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Fosselman's Banana Malt

katkoupai May 16, 2007 06:44 PM

I finally tried Fosselman's ice cream in Alhambra. I actually got the fresh banana malt. It was perfect. To everyone who has ever suggested Fosselman's-- thank you. I haven't had a malt that good in a long time. It's possibly the best malt I've ever had. I loved it.

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    azibo May 30, 2007 04:37 PM

    Just had the Fosselman's Banana Malt due to this thread followed by a double order of orange chicken at Panda Express. A meal can not get any better. The Banana Malt is, indeed, perfect. Chocolate ice cream would be really good in it, I would think. Or, coming to think of it, peanut butter as well. Don't know if they can/would do it though.

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    1. re: azibo
      ipsedixit May 30, 2007 04:41 PM

      They are very accommodating. Just ask.

      Heck, they even stirred up a twinkie milkshake for me ... see post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396703

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        azibo May 31, 2007 10:15 PM

        I'll try to go with a jar of peanut butter instead of a twinkie and post back! Thanks!

      2. re: azibo
        katkoupai May 30, 2007 06:46 PM

        This post me smile today. I'm glad you enjoyed the banana malt. I've been meaning to go back and get another one or to try something else, but I have not done so, yet. :-)

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        Diana May 17, 2007 06:47 PM

        OH, please STOP. This is TORTURE!

        All I want now is a huge vanilla, or oreoe shake, or banana and a whoming piece of crumb top apple pie!

        How many flavors does fosselman's offer? Is it near Chinese Islamic?

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        1. re: Diana
          ipsedixit May 17, 2007 08:27 PM

          It's not near China Islamic.

          China Islamic is in San Gabriel on Garvey Ave.

          Fosselman's is in Alhambra on Main St.

          To get from Fosselman's to China Islamic, you would probably go east on Main St. to Garfield, and then south on Garfield until you hit Garvey, and then east on Garvey until you get to China Islamic.

          They are probably about 6 or 7 miles apart, and with SGV traffic that means it is about a good 15 minute drive on local streets.

          Always lots of flavors and choices on hand ... and don't overlook their sherbert, which is very much underrated.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            tony michaels May 17, 2007 08:43 PM

            4.3 miles from the sweetness of Fossil Man to the savory taste of China I.

        2. brattenheimer May 17, 2007 04:50 PM

          I L-O-V-E FOSSELMAN'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Love their pumpkin pie and cinnamon ice creams. So darn tasty. I love that place. I've never ventured beyond having their ice cream, but the next time I'm in their store I'm trying a shake! Mmmmmm...

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            AquaW May 17, 2007 04:47 PM

            Good stuff - can't wait for summers to be hot enough so I have an excuse to grab a sundae there -- love their black walnut & butter pecan.

            ~H.C.
            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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              Dav May 17, 2007 02:30 PM

              OMG... I still dream of the Peach ice cream. I wish it was always in season!

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                GK in SO May 17, 2007 01:07 PM

                Wow, a banana malt sounds sooo good.

                Also, I just checked their website....OMG..."dark chocolate macadamia crunch"....sounds incredible!! Has anybody tried this flavor? Is it, or the toasted almond, or coconut worth a drive from the Valley?

                GK in SO

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                  jackattack May 17, 2007 06:43 PM

                  Haven't tried that one but their "dark chocolate" is for chocoholics only. Tastes like dry cocoa just spooned out of the can!

                2. notmartha May 17, 2007 12:27 PM

                  Confused. Is this an ice cream flavor or a banana milkshake with malt added on?

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                  1. re: notmartha
                    katkoupai May 17, 2007 09:43 PM

                    I didn't ask what flavor of ice cream he used. However, when I asked for a banana malt, the guy behind the counter said, "Do you want fresh banana in that?" to which I gleefully replied, "Yes, please!" It was truly delicious, however he made it. I saw him scoop ice cream into a malt cup and use one of those old-fashioned machines to mix it up. Also, he said to the customer after me (who apparently was interested in my order) that the difference between a malt and a shake is that he adds malt powder to it. Whatever he did, it was the best malt of my life.

