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Kulfi Falooda at the Saffron Spot

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Friends and I had dinner at Tirupati Bhimas in Artesia for the third time, which is of course bloody spectacular. But the best thing of the night was an accidental order from Saffron Spot, the ice cream parlor downstairs. We've had the ice cream from Saffron Spot before, and it's great, but we saw the counter guy making somebody a yellow drink and asked what it was, and it turned out to be a Saffron Falooda - yellow saffron-flavored milk poured over falooda noodles, with tiny round things (tapioca?) and a scoop of excellent saffron ice cream in the mix. I ordered one of those for my companion, and thinking it was something similar, a Kulfi Falooda for me. But the Kulfi Falooda turned out to be a banana split dish with a layer of falooda noodles, some rose syrup, tiny tapioca things, and cut-up cubes of the best kulfi that has ever existed in this dimension.

I was surprised when the guy handed me the dessert, because I thought I was ordering a drink, but I tried it and suddenly realized that there was a loving God, and that He was watching over my dessert purchases that day. I mistakenly gave each of my friends a taste of the dessert - mistakenly, because mine was the best thing ever, and it just made them depressed that they hadn't ordered it.

I got the mawa-flavored kulfi. Mawa is, to my understanding, Indian powdered condensed milk, and it lends a rich taste to the super-rich, dense, chewy, frozen kulfi. They have other kinds of kulfi, though, and you can get those on your Kulfi Falooda Split. I, for one, am going to try them all.

Saffron Spot (in the Little Indian Village center)
18744 S. Pioneer Blvd.
562-809-4554
www.saffronspot.com

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