Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Who Says McDonald's Isn't Hip Enough?

From a happy meal box shaped building, an actual plane you can dine in, or even a McDonald's that is literally in the middle of the dessert....these locations won't ever compare to your local McDs around the corner!

CHECK IT OUT on YAHOO:
The 15 Craziest McDonald's

This McDs was converted from an old financial institution in Norway
*Photo Credit: Yahoo News

Friday, August 15, 2014

[Day 14] How To Churn Ice Cream With Your Bicycle: Peddler's Creamery #20DaysofICECREAM

Sometimes there aren't enough words to explain things. Seriously, I do not know how people lived before YouTube. So without further adieu, here is how Peddler's Creamery harnesses the power of a bicycle (with some type of sophisticated contraption system) and to produce ice cream...

video

So I didn't actually churn ice cream in the video, but if you do want to try it out Peddler's does allow customers to bike for their ice cream at certain times slots in the day. Apparently you need to pedal for about 20 minutes at 15 mph, resulting in one batch of ice cream. By the way, your help in churning ice cream for Peddler's profit will not go in vain. You will be rewarded, too. Depending on the how many batches you churn, you can receive free ice cream and prizes. For more details check out the Peddler's Club.
"After churning 3 batches, you get to play rock, paper, scissors with one of our employees and if you win you get another scoop free" --Peddler's Club Rewards
The on-the-go bike used for events
This sign points to your destination


Now, the process for concocting this ice cream may seem extensive, but I can attest that Peddler's Creamery has one of the best ice creams during my #20DaysofICECREAM. They boast vegan and organic ingredients within their biodegradable cups.

Notable flavors include Pancake Batter, Mexican Chocolate, Honey Lavender, Snikerdoodle, Kumquat, Strawberry Basil

We ate KBBQ after this.



I apologize for the lack of flavor details in this post. This really is an ice cream shop I would go back to again, but I was just so amazed by the bicycling process that I ended up just enthralled at the simple yet ingenious idea of it all!

--C.H.




Peddler's Creamery
458 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[Day 13] The Exotic Flavors of Mashti Malone #20DaysofICECREAM

No preservatives
No eggs
No refined sugar
No corn syrup
No trans fat
No artificial flavor
No artificial color...

...That's a lot of no's. 

Don't be fooled, though, because Mashti Malone ice cream is jam packed full of zest. Check out their selection of wildly aromatic based ice cream flavors:
Menu taken from Mashti Malone
Just to let you know, LA has some of the best ice cream shops, but the search for parking is an absolute nightmare and journey in itself. However, for being about a block away from the heart of Hollywood, Mashti Malone offers a free parking lot. Another plus in my book.
Rosewater Saffron w/Pistachios on a "Malone"
Herbal Snow & Mango
The rosewater saffron is probably Mashti's most popular flavor. Although the sound of saffron may scare you, it is actually pretty tame compared to the other stuff. My personal favorite was the herbal snow. Now that has a freaky frangrance flavor, but I just really liked it. There are a couple other off menu flavors as well such as the lavender which actually wasn't too strong in fragrance. Order your ice cream on top of a mashti or malone. A mashti is made out of waffle cone. The malone is some kind of super fried and glazed dough. Warning: The malone is intensely sweet. Think of an overly cooked doughnut/churro soaked in sweetness.

Mr. Mashti Malone (that's not actually the owner's name but humor me) walked my ice cream eating team out of the shop and even chatted with us about his ice cream ventures. Apparently a new Mashti Malone will soon be opening up in Glendale. You can also find Mashti Malone products sold in Whole Foods Markets.

--C.H.


Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
1525 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is the vision behind FooodisGoood.com?

The following reflects the beliefs and core values for which 
FooodisGoood.com proudly stands by:









*GIFS taken from BuzzFeed

Check out the BuzzFeed Article that inspired this post. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[Day 12] Don't be a Snob: Cucumber Ice Cream #20DaysofICECREAM

Special flavors change daily
As the Brown Paper roll is ripped & replenished
Some would say I have become kind of an ice cream snob. The other day someone offered me some store bought ice cream and I found out to be repulsive.

Naturally, when I visited à la minute, known for their handcrafted flavors made using the now infamous nitrogen liquid, I went with the quirkiest choice...the special of the day: Mint & Cucumber Custard topped with a finger lime simple syrup.

"Let me get the medium size," I cockily ordered.
"Are you sure you don't want the small just to try it out," the associate warned me.
"No, it's okay. I promise I will eat it all.."
"Okay, we can get you a different one if you end up not enjoying it."
"Don't worry, I can do it."


