From the monthly archives:

May 2006

It’s a gorgeous day, the sun bright in the sky and a cool breeze piercing my sunburned face. Kennedy square, named after the former US President, is overly crowded with 20-somethings. We just arrived in Galway after a 6 hour drive from Dingle stopping along the way the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Bailey’s Irish Cream from Relish Café fit right into the moment. It was smooth and creamy with a full flavor. While the atmosphere of Relish Café, located in “Super Mac” felt like a food court, outside the store was a delightful environment that made the early evening ice cream cone in Galway wholly satisfying.

  • Flavor: 3.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 3.5
  • Originality: 4
  • Cone: 3.5
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost €1.50

Bailey's Irish Cream at Relish Cafe in Galway, IrelandRelish Cafe

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I could blame it on a lack of other options, but the real reason I went back to Murphy’s was because I just couldn’t resist the place. Did I mention how much I like the color of their walls? It is a magnificent blue.

Today I tried the Chocolate with Irish Whisky. The ice cream has an extremely intense rich chocolate flavor, with a hint of whisky. I actually expected the whisky flavor to be stronger, and I wouldn’t have minded if it was. Overall, this ice cream was excellent, but not quite as good as the Brown Bread I had yesterday.

  • Flavor: 4.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 5
  • Texture: 4.5
  • Originality: 5
  • Cone: 3
  • Overall: 4.5

Chocolate with Irish Whisky at Murphy's in Dingle Ireland

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If you are ever in Ireland you much go to Dingle. And not just because it’s one of the prettiest places in the world. But, because it’s home to Murphy’s Ice Cream. This little shop serves remarkable ice cream. All of the flavors looked wonderful, but I decided that since I was in Ireland I might as well get something Irish: Brown Bread Ice Cream. I know, bread in ice cream doesn’t sound too good. But it is. The flavor is indescribable. Absolutely amazing ice cream. It had a pretty intense flavor and was smooth enough- expect for a few chunks of ice. Murphy’s Brown Bread Ice Cream is a must for ice cream lovers.

  • Flavor: 5
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 5
  • Cone: 3
  • Overall: 5

Brown Bread Ice Cream at Murphy's in Dingle, Ireland

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Scoop 2: Review of Soft Serve from Tiger Truck, Kilkenny Ireland

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on May 28, 2006

It’s a chilly gray day in Kilkenny, Ireland.  It’s almost raining, but it’s not.  After arriving late into Dublin (we won’t even being to discuss my anger towards American Airlines right now) we rented a car and drove to Kilkenny to spend the night and see the Kilkenny Castle.  While we waited for the tour of the castle to start, we wandered around the grounds of this magnificent place, built in the 1990’s and occupied by the Butler family until 1935.  On the street against to the garden there was an ice cream truck with a fairly long line considering the weather.  The ice cream truck was labeled “Tiger,” had a picture of the children’s cartoon character (Tigger) with Pooh and Eeyore in the background.  I stood in line and ordered a plain ice cream cone.  The ice cream came with a chocolate stick thing in it.  (I later learned that this is a Cadbury’s 99 flake, a popular candy item).  The ice cream itself was very whipped, almost like a thick whipped cream.  It tasted a little like caramel.  The ice cream was different than any soft serve I’ve had because of the light texture.  My only complaint: the cone.  It was stale and reminded me of cardboard.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 3.5
  • Texture: 4.5
  • Originality: 2.5
  • Cone: 1
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: €1.50

Soft Serve from Tigger Truck, Kilkenney IrelandTruck with Castle

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Scoop 1: Butter Pecan at Edy’s (DCA) Review

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on May 27, 2006

Sitting here in the Ronald Reagan Airport I just finished my first official ice cream taste test.  Up for review is Edy’s Butter Pecan.  The flavor is a little caramely and it has a fair number of pecans.  On purpose or not, the ice cream was a little melted and therefore soft, but not too soft, there were no pools of melted ice cream at the bottom of the cup.  Let’s face it, I wasn’t going to start my “Ice Cream Project” today, but after arriving two hours early for our flight to Dublin through JFK and waiting in line for 30 minutes only to find out that the flight to JFK did not have a pilot and thus we would miss our connection, I needed some ice cream.  Edy’s Butter Pecan satisfied that need and helped me feel a little less stressed.

  • Flavor: 4
  • Flavor Intensity: 4
  • Texture: 4.5
  • Originality: 3.5
  • Overall: 4
  • Cost: $2.65

Butter Pecan at Edy's

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