This weekend, my boyfriend and I went to go see Inception (which, aside, it was AWESOME, go SEE IT, as there is no Star Trek movie coming out this year we all have to get our doses of Vitamin GQMF from somewhere ) but afterwards we hit up Emack & Bolio’s across the street from the Regal at Landmark.
It was really, really good! I got the “Beantown Crunch” flavor, which is coffee ice cream with chocolate covered espresso beans in it. Fantastic! The thing I don’t like about most commercial coffee ice cream flavors is that there’s very little coffee flavor in them–it’s just overwhelmingly sweet and milky, like a terrible latte. Not so at Emack & Bolio’s (or at Christina’s, my other Boston ice cream love,) the coffee flavor punches through quite strongly.
(I’m told that coffee oreo ice cream is a Boston-area-specific thing; is that really true? I didn’t grow up here, but the part of New York where I come from isn’t really known for the quality of its ice cream parlors, so I just assumed that it was a nationally popular thing. It’s extraordinarily common here; J.P. Licks, one of the major ice cream chains in Boston, claims to sell more coffee oreo ice cream than vanilla. Ponder that for a minute.)
The other cool thing about Emack & Bolio’s is that they bottle their own soda, using cane syrup instead of high-fructose corn syrup.
Can you read that? Ingredients: Artesian Well Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Ginger Extract, Citric Acid, CO2. Nice.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m something of a ginger fan; I will eat it candied, pickled, shredded, grated, in a smoothie, in a cookie, or in ice cream. You could call me a connoisseur. So please take me seriously when I say that Free Tibet ginger ale is the best ginger ale I’ve had in my life; it was like a nonalcoholic ginger beer, which is exactly what a ginger ale should be. Also, it was incredibly carbonated! All the bubbles! Like a thousand tiny slaps hitting my tongue! Free Tibet is the ginger ale I’ll measure all ginger ales by from now on.
Interweave and Knitscene reviews are in the pipeline, and I’m getting my sewing machine back from its tuneup, so expect more posts soon!