At this point you can take my presumptuous, self-proclaimed foodie title and throw it out the window. That cucumber stuff belongs on anything but ice cream. The flavor was comparable to cucumber facial masks. On that note, let's not try to pretend the cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches are the best part of tea time!

The syrup does nothing to strengthen the likability :(
Customer satisfaction is a high priority at à la minute, I was given the option to try another ice cream since I admitted defeat with the cucumber ice cream. I ended up with the Chocolate Lavender. The first spoonful gives your mouth an unusual reception of ice cream flavor. The lavender pierces through the chocolate and surprises the part of your brain that manages taste buds. After a couple more bites, the spiced chocolate flavor adapts to familiarize with the body and mind. Overall, it is just okay.

The Affogado is pretty neat for the coffee lovers out there! A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream floats atop à la minute's coffee beverage. My personal favorite is the Espresso Chip! Such a great texture mixed in with enjoyable crunchy cookie chips in every spoonful.

Although the Riverside location has been open since 2012, the Downtown Orange shop just opened this past June. For those further away from Beverly Hill's beloved Ice Cream Lab or Irvine's Creamistry, à la minute' definitely fills in the demand for liquid nitrogen ice cream for residents in LA's east side. 


--C.H.
Chocolate Lavender with liquid nitrogen brewing in the background
Espresso Chip
Affogato (Floating Ice Cream Scoop in Coffee)
For the Pretty Little Liar Fans out there
Downtown Orange Location
My Little Minions

à la minute
Handcrafted Ice Cream made with Frozen Liquid Nitrogen

117 N. Glassell Street
Orange, CA  92866

                &

19 E. Citrus Ave. #105
Redlands, CA 92373





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Friday, July 25, 2014

[Day 11] With A Honeycomb On Top #20DaysofICECREAM

I was a bit lost walking around in this plaza off LA's most congested main streets, Wilshire Boulevard, so I had to text a K-Town native friend to confirm I was in the right place.
FIG Tip: Ask for directions!
As I looked up from my phone, I see a buzzing little bee float in front of me. Yup, it's gotta be somewhere around here. Follow the march of the bumble bees!
My nails match my desert #winning
What is that on top you ask? Well, I can assure you this ain't no cherry on top sundae... 
"Pure Honeycomb"
HoneyMee is an ice cream shop that offers milk ice cream with a swirl of honey and a honeycomb on top. Now, I don't really care for honey that much, but I couldn't get enough of this pairing! The "True Milk" ice cream is HoneyMee's pride and joy, and with great reason so, because it really tastes like the milkiest milk served as a frozen treat. Apparently the milk is produced from a family owned, Kosher dairy factory in California. If you're a bit skeptical about the honeycomb topper, you can choose not to order one but, of course, that wouldn't be a very cool Instagram pic now would it? Just get the 100% pure honeycomb, it's kind of the main attraction.
FIG Tip: Check-in on Yelp to get $0.50 off

HELP! The bees keep coming near my ice cream!

HoneyMee
3377 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010



**CAUTION: When eating at HoneyMee, be aware of all the bees hanging out there. They really have a thing for the honeycomb on top. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

[DAY 10] Farrell's 5th Annual Ice Cream Eating Competition VIDEO #20DaysofICECREAM

*CUE DRUM ROLL*

DUNDUNDUNDUN...

I ATE 3 SCOOPS OF ICE CREAM WITH WHIP CREAM ON TOP IN 3:57 minutes. It's pretty slow compared to the other competitors, but seriously...you gotta be crazy to eat each scoop in less than 30 seconds. The fastest challenger in the woman's category got a time of 1 minute!


The Aftermath Commentary
Did I get brain freeze? Surprisingly not. I was shivering internally and couldn't stop smiling mostly because the muscles in my jaw were frozen. I have no idea why, but I didn't and I'm happy with it.

The inside of my mouth lost all feeling. Have you ever experienced burning your tongue on a scorching hot drink? That's how it was on the rooftops of my mouth for two days straight, except in this case it was freezer burn. I also noticed a super sensitive reception when cold products touched my teeth for three days.

I kept it all in. It was a total food/sugar high above anything I've felt before. I just let it sit in my stomach while I walked around a shopping center. Then, I ate a couple of fish cake sticks and took a long nap.

Join me next year? I already have a few brave souls willing to try it out next summer!
3 Scoops of Crazy
My Support Team!
Me & My #Selfie
Me & The Manager
Commemorative T-Shirt Woohoo!
Farrell’s 5th annual Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge
+Benefiting Children's Hospital of OC (CHOC) and Make-A-Wish Foundation ...IT'S FOR THE KIDS!

--C.H.