Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Daily Grind: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

One night recently I was running early to meet friends for dinner, so I decided to grab a cup of Joe.  But, this Joe was a little different... A few weeks ago my friend and I went to the new Toby's Estate location near Grand Central.  The new coffee shop is in UrbanSpace.  We took a seat with our coffee, and the guy next to us was taking photos of his coffee.  It looked so good!  I ended up snapping a photo of his coffee, so I could remember to try it some other time.  He was very generous- even moved his phone and the coffee over so I could get a better shot!  He told me the name of his drink was an affogato, which I had never heard of before.  In case you haven't either, an affogato is an Italian dessert where ice cream is "drowned" with espresso. 

Here is my Asian friend's affogato from Toby's Estate.  

Dinner was downtown near Union Square, and Toby's Estate was nearby in Greenwich Village.  I got to the store right before closing.  The barista disappointingly told me that they don't sell ice cream based drinks at that location.  Low and behold she let's me know Van Leeuwen is right around the corner.  Van Leeuwen is the company Toby's Estate gets their ice cream from AND Van Leeuwen sells affogatos with Toby's Estate beans.  Too good to be true!  I walk over to 10th St and into Van Leeuwen where it turns out there are flavors I can choose from for my affogato.  I wrongly assumed they were only served with vanilla.  After a discussion about flavors with the baristas I went with espresso ice cream for my affogato, and got it to stay.  Seriously so glad the barista suggested the ice cream flavor.  It was amazing.  I want to have an affogato everyday.  Forget having it as dessert!  In this case it was the perfect afternoon pick-me-up before dinner. 

I was surprised when the drink came and the ice cream and espresso weren't served together.  It took me a minute, but I finally decided I should just pour the espresso over the ice cream.  Good idea, hard to eat/drink.  LOL

Here's my soup, that I found difficult to eat/drink.

Van Leeuwen ice cream is made is New York, which I think rocks!  I can't wait to go to their other locations. 

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