                    So to answer your question, it was ice cream, malt powder, and fresh banana, blended into one heavenly cup, which I drank through a big straw. Yum! :)

                    1. re: katkoupai
                      ipsedixit May 17, 2007 09:55 PM

                      To answer both of you, the malts at Fosselman's are made with malt milk powder.

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                        notmartha May 18, 2007 01:43 PM

                        Sounds good! I usually have chocolate malt (ice cream flavor or shake) but banana is an interesting change of pace.

                        Now I have to head up there next week...

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                          Diana May 18, 2007 02:51 PM

                          Now a chocolate banana malt sounds GOOODDDD!

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                            katkoupai May 18, 2007 06:14 PM

                            Actually, I was thinking the same thing-- chocolate banana malt! :)

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                          JeetJet May 18, 2007 06:42 PM

                          The Banana Shake is made with vanilla ice cream and a fresh banana. However, you can request any flavor of ice cream including Banana Heath, Banana Walnut and Date. That Date ice cream is made with real dates. So a Banana Date shake or malt would be Date ice cream made with real dates and a fresh banana added in.

                          1. re: JeetJet
                            katkoupai May 18, 2007 06:46 PM

                            Thanks for the info. :)

                            I loved the banana walnut ice cream at Mitchell's in SF. Now I know I can get something like it in Alhambra. Yay!

                            By the way, your description of bacon fried rice at Shakas made me really want some, and I've never had bacon fried rice. :)

                            One other thing I want to try-- green tea ice cream, if Fosselman's has it. I hope they do.

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                              JeetJet May 18, 2007 07:32 PM

                              OK, I confess. Today I had that Bacon Fried Rice at Shakas and then drove over to Fosselman's for another scoop of that Taro. The fried rice is so moist and that is necessary for that plate so that all the flavors of it make contact with the taste buds. Shakas does it right but it is a very large plate of food – nuff fo two. Better yet, take the extra home because bacon fried rice is even better the next day. Their shave ice is very good also. Hard to walk out of there and not order one but I wanted to taste that Taro again. I told the counter person at Shakas to stock some Fosselman's so I could order shave ice on top of Taro ice cream. IMO that taro taste not only like coconut but like toasted coconut – Macaroon ice cream. But they told me it is made from fresh Taro. I am sure I saw green tea or something like that. The amount of flavors at Fosselman's is impressive.

                              Fosselman's ice cream
                              1824 W. Main St.
                              Alhambra, CA 91801
                              626-282-6533
                              http://www.fosselmans.com/

                              Shakas (fo dat Bacon Fried Rice and Shave ice)
                              101 W. Main St. #C (Enter from First Street behind Starbucks Coffee)
                              Alhambra, CA
                              (626) 293-5520
                              http://www.shakas.com/

                              1. re: JeetJet
                                katkoupai May 18, 2007 07:45 PM

                                :-) I almost went to Fosselman's again myself, this week. Next time, I'm going to spend more time looking at all the flavors.

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                                  JeetJet May 18, 2007 08:20 PM

                                  That's what I did today. In fact I saw one person walk-in and get a list of the flavors and then walk out ---? Check the Fosselman's web page. They do have green tea. Strange the web page does not mention Taro but I guess list changes. Check out the seasonal flavors.

                                  http://www.fosselmans.com/Pages/flavo...

