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Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 09:41 AM

I just had SWEET CORN ICE CREAM at Sweet Rose Creamery...it tasted like a frozen tamale... I actually liked it a lot!!

Check this place out for a uniquely delicious experience:

Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th Avenue, Suite 51
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 260-2663

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    maudies5 RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    I love that sweet corn ice cream!

    1. carln RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 12:04 PM

      Sweet Rose is the best. Their mint is great too.

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        Violatp RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 12:07 PM

        Jalapeno ice cream at a long defunct shop in the Gaslamp in San Diego. NOT good.

        Salt & pepper ice cream at Humphrey Slocombe in San Francisco. Surprisingly good. Salt & pepper is actually one of their milder, more basic flavors!

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          barryc RE: Violatp Aug 10, 2013 08:51 PM

          i've seen jalapeno ice cream elsewhere. not as strange as dill ice cream (with little bits of dill pickle), apparently a hit with expecting mothers. i did not try it.

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          Bjartmarr RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 12:51 PM

          Fig and balsamic vinegar ice cream at Scoops. Utterly fantastic.

          Garlic ice cream at a spot in Gilroy. Quite nasty.

          1. wienermobile RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 12:55 PM

            Cool Haus "fried chicken & waffles ice cream" with pieces of fried chicken skin included. I liked it.

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              carln RE: wienermobile Aug 8, 2013 03:06 PM

              the chicken and waffles ice cream is the bomb

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                wienermobile RE: carln Aug 8, 2013 05:10 PM

                Here is Cool Haus' description "Brown butter maple ice cream with maple candied chicken skins and carmelized waffles"

            2. SilverlakeGirl RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 12:55 PM

              TEPPAROD THAI

              Possibly the first Thai restaurant in LA ... possibly the USA.

              40+ years ago. It was an unforgettable corn ice cream.

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                Chauve Souris RE: SilverlakeGirl Aug 8, 2013 04:46 PM

                I remember that place and that ice cream very fondly. Sigh...

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                  SilverlakeGirl RE: Chauve Souris Aug 8, 2013 08:02 PM

                  I'd love to know if it truly was the first Thai restaurant in LA. According to Wikipedia r=there were only a handful of rest in the USA around the time.

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                    Kenji RE: SilverlakeGirl Aug 22, 2013 02:20 PM

                    I did some research on Tepparod a few years ago. An article in the L.A. Times said that it may have been the first Thai restaurant in Hollywood, and it was certainly the first such restaurant to become established.

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                  Kenji RE: SilverlakeGirl Aug 22, 2013 02:17 PM

                  I remember Tepparod and its corn ice cream vividly though I was a young kid then. I used to love their fried rices, barbecued beef, noodle dishes and iced tea. It was the first Tepparod, on Melbourne, that my family would eat at. It was my favorite restaurant in L.A.

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                    TonyC RE: SilverlakeGirl Jul 10, 2014 04:29 PM

                    Ter,
                    just want to thank you for this. I'm going to email shortly.

                  2. The Oracle RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 12:58 PM

                    Garlic Ice Cream at Stinking Rose (missed out on the steak, though!) ;) I wasn't a fan of the ice cream.

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                      Ogawak RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 01:25 PM

                      Olive Oil Gelato at Pizzeria Mozza. It just isn't my cup of tea.

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                        kevin RE: Ogawak Aug 8, 2013 03:31 PM

                        I beyond loved the olive oil gelato i had at batali's joint in NYC, i'm trying to remember the name but it has seemingly escaped me.

                        hopefully someoone remembers the name ?????

                        thanks.

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                          a213b RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 03:33 PM

                          Probably Otto, the pizzeria/salumeria with the bar and train station board

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                            kevin RE: a213b Aug 8, 2013 03:34 PM

                            that's it, yeah, at the bar,

                            and i remembere ti was one of batali's cheaper restaurants and that the name started with an "O"

                            thanks.

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                              a213b RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 03:37 PM

                              Happy to help; don't post nearly as much as I used to (well, was never really that much), but glad to be of some service.

                              And you're right; the Olive Oil gelato there is sublime, though I believe I prefer Bulgarini's Yogurt gelato with Olive Oil drizzled over it.

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                                kevin RE: a213b Aug 8, 2013 03:42 PM

                                That's why after I tried it in NYC I was so excited to try it in LA, right when Pizzeria Mozza was opening up. But it sounds like it's not quite the same, not even close. And I gave up since they did not add it to the Mozza menu at least until two years in.

                                On the other hand, their butterscotch budino is pretty damn good.

                                no joke.

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                                  Ogawak RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 06:58 PM

                                  I tried the olive oil gelato because the waiter at Mozza assured me it was Mario Batali's favorite and his creation. It just wasn't for me. You might very well like it if they have it.

