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Welcome to the online home of The Ice Cream Lovers!

Who are TICL? We’re a mother/daughter team dedicated to sampling ice cream everywhere we go–and going lots of places to do so!– then letting the world know about it. If you have a favorite ice cream place, anywhere in the world, please share! We’ll do our best to check it out personally at our first opportunity and post about it here for the benefit of fellow ice cream lovers everywhere.

Okay, everybody, let’s eat ice cream!

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14 responses to “About

  1. Ted

    October 31, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Hasn’t Keith introduced you to Blue Bell?
    Brenham, Texas is a lot closer than Europe.
    May I sign up for your next “research” trip?
    Look forward to reading your book. Hope to see it available soon.

     
  2. Brenda

    October 31, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Keith and I met in Texas, so I’m very familiar with Blue Bell, Ted!
    Believe it or not, we seem to be getting LOTS of volunteers for our next trip.
    I’ll let you know if a space opens up.

     
  3. Gilbert

    October 31, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Heu Brenda,

    Looks like an awesome journey. What a unique way to discover Europe. Can’t wait to learn more! Looking forward to the book.

     
  4. Ken (AggieDad'01)

    November 1, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Ice Cream, I scream for ice cream…

    As a chocolate lover, I would say your research is a worthy subject that I wish I had thought of while working on advanced degrees!

    Question: Are you looking strictly at taste, or are you also investigating texture? Are you looking for a more “home-made” texture? My wife and I have tried several different types of “European” styles, but our favorite is at only one of the many exotic Chick Fil-as. It’s not the same at other CFAs we visited. Go figure.

     
  5. Brenda

    November 1, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Ken, we’re definitely evaluating texture as well as taste. That’s one
    area where the Italian gelato excels, in general. We did find one place
    (Caffe Fiorenza) that not only overcharged and wouldn’t allow two
    flavors in a small cup, but their gelato was sub-standard. Probably not
    made on-premesis as most are. Their chocolate actually had ice crystals
    in it–a definite no-no.

    We’ll have to check out those exotic Chick-Fil-as before we go back
    to Europe!

     
  6. Justin

    November 1, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    What a great idea! I would definitely use a guide to ice cream in Europe. I loved trying all the different ice creams on my first trip, and I’ve been looking for a comprehensive guide ever since.

    Way to go!

     
  7. Cassandra Curtis

    November 27, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Brenda, have you ever been to Graeter’s Ice Cream in Cincinnati, OH? I’m in Kentucky (just across the river from IN) and we love our local Graeter’s shop. Yum! I highly recommend the seasonal pumpkin pie ice cream. If pumpkin’s not your thing, then try the coconut. It’s divine. 🙂

     
  8. Brenda

    November 27, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Ooh, no, Cassandra, I haven’t tried Graeter’s. Pumpkin pie ice cream, eh? Sounds like a great excuse for a road trip! We just heard about a place right up the road in Carmel, IN that claims to have gelato, so we’re going to have to try that, too, and report back. I’m trying not to get my hopes TOO high, but I believe it’s owned by an Italian gentleman, so I have my fingers crossed.

     
  9. Janet McConnaughey

    January 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Bein’ as you’re from the neighboring state, have you tried Angelo Brocato’s in New Orleans?

    http://www.angelobrocatoicecream.com/

    They make both ice cream and gelato, with seasonal flavors in each.

    janet

     
  10. Brenda

    January 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Ooh, I haven’t, Janet. Thanks for the recommendation! I love New Orleans and I’ll definitely make a point of trying Angelo Brocato’s next time I’m there. (It has to be better for me than the beignets at Cafe du Monde!)

     
  11. Torgeir Toft Engerud

    February 21, 2008 at 7:48 am

    If you ever stop by Paris, make sure to go to Berthillon. Taste their Pistachio, Fraise Des Bois (Strawberry of the woods) and their Vanilla.

    Good luck,

    Torgeir Toft Engerud

     
  12. Brenda

    February 21, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you, Torgier! We did make a point of going to Berthillon in Paris–in fact, we intentionally chose a hotel right on the same street, on the Ile de St Louis, believe it or not! It was lovely, lovely ice cream, too. We didn’t try the pistachio or vanilla, but we did have the strawberry and the chocolate. Both were exceptional.

     
  13. Paula

    March 18, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Have a “name the ice cream bar” contest. Looking for info for a great sounding name with a Caribbean flair. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please do not post message online. Thanks.

     
  14. Brenda

    March 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Paula, when you say “ice cream bar,” do you mean a place that sells ice cream, or ice cream on a stick? I’m thinking that will make a difference.

     

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