                                  1. re: JeetJet
                                    katkoupai May 18, 2007 08:54 PM

                                    Thanks. :-) That is a wonderful list (I never noticed it before), and also, it's good to know they have sorbet and frozen yogurt. I never knew. :)

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                                  Neta May 19, 2007 04:26 PM

                                  JeetJet, do they make the bacon fried rice at the Monterey Park Shakas? Is one order enough for two people, one with a large appetite and the other normal? Thanks

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                                    JeetJet May 19, 2007 08:04 PM

                                    I am sure they do make it at the Monterey Park location. I have had it three times at Alhambra. Each time it was very moist. IMO it is enough for two and cost under $7.00 I think. They charge more for drinks, like $2.00 for a coke but thats covers frree refills. Anyway, if you wanted something more then maybe get the shave ice for dessert ($2.75 for small, -- add a scoop of ice cream in the bottom (price ?, plus 50 cents for additional shave ice flavor). Actually, my wife and I would get one BFR each and take the rest home. Eating BFR is like an all day thing -- Eat untill you sleep, sleep untill your hungry. Really, it is something you put in the fridge until you want more. Then pull it out and either heat it up or eat it cold. It gets better over time and you will want more. Eat island style, no shame, jus pound'um

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                                      JeetJet May 22, 2007 01:25 PM

                                      Wait! I went today and learn that Shakas does not offer the BFR at their Monterey Park location. They have a good menu but no BFR. At lunch time I had to drive over the hill on Garfield to the Main St Alhambra location to get my fix of BFR. I hope I did not ruin your meal with bad information. I have only had the shave ice in Monterey Park. I will confirm, however, that the dish of BFR at Shakas in Alhambra ($6.25) is enough for two and that would leave just enough room to share a shave ice ($2.75). But you really will want your own shave ice unless you head down the street to Fosselman's for more dessert after the shave ice.

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                                      Vegasbuff May 22, 2007 02:14 PM

                                      Your taro ice cream with shave ice sounds good, but I would think that the sweetness of the syrups and azuki beans (if you chose) would overpower the delicate taste of the taro ice cream.

                                      I'll have to try it at home and report back to you :o)

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                                        JeetJet May 22, 2007 02:34 PM

                                        I just bought my own shave ice machine and I am now waiting for the ice molds. This will be a great summer of back yard Q with Fosselman's Taro, Coconut pinapple, mango, or Macadamia Crunch ice cream at the bottom of our shave ice. The shave ice on top of the ice cream keeps the ice cream so frozen that it really stays seperate from the other flavors until it is in your mouth. Then -- wow! But ya, the last few spoon fulls in the bottom -- a mix, but a good mix.

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                                          Vegasbuff May 22, 2007 10:54 PM

                                          Just tried some shave ice with the taro ice cream. You can certainly taste the ice cream, but its not in the forefront. It sort of hits the back of your throat and becomes stronger once you swallow your bite. If you eat with azuki beans it sort of gets dominated by the stronger flavor of the beans, but the taro ice is still discernable. The condensed milk doesn't seem to have an effect on the taste of the ice cream. I had guava, watermelon and homemade strawberry syrup.

                                          Be interested to see what you think once you get your ice molds.

                                    3. re: katkoupai
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                                      sel May 22, 2007 02:27 PM

                                      My favorite flavors available at both Mitchell's and Fosselman's are Macapuno and Ube. Unfortunately they do not scoop them at Fosselman's, ya gotta buy a 1/2 gallon to go (very reasonable price - much less than Mitchell's). I also love the Buca but that is only available at Mitchell's! I always try to remember to take a cooler when I go to Fosselman's as it is far from home!

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                                Ernie May 17, 2007 12:13 PM

                                Yum, Fosselman's malts and shakes are great. They have a good date shake too that reminds me of Hadley's on the way to Palm Springs

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                                  B Minus May 17, 2007 11:03 AM

                                  Flosselman's Vanilla Bean ice cream over a hot slice of Apple Pan apple pie is what taste-buds were made for.

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                                    Diana May 17, 2007 10:11 AM

                                    dang it, nnow I crave a malt and pie again. Darn you chowhounds!

