I know it’s been a while since my last post. I have been very busy with my schedule so I had very little time to write about my latest culinary (mis)adventures.
So let me start with the arrival of my ice cream maker – Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker ™. Thanks to my very good friend Anton who brought this home from Canada. In case you read this, yes, I am learning how to make your favorite green tea ice cream soon.
The moment I got home, I carefully read the instruction manual to familiarize myself. The manual said that the ½ pint freezing bowls should be placed in the freezer overnight with the freezer set to the coldest temperature. Also, I have to keep in mind that the unit runs on 110v. My mom decided to place the ice cream maker beside the voltage regulator just in case this little fact slipped my mind. I have a tendency to blow up things in the house so my mom is taking precautions.
I decided to make a very easy recipe, Cookies and Cream. I took out my Ben & Jerry’s recipe book. I bought the necessary ingredients like milk, whipping cream, sugar and Oreo cookies.
The first batch was unsuccessful because the mixture did not freeze well. I reviewed the manual and followed the instructions to the letter. I set the freezer to its coldest setting and had the bowls frozen for eight hours. I tried again and… tadah… I made my first homemade ice cream.
It was not perfect but my family enjoyed the treat. You see, one can always buy commercial ice cream but once in a while it feels good to know that you can make your own, just the way you like it.
My love for Italy started in college. The story behind this is another blog entry which I will discuss next time. But for now, I will focus on one of my favorite Italian food – il gelato! What makes gelato different? Gelato is lower in fat but higher in sugar content. Also, gelato has more intense flavor. Throughout Metro Manila, there are only two stores claiming to serve “authentic italian gelato”.
Well, I wouldn’t really know an authentic gelato since I haven’t been to Italy. So taking these stores’ word, I tried Gelatone and the newly-opened Gelatissimo Café. Both are located in Greenbelt Ayala Center.
Gelatone has been around for quite sometime and for the longest time, it is the sole gelato store (as far as I am concerned) in the metro. I love the creaminess of their gelatone and the intense flavor. My favorite flavors are Pistacchio, Roke, Straciatella and Amarena. When I first tried the gelato, I noticed its soft texture. From then on, I kept on coming back to try out other flavors.
Recently, I had a chance to try out a new gelato store – Gelatissimo Café. They also offer gelato and this makes them the second store offering Italian gelato. Gelatissimo’s gelato is a bit rough compared to Gelatone. But I liked how the gelato’s taste melts away from your mouth. It makes me crave for more spoons of gelato. Gelatissimo has more flavors compared to Gelatone. I think this is a marketing strategy to find out which flavors are marketable. Gelatone’s flavors have been tried and tested throughout the years so what you see now are the best-sellers; however, they introduce new flavors from time to time. Gelatone’s atmosphere is your typical ice cream parlor – small, quiet and laid-back. Gelatissimo, on the other hand, is more on the café-ish ambiance – think of Starbucks and other coffee shops.
In terms of pricing, Gelatone is a bit more expensive. A scoop from Gelatone costs Php 100. Gelatissimo offers Php 110 per scoop but you can get three scoops for only Php 190, which brings down cost per scoop to Php 65. My verdict? I love both stores. For now, I will enjoy Gelatissimo because it’s new. But I still like to go back to Gelatone for my dose of Roke.