JENI'S ICE CREAM SPLENDID ICE CREAMS
1954 Hillhurst Avenue
Last night, after a casual dinner in Silver Lake, my friend Bill and I drove over to Jeni's for ice cream. (Getting ice cream after dinner is such a nice thing to do with friends.) I like the ice cream at Jeni's because of the integrity of their ingredients–they don't use emulsifiers or stabilizers in their products so it never tastes too sweet or artificial. To boot, they have the most unusual array of flavors: Juniper & Lemon Curd, Genmaicha & Marshmallows, Cocoa Curry Coco... And every season presents a new collection of flavors. A small order at Jeni's ($5) gives you two scoops of any flavor. You also have your choice of a cup, a sugar cone, a cake cone or–for an extra dollar–a waffle cone.
I almost always stick to my favorite one: Brown Butter Almond Brittle. It has a buttercream base and is laden with crunchy chunks of almond brittle, which possesses the sort of honeyed, buttery, nutty notes that go so well with the creamy tang of buttercream. It's for us "plain vanilla" fans who want to take a walk on the wild side. My usual order is the small–with both scoops being the same flavor–in a cake cone, which I then eat with a spoon. (The only other flavor I've considered is the Goat Cheese with Red Cherries but haven't pulled the trigger on it yet.)
"I'm surprised they even offer cake cones," I noted, as we happily ate our ice cream on the drive back to his place. "They're a dying breed of ice cream vessels."
"Children like them," Bill replied as he crunched down on his sugar cone.
"I love them," I said, scraping my spoon around the scoop of ice cream, "They're my favorite. I like their plainness. And the compartments around the top are a good design feature. Every bite of cone has ice cream encased inside."
"I've never seen someone order an ice cream cone and eat it with a spoon before," he pointed out, glancing over at me as he switched lanes, "But, of course, you'd do that. That doesn't surprise me."
"My teeth are sensitive," I explained, "And I use the back of the spoon to pack the ice cream into the cone compartments as I go."
Ice cream. It's serious business. I bet Jeni's would tell you that.