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                                    1. re: Diana
                                      katkoupai May 17, 2007 10:19 AM

                                      I actually started craving a malt again when writing the above post. Now that I'm reading all this again, I'm craving one too. Shoot! Getting a malt more than once in the same week could become a bad habit. :)

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                                      Timabruin May 17, 2007 07:49 AM

                                      Soda Jerks on Fairoaks which closed down a while back use to serve Fossilmans ice cream. They use to have a sundae on there menu that was made up of: White Chocolate Chip with hot fudge & Chocolate Rasberry with Rasberry Sauce. Hands down the best sundae I ever had. Every time I go to Fossilmans I have them make that sundae for me. Try it. I GUARENTEE you will LIKE IT!

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                                        rds246 May 17, 2007 12:39 PM

                                        they will do that????? that was my fave ice cream sundae of All Time, I was so sad when I heard Soda Jerks had closed.
                                        Guess I'll have to make a trip out to Alhambra...

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                                          CookieEater May 17, 2007 03:32 PM

                                          I miss Soda Jerks! :(

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                                          miffy May 16, 2007 10:05 PM

                                          What is good for dinner close to Fosselman's? I want to try but I live in WLA and never been to Alhambra before

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                                            Spiff May 16, 2007 10:13 PM

                                            I'm not super-familiar with Alhambra, but South Pas is right up the street (Fremont) and there are plenty of good restaurants there...

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                                              miffy May 16, 2007 10:16 PM

                                              I guess I have to mapquest between Alhambra and S.Pas- thanks Spiff!

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                                              ipsedixit May 16, 2007 10:17 PM

                                              Fosselman's is on Main St.

                                              If you go east on Main St., in the order you will come across them are the following notable dining establishments:

                                              Triumphal Palace - HK style seafood and cantonese fare (also does dim sum during lunch)

                                              Sahee - Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall, noteworthy for their cheap pho

                                              Wahib's - Middle eastern

                                              Newport Seafood - Vietnamese seafood, go for the garlic crab or lobster and the beef dishes

                                              Golden Deli (and Vietnam House) - Vietnamese fare, may be the best in SGV

                                              Luscious Dumplings - I think its name gives it away, or is it not obvious enough ...

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                                                miffy May 16, 2007 10:24 PM

                                                Wow- great thanks ipsedixit ;) I always wanted to go to Golden Deli and Fosselman's- I never knew they were close by! Thanks for the kind information~

                                                1. re: miffy
                                                  ipsedixit May 17, 2007 10:09 AM

                                                  Nothing says SGV like chasing down a hot bowl of pho with a banana malt shake, right?

                                                  Enjoy.

                                                  :-)

                                                2. re: ipsedixit
                                                  katkoupai May 16, 2007 10:33 PM

                                                  Great list, ipse. I appreciate it, too. :)

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit
                                                    raytamsgv May 17, 2007 11:13 AM

                                                    Luscious Dumpling will probably be closed by dinner time--they usually run out of dumplings by then. But it's a great place for lunch.

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                                                      notmartha May 17, 2007 12:27 PM

                                                      They have plenty of dumplings when we went at 5PM...

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                                                        zack May 17, 2007 12:31 PM

                                                        just to clarify, luscious dumplings closes at lunch time when they run out of stuff. then in the few hours before dinner, they're busy making more dumplings for later. while it is true they'll sell out during dinner as well, they are open (until things run out again) at night.

                                                        1. re: zack
                                                          raytamsgv May 18, 2007 10:51 AM

                                                          Cool. Thanks for the update.

                                                    2. re: miffy
                                                      katkoupai May 16, 2007 10:17 PM

                                                      The only places that I've tried in Alhambra are Phoenix and Baguette du Jour (for really cheap Vietnamese baguette sandwiches). Both of these places are on Valley Blvd.

                                                      I have read and heard that Wahib's is good for Lebanese food. It's on the same street as Fosselman's and in Alhambra. I've yet to try it, but apparently, it's cheap and good.

                                                      Wahib's
                                                      910 E. Main St.
                                                      Alhambra, CA 91801
                                                      626-576-1048

                                                      All that said, the banana malt that I had today at Fosselman's was basically breakfast and lunch-- very rich, thick and delicious. This was a true malt, with real ice cream and real banana.

