though it could be fun...I guess.
Posted by Jane2 2012-04-22 22:02:56
Are after eight and newintown twins? or the same person?
Posted by D2 2012-04-23 08:13:32
"And on that note, I'll wait for next week's thread about how halloumi and chevre can't compare to good old Kraft singles and Cracker Barrel cheddar."
Where's the LIKE button?
Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-04-23 09:27:19
I'm astounded -- quite literally astounded -- by intelligent posters who address After Eight as though he were an empathic thinker, when he proves here on an almost daily basis that not only isn't he capable of empathy, but that he also lives in a world where it has no currency, if it exists at all.
It makes for extremely entertaining threads, but I question the motives -- and somtimes the sanity -- of the respondents.
shut up and listen to me
Posted by JoeKv99 2012-04-23 11:47:12
Let's cut to the important part: That Aldi Salsa is astounding. I prefer the garlic & artichoke salsa but there are three different flavors and they are all jaw-dropping-ly good. I had some friends over recently and served them $2.99 Aldi Salsa and 99 cent "restaurant style" chips and EVERYONE complimented me on them.
The Hummus is awesomeness too- especially the red pepper and garlic-lovers flavors. But my Aldi doesn't carry pita bread so I don't pick it up unless I've got a few loaves in the freezer.
And since we're talking about Ice Cream they have these new swirled pops that are sugar-free and are only 10 calories each that are awesome. Better than dreamsicles....and ONLY TEN CALORIES.
shut up and listen to me
Posted by wexy 2012-04-23 11:49:26
I had Earl Grey Tea flavored ice cream with minced apricots.
At $3 a scoop on a sugar cone, it was worth the price
(at the General Greene) in Ft. Greene
shut up and listen to me
Posted by Jane2 2012-04-23 12:36:09
I had OLIVE OIL flavored gelato once and hated it. It was what you see is what you get. Cold olive oil!
shut up and listen to me
Posted by Salene 2012-04-24 20:00:42
I had garlic ice cream (at a garlic festival) in England and liked it! (Though the peach was even better.)
I looove banana ice cream, but can't get it in stores where I live.
shut up and listen to me
Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-04-24 20:41:02
*what Growl said* although admittedly it's taken me a long, long time to realize arguing with AfterEight is the equivalent of being Alice arguing with the creatures of Wonderland. When I got called on being a misogynist for implying one might gossip with ones friends at lunch, I think I hit the tipping point.
Jay Lerner--your post about anal made me have to do this, I'm sorry http://jezebel.com/5897658/like-ice-cream-then-youll-love-these-delicious-beaver-anal-glands
I've never been too into ice cream--but I love ices, gelato, etc. We have a really great local place that makes all their product on location. They don't use the word artisan--sure it costs a bit more than regular ice cream I suppose, but I like it a lot more as well, and honestly it's not the kind of thing I crave more than once a month, or anything.
shut up and listen to me
Posted by Jane2 2012-04-24 21:48:47
It seems gelato is more expensive than ice cream. there's a gelato place around my corner which charges $7.25 for a small cup full.
The best gelato I ever had was at the Festival flea market in Florida. It was mocha almond fudge. I can't stop thinking about it. oy vey!