Ice Cream Inspiration
A little over a week ago a friend and I were strolling in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. To make things even better we randomly found Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop, which we immediately entered.
I first tasted Van Leeuween Artisan ice cream a couple of years ago when I was in Manhattan. There happened to be a little street festival going on downtown and right in the middle of the closed off street was a pretty pale yellow ice cream truck. With flavors, such as Earl Gray, Hazlenut, and Red Currant, I was intrigued and went ahead and tried the Ginger ice cream and I was hooked!
The best part about their ice cream is that it’s the real deal. Milk, cream, sugar, and eggs make up the custard base. All the ingredients are high quality and sourced as locally as possible. This time around I tried the Pistachio which was creamy with a subtle roasted flavor from the nuts. So simple and perfect.
I decided that when I got home I was going to experiment with a flavor of my own. I bought some locally grown strawberries from the farmers market in my town, so….
Strawberry Chocolate Chunk and Balsamic Swirl!
So how did the ice cream turn out? I will have to check this place out.
I’m going to nyc mid June, any recommendations, must see/do in Brooklyn/nyc?
I’m into street art, poetry, art galleries/museums, and off the wall food. On a tight budget.
The ice cream was delicious. The batch I made was also pretty awesome. A nice balanced combination of sweet, creamy, bitter (from the bittersweet 72% cocoa chocolate I used), as well as acidity from the balsamic.
My top recommendation for eating in Brooklyn/NYC is to hit up as many food carts as you can. You will eat well and cheaply and its the best way to see the city when you are trying to find the trucks. There are also so many good restaurants, but on average you’ll spend at least 25 bucks (for at least 2 peeps) when eating out. That is a low estimate. I usually choose one restaurant I really really want to go to and splurge a bit. Everything else I try to keep below ten bucks per meal.
Let’s see as far as museums go I would definitely visit The Sex Museum. I believe it is in Soho and it’s just wild! I think admission is 14 bucks, at least that was how much it was when I went. If you’re looking for a really obscure neighborhood in Brooklyn, check out Red Hook. It’s not the most convenient place to get too, but if you’re willing to make the trip you won’t be disappointed. Hope and Anchor Diner is a must and there are a few art galleries as it is a haven for artists, designers, and such.
Last tip, make sure you the Timeout NY website. They have a section that has all of cheap and free things to do in the city. Hope this helps and have a great trip!
AWESOME! Thanks so much for the great info. The Sex Museum sounds very entertaining and different.
yes, street food is where its at! it will be cartsRme.com
Also was looking into the free summer stage at Central Park.