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                                                        miffy May 16, 2007 10:26 PM

                                                        Thank you katkoupai ;) I will get a mapquest of main and vally blvd as I hear of these names all the time

                                                        1. re: miffy
                                                          katkoupai May 16, 2007 10:32 PM

                                                          You're welcome. Your question actually helped me too. I never realized how many places were on Main. :)

                                                          Also, Valley Blvd. extends up through San Gabriel and Rosemead. In San Gabriel, try Saigon Flavor for pho. I've gone a few times, at the rec of a friend, and it's been good. It's on Valley Blvd. near Del Mar.

                                                          In Rosemead, there's 888 Seafood (also on Valley Blvd.), among other places.

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                                                            miffy May 17, 2007 09:28 PM

                                                            You people are so lucky with so many authentic choices AND ice cream! I have so many places now I want to visit that I have to really think of my choice #1 (for the first visit)

                                                      2. re: miffy
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                                                        azibo May 17, 2007 10:17 AM

                                                        It's also very easy to go to the other XLB dumpling places on Valley (Mei Long Village is the best, but J&J is good too) then go to fosselman's. Perfect dessert after the vinegary deliciousness.

                                                        1. re: azibo
                                                          Debbie W May 17, 2007 12:01 PM

                                                          That's what we do. Many a Mei Long Village dinner has been followed by Fosselman's.

                                                        2. re: miffy
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                                                          letynjery May 18, 2007 03:08 PM

                                                          Charlie's Trio is a fun casual Italian eatery on Main, then on corner of Main/Garfield is Johnny Rockets, if you want latin food and great music turn south on Garfield to Ambiente, across fr Mervyn's plaza.

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                                                            cheesecustard May 25, 2007 06:55 PM

                                                            Fosselman's very popular on Sundays! There are a lot of regulars who stop by after church and the farmer's market. I used to go there almost everyday after school (sigh)... I miss those days! They have good food (and lots of produce) at the Alhambra farmer's market too. There's not much near Fosselmans (just banks and car dealerships), but if you drive about half a mile East of Main Street, you'll find a ton of restaurants! I recommend Pho 79, Shakas, and of course, the farmer's market (on Monterey/ Bay State Street).

                                                          2. ipsedixit May 16, 2007 08:57 PM

                                                            Two weeks ago, I had about a gallon (give or take a quart or so) of their tarot ice cream. My belt (and suspenders) are still feeling the aftereffects.

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                                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                                              katkoupai May 16, 2007 08:59 PM

                                                              I saw the taro ice cream today. I thought of this board. I will try that one day. The color was a beautiful light purple. :)

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                                                                ipsedixit May 16, 2007 09:09 PM

                                                                No, don't. It's not good for you.

                                                                Save it for me, I'll spare you the dangers of this evil food.

                                                                :-)

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                                                                  JeetJet May 16, 2007 09:15 PM

                                                                  This is all killing me. I parked at the curb today out front and ate a taco and sope from My Taco thinking I would go inside and have a peperment candy cone for dessert. I got a call and had to rush away. Dammmmmmm. What time do they open?

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                                                                    katkoupai May 16, 2007 09:22 PM

                                                                    You have until 10PM tonight, according to the hours listed on their website. I've driven by the place 2-3 times without going in. I didn't want to add to my bad habits. :) They open at 10AM most days (11:30AM on Sundays).

                                                                    www.fosselmans.com

                                                                    1. re: katkoupai
                                                                      ipsedixit May 16, 2007 09:36 PM

                                                                      Here's a little tip for anyone who cares.

                                                                      Go to the Costco about a block away from Fosselman's. Pick up some churros. Head over to Fosselman's. The churros go great with the ice cream.

                                                                      Hot crullers, cold ice cream ... nirvana!

                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                        katkoupai May 16, 2007 10:20 PM

                                                                        I care. I can't believe this, though. I thought getting ice cream was sinful-- but churros and ice cream. Wow. It actually sounds good, but I would feel so gluttonous.

