April 22, 2012

Are you on Twitter? I'm @IceCreamFoodFan

Work and life has been very busy the past few months, and AT&T iPhone has been problematic in uploading my pictures from my phone to this Blogger site when I'm on the go. 

So for now I've been posting occassional food musings and photos on my @IceCreamFoodFan Twitter stream http://twitter.com/IceCreamFoodFan (which you can also view on the right side of the web blog).

And if any of you can me an HTC One X phone soon,  I promise I will be uploading more pictures

February 28, 2012

Pinterest - what do you think?

I just signed up for @Pinterest and trying to figure out how to use it. I haven't pinned many photos yet, but you can see the start of my boards at http://pinterest.com/IceCreamFoodFan

So far I've been impressed by the pretty pictures other people have pinned.

But I haven't been impressed with the Website or iPhone App user interface itself. Maybe I haven't figured out how to optimally use it yet, but this what I've noticed so far:
  • The Website and iPhone App both are very slow to load each page, board, picture, whatever.
  • The Website picture upload page is cumbersome to manually upload individual pictures using file paths. Would be great if I could just drag and drop photo files into Pinterest.
  • The iPhone picture upload app insists on cropping on my photos into square-ish pics, so it keeps cutting off important parts of photos. The one nice thing though about the iPhone app is the easy to adjust brightness/contrast photo settings.
  • I've tried to automatically and manually publish my pinned photos to Facebook, but this isn't working.

Basically my first impression is this could be a cool site/app, but so far a pain in the butt to use. If you have any suggestions on how to become a Pinterest superuser, please share!  Thanks

December 27, 2011

Two Great Ice Cream Flavors

Last week was a disappointing ice cream week. I was down to my last pint (B&J's Oatmeal Cookie) and wanted to restock but learned that my favorite ice cream distributor Milano Market's freezer was broken & the other store I go to for ice cream near where I live was out of stock of anything but vanilla.

Well fortunately today the latter store received a new shipment of ice cream...including several Haagen Dazs limited editions. You know I love pumpkin and blueberry flavored treats, so this was extra special to have both as ice cream flavors!

When I opened the pints I was struck by their flavorful aroma. I can't remember the last time I smelled ice cream, let alone was impressed by the yummy smell of the ingredients.

Taste test:  they both are fairly light in texture (almost like frozen yogurt). I personally prefer denser/richer texture but their flavor more than made up for the light texture.

The pumpkin was like eating delicious pumpkin pie filling and had a perfect combo of spices. I didn't taste the cranberry but that wasn't a problem since the pumpkin ice cream itself is deee-lish-cious!

The blueberry flavor was more subtle and could have used more crumbles, but overall it's good if you're in the mood for a flavor that isn't too intense or sweet.

But if you're in the mood for an intense blueberry ice cream, here are some of my recent favorites:
    Ciao Bella Blueberry Sorbet
    Beard Papa's Ice Cream Mochi

    brgr's Ronnybrook Blueberry-Pomegranate milkshake

p.s. I do apologize for the grainy photos, my iPhone 3 is dying...if anyone has an extra iPhone 4S feel free to send it my way  = )P, I promise to take nice pictures of food!

December 15, 2011

Who else loves ice cream as much as I do?

I was at a business holiday party today and was greeted by 3 pleasant surprises revolving around my favorite food...

When I first arrive I was impressed by the wonderfully generous and tasty looking spread of food. But what grabbed my attention was a woman handling out mini cups of ice cream from one of my all-time favorite ice cream shops. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory brought their famous lychee, mango, red bean, & green tea ice creams. So this was an excellent way to start off the night.

Then someone introduced me to the owner of The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory ChristinaSeid. I recognized her name from their website but hadn’t met her before. Tonight I had a wonderful time chatting with her about how we both love eating ice cream (for example, when each of us vacationed in Italy last year, what do you think we did everyday?). I also enjoyed hearing about the history of this NYC establishment: she's been in the ice cream business since she was 12 years old -- her dad started it and it's still a family run business.So it was fun to learn about her background and passion for ice cream.

Then to top it off she gave me a surprise party favor gift that was wrapped in pretty paper. After I left, I tore it open and was ecstatic to find a cute set of Note cards with my favorite food printed on it:

Christina is so thoughtful & brilliant!

Have you had some Chinatown Ice Cream lately?  When you stop by, you might also want to pick up one of their colorful ice-cream inspired tote bags.