mmm-yoso is on vacation so you get to see what Cathy has been eating ... in this weather.
Hi again. I know, its been, like, freezing out here in Sunny Southern California...well for 4 days in a row, last week, anyhow. I know better than to complain, but it's something to do while the rest of the United States is having "their" Winter.
Ah, I blog about food, not weather...Oh...yes...OK. I will confess, when I was young, living in Detroit, we lived a few blocks from the Good Humor plant, and I could get all the ice cream novelties I ever wanted (toasted coconut and strawberry sundae on a stick being my favorites), Senate Sweet Shop and Sanders for banana splits with Dad...and I also went to that newfangled Baskin Robbins because they had those free cones on your birthday (always a sugar cone, always that 'extra charge for the French Vanilla' flavor)...and occasionally, I have a craving for one of those Original Drumsticks...but really, when it comes down to it, its the salty peanuts I want more than anything.
Today, I found myself in National City, at I-5 and Eighth Street. Go East, through the light at National City Boulevard, one more block, to "A" Avenue, make a left (north) ...there it is on your left: Niederfrank's. 100% Natural. It's been there for 59 years, this coming May. 100% Natural. Ice Cream. The real thing. Quality. Small, unassuming, wonderful. As you know, I don't have cravings for sweets...but gosh, I am here and I know I will like it...again...
There is a website with all the flavors also listed. This is what it looks like when you walk in.
The website has photos of the current (since 1995) owners, the founder and Al Roker...they must have shown this on one of those Food Network Shows I haven't seen (I must confess, I only watch "Good Eats" with Alton Brown, to learn stuff...and what I like to call "The Lazy Chef Show" with Sandra Lee...good God, have you seen how she makes stuff????!!? She buys it ....and then rearranges it.... and calls it 'semi-home made').
ANYHOW... Niederfrank's. Everything here is made of natural ingredients, extracts, real fruits...and all is made in the building. They also provide ice cream to a few other shops and restaurants around town. Check out the website listings before you tell me the best is from someplace else....it may actually be from Niederfrank's.
I will admit I went a little crazy today and got two scoops (Its $2.35 for one scoop, $4 for two). Coconut and Lemon Custard. Excellent! The coconut is not too sweet, has flakes of real, not toasted, not dehydrated, coconut which are chewy and flavorful. The lemon custard has a crisp fresh lemon flavor and the custard texture that I crave. They also have sundaes on the menu, but I like the pure flavors of the ice cream. It isn't aerated...its old fashioned, real, natural. A joy. Even for me, someone who doesn't crave sweets.
Niederfrank's 726 "A" Avenue National City, CA 91950 (619) 477-0828 fax (619) 477-0876 Opens at 11 a.m. daily. Click here for website.