Mikey Likes It Ice Cream


Guys, ideal ice cream weather is on it’s way (yeah, we’re pretty much into May and it’s been forever winter in NYC)! Yesterday was the warmest day we’ve had this year, so I had to take advantage and grab some ice cream. They’ve been open just about a year, but I hadn’t made it over until now. So, I got to finally try Mikey Likes It Ice Cream in the East Village. 


This little ice cream shop packs in a lot of fun and personality. From the friendly team, to the fun flavor names, stemming from pop culture, these guys are turning out a great product with unique combinations. They feature a flavor of the month, symbolized by fun, face cutout clocks posted on the wall of their namesake, like this past month’s, “Moon Walker”, aka Michael Jackson. 


Everything is made in pretty small batches, so, you have to be quick to make sure you get your favorite flavor before it’s sold out. But, you shouldn’t be too concerned, because all the flavors are really delicious (they encourage you to sample them all, and I’m not one to turn down a free ice cream sample). I went for their Pretty in Pink (Mikey Likes It signature strawberry with fresh strawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar and freshly cracked black pepper). Fancy, right? It was awesome. I like strawberries, but I don’t usually gravitate to a strawberry ice cream. Until, I tried it. I was really surprised at how much I loved it, choosing it as my scoop to enjoy. The ice cream is rich and creamy, and combined with the fresh strawberries, it really turns out into a luscious treat. You get hints of the acidity from the balsamic, but it certainly doesn’t overtake the flavor. Oh, and they’ve got some mega ice cream sandwiches with Red Velvet waffles. So, that’s next time for sure. 

The Shorts:
Name: Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Location: 199 Avenue A, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. These guys have a great story, that goes along with a great concept and product. Definitely worth checking out.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Try all the flavors you’d like so you can pick out your favorites and enjoy them as-is, coned up, or sandwiched in between some waffles. I’m coming after you next time, waffles. 


Cafeina Bistro


If you’re looking for a cute, European-esc cafe in Rio for breakfast or lunch, you can check out Cafeina in Ipanema. 


With some outdoor cafe seating, you can grab a coffee and pastry to go, or, you can dine inside on one of their two floors. I recommend sitting upstairs, you get a fun view of down below. 


For my breakfast, I ordered their Acai com Frutas (acai, banana, strawberry, granola, honey). I really liked this and was surprised at how full it left me for hours. The fruit presentation was simply adorable, and the acai was almost sorbet like. I was anticipating the consistency to be more that of a yogurt, but it was more like a sorbet, more of an icy-creamy vs a milky-creamy. Drizzle some of the honey on that bad boy, and you have a breakfast of champions. Brazilian, super-fruit eating champions. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafeina Bistro
Location: Rua Farme de Amoedo, 43 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the bowl was really great.
Would I recommend it? I’d say go for some lighter, continental fare, as opposed to a full on meal.