vanilla ice cream spaghetti, raspberry coulis, almond shavings, whipped cream @ ice + slice

    The Silly Season was uncharacteristically cool this year in Sydney.  We all thought we’d escaped the dreaded heatwave that comes a-knocking each and every Christmas.  Bad luck.  Now that the tinsel has been packed away and compulsive credit card swiping has ceased, the Sticky Season has officially begun.  That’s right, Sydney summer may have been a little delayed this year but it sure as hell has arrived.  Men with sweaty backs, teenagers with lobster red burns (at least it’s cheaper than a chemical peel), neighbours climbing over their fences to steal a quick dip in the pool next door.

    making some magic @ gelatomassi

    Having endured Sydney’s hottest week on record, fortunately there is some relief to be had under the scorching sun.  You scream, I scream, we all scream… well you get the idea.  None of this trans-fatty, hydrogenated stuff… although I can’t truthfully deny rumours that I threw myself in front of the Mr. Whippy van in the summer of ’03.

    I’m talking about hard-core ice ice [cream] baby: gelato and sorbetto, or as the French say, glace and sorbet.

    watch out for the tripping ceiling cow @ wowcow

    The laborious (?) work has all been done for you… as a true frozen dessert addict, I’ve not left one decent ice cream bar unlicked.  It wasn’t easy, dear friends… on one particular occasion I found myself eating four ice creams in a row.  The sensible thing would have been to taste a little and then leave the rest for my hungry little ant-friends, but I just can’t stand to let good food go to waste (so it goes to my waist instead).  It’s my father’s fault, we never were allowed to leave the table without finishing everything on our plate.

    through the looking glass @ ice + slice

    So invest in a two dollar portable fan and befriend any individual who has a backyard pool/ air conditioning (good luck finding a spare patch of sand at the beach).  And while you lavish in your ice cream oasis, take a moment to marvel at the wisdom of the ancient Chinese, whose inventiveness and foresight paved the way for glace geeks and sorbet suckers everywhere.

    Inner City

    French Riviera, 68 Liverpool Street Sydney 2000

    coffee and vanilla sundae with granita @ french riviera

    black pearl: black sesame ice cream, glutinous sesame balls, crushed peanuts @ passionflower

    cherry sorbet, coconut & pandan leaf sorbet, burnt caramel & ginger ice cream @ gelato messina

    green tea frozen yoghurt with kiwi fruit @ wowcow

    Inner West

    lemon verbena ice cream, coconut & kaffir lime sorbet @ glace

    panna cotta ice cream, watermelon sorbet @ bar italia

    green apple & ginger sorbet @ ice + slice

    blood orange sorbet, cassata ice cream @ gelatomassi

    Talk about a brain freeeeeeze… let’s hope it’s not permanent.


    Cate May 6, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    You have certainly done your research for this blog!!! Good for you – great work – hope you enjoyed every last lick!!!

    Anonymous May 6, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    zomg best ice cream roundup post ever! would love to spend a weekend just eating ice cream for every meal!

    Caitlin May 7, 2021 at 5:50 am

    Oh my goodness. I hope you got to eat every bit of all that ice cream, beautiful!

    RamblingTart May 8, 2021 at 10:56 am

    I can only imagine how hot it was for you in Sydney. I was SWELTERING near Brisbane for three weeks in January. 🙂 Love all these fabulous ice cream flavors and am thoroughly craving a spoonful of each even though it’s freezing outside. 🙂

    foodie and the chef May 9, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Oh for some reason I get horrendous ice cream cravings when the temperature drops… I think I single-handedly kept the Sydney ice cream scene in business last winter 🙂

    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 10, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Haha I love it! And who knows, we might get another unexpected heatwave in which case it is the best excuse to grab some friends and do the same! 🙂

    Littlecornerofmine May 10, 2021 at 7:49 am

    So many varieties, wish I could try it! 🙂

    Lael Hazan @educatedpalate May 10, 2021 at 9:20 am

    How fun! Thank you for doing the dirty work and trying all of those ice creams for us. I know it was difficult. You found some interesting flavors that I’d not heard of before. The black pearl looks particularly intriguing!

    mademoiselle délicieuse May 10, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Bar Italia! ice+slice! gelatomassi! All favourites of mine with a great selection of flavours to boot. And it’s not just the sky high temps either – I’m happy to eat ice-cream in almost any kind of weather =D

    muppy May 10, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I LOVE the spaghetti icecream, i must go there 🙂

    Gayatri Kumar May 11, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    It all looks so great! *drool*
    I know where to go now when I visit Sydney 🙂

    Delightful Repast May 11, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Well, it isn’t summer here, Katie; but I’m ready for some ice cream after reading this post! I’ll have the coffee and vanilla sundae now, and the blood orange sorbet later in the day!

    foodie and the chef May 11, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Here’s wishing you a day full of brain freezes and toothaches 😉 Enjoy!

    foodie and the chef May 12, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Ha ha that’s pretty much what I did (the inner-west was particularly dangerous) and by the end of the day I had the “shakes” from my little sugar OD… Not that it would deter me from doing it again 😀

    Adrian in Food Rehab May 13, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Great timing! I’m heading dowm to Sydney tommorow and will defintely be hitting some of these places. Hopefully there won’t be a heatwave though….

    Oh, that ice cream spaghetti…art.

    CK May 13, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    That’s some hard core research you did there! All in the name of informing us all, of course. Some great flavours and combinations. Yumm. I have to say, for some reason I prefer ice cream in winter, but gelato and sorbets in summer.

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