The best scoops around the world

The best scoops around the world

JULY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH. When I realized that last week, it necessitated an immediate tweet and prompted me to a) start making ice cream dates with every soul in New York City and b) reflect on the best ice cream I’ve eaten.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck, New York City    

After I realized that a) would be difficult because New York is obsessed with artisan popsicles and fat-free frozen yogurt, I became even more nostalgic for b) the incredible ice cream and gelato I’ve had around the world. I realized my ice cream obsession had gone to a new level when I walked 30 minutes to Portland’s Alphabet District and stood in line for 30 minutes to sample Salt and Straw (one of Oprah’s favorites!)–and then decided to skip a session of the World Domination Summit because I’d rather eat ice cream than listen to people talk. Seriously.

I’ve yet to find an absolutely incredible ice cream shop in New York City, although there are some excellent artisan pints sold in my local fancy grocery store.

Gelato Messina in Sydney, Australia

Gelato Messina: Sydney, Australia

THE HOLY GRAIL OF GELATO. If you go to Sydney, it is a crime not to have multiple scoops at Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst. Salted caramel white chocolate still stands as my favorite scoop in the world. I also went to Gelato Uni, which was basically a morning in which I tried every single flavor of gelato–including some combinations like sour cherry with bacon bits and watermelon sorbet with feta. I love Gelato Messina because the quality of the gelato is just exceptional (they fly in strawberries from France for certain flavors) and the store has a bit of a personality, with quirky daily flavors (like Hello Sailor for grapefruit and Campari) and super friendly staff. I don’t think I ever visited Sydney without a late-night trip to Gelato Messina: still some of my favorite memories!

Pozzetto Gelato in Paris, France

Pozzetto: Paris, France

It is well-documented that my first stop when I go to Paris is L’As du Falafel–and then I get a scoop of Pozzetto for dessert. The pistachio is just divine: no matter how tempting the seasonal flavors sound, I rarely break away from a scoop of pistachio and a scoop of cream. It’s more expensive to sit inside the cafe, so I always take mine to go and find a sunny stoop in the Marais to people-watch.

Fenocchio Ice Cream in Nice, France

Fennochio: Nice, France

Newer readers of the blog likely don’t know about this, but I’m sure a few of the loyal ones remember the Challenge of the Cornet. While living in Nice in 2010, I attempted to try every single flavor (100+) at Fenocchio. I didn’t even come close, but I sampled everything from Nutella to tiramisu to raspberry to gingerbread. My forever-favorites are cinnamon and cherry, but it was an excellent exercise in not only trying new things but also establishing a rapport with a local business. Fond memories of all of those post-beach stops for a scoop!

Salt and Straw ice cream, Portland, Oregon

Salt and Straw: Portland, Oregon

The best ice cream I’ve had since leaving Australia. Salt and Straw is Portland’s farm-to-cone ice cream shop, and it shows in the quality of the ingredients. The ice cream is handmade in small batches with all-natural dairy and local, sustainable and organic ingredients. When I was there, most of the monthly flavors revolved around the fresh Williamette berries. I tried olive oil and sea salt caramel (along with about six other flavors–they give you unlimited samples!), but I was blown away by the strawberry honey balsamic with cracked pepper, snickerdoodle (sugar cinnamon cookies, for all those non-Americans) and the raspberry lemon basil sorbet. Mindblown.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck, New York City

Van Leeuwen: New York City, New York

For some reason, I have not explored the New York ice cream scene as thoroughly as I did in France and Australia. Boozy organic popsicles and the fat-free frozen yogurt accented with fresh fruit have become my go-to’s when the humidity scale starts soaring: a must whenever you’re here for the summer. However, I am always quite happy to spot the pale yellow Van Leeuwen artisan ice cream truck in Williamsburg or SoHo: their mint chip is delightfully refreshing and has plenty of luscious dark chocolate.

