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  • david Jun 18, 2006 07:43 PM
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Has Anyone been to this ice cream shop?

It sounds amazing. IM dying to go, and will report when i get back.

Link: http://www.laalternative.com/index.ph...

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  1. If you are talking about Pazzo Gelato, the new gelato place on Hyperion in Silverlake, I've linked a recent thread below.

    I don't think I've seen Scoops (on Heliotrope in Koreatown) mentioned here before.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: DanaB
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      Normal Garciaparra

      It's not in Koreatown either. Aye, muchos newbies..

      1. re: Normal Garciaparra

        you are laughable. you make me laugh..... newbies....

        thanks for the chuckle, too bad you havent been to scoops. newbie.

        1. re: laughable
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          Normal Garciaparra

          Um, I went to Scoops just a month after it opened. I literally live down the street from there. I know Tai Kim, the owner, pretty well and I'm one of his regulars, in fact. I know he has a penchant for making exotic flavors, especially ones based on tropical fruits. I also know that he also makes weird but good flavors like jalapeno chocolate and wasabi. I also know that he makes a new batch about every week but his best regular flavors are pistachio and tiramisu. And for $2 for two scoops of that stuff, you can't beat it. Yeah, I'm a newbie, LOL.

        2. re: Normal Garciaparra

          I was simply quoting the article the original poster linked to, which says of Scoops, "Tai Kim, the soft-spoken impresario of Scoops, understands the sanctity of this standard-issue extravagance. An unassuming little parlor on the edge of Koreatown, Scoops is a clean and well-lit temple to the ritual of ice cream."

          I apologize if the author of the original article described the geography of your neighborhood in a manner not to your liking.

      2. n
        Normal Garciaparra

        Scoops is NOT in "Silverlake" (the proper spelling is "Silver Lake" - it's a lake (reservoir) named after a person whose last name is Silver) it's actually in East Hollywood. Pazzo Gelato is in Silver Lake (Sunset Junction).

        East of Hoover St. is whre Silver Lake begins.

        I grew up in the area, I know.

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        1. re: Normal Garciaparra

          So funny - I too saw this article in the Times and was shocked that there was an ice cream shop in Silver Lake (our hood) that I didn't know about. I couldn't place Heliotrope so I mapquested it and sure enough, it's not in Silver Lake, or at least what I think of as Silver Lake.

          1. re: Normal Garciaparra

            who gives a shit, just wanted to know what the ice cream shop was like, not some know it all that is proofing my spelling.

            geeez. how annoying.

            anyone else have anything interesting to say about scoops?

          2. When y'all are done discussing the details of inner-LA geography, check out the link from last week regarding Scoops.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. aside from a few icicles i found in a serving once, Tai serves it up smooth and tasty. flavors rotate frequently, prices VERY reasonable, good all around.

              if you can, walk or bike to Scoops.

              1. Is it exotic flavors only? I'm wondering if they make flavors like vanilla, chocolate, coffee, etc., in addition to the interesting flavors mentioned in the article (which I want to try too, btw).

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                1. re: Megan
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                  Normal Garciaparra

                  Yes they make the usual ice cream flavors. Recommended are the chocolate and the pistachio. Especially the pistachio.

                2. n
                  Normal Garciaparra

                  I dropped by Scoops today and had a chat with Tai and a cone of coffee and Guinness (yes, as in the beer). I told him about Chowhound and emailed him the links to the site and the Scoops threads, so he's reading! I also asked him about his recent experiences in the local press. He has those clippings in a folder but I told him he's gotta frame 'em and put 'em up.

                  There's a lot of synergy on that streetcorner, which the locals call "Hel-Mel" (Heliotrope and Melrose). Not only Scoops, but the Night in Tunisia Coffeehouse and the Bicycle Kitchen create this sidewalk-level activity that's unique in the city. It's like those businesses exist as one entity. It'll only get better after the new LACC stadium is completed next door.

                  1. I finally made it in last night and had date and jasmine tea / pistachio orange water. the date and jasmine tea flavor was really good! i love dates and the jasmine tea added a good amount of flavor without getting too perfumey. the pistachio one was a little richer and also good,but the pistachio and orange flavors were a little... artificial? strong? i did really enjoy both, though. i also tasted avocado and lemon, which was very tasty and a couple others i can't remember. he was out of brown bread,which made me sad. i guess i'll have ot go back!

                    1. Hello,

                      Just wondering, does anyone post Scoops current flavors? I read about Maple and Bacon and I would be devistated if I went and it was not available.

                      Thanks!

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                      1. re: jjsawrey

                        I don't think so, given that Tai rotates flavors in and out every day -- you can always call ahead and check (and maybe persuade him to make it soon ;) )

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                        1. re: jjsawrey

                          It's really not predictable enough to list anywhere, but just give them a call and I'm sure they could let you know before you go. Half of the fun is to see what they have when you go. But the later in the evening, the fewer choices -- it's probably better to go after lunch on a weekend for the best selection.

                          1. re: Chowpatty

                            Thanks! Called several times....just rings and goes to an answering maching with a message about special orders... I'll keep trying...and will go in on Sat. either way.

                            Thanks!