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                          jgilbert1000 RE: Ogawak Aug 8, 2013 04:25 PM

                          I recently saw a place seeling olive oil and black pepper gelato!

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                            kevin RE: jgilbert1000 Aug 8, 2013 05:05 PM

                            now which place was that ?

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                              Novelli RE: kevin Aug 9, 2013 01:12 PM

                              Not to take over...

                              But I usually see olive oil and black pepper gelato at Paciugo in Hermosa Beach. Excellent stuff.

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                                kevin RE: Novelli Aug 9, 2013 03:25 PM

                                hmm, i' never been.

                                jhust opened ????

                                maybe i'll give it a whirl.

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                          FullAutoMedic RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 01:33 PM

                          The girlfriend made me try corn and cheese ice cream from a market (inside of a small mall) in eagle rock... way too weird for me, and i usually like weird.

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                            kevin RE: FullAutoMedic Aug 8, 2013 03:32 PM

                            which mall in eagle rocks ?

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                              FullAutoMedic RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 08:14 PM

                              I'm not really sure since I'm not from there. It's the one that has a Target. I think the place is called Seafood City.

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                                kevin RE: FullAutoMedic Aug 8, 2013 08:21 PM

                                They might have a Jollibee and a mini movie theatre there too ????

                                Like a mile before you get to Casa Bianca ?

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                                  love2eat RE: kevin Aug 9, 2013 09:05 AM

                                  You are speaking of Eagle Rock Plaza on Colorado at the 2 Freeway.

                          2. JeMange RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 01:50 PM

                            Sweet corn ice cream is a staple in the Philippines. If done right, it's pretty delicious.

                            1. ipsedixit RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 04:27 PM

                              If you think that's weird, you should check out Scoops.

                              Some of the quirkiest and most quixotic ice cream flavors you'll come across.

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                                Jwsel RE: ipsedixit Aug 8, 2013 05:24 PM

                                For some reason, every time I go to Scoops, the flavors are pretty tame. Brown Bread is probably the most unusual flavor they have had in my three or four visits.

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                                  odub RE: Jwsel Aug 9, 2013 08:58 PM

                                  This is from Scoops on York, tonight: http://instagram.com/p/c0PcN0kzWu/

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                                    Jwsel RE: odub Aug 9, 2013 09:05 PM

                                    That is something I would have loved to try. I don't live near Scoops and only gone to the Hyperion one a few times that I've been in the area. I just don't seem to catch them on days with flavors like that.

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                                      J.L. RE: odub Aug 10, 2013 09:22 PM

                                      Yep - Just another day at Scoops...

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                                        J.L. RE: odub Aug 10, 2013 09:28 PM

                                        Sure... Ice Cream City in Namjatown, located in the Higashi-Ikebukuro district.

                                  2. cynalan RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 05:42 PM

                                    Bacon caramel. It was absolutely delicious.

                                    1. J.L. RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 06:59 PM

                                      Take it easy on the noob.

                                      Mine was squid ink + black licorice ice cream in Tokyo.

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                                        kevin RE: J.L. Aug 8, 2013 07:11 PM

                                        where in Little Tokkyo did you hit it up ?

                                        I'm so there.

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                                          PeterCC RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 07:15 PM

                                          You're gonna have to go far. No "Little".

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                                            bulavinaka RE: kevin Aug 8, 2013 07:16 PM

                                            In BIG Tokyo, bro...

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                                              kevin RE: bulavinaka Aug 8, 2013 07:19 PM

                                              shit, my bad.

                                              just re-read the post. that ain't fair, jl. this is an LA board.

                                              but please let us know the name if i ever end up having a great BIG time in BIG Tokyo.

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                                          Jase RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 07:47 PM

                                          The first time I had the smoked milk flavor at Matteo's I thought it was pretty unusual.

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                                            BuildingMyBento RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 07:58 PM

                                            This stuff is...not sure if popular is the right word, but it does get around random shops in China.

                                            I dug it, but it's easier to consume with a drink.

                                            As a non-local, I wonder if Mashte Malone's offer random enough flavors? Passed it by a bunch, but never went in.

                                            Jonathan
                                            http://buildingmybento.com
                                            http://collaterallettuce.com

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                                              MarlboroMan RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 8, 2013 08:13 PM

                                              Lobster ice cream. A waste of perfectly good lobster (and ice cream!)

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                                                lemons RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 9, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                Well, Humphrey Slocombe is sort of the benchmark for unusual ice cream.

                                                But decades ago, I had truffle ice cream. No, not chocolate truffles, the tuber kind. It was at Warren LeRuth's eponymous restaurant in New Orleans, over on the West Bank.