Devine Gelateria in Sacramento, California

Devine: Sacramento, California

I always insist on at least one lunch date at Devine Gelateria when I’m home in Sacramento: it’s one of my favorite things about my hometown! Like Portland, Devine takes advantage of their proximity to fresh ingredients with delicious seasonal flavors. I’m partial to the sandwich-salad combo, followed with a scoop of espresso chip. Plus, the courtyard is adorable and gelato season in California is year-round. Win-win.

Where’s your favorite scoop in the world?

  • Caroline Eubanks

    Love the new look!

  • I love your new makeover! And I love that included good ole Devine on this list 😉

  • These look tasty! I want.

  • Love the new design! And as an ice-cream lover myself, I’m obsessed with this post!

  • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    Ooh new design! I used to sneak in bites of ice cream from the outside icebox while I ‘walked’ the dog, so suffice to say, I’m kind of an ice cream fan. I’ve had it all over the place, but have a tendency to Tate’s in my hometown of Wheaton, Illinois and a whole string of places I went to as a kid in rural Wisconsin.

  • Amanda

    Salt & Straw is bomb!! My favorite though is Ici in Berkeley, so amazing. Bummer about ice cream in NY… you think they would have some amazing options given the culinary scene. I actually saw an Instagram the other day from Odd Fellows Ice Cream that looked insane, have you tried there?

  • LostInCheeseland

    I can’t remember, did you make it to Capogiro in Philly? Best ever.
    And holy cow, new design!!!

  • Beth

    Great post! I have my own tribute to National Ice Cream month scheduled to post soon– glad to see I’m not the only one celebrating ;P

  • disqus_AtkA2Uownn

    whoa! I have not tried Pozzeto!! I’m in love with Amorino, of course! But the Marais will be visited soon!!

  • Naomi Todd

    Outside of Italy, the best ice cream I have had is actually just last week in Santiago in a gelateria called Emporio la Rosa. The chocolate and orange ice cream was amazing!

  • JulikaSarah

    What a delicious post! I recently tried Grom in Paris, which was really great — but Santini in Lisbon will always be my favorite! 🙂

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! And of course–love a good gelato lunch date 🙂

  • camorose

    So delicious!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady!

  • camorose

    Yum! I can never resist ice cream as soon as it gets hot out 🙂

  • camorose

    I haven’t heard of it! Adding it to the list!

  • camorose

    I did, but I don’t think I chose the most oh-my-god-wow flavors. Have been meaning to get back to Philly, so I might have to try again!

  • camorose

    Hooray! Best month ever 🙂

  • camorose

    My favorite! You have to try the pistachio at Pozzetto 🙂

  • camorose

    Yummmmm that sounds delicious!

  • camorose

    Noted for when I make it to Portugal 🙂

  • Ohmy the pistachio from pozzetto looks so tasty! My favourite scoop would be from Grom which I had in Florence, Siena and Venice. The dark chocolate was heavenly!

  • Katie M

    Next time you’re in Boston, try Toscanini’s (a dangerous 10 minute walk from work). My favorites are ginger snap molasses and Vienna finger, and they also have great iced coffee.

  • camorose

    Mmmm dark chocolate! There’s a Grom in NYC–might have to try it 🙂

  • camorose

    Ginger snap! Will definitely put it on my list for next time I’m in Boston 🙂

  • Briel79

    I saw this ice cream place on the Instagram blog. http://www.oddfellowsnyc.com/ Not sure how it is but you might want to check it out!

  • SincerelyKateB

    reflect on all the ice cream you’ve eaten?! that would take me a lifetime!

  • camorose

    That name keeps popping up in places–will definitely have to check it out!

  • camorose

    Ice cream crawl of NYC?

  • Rudy

    Giapo in New Zealand is the most unbelievable ice cream in the WORLD! Their cones! Their toppings! their flavours! AMAZING!!!!!!

  • camorose

    Noted for next time I go down under!

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