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Cold Is The New Cool

Written by Patti on June 8th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

The official start of summer is just days away, but Old Sol seems antsy to bring it on. It is positively steamy here in Atlanta and what better way to beat the heat than ice cream? Now I know that might coincide with your bikini-ready plans, but you need to give yourself a tiny break here and there, yes?

There are so many fantastic ice cream purveyors here in our city – just turn around and you bump into one!

If Only We Could All Look So Sweet Gobbling Ice Cream

How about a newbie?  Scott Smallwood sent me some info on a new treat outpost on the Westside of town – that’s over by me! Whee! Let me share with you:

ATLANTA (June 3, 2010) – The Westside Creamery announced today they will be unveiling their first batch of locally-sourced “farm to bowl” ice creams and sorbets, available to the public for purchase this Saturday.

Westside Creamery has partnered with Johnston Family Farm, a family owned and operated Georgia dairy that has been in continuous operation since 1956, for its supply of fresh milk and cream.

Flavors available for purchase by the pint, cone, and scoop will include Mint Sweet Tea, Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet, Honey + Apricot, and Blueberry Buckle.

Westside Creamery is owned and operated by native Georgians Maggie Rentz and Greg Smith, who envision churning ice cream and sorbet year-round that captures the essence of each season, using ingredients grown and harvested around Georgia wherever possible.

Maggie Rentz, owner and creator of the Westside Creamery, describes the company’s mission: “Our goal is to consistently produce new, innovative creations, whether that be unique flavor combinations or new, luxurious twists on old standbys.  But just as important as our focus on flavor is our love of this community, its growers, and its consumers,” said Maggie, who herself grew up on a small farm in South Georgia.   “Our goal is to integrate healthy, sustainable, local food into our frozen confections, and to support and uplift our community in a collective celebration of one of the world’s greatest foods.”

Visit the Westside Creamery’s website for more information about purchase locations and seasonal flavors.

They also offer a chocolate stout made with beer for you grownups out there – great for a dinner with beer pairings!

Sweet Tea Ice Cream from Westside Creamery

On Sunday night, bestie Chioke brought over some King of Pops ice cream pops for us to enjoy while watching the MTV Movie Awards. They had been on my list to try and I believe Chioke picked up 2 of each flavor – amazing!  I had the chocolate mint, but there was Grapefruit cilantro, Banana Pudding, Mexican Chocolate, Strawberry Lemonade and maybe a few others I can’t remember (help, Chioke?) Spectacular.  And the Cult King is kind of covert – you have to follow him on Twitter or Facebook to see where he will turn up next. If you don’t want to do that, though, you can always go to Cabbagetown Market and see Lisa – she carries the pops, too. And while you are at the market, try Mike’s awesome ice creams – he makes a bacon-flavored ice cream! Doesn’t that sound fun? But there are some less adventurous flavors, too. But they are all delicious.

For the ice cream that is on the top of everyone’s list, try Morelli’s Ice Cream. This place never disappoints and Donald and his beautiful wife are so nice and don’t mind if you want to try all the flavors. They are so patient. Their Salted Caramel will turn you into a ravenous badger – it is that good. It might just change your life.

And for those of you who just can’t get enough frozen delights – you HAVE to go book a ticket on FREEZE! presented by The Broke Socialite on Saturday, June 19th. A luxury shuttle bus will squire you to a bundle of cool purveyors that should fix your fix by the end of the tour. Trust me, The Broke Socialite knows what she’s doing – I went on the Sugar Coma tour in January and it was a blast. For more info and tickets, click here.

Go out and treat yourself today – it is going to be a scorcher!!

xoxo, Patti

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8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jenniifer says:

    Sounds absolutely yummy! The hubs and I will be in Atlanta for the next two days, I’ll will have to go out on an ice cream expedition while he is in class. Thanks for sharing these wonderful treats!


  2. Patti says:

    Jennifer! Lets go together! PM me on FB if you want a private tour!


  3. Pedro says:

    I really need to get out there and check out the farm-to-bowl ice cream. I got the email from them but couldn’t make it this past weekend. Maybe this one?

  4. Patti says:

    This weekend looks fairly open – I can’t believe it! Bring your little ones!

  5. Patti,
    As always, thanks for the mention. Of all of the tours we’re juggling, I must say that I’m most excited about “Freeze!”. We’ve gotten a tremendous response. *off for a bowl of Sonoma Strawberry sorbet from Talenti* I just can’t help myself. Hugs!

  6. Patti says:

    I want some strawberry sorbet from Talenti…where’s Talenti? Miss you, TBS, drinks soon?

  7. Dana says:

    Morelli’s Salted Caramel – add some strawberries = perfection on a hot day!

  8. Patti says:

    Arianna – enjoy Atlanta and let me know if you need any other info! P