Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Finds - We all scream for Ice Cream!

We're sure you'll agree with us that nothing beats the summer heat like a big scoop of ice cream! Because we're nice, and generous people, we decided to take one for the team and embark on a taste testing tour of  some local South Tampa ice cream, gelato, and yogurt shops to satisfy our taste buds. Monica really had to twist Jen's arm to participate in this assignment!

Yogurt Naturally

Our first stop was Yogurt Naturally on MacDill Avenue. One of the major perks of this place is the drive through!! Perfect solution to a rainy Florida summer afternoon. We ordered our yogurt, a small cup of peanut butter fudge for Jen and a medium cup of strawberry cheesecake for Monica. We didn't catch the individual prices but the price for one small and one medium was $6.75. Pretty reasonable price for an afternoon treat.

 The chocolate  in Jen's yogurt was of the deep, rich variety with peanut butter chunks or slices as an accent. Overall she thought the two blended together nicely. Her only complaint was that there were a few bites that had that crystalized, icy taste, like it had been sitting in the freezer for too long. Monica's was very flavorful with nice pieces of strawberry and cheesecake. The cheesecake did taste slightly artificial but still satisfied her sweet tooth
Visit them at either on of their two locations

 3906 S Macdill Ave 
Tampa, FL 33611

4004 Henderson Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629

Pane' Rustica

Our next stop on our ice cream taste testing adventure was Pane Rustica for their gelato, which we heard they get from the gelato place on Bay Street at International Plaza. We each got a small cup of gelato that was filled to the brim and then some! Monica had strawberry with chocolate chips and Jen ordered the peanut butter. The price for our 2 small cups of  heaven was a somewhat more expensive, $7.50 but the serving size was very generous, so we don't feel that the price was unreasonable. Jen's peanut butter had that great authentic peanut butter taste with real peanuts sprinkled within. Monica loved the crunch and flavor the chocolate chips added to the strawberry gelato.  Both agreed they loved the creaminess of Pane's gelato as well as the serving size, a nice generous scoop.


Our final contender was Berryisms on Dale Mabry Hwy. This frozen yogurt cafe has a limited selection of flavors but their topping bar is by far the largest! Everything from good ole rainbow sprinkles to large fresh blackberries. We had to take advantage and of course each added a topping to our yogurt. In typical chocolate lover fashion Jen chose chocolate with peanut butter chips and Monica got the wildberry with rainbow sprinkles. This treat set us back the furthest as 2 small cups with toppings was $8.50. Still not too bad considering the price of a Starbucks latte!

Unfortunately this was Jen's least favorite. She found the yogurt to have a fake chocolate taste and the texture too grainy. Plus it made her stomach feel a little out of sorts. On a bright note the peanut butter chip topping was super yummy! Monica enjoyed her wildberry yogurt and although it wasn't very "berry" tasting the consistency was light and it had a nice tartness to it.

Overall, we of course totally enjoyed our ice cream taste testing adventure and we're wondering why we didn't think of this idea sooner. Of course....after three days in a row of yogurt and gelato, regardless of how low fat or fat free it is...we're probably going to be paying for our indulgence at the gym all next week....but that's was SO worth it!!

Happy Eating!!

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