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                                                                          JeetJet May 17, 2007 09:01 AM

                                                                          “That’s nothing. Have you ever sucked the jelly out of a jelly donut and then filled it with chocolate-swirl ice cream?” Have you no shame? Ideas of going to Costco to pick up some hot churros before heading to Fosselman's is not something you admit on Chowhound. Fosselman's is enough for dessert by itself. You don’t need those hot cinnamon crullers to add to your cold ice cream even if it is nirvana.

                                                                          You should eat something decent before indulging in Fosselman's. For example, today my oldest son is coming for lunch. We are going to have Bacon Fried Rice at Sahkas and then drive (not walk) to Fosselman's for that Taro ice cream -- So Hawaiian.

                                                                          Fosselman's ice cream
                                                                          1824 W. Main St.
                                                                          Alhambra, CA 91801
                                                                          626-282-6533
                                                                          http://www.fosselmans.com/

                                                                          Shakas (fo dat Bacon Fried Rice and Shave ice)
                                                                          101 W. Main St. #C (Enter from First Street behind Starbucks Coffee)
                                                                          Alhambra, CA
                                                                          (626) 293-5520
                                                                          http://www.shakas.com/

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                                                                            azibo May 17, 2007 10:13 AM

                                                                            I must admit, a slice of pizza at Costco then taro ice cream from Fosselman's is an amazing combination.

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                                                                              monkuboy May 17, 2007 10:26 AM

                                                                              Well with all those calories maybe you SHOULD walk from Shakas over to Foseelman's, haha. Maybe even run. ; )

                                                                              1. re: JeetJet
                                                                                ipsedixit May 17, 2007 11:36 AM

                                                                                "Ideas of going to Costco to pick up some hot churros before heading to Fosselman's is not something you admit on Chowhound."

                                                                                ______________________________________________________________

                                                                                Why? What's wrong with eating a churro and ice cream?

                                                                                In fact I proudly trumpet my churro chomping and ice cream slurping habit every time I get. Call it what you will, a culinary badge of honor or a foodie scarlet letter, but I wear it proudly.

                                                                                Cheers. :-)

                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                  katkoupai May 17, 2007 11:41 AM

                                                                                  Actually, I think Chowhound is the perfect place to admit it, and it's a good idea. I never thought of it, but I imagine it's a very tasty combo. I've heard of stuffed churros before-- why not churros with ice cream? :-)

                                                                                  I just thought of something else-- pie and ice cream, brownies and ice cream, cake and ice cream-- all of those all pretty ordinary, afterall. :)

                                                                                  Also, think about all the places that add brownies, cake, bits of candy, etc. to ice cream or yogurt.

                                                                                  I think JeetJet may have been writing ironically though, considering he's going to have bacon fried rice before Fosselman's. :)

                                                                                  1. re: katkoupai
                                                                                    ipsedixit May 17, 2007 11:50 AM

                                                                                    Indeed, like you say, almost everything goes well with ice cream ... except maybe a Twinkie .... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396703

                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                      monkuboy May 17, 2007 03:28 PM

                                                                                      Heck, even ice cream goes with ice cream.

                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                    notmartha May 17, 2007 12:26 PM

                                                                                    I do that too, but since Fosselman's not nearby, I tend to get the Costco Berry Yogurt sundae and a churro...

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                                                                                      JeetJet May 17, 2007 02:56 PM

                                                                                      Just returned from lunch with my boy and find your question, "What's wrong with eating a churro and ice cream?" What I was joking about was the having to drive from one dessert place to another (Costco hot churros before heading to Fosselman's for ice cream) to create the dream vehicle to get you to nirvana and that simply having ice cream alone may not do. Actually I think it shows what a true hound you are. Dessert being so important that multiple stops may be required.

                                                                                      Now, about my lunch today. We never made it to Shakas. We decided that the calories (as monkuboy noted) of the Bacon Fried Rice along with ice cream would be crazy. So we went the have a Lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich (w/ some bacon) at Auntie Em’s instead. While we waited for them to make the sandwich we shared a Whoopie Pie (OMG!). Then we finally headed toward Fosselman's making a quick stop at My Taco on the way so my son could try one of their potato tacos.

