If you live in L.A., you might want to check out Scoops, an ice cream shop (or should I say shoppe) that’s getting to be pretty famous locally, because of its astonishing flavor menu.
Located downtown, Scoops’ recent menu (it changes frequently, subject to the whim of the guy who runs the place and makes the product), included Red Tea Dulce de Leche, Goat Cheese and Rosemary, Mango Margherita, Blackberry Balsamic, and the relatively tame Banana Avocado.
I liked the idea of a flavor called Brown Bread. I mean, in theory, doesn’t that sound like it has potential? I got a sample, and I could swear it’s just vanilla with Grape Nuts mixed in. Which is fine, I mean, but why don’t they just call it Grape Nuts ice cream? I guess because nobody would buy it. That’s what you eat at home, if you’re really desperate: vanilla with Grape Nuts. (Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re more the pasta with peanut butter type. When you’re desperate.)
Maybe the most intriguing flavor they make is Nicotine, which, as I’m an ex-smoker, has a racy appeal. I heard that they buy those nicotine pills, smash them to a powder and mix them into a vanilla ice cream and add a little mint. I don’t dare go near this stuff for fear of re-addiction, but pair up that Nicotine with their Jack Daniels Bourbaon Vanilla Gelato, and if Jack Nicholson happens to be coming for dinner, you’ve got your dessert.