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Puzzling experience at Christina's ice cream last night....

bella_sarda Jul 20, 2006 02:06 PM

I ordered the chocolate mousse frozen yogurt, and my boyfriend ordered the regular chocolate ice cream. We both agreed that my yogurt was far superior, in both chocolate flavor and creamy texture, to the ice cream. My previous experience with Christina's ice cream was also disappointing: I ordered the chocolate-banana flavor and also found it virtually flavorless and very crystalline. Why does everyone say the flavors are more intense there when I find them *less* intense? Or am I just choosing the wrong flavors?

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    mhoffman Jul 20, 2006 02:45 PM

    I don't mind the ice cream at Christina's, but (as I've recently posted) I don't quite understand the obsession either. I've had ice cream or sorbet there about 5 times and I've found it less intense than I'd hoped in both flavor and richness.

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    1. re: mhoffman
      peelmeagrape Jul 20, 2006 03:07 PM

      I agree. I've been there about 5 times too and think it's good but definitely not great. Usually I try to taste at least 3 flavors before settling on one and even at the rejection rate, the one I end up with is fine but unspectacular. The texture of the white chocolate was nice and initially the flavor seemed good, but somehow became a little dull after the first few bites. Maybe it's a flavor-intensity thing.

      What really drives me nuts there is the service, which I've always experienced as brusque. *Why* won't they let you have two flavors in a small? Other places do and it's not like you're asking for quantitatively more. What difference would it make to them? Also, when I asked for the Milk Chocolate flavor, I was told they're out in a "well obviously you should know this" tone of voice. Well, if you're out, you might want to think about taking the sign down. It's not the first time either that I've arrived at the counter with complicated flavor contingency plans only to be told that they're out of something they claim to serve.

      1. re: peelmeagrape
        mhoffman Jul 20, 2006 07:23 PM

        I agree that the service is bad. My girlfriend was rushed/scared out of ordering hot fudge! Even when the line isn't that long they serve hastily and begrudgingly. And only one flavor allowed in a small! Phooey!

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      bella_sarda Jul 20, 2006 03:14 PM

      So...where *is* the truly great ice cream in town? I already know about Toscanini's, which I like but find also a bit uneven. I'm wanting the best CLASSIC flavors, like strawberry, black raspberry, oreo cookie, etc. Something creamy but not disgustingly rich. J.P. Licks? Emack and Bolio's? Herrell's? I'm new here and haven't had time to try all of them yet. Thanks.

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      1. re: bella_sarda
        gini Jul 20, 2006 03:44 PM

        You may want to try this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... about icecream in the Boston area.

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        Seconds Please Jul 20, 2006 03:15 PM

        The cat is out of the bag...

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          bella_sarda Jul 20, 2006 03:18 PM

          Which cat/which bag??

          1. re: bella_sarda
            Alcachofa Jul 20, 2006 04:03 PM

            The ice cream cat in the waffle bag. Yum!

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              Seconds Please Jul 20, 2006 05:34 PM

              That the ice cream is over rated. The service poor.

          2. Bob Dobalina Jul 20, 2006 03:25 PM

            I have never found Christina's service to be brusque...I usually request a taste spoon of a new flavor before deciding without issues. Service is never more unfriendly than the typical Boston/Cambridge 'tude.

            As for flavors, I am NOT a chocolate ice cream fan, so I can't speak to those flavors at Christina's with that base.

            I usually get flavors that are atypical or seasonal - I tried fresh rose a couple of weeks ago - it was intense! intensely UNPLEASANT at first, because it tasted and smelled like my babcia's bathroom soap! But after a few licks, I got over that unpleasant association and thought it got better, if a little more mellow. I saw it as a body chemistry thing more than a flavor thing. But who knows...

            Their fresh mint is also excellent - much brighter tasting than any mint commercially available.

            Others (burnt sugar, khulfi) seem mighty tasty as well...

            Maybe they get duller after each lick, but because I eat mine so quickly, I've never noticed!

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina
              mini_me Jul 21, 2006 02:03 AM

              what I like about christina's is that the flavor's are more subtle than most places. the ice cream isn't too sweet but still creamy and I don't feel sick after eating the entire cup. probably not the place for people who like their ice cream really rich.

              i recently had the avocado flavor and it was out of this world! corn and rose are next on my list!

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              katzzz Jul 21, 2006 12:54 PM

              Big up on the pistachio, which is white, not green, almost always a good sign. Service, however, was indifferent at best. How about a smile? Or even a phoney smile? Oh, well....

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                marinade Jul 21, 2006 04:03 PM

                I am in love with their fresh mint ice cream.

                Also their hot fudge tasts like it's made with dark vahlrona (sp?) chocolate or something -- not at all like that cheapo transparent slimy stuff.

                Might I suggest you order fresh mint with hot fudge? Ha. No seriously, I haven't experienced crystally icey problem, but I also go for the seasonal flavors. They are guaranteed to be freshly made.

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