                                                                                      Finally at Fosselman's we both had a single scoop of taro ice cream on a sugar cone. I can understand eating a gallon of this stuff. At first I thought it had some coconut ice cream mixed in but then I was not sure. I asked the guy at the counter whether it had coconut and he said “No. It is all Taro and in fact they are cooking more of the Taro roots in the kitchen right now.” This is really good. I wish Fosselman's would add a shave ice machine to their counter and add shave ice on top of a scoop of the Taro ice cream. That would be my nirvana. I almost bought a half gallon but decided I had to get out of there before I started stuffing jelly donuts with the stuff.

                                                                                      “GET THE HONEY.”

                                                                                      Auntie Em’s Kitchen (Breakfast, Soups, Sandwiches, Cup-Cakes, and So much more....)
                                                                                      4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90041
                                                                                      (323) 255-0800
                                                                                      mon-fri 8am to 7pm & sat-sun 8am to 4pm
                                                                                      http://www.auntieemskitchen.com/about...

                                                                                      My Taco
                                                                                      6300 York Blvd Ste 4
                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA, 90042
                                                                                      (323) 256-2698

                                                                                      Fosselman's ice cream
                                                                                      1824 W. Main St.
                                                                                      Alhambra, CA 91801
                                                                                      626-282-6533
                                                                                      http://www.fosselmans.com/

                                                                                      1. re: JeetJet
                                                                                        ipsedixit May 17, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                                                        Great report JeetJet!

                                                                                        Tarot ice cream is like crack for me ...

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                                                                                      bigtums May 18, 2007 08:12 AM

                                                                                      My friend's dad takes a Krispy Kreme donut then takes it home to fry it in some butter. Ummm....talk about modifying an already crazy calorie filled dessert. Now the churro and ice cream combo doesn't seem so crazy.

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                                                                                        ozzygee May 18, 2007 10:17 AM

                                                                                        A refried donut. It's a wonderful thing.

                                                                                        If you cut the ends off a churro, could you use it as a 'boba straw' to drink your banana malt? Hmmm....

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                                                                                          JeetJet May 18, 2007 10:35 AM

                                                                                          Refried donuts. That reminds me that when I once worked off of Fair Oaks I would stop at the Drive-in stand, not far from Fosselman's ice cream, and have this best BearClaw in the world. The guy would put a quater cube of butter on the grill and then refry a foot long BearClaw in that butter untill the bottom was crispy. Now put a scoop of Fosselman's on top of that and that's nirvana. I wonder if that Drive-in is still around. Not sure if it was on Fair Oaks...? Someplace between Fosselman's and the Pasadena Freeway.
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                                                                                            mikester May 25, 2007 10:32 AM

                                                                                            OMG ! You made me flash back to college days. My house-mates and I would jump in the car at 11 (PM) or so, to Solana Donut House, where they would be in the process of starting the baking and donuts for the next morning. We'd order a hot-out-of-the oven cinnamon roll, and ask the nice Cambodian lady to "cinnamon crumb" it. Actually, we didn't even need to ask: as soon as she saw us coming in the door, she'd cry out from the back "how many ?" She'd take the (huge) cinnamon roll, dunk it in a tub of sugary glaze, then into a tub of that day's old crumb donuts (crumbled up), so you'd end up with this hot cinnamon-flavored sugar bomb ! Then we'd quckly drive back to the house and watch Letterman, while enjoying our late-night snack. Sometimes we'd even put some butter on top and give it a little broiler action. It was incredible -- the first few times, I had radical sugar-induced halucinatory dreams, but then the body kind of adjusts.

