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Ice Cream Chat 2013

Perfect day for ice cream! Heres a place for our hits and misses.

Today went to Kem Coba which was busy but alas no ice cream til end of April. They have some very original chocolate animals for Easter and also fish creations for April 1! There are pieces of different colours on tray to sample . Photos on their FB
So in quest of ice cream went to Bilboquet in Outremont for the seasonal flavour tire d`erable and although the taffy sort of settled in clumps in bottom it was good way to celebrate spring!

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  1. Point G has started offering their soft serve ice-cream. It kind of does the job while I'm waiting for Kem CoBa to resume serving it.

    For now, they have vanilla and strawberry flavours. I had a mixed cup. I found the vanilla to be very tasty and creamy, but the strawberry was not great (their raspberry, which I tried last year, was much better).

    Again, this is not as good as Kem CoBa, but does the job a lot better than other more hyped places in town.

    1. What are the best maple ice creams at this moment? I have a craving... I know about Le Havre des Glaces at Marché Jean-Talon and Bilboquet, but are there others?

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      1. re: carolilas

        Have you tried Les Givrés (3807 St-Denis)?

        1. re: luism

          +1 from Les Givrés mailing list:

          Prochaine soirée: Desserts de cabane à sucre

          Une série de desserts sucrés uniquement avec de l’érable accompagnée d’un breuvage chaud (allongé, café au lait ou thé).

          Jeudi, le 11 avril prochain à 20 h.
          15$ + taxes
          Réservation obligatoire

          1. re: Shattered

            thanks for info, sorry cant go then, here are some yummy photos http://www.lesgivres.ca/

        2. Ahh, a summer 2013 ice-cream thread. I hope to be very active in here as I am still searching for the 'ultimate' ice-cream, although I have found some very good ones over the past couple of years. If anyone has any new recs for creamy/high fat ice-creams made simply (minimal ingredients), please post!

          1. Les Givrés on St-Denis and Roy, hands down.

            1. i love havre aux glaces the most because it isn't as rich or creamy as the others, ie les givres. My favorite flavoured combo is chai and salted caramel, yum!

              1. Didn't find any 2014 thread for ice cream so I'm posting in this one. Tried the newish gelato place in Little Italy called Piacieri (St-Laurent just north of St-Zotique) with not much expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. I tried the salted caramel and cannoli flavours. Salted caramel was good, but pretty standard (not anything close to the dulce de leche of Havre des Glaces), but I was impressed by the cannoli flavour, thought it tasted very good.

                Might drop by again for some other flavours when I'm around there.

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                1. re: NickinMtl

                  Yeah it's not that bad, but unfortunately the service is not really great... Man does that girl (who is the owner or the girlfriend of the owner I think) seems to hate serving ice-cream or no?! Also, after more than one month, they still only show the name of their flavors in english. Really stupid thing to do in 2014...

                  1. re: Glaff

                    Can't say I really noticed anything for the service, but I wasn't paying attention (was with a group of friends, and we were mostly chatting among ourselves). You're right about the names though, how hard would it be to translate them.

                    As for negatives, I thought the amount given was a little low for the price, but I've seen other place given similar amount/price, so I didn't make a deal out of it.

                    1. re: Glaff

                      That place has never appealed to me - why go anywhere but chez Vincenzo around here for gelato? Yes, it is a bit north and east, but really not far.

                      Or Havre aux glaces, for "glaces".

                      1. re: lagatta

                        I agree about Havre des Glaces, and would probably even recommend Pile ou Glace as another 'close' option. Chez Vincenzo is fantastic and worth the detour, but not exactly just around (I'd say it's a good 20 minute walk from there).

                        1. re: NickinMtl

                          Yes, it is 20 minutes' walk, ten by bicycle or car (at that distance, a car is no faster than a bike, and usually takes longer to park).

                          I rarely have dessert, so if I do, I'm going to have the best around.

                  2. Just a heads up, they have the blueberry sorbet soft-serve at les Givrés right now, and it's pretty fantastic (especially coupled with the vanilla soft-serve).

                    1. Had a Hibiscus flower sorbet at Kem Coba on Saturday which was delicate and delicious.There was a soft ice cream twirled with blueberry and honey vanilla that was exceptional. Not a big crowd I was there at 7pm after the Portuguese Festival. A good night out.

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                      1. re: finefoodie55

                        the soft serve is la quebecoise, their latest soft serve combo. the new one is out this week since la quebecoise has been out for 2 weeks (they change every 2 weeks)

                        1. re: twinkie83

                          la quebecoise = blueberry and honey

                          Describing it as finefoodie did I think is much more clear.

                          1. re: JerkPork

                            my bad but at the same time, you can't get it anymore. we're going to get a new combo tomorrow since they are closed today

                            yes, i have marked my calendar at every 2 weeks interval..

                        2. re: finefoodie55

                          Good to hear that the line up was not too long at 7pm. At around 10pm, we drove by and the line was down Clark. Next time, we'll try earlier.

                        3. speaking of new ice cream shop, there's la diperie who does dips on avenue des pins near st-laurent. the soft serve is ok, nothing to stand out but the dips are good enough to merit a stop. you get a choice of dip and topping to go with your soft serve. some interesting dips like cheesecake, bailey's and for toppings, they have pistachio nuts which is always a winner for me.

                          with ripples nearby, its hard to recommend this place but if you have kids or looking for interesting dips, you should stop there. and its cheap enough