• Eyes on Fire - Blue Foundation
  • Rooster - Alice in Chains
  • Jigsaw Falling into Place - Radiohead
  • Quien Fuera - Silvio Rodriguez
  • La Tortura - Shakira

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Thumbs down ..

Been a bit busy lately but I did find time to gobble and "review" the other two offerings from Haagen Dazs Premium - continuing where I left off before. Both the remaining flavors Hawaiian Lehua Honey and Sweet Cream, toasted coconut and sesame brittle disappointed me in that order. The former fits in the 'too sweet' and 'un-imaginative' category. I think I can officially declare it as a rule that generally, ice-creams with sweet-cream in their description fall flat. They are just that - sweet and creamy - with no personality. The latter had it's moments, when you taste the coconut brittle - but I'd have preferred sesame chikki any day. Come to think of it, the nuvvunda (translates to Sesame-BrownSugar laddu) mom makes is way-way better.

Still, the effort to bring in something new is to be lauded. It gives me an excuse to hound the aisles whenever I hit the grocery store.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

It gets better ..

Today, I cleaned up a pint of Haagen Dazs Amazon Valley Chocolate ice-cream. I'm quite happy with this one too. I'd rate it as among the best chocolate ice creams I've tasted alongside Godiva's Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and HD's Mayan Chocolate. My parents and Aparna cringed because of the bitterness, but that only deepened my liking for this flavor. Dark Chocolate is the only way to enjoy the pleasures of cocoa.

Next up, Hawaiian Lehua Honey and Sweet Cream.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Salvation .. at last

It happens week after week .. month after month .. year after year. Ice-cream - as a few of my friends discovered - is more than an addiction for me. So much so, every visit to the grocery store is a battle to try and stay away from picking up a pint of ice-cream. Yes, I come from the school of (1 serving = 1 pint), it used to be (1 serving = 1/2 gallon) but thankfully the latter passed.

Over the last couple of years, my only excuse for not buying ice-cream as frequently was that I'd tell myself that I'm not getting it if it isn't a new *exciting* flavor. That worked surprisingly well. Sure there are lots of new flavors but not one of them is exciting. They are just rehashes of cookie-caramel-butter-pecan-moosetrax-sweet cream crap. They taste awful to say the least. Ben&Jerry's is a case in point. I hate almost all of their flavors - in spite of their variety.

Haagen Daz mango is a staple. My biggest battles are usually to fight a sharply overpowering impulse to pick up Haagen Daz Mango, Mayan Chocolate, Rum 'n Raisin or Irish Cream (in that order). I perennially enjoy having them and they go fast. But the desire for something new always persisted.

Today, as I scoured the aisle with faint hope of finding something, I ran into Haagen Daz Reserve. I was thrilled to find some really interesting flavors. Can't wait to try them out. I'm already done with Pomegranate Chip and the verdict is a 'thumbs up'. It blends well with the dark chocolate chips. While the flavor is still a little too sour to go with a creamy texture, I won't get tired of this one very soon. Next stop, 'Amazon Valley Chocolate'.