                                                                                            Those were the days.... :-)

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                                                                                              JeetJet May 25, 2007 08:03 PM

                                                                                              I know how big that thing looked. All that cinnamon crumb around an already huge cinnamon roll. You can still have in Arcadia. I have seen Cinnamon Crumb on huge cinnamon rolls, Cinnamon Twists, glazed donuts and more. Sometimes these guys try some crazy ideas and they all seem to sell. To be sure they will have it for you you might call the day before. They will have a particular item for several months and then discontinue until it is demanded again. Then you will see it every day for six months again. I think the people who buy them get burned out by the sugar rush but then after a while they want it again. Another item they have had in LA. Ya, I have had too many in my time.

                                                                                              A.M. Donuts
                                                                                              34 W. Las Tunas Dr.
                                                                                              Arcadia, CA 91007
                                                                                              (626) 574-0160
                                                                                              One Block West of Santa Anita Ave. Across the street form Rite Aid / Coco’s

                                                                                    3. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                      mpken May 22, 2007 11:32 PM

                                                                                      BRILLIANT!

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                                                                                        nrique May 24, 2007 09:22 PM

                                                                                        TOTAL NIRVANA!! CHURROS and ICE CREAM!!!

                                                                                        I feel my arteries cloggen ALREADY!

                                                                                        IT is the perfect desert, anybody who doesn't want to ADMIT it is no hound.

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                                                                                          kevin May 25, 2007 10:15 AM

                                                                                          i wouldn't want to sully the ice cream with Costco churros, nor even a fosselman's cone.

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                                                                                      kevin May 25, 2007 10:15 AM

                                                                                      taro ice cream is one of the most delicious flavors of ice cream ever, of coursel, only at fosselman's to my knowledge. it's high butterfat, but super creamy, tasty, not too sweet, and has a wonderful ambrosial smell. damnit, know i have to brave all-day friday traffic for some, along with a scoop of chocolate rapberry mousse and english toffee (the toffee is actually pretty good too).

                                                                                      1. re: kevin
                                                                                        katkoupai May 25, 2007 10:16 AM

                                                                                        It's the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, so traffic may be even worse today. :(

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                                                                                          kevin May 25, 2007 10:29 AM

                                                                                          shit, but seriously the taro is amazing and possibly the best flavor of ice cream in LA right now (discounting gelato of course, which is a different beast all together).

                                                                                          maybe luscious dumplings will be in the cards too. they're veggie dumplings are really great, and the pork ones (don't eat it) are supposedly beyond amazing. hopefully get there and wash everything down with a couple beers from the stuffed sandwich.

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                                                                                            katkoupai May 25, 2007 02:17 PM

                                                                                            I know. I didn't want to burst your bubble. I'm worried about the traffic in LA for Mem Day weekend, though. Everyone seems to be coming into town.

                                                                                            I definitely have to try that taro ice cream. Also, the date ice cream...

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                                                                                              ladelfa May 31, 2007 09:17 AM

                                                                                              I'm not a big fan of strawberry ice cream normally, but that "chocolate-dipped strawberry" they have right now at Fosselman's (essentially strawberry-chocolate-chip) is a winner. I had it paired up with a scoop of black walnut and ... wow.

                                                                                              1. re: ladelfa
                                                                                                katkoupai May 31, 2007 09:26 AM

                                                                                                I saw the chocolate-dipped strawberry. :) They have so many flavors, it's tough to decide. Yum.

                                                                                2. Reeter1 May 16, 2007 08:41 PM

                                                                                  FOSSELMAN'S!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Peppermint Ice Cream! Boysenberry sherbert!!
                                                                                  Pumpkin ice cream!!!

                                                                                  Been addicted for 35 years...

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                                                                                  1. re: Reeter1
                                                                                    katkoupai May 16, 2007 08:55 PM

                                                                                    I had a rough day, but that banana malt sure made me smile. I felt like a little kid again. :) Lucky you, for eating this stuff for 35 years. I had heard about the place for a long time, but I never made the time to try it.

                                                                                    Today they had a sign that said "Fresh Raspberry Ice Cream." I almost got it, but I got the banana malt instead. :) Next time...

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