Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream, located in the Inman Square neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, boasts over 50 original and delicious flavors. Perhaps I was feeling a little bit boring when I ordered the Mint Chip ice cream (above), but I was definitely not disappointed. It was really tasty, and you could tell it was freshly made. A friend of mine was a bit more adventurous with her selection, and ordered the Mango Jalapeño sorbet (below). It was a flavor explosion, and a very good one at that. The intense heat of the jalapeño (they didn’t skimp on this one!) complemented the mango’s sweetness nicely and made it strangely refreshing despite the spice. The shop itself is simple, with exposed brick walls, four-person booths, and a simple counter for ordering. It was a great place to grab a bite of cold ice cream before heading back into the summer sun. If you’re in the area, you should definitely hit Christina’s up for a little treat!
This beautiful array is a combination of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream‘s Peach Buttermilk (left) and Coriander Raspberry (right) flavors served up in a recycled/able paper cup, wearing their signature house-made sugar cone as a hat. And what a tasty hat it was…. I don’t think this amazing treat even lasted 5 minutes before I was licking the bowl. There’s a reason Jeni’s is a citywide must for locals and visitors alike, and why their book is selling faster than their ice cream. If you visit Columbus, or if you live in one of the many nationwide metropolises where Jeni’s is sold (they ship!), make a beeline for Jeni’s. And bring your friends!
At the Vienna Ice Café in Columbus, Ohio, you’ll find a decent selection of locally-made flavors and a friendly and helpful staff. This small ice cream and gelato shop is owned and operated by the same people who own Mozart’s Cafe just a few doors down. They’ve completely revamped the decor (this used to be Denise’s Ice Cream Parlor) so it’s much more clean and chic. With the enormous windows, the small selection of cookies and pastries from Mozart’s, and the relaxed atmosphere, the Vienna Ice Café is a must-visit for those hot summer days.
The seasonal flavors at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are the best part of the Jeni’s enterprise. It’s a real treat to walk in and check out the seasonal selection and enjoy samples from as many flavors as you like before having to make up your mind on what you want in your order. I recently went in and chose the Rhubarb & Lime Cardamom Yogurt (pink, on the left) and the Pistachio & Honey ice cream (green, on the right). The tartness and spice of the Rhubarb & Lime was the perfect mate for the mild sweetness of the Pistachio & Honey. Jeni’s is always an adventure, and one worth the price and the wait.