mmm-yoso!!! is a blog about various foods we (Kirk, Ed(from Yuma) and Cathy) encounter, usually with a short story. Today, because the guys are busy encountering various modes of transportation and trying to organize their photos and thoughts, Cathy is writing about a bunch of encounters with a common food.
Wow, we had a few weeks of horridly hot and humid days. Usually, a nice cold glass of water or tea is satisfying, but there were days when the sweet tooth kicked in and needed to be part of the equation. Walking just inside Mitsuwa Marketplace, there used to be a bookstore to your right. Recently, part of that floorspace was replaced with Matcha Love. Earlier this year, Kirbie and Elmo both blogged about this Japanese based franchise opening inside Mitsuwa locations. Ito-En, the worlds largest supplier of green tea, is the owner of this business. The limited menu assures quality of the product. The limited variations of product assures freshness. This day we ordered the Triple Ice Waffle Bowl ($4.75) which was three servings: matcha, black sesame and vanilla soft serve ice creams. The other flavor, Hoji-Cha, is roasted green tea-traditionally an after dinner flavor and needs to stand alone; the flavors will not go well together. As it was, the strong, tannic matcha flavor, as well as the deep black sesame flavor each -needed- to be 'rinsed' with the vanilla after a few bites. This is 'adult' ice cream and not sweet at all. Very good and refreshing.
Matcha Love inside Mitsuwa Marketplace locationsWhile walking down Adams Avenue, after a delightful lunch, we saw this storefront I had read about on cc's blog. Since it was going to be another hot day, we dropped in. Moosie is a nickname of a grandmother of the owner and the ice cream is "super premium hand made" by Alhambra based Fosselmans Ice Cream Company.Lemon custard and pistachio almond were our shared choice this day. The prices are fair for this quality (fat content) of ice cream. The location is in the middle of an area with an overwhelming selection of interesting restaurants.
Moosie's Ice Cream 4073 Adams Avenue San Diego 92116 (619) 634-4185 open noon-10 p.m. dailyDriving East on University, stopping at the signal light was the only way I noticed this signage. I had read Kirbie's opening day post as well as three posts written by cc about this newly opened North Park gourmet ice cream selling destination.Hammonds offers 89 flavors of Tropical Dreams brand super premium ice cream and sorbet, made in Hawaii (super premium means 18% butterfat). Even though you can get samples of the flavors, it's so difficult to decide and Hammonds has the perfect solution!The Hammonds 'Taster'- three, four, five or six small scoops of your favorite flavor on a (very) small cone. ($1.30 each) Our choices this day were all ice creams (we decided next time it will be all sorbets, based on our samples). Cherry Royale, Rum Raisin, Pistachio and Kona Coffee Almond were chosen, so that we tried nuts as well as fruits and all with the various ice cream-iness. Hammonds serves a quality product with great variety.
Hammonds Gourmet Ice Cream 3077 University Avenue San Diego 92104 (619) 220-0231 website open noon-10 Sun-Thurs, until 11 on Fri-Sat
Realizing my most recent post about Niederfrank's was in 2007, I thought another stop (with documentation) was due. Kirbie wrote about her 2009 visit and CC has by far outdone me in Niederfrank's postings since she lives nearby. Niederfrank's has been in National City since 1948 and supplies ice cream to many San Diego County area restaurants and snack shops.The original storefront is barely changed, as the primary business of quality ice cream is unchanged. This day, we chose 'Almond Joy' flavor (coconut with almonds and chocolate) as well as a yellow pistachio and dark cherry. As always, fresh, good and a happy feeling afterward.
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.
I hope you're having a nice (and extended) weekend!