Bulgarini Gelato: My Delicious Mistake

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Posted by Anisha | Posted in , , , | Posted on 9/13/2009


Procrastination is my middle name. That is, until something truly amazing comes along and I have to write/blog/blab about it to all my friends. It's 2:00 AM in the morning and I cannot help but write about Bulgarini Gelato.

I've been wanting to try this gelateria for a while, but didn't quite get around to it until tonight. I invited my friends over for my very first batch of coffee dark chocolate chunk ice cream in my sparkly, stainless steel, 2 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker. A 21st birthday present come early, I was so thrilled I forgot the oh so important step of freezing the freeze bowl. A bit devastated that I forgot to RTFM and that my friends were now dessert-less, we decided to make the ten mile trek to Bulgarini Gelato.

The location isn't anything spectacular; it is not across a contemporary condo on Abbot Kinney, nor is it on thriving overly chain-driven 3rd street in Santa Monica. Bulgarini Gelato is tucked away in a dark plaza which boasts a Rite-Aide and a few small stores. Please, excuse the forthcoming cliche: Bulgarini Gelato is a diamond in the rough.

This small gelateria has plenty of outdoor seating and quite the local following. Saturday nights are especially fun, as they screen an Italian movie outdoors.

The four of my friends and myself couldn't help but sample a variety of the flavors; hence, the three spoons in my single "scoop" or "piccola" of gelato. Each piccola allows one to get three, approximately 2 oz. scoops of gelati. I sampled six flavors:

1) Florentine chocolate: imported chocolate with a hint of sea salt
2) goat's milk: goat's milk w/ teeny tiny chocolate chips
3) plum: best fruity gelato I've ever tasted, cute pink color and amazing plum flavor
4) kiwi: I like plums > kiwis, but this is a close second! Love the texture of the kiwi seeds
5) caffe: Italian roast? I think so.
6) lemon: perfectly tart and not too sweet

This time, for my trio I picked the goat's milk (left), chocolate (top right), and caffe (bottom). I was very pleased with how all three paired with each other. My friend JC choose the lemon, kiwi, and plum. If I were to visit again in the heat of the day, that would most definitely be my next trio.


Westside truly represents and can flaunt Bulgarini Gelato as one of it's hotspots, or in this case, deliciously cold spot! I know for a fact that my friends and I will be back to Bulgarini, but will you?

Bulgarini Gelato
749 E. Altadena Dr.
Altadena, CA 91001
626.791.6174
http://www.bulgarinigelato.com/

Shoutout to Andria, Charles, JC, & Shaan for dealing with my grandma-esque driving, inability to make a decent U-turn, and for forgetting to read the mother-churning manual!

Bulgarini Gelato in Los Angeles on Fooddigger

Bulgarini Gelato Artigianale on Urbanspoon

What is it? It's an "IT'S IT!"

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Posted by Anisha | Posted in , , , , , , | Posted on 9/01/2009

I heart ice cream. It can solve just about any problem that weasels its way into my life. I love ice cream in a freshly pressed waffle cone, in a dinky foam cup, with a slice of pie, on a waffle, and (my favorite) between cookies. Just last week, I encountered a new yummy treat called an "It's-It."

The first time I heard of an "It's-It" was when my boyfriend and I were strolling, more like scavenging, through the frozen dessert section at our local Ralph's. We intended to buy a pint and have just a few spoons after dinner. When we realized a pint would offer too much temptation. Instead, we sought out Snickers Ice Cream bars (so yum!). Right next to the ice cream bars, was a cute little box that said "It's-It." I showed it to my boyfriend, knowing I had found a gem. Alas, my boyfriend had already tried an It's-It when he toured Googleplex in NorCal. I really wanted to try the ice cream sandwiches, but we opted for 100 calorie Klondike bars because we're trying to cut back. I told my boyfriend I'd wait till he's back from his one-month vacay to India to eat an It's-It with him.


I cheated. I blame it on my sweet tooth. I couldn't combat the urge to not try something new. Plus, who can resist vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal raisin cookies and DIPPED in dark chocolate.

I'm sorry Sid. I had to do it. I know you're reading this in India right now (the dot comes up on my tracker!) and I hope you can forgive your chocolate-loving girlfriend. If its any consolation, there's one left in the freezer waiting upon your return!


Anyway, "It's-It" ice cream sandwiches are absolutely amazing. Aside from the caloric content (gasp! 10g of saturated fat), it's my favorite store-bought f
rozen ice cream sandwich. My roommate and I shared one and instantly knew it was a winner. The oatmeal raisin cookie was nicely-spiced and was soft. Yes, you read it right: the cookies were soft. I cannot wait to get my hands on the mint, cappuccino, and chocolate ice cream flavors of It's-It! Three "It's-Its" come in a box for only $3; that's cheaper than making a trip to Westwood for Diddy Riese $1.50 ice cream sandwiches!
Klondike: Please go back to Alaska.

It's-It: I'm kidnapping you from San Francisco and holding you hostage in my freezer.

Check out their website for kicks:
www.itsiticecream.com

If you don't feel like an ice cream sandwich from a box, go to:

the original LA ice cream sandwich:
www.diddyriese.com
or track down the Cool Haus ice cream truck:
www.eatcoolhaus.com
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