I’ve been craving exceptional ice cream since I arrived. Bennett’s Cabernet Sauvignon sorbet doesn’t count. Well, I had a pleasurable trip to a gourmet ice cream shop in Pasadena after a visit to an Indian beauty salon. Yes, you heard it right, my Korean cut meets its Indian match. Well, Maggie, the hairstylist is technically Armenian.
A few blocks away is Coolhaus, listed in an LA ice cream and gelato map by the LA Times (here). If you’ve noticed the image above, the handmade ice cream shop carries original creations such as Fried Chicken and Maple Waffle complete with real chicken skin, cayenne pepper and herbs; Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone that tastes genuinely tarty; Black Sesame (hahaha, it actually reminds me of atang back home, you know those black bucaio); Maple Sweet Potato Marshie; Southern Belle with Maker’s Mark bourbon; Salty S’mores; Pancakes and Syrup; and a lot more unimaginable savory flavors that were not available. Is foie gras too elegant for your taste? What about olive oil or pastrami ice cream?
For the not so timid, ice cream sandwich combos make the experience more memorable.
Ericke’s was a cup of Pancakes and Syrup. Decidedly delicious. I loved the Fried Chicken and Southern Belle, but I opted to buy a big scoop of Vietnamese Iced Coffee, which was not right at first, but got better and better with every spoonful of coffee delectation.
Coolhaus is now on my go-to list.
COOLHAUS 59 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California (626) 486-2700 Open 12-10 pm
The building that houses Coolhaus is shared with Pie Hole and a flower shop where Ericke picked up succulents for her new apartment.
Isn’t that adorable?
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