10Below Ice Cream

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Summer’s in full effect, it’s hot as hell, and the best cure is ice cream. Fact. I have a couple personal favorites, but always up for trying the newest thing on the scene. So when 10Below opened up in Chinatown last week, I had to be one of the first to check it out. 

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It was especially hot out, and there was a healthy line. Since everything is made to order, and each order is pretty involved, it takes a bit longer than your average scoop spot. They’re the first to bring Thai-inspired ice cream rolls to NYC, using an advanced cold plate that reaches temperatures well below -10°F (hence, the name). Luckily, they had an angel, in the form of a young water-pourer, to hydrate the people in line.

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I finally made it downstairs into the shop, hip-hop music bumping and the guys behind the counter enthusiastically singing along to every song, making it a fun environment. Many of the menu items are also named with hip-hop references and influences. Because, you gotta have a good beat when you’re mashing up all those ingredients, and smoothing them out, to roll up into, well, ice-cream-roll-ups? 

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I ordered the Peanut Butter and Jealous (Peanut Butter, Fig Jelly, Captain Crunch, and Condensed Milk), and added Bananas as a topping. This was a real delight. The ice cream itself looks cool, but, it also tastes great too. It’s rich and creamy, no ice chip appearances here. Flavor wise, it had a nice, light, hint of all of the flavors. I got the peanut butter more than the fig jelly, which, I would have loved, but, it was still really delicious, and the cereal and condensed milk added a great touch. 

The Shorts:
Name: 10Below Ice Cream
Location: 10 Mott Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. A couple of the other flavors really stood out to me, so, I gotta try them out. Next time, hopefully without the long line. 
Would I recommend it? Go get your (ice cream) roll on, it’s worth it. 

Maria Brigadeiro

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Well, I wrapped up Rio in a nice little sunga and was off to São Paulo. One thing I knew I needed to try at some point during my stay in Brazil, was a Brigadeiro (a chocolate bonbon). Now, you can find them just about anywhere, most cafes and juice spots will have them, but, I was holding out for a place that really looked like they knew what they were doing. Cue, Maria Brigadeiro in Pinheiros in São Paulo. 

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I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But this shop was beyond adorable, smelled amazing, and offered one of my most favorite things, a glass window to watch all the magic happen. Voyeuristic, maybe. But amazing, always. 

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They have a number of flavors to choose from, bringing a new dynamic to the brigadeiro. I went for two different flavors, first up was their Salted Caramel. This was a little ball of delight. Not only did it look beautiful with the delicate little coiled shavings, but it was creamy and flavorful with all of its salted caramelly goodness. 

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Then, it was time for the OG, the Traditional Brigadeiro (condensed milk, and cocoa powder). Now, the Salted Caramel was really nice, but I had to give this round to the Traditional. It was so rich and creamy, with precious little chocolate tiles instead of the usual chocolate sprinkles. 

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And can we talk about how delightful and impressive this packaging is? I know, I know, the book cover thing again. But, come on, you just want to pinch its cheeks, right?

The Shorts:
Name: Maria Brigadeiro
Location: Rua Capote Valente, 68 – Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, there are so many more flavors for me to try.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, its really a full experiences, more than just picking up some candy.