Summer and ice cream are perfect partners! When the sun is just too much to bear, the ice cream man becomes the neighborhood’s best friend and life-saver.
But when mamang sorbetero is nowhere to be found and the call of the freshly-made artisanal ice cream proves to be very persistent and irresistible, a trip to the ice cream parlor is inevitable. Yes, resistance is futile.
One ice cream parlor that stands out from the rest, and my favorite go-to place, is the Ice N Cream Scooping counter inside Novotel Manila Araneta Center. The flavors are different, varied (not the usual plain chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, ube, etc) and oh-so-whimsically named. Reading them is guaranteed to make one smile.
So, how about a scoop of Smell Me, Taste Me, Durian ice cream? It Match-a been Love to make you smile? They also have Kirsch Me – black forest ice cream rippled with brandy and even Papa Don Preach – rum raisin with a hint of Don Papa Rum. He’s not Worth it is perfect for those all out indulgence of chocoholics and Oh,Honey, Honey, a sugar-free (therefore less guilt) honey and calamansi ice cream that can smoothen out any stressful day.
The best part is, they are not really expensive. A big scoop costs P100/135 and toppings at P25 each. The toppings selection is equally indulgent : mini macaron shell, red velvet crumble, churros, chocolate mint chips, whisky caramel sauce, giandujas chocolate & rum dip, eggnog, kiwi orange, etc.
Ice N Cream by Novotel also offers Carmen’s Best Ice cream, breads, whole cakes, cookies, tarts, pate choux (eclairs and profiteroles) and macarons. A perfect summer hide-out!