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                                                  J.L. RE: lemons Aug 9, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                  Pretty routine here in L.A. to have housemade winter truffle ice cream at Kiriko...

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                                                    kevin RE: J.L. Aug 9, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                    JL, maybe you had it.

                                                    But
                                                    They weren't serving the white truffle ice cream at Kiriko the past couple seasons.

                                                    I
                                                    Must have asked for it s bunch of times.

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                                                      kevin RE: J.L. Aug 9, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                      Dd you actually have it last winter ?????

                                                      Thanks. Man.

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                                                        J.L. RE: kevin Aug 9, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                        Yep. Sure did.

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                                                          kevin RE: J.L. Aug 9, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                          dman, i went there a whole slew of times last winter and they never had it.

                                                          each and every time they didn't have it.

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                                                            J.L. RE: kevin Aug 9, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                            I ate it all.

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                                                              kevin RE: J.L. Aug 10, 2013 04:23 AM

                                                              Can you please save a couple scoops for me next season ?

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                                                      kevin RE: lemons Aug 9, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                      Brigtsens ??????

                                                      Is that the joint on the West Bank of NOLA ?

                                                      Thanks.

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                                                        lemons RE: kevin Aug 9, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                        Nope. Much longer ago than that, and Brigtsen's is Uptown, no on the West Bank. And a fine spot it is, too. Am editing the above to reflect the end of the brain freeze. LeRuth's.

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                                                          kevin RE: lemons Aug 9, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                          It was called LeRuth's ????

                                                          Is it still there ?

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                                                            lemons RE: kevin Aug 9, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                            Oh, gosh, no. When I said decades, I mean decades. Hunt, where are you? I'm thinking close to 30 years ago. Our loss; Warren LeRuth was brilliant. And, yes, that was the name.

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                                                              JAB RE: lemons Aug 9, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                              The "Wino" is probably hanging out on the Wine board. ;>)

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                                                                kevin RE: JAB Aug 9, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                oh, bill hunt ?

                                                                usually he chills on the orleans board right ?

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                                                                Servorg RE: lemons Aug 9, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                http://www.nola.com/dining-guide/inde...

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                                                                  lemons RE: Servorg Aug 9, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                  I thought that was probably the case. Thanks for the link.

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                                                        omieurhomie RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 9, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                        I had lemongrass and kaffir lime ice cream with fish sauce caramel @ Salt and Straw in Portland, Oregon.

                                                        I had to get it because I love fish sauce haha. The first bite was good but I couldn't eat the whole scoop lol. It was just too funky.

                                                        1. Eric in NJ RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 9, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                          Ukrainian Rose Petal from a shop on the Ocean City NJ Boardwalk in the early 70's Doubt they are still there. It was interesting but wold not get again.

                                                          1. coll RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 9, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                            Chai tea. The first bite was weird, then it was totally delicious. I saved some for my friend and she said the same exact thing.

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                                                              kevin RE: coll Aug 9, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                              i had that at scoops, great stuff.

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                                                              burntwater RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 9, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                              I've had Durian ice cream in Malaysia.
                                                              Out of our group I was the only one to get past a few licks and finish it.

                                                              State side I would have to say Nicotine ice cream.

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                                                                bulavinaka RE: burntwater Aug 9, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                Durian - oh man... Hints of vanilla, rotting onions and toe jam...

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                                                                  kevin RE: bulavinaka Aug 10, 2013 04:22 AM

                                                                  I got the peanut butter.

                                                                  Now who's got the toe jam ?

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                                                                  J.L. RE: burntwater Aug 10, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                  Here in L.A., Scoops offers a delicious durian ice cream a few times a year.

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                                                                    burntwater RE: J.L. Aug 11, 2013 10:57 PM

                                                                    I'll have to ask Tai about that the next time i see him.

                                                                    BTW he was the one who made the nicotine flavored Ice cream. It tasted just like you had finished smoking a cigarette.
                                                                    I told him he should make a coffee and cigarette combo.

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                                                                      J.L. RE: burntwater Aug 11, 2013 11:12 PM

                                                                      Instead of lighting up after a romp in the sack, lovers should just go to Scoops instead.

                                                                      Next flavor for Tai to replicate: Langer's pastrami on rye.

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                                                                    Kenji RE: burntwater Sep 5, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                    There's a place in San Francisco (Polly Ann's?) that has been making durian ice cream for years. Durian's initial tastes work fine in this context. Then the oniony undertone kicks in...

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                                                                      J.L. RE: Kenji Sep 5, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                      More garlicky to me...

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                                                                        ipsedixit RE: J.L. Sep 9, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                        Durian doesn't work well in cold applications (i.e. ice cream, shakes, etc.)

