July 6, 2011 |
THEY may scream for ice cream in Paducah, Peoria and Pittsburgh, but here in the City of Quakers and its environs, water ice satisfies that summertime craving for something sweet and cold. As 17-year-old South Philly resident Brooke White insisted so simply yet eloquently during a recent visit to John's Water Ice, at 7th and Christian Streets, the frozen concoction is "the best thing in the world. " While that assessment is surely open to debate, there's no denying water ice is as much a part of our region's culinary DNA as hoagies and cheesesteaks, despite it not having received the same level of publicity those two edible icons have.
July 26, 2007 |
Once famed for pioneering ice cream technology and the reach of its national brands, Philadelphia has been quietly reclaiming its ice cream cred, this time as a center of artisan and small-batch makers. If plain and pure vanilla was once the city's hallmark, now the rainbow's the limit: At Capogiro, with two Center City counters and a surging wholesale business, golden margarita sorbetto has joined the stable of fresh-fruit and herb flavors, along with a gelato flavored with English sea salt.
August 25, 2008 |
Most summer nights, you can find the brothers Berley looking like extras from the set of The Music Man, sweeping the brick sidewalk at Second and Market with corn brooms, clearing away the paper straws, lacy doilies, silver spoons and sundae bowls and chatting, real gentlemanlike, with the clientele who have made the Franklin Fountain what it is today. Weirdly hip. In these sweet, waning days of August, a line forms out the door and around the corner at the retro spot, and the tables, set in the shade of a cypress, are filled.
February 13, 1992 |
When John Cooper of St. Davids went through Pennsylvania State University's ice cream course last year, he learned that in a cold economy ice cream sales get hot. With that thought and a love of food, John and Marilyn Cooper, his wife, opened Sweet Daddy's on the busy corner of Lancaster and North Wayne Avenues in Wayne last month. "We make it all right here," he said of the distinctive line of gelato and sorbet they make. Gelato, Italian in origin, is a low-fat, ice milk product with intense flavor.
May 29, 1991 |
HAAGEN-DAZS CRUNCH BARS. Caramel almond, peanut butter and vanilla crisp. 99 cents per 2.1-ounce frozen bar or $2.59 per box of three. BONNIE: I've said it before and I'll say it again: Haagen-Dazs' premium ice cream products are not for those severely restricting their fat intake or on strict diets. That said, these new bars are made from high-quality ingredients with nothing artificial added. If you're watching fat and calories, you might try one of the many new good-tasting frozen fruit bars and frozen yogurts available - they are moderate in fat and calories and additive-free.
July 17, 2008
You will need: 1. Chill ice cream mixture in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. 2. Pour ice cream mixture into sandwich bag; double-bag mixture to prevent leaking. 3. Fill gallon bag with ice and salt, which lowers the freezing point of the ice. Put sandwich bag with ice cream inside the gallon bag. 4. Gently shake the bags for 10-15 minutes, or until ice cream is firm. Remove sandwich bag with ice cream, squeeze into bowl, and enjoy.
July 21, 1988 |
A car is parked in the darkness, the engine off, the lights out, the radio silent. Two shadows sit motionless in the front seat. Suddenly, the smack smack of lips. Furtive pleasure on a steamy summer night. Rochelle Wright, 26, lifts her Styrofoam cup. "Upside-Down Banana Boat," she says softly, spooning up another mouthful. Smack. Smack. As temperatures rise and spirits melt, scores of ice cream lovers head for Dairyland, a drive-thru parlor in Roxborough. The small white store with the big peaked roof has lured folks for 15 years with its cones, shakes, sundaes and floats.
December 10, 1989 |
Fred and Karen's Video a la Mode, where an ice cream cone and a movie could be scooped up in one stop, was unanimously recommended for approval by the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission Thursday night. The Planning Commission's recommendation to allow a change in use of the property on Lancaster Avenue, formerly the Colonial Village Meat Market, now goes to the township Board of Supervisors. Owners Fred and Karen Neumann said the ice cream parlor-video store would be divided in half, with tables and chairs on the ice cream side and a large, square playground for children on the video side.
June 16, 1994 |
A Mr. Softee ice cream dealer, peddling his product on the hottest day of the year, was shot to death yesterday in South Philadelphia in an apparent robbery attempt, police said. Mohammad Jaberipour, 49, of Blackwood, N.J., was gunned down at about 6 p.m. as he stood in the service area of the blue-and-white truck, which he had parked at 21st and Mifflin streets. Police said that when they arrived at the scene, the truck's motor was running and the familiar Mr. Softee jingle was playing.
October 17, 1991 |
Americans emphasize the first word of ice cream; the British emphasize the second, but no matter how the words are pronounced, they describe the same stuff. Caryl Churchill's play Ice Cream, which Villanova University theater is presenting, is about the differences and the similarities the playwright sees between Americans and Britons. The title also brings to mind the word dessert, and that, within the play's context, makes one think of just deserts. The major characters not only don't get their just deserts, they get away with murder.