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Ice cream means summer, and while I’m a strong proponent of the requisites chocolate and vanilla, sometimes, you have to awaken those sleepy taste buds.

One of my most favorite gelaterias is Philly shop Capogiro. I’ve never actually been to the store (something I wish to amend, pronto!), but I’ve devoured the stuff through samples we used to get at my office. When I saw the pint reading “Salt,” I was both terrified and intrigued. Well, mostly intrigued, since I’ve rarely met a dessert I didn’t like.  It was an amazing sensory experience. The flavor had a strong salty component, definitely, but not in an overpowering sort of way. It evoked the sea–fresh and earthy (the flavor might’ve been “Sea Salt”), but it still tasted like ice cream, with a strong dose of cream and sugar to balance out the intensity. It’d work amazingly well with some homemade caramel for a salty-sweet combo that would probably be out of this world.

Philadelphia's Capogiro; photo: Flickr (user gophila.com)

Philadelphia's Capogiro; photo: Flickr (user gophila.com)

I had three scoops of Vosges Chocolate‘s Naga Ice Cream on a warm spring day in the Upper East Side. I was feeling adventurous and since the shop’s exotic chocolates have rarely disappointed in the past, I’d figured their exotic ice creams would be equally as pleasing to my palette. For my culinary bravery, I was rewarded exponentially. The flavors come at you in waves. First you taste the custard and the coconut cream, but soon, as the cold cream slips down you throat, you notice the expertly blended curry, which leaves a splendid sort of aftertaste. It’s more layered than a Dostoevsky novel. I very highly recommend it! (Three other unusual flavors, Pandan, Wattleseed and Red Fire, are available as well.)

Vosges Exotic Ice Cream; photo: vosgeschocolate.com

Vosges Exotic Ice Cream; photo: vosgeschocolate.com

Listings:

Capogiro
Midtown Village
119 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 351-0900

Vosges Chocolate
1100 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Telephone: (212) 717-2929

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