                                                                        You need it at room temp to fully appreciate the funk. Cuz, if you ain't eating durian for the funk, then it's a fucking waste of time and calories, and body odor.

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                                                                          Servorg RE: ipsedixit Sep 9, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                          "...fully appreciate the funk."

                                                                          Ipse's other career track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6ntuD... (I'm appreciating the funk) perhaps?

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                                                                            ipsedixit RE: Servorg Sep 9, 2013 08:00 PM

                                                                            Even on my best days, I'm not 1/10 that musically inclined.

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                                                                            J.L. RE: ipsedixit Sep 9, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                            I think there are situations where durian will work at non-ambient temperatures. I really really enjoyed the durian ice cream at Scoops. I also go for the durian smoothie at Saigon Flavor.

                                                                            The best (ambient-temp.) durian I've ever had was in Bali. Our guide saw the damn thing fall off the tree and told our driver to pull over so we can try it. Supposedly the best time for durian is immediately after it naturally (i.e. unprovoked) falls off the tree.

                                                                            Dude was right: Totally different experience than the store-bought stuff.

                                                                            Have you tried the durian puffs for dim sum at King Hua?

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                                                                              ipsedixit RE: J.L. Sep 9, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                              No. I really do prefer durian in it's natural state even if that means frozen/defrosted here on this side of the Pacific.

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                                                                              FranklinJefferson RE: ipsedixit Sep 9, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                              Dammit!

                                                                              I've now gotten myself stuck in an internal audio cycle with Tone-Loc's "Funky Cold Me-Durian"...

                                                                              thank you... thank you very much.

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                                                                                ipsedixit RE: FranklinJefferson Sep 9, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                I've now done you wrong twice

                                                                                No Lion's Share facsimile in LA and now I've gone and hay-wired your brain to Tone-Loc.

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                                                                                  FranklinJefferson RE: ipsedixit Sep 10, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                  Fortunately it isn't Shaun Cassidy crooning "Da Du-rian-rian-rian Da Du-rian".

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                                                                                    Tripeler RE: FranklinJefferson Jul 10, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                                    Wasn't there a pop group called Durian Durian?

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                                                                                      Servorg RE: Tripeler Jul 10, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                      That joke really stinks! (g)

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                                                                                        J.L. RE: Tripeler Jul 10, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                        They jammed with Yngwie Mangosteen

                                                                        2. AnneInMpls RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 10, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                                          Caramelized parsnip ice cream in St. Paul, MN (Izzy's Ice Cream). They no longer make this flavor, but they have tons of other unusual offerings (like basil or green tea oreo or church elderberry). Yes, I know it's not in LA, but for any visitors, it's definitely worth a stop.

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                                                                            la2tokyo RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 10, 2013 11:08 PM

                                                                            Madras Curry, also at Sweet Rose. I ordered a whole scoop after I sampled it, and it was good til the last bite. They make great ice cream there.

                                                                            1. LA Buckeye Fan RE: Keith Gilabert Aug 12, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                              Marinated pear and Bleu cheese. I thought I'd blow the cheese. But it was amazing. At straw and something else in Portland Oregon .

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                                                                                FranklinJefferson RE: Keith Gilabert Sep 5, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                Black Truffle Ice Cream at the late, lamented Le Toque on Sunset.

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                                                                                  kevin RE: FranklinJefferson Sep 5, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                  Was Ken Frank the chef there ????

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                                                                                    FranklinJefferson RE: kevin Sep 6, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                    That's the one!
                                                                                    Closed up shop here (in the space that, until recently, held Michael Mina's XIV) and moved his operation up to Napa where, to the best of my knowledge, it's still flourishing to this day...

                                                                                2. perk RE: Keith Gilabert Sep 5, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                  A friend made bourbon and cornflake gelato.
                                                                                  Sooooo good.....

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                                                                                    Violatp RE: perk Sep 9, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                    Sounds like Humphry Slocombe Secret Breakfast!

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                                                                                    CCDiner RE: Keith Gilabert Sep 6, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                    Wasabi ice cream in Japan. Taste like mild wasabi. Not too strong as far as being spicy, delivered in the form of ice cream.

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                                                                                      dietgrace RE: Keith Gilabert Sep 9, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                      Pistachio Wasabi from Scoops, so weird, but it was good!!!

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                                                                                        Pookipichu RE: Keith Gilabert Sep 10, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                        Shredded dried pork ice cream, squid flavor ice cream, durian ice cream.

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                                                                                          JosephEBacon RE: Keith Gilabert Jul 11, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                          When I was a kid, I remember having mint ginger ale sherbet. It was a dark green color, tasted so good!!!!

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