By Michele McCole Moss
Editorial Rating: Recommended
Exotic flavors and traditional favorites make this Hollywood
shop a glacial hit.
This small strip-mall shop, oddly still carrying the half-Irish
moniker of its predecessor, has been churning out exotic ice
creams and sorbets since 1980. The decadent flavors and friendly,
sweet service are so far removed from chains that you may swear
off Baskin-Robbins forever.
The ice cream is made regularly on the premises, and rosewater
is the base for most flavors, enhanced with Middle Eastern ingredients
such as orange blossom, saffron and cardamom in place of traditional
American ones. Creamy rosewater ice cream hits the tongue meltingly
smooth, while the perfume of roses wakes the taste buds. Coconut-pineapple
marries two powerful flavors into a perfectly balanced mixture.
The rosewater sorbet is similar to a traditional Iranian dessert,
flecked with slightly crunchy rice noodles. American flavors
are just as delicious: Strawberry cheesecake tastes remarkably
like its namesake, and almonds stud praline's caramel sweetness.