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Back in the 808: Waiola Shave Ice

August 23, 2012

Shaved ice always reminds me of summers in Japan.  There are so many festivals or matsuri in Japan during the summer and they always have shaved ice or かき氷.  I loved eating shaved ice so much that someone (my Mom, grandma, other relative in Japan) bought me my own shaved ice maker!  Back in the day, the shaved ice makers were often designed to look like a popular cartoon character and had a hand crank to shave the ice.

I almost always chose strawberry flavored shaved ice with condensed milk on top.  Besides the fact that I love strawberries, I think one of the reasons why I loved getting strawberry flavor was because it would make my lips red.  It was a way of wearing temporary “lipstick” when I was 5 years old without getting in trouble by my Mom.

Ever since, I’ve ALWAYS gotten strawberry shave ice wherever I’ve gone.  There have been a couple of upgrades over the years… vanilla ice cream on the bottom and then mochi balls.  Every once in awhile I may get green tea if it’s offered.  I thought I had found perfection at Waiola’s with my perfect combination: a large strawberry shave ice with ice cream and mochi balls.  I never had a need or want to venture out and try something different. *Note: it is “shave ice” in most of Hawaii, “ice shave” on the Big Island.*

I’m not sure what got into me this day but I decided to go a little crazy and get strawberry and lychee shave ice, vanilla ice cream and no mochi balls.  The lychee was so refreshing and was the perfect partner for my familiar strawberry.  I. LOVED. IT.

TM went with rainbow: strawberry, vanilla and banana.  I’ve always thought it was odd that he doesn’t get ice cream in his shave ice.

There are two locations but the one on Waiola St. is the original and my favorite of the two.  The ice is so fluffy and smooth and melts as soon as it hits your tongue – it is nothing like a snow cone served on the rest of the mainland.  I have to go Waiola’s a minimum of two times each time I’m in Hawaii, no matter how short my trip may be.  I can’t wait to go again!

2135 Waiola St.   Honolulu, HI

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Totally weeeiiirrrdd ice cream

March 25, 2010

By weird I mean prosciutto weird.   Pistachio bacon ice cream weird.  And peanut butter curry weird.   I got sucked in by another episode of  “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and headed over to Humphry Slocombe for some dessert.  This episode was about the totally unexpected flavors you wouldn’t expect to go together.  Hence the prosciutto ice cream.   If you remember, Boyfriend couldn’t wait to try out Boccalone after seeing it featured on the show.  When Chris Cosentino mentioned his Boccalone prosciutto was mixed in with ice cream at Humphry Slocombe, Boyfriend couldn’t wait to try this out either.

Humphry Slocombe has tons of flavors which get rotated everyday.  They usually offer twelve a day.  Luckily, prosciutto was one of them the day we went!  Boyfriend went with a scoop of prosciutto and ancho chocolate.  Let’s just say the prosciutto ice cream was very weird and interesting.  I don’t know how I feel about meat mixed in with ice cream. There was a little heat to the ancho chocolate but the sweetness of the chocolate probably counterbalanced it.

Kio got “Jesus Juice.”  It is the red wine and Coca-cola flavored sorbet on the right.  I had a little taste and distinctly tasted the red wine flavor.  It was strange tasting red wine in ice cream form.

I love ice cream too much to have my experience ruined by a weird flavor.  I was boring and got Blue Bonnet Vietnamese Coffee ice cream.  It was delicious!  I think we’ll probably stick to Bi-Rite in the future though.

The sign was chained to the lamp post in case someone tried to steal it.  All in all I’m glad we went and I’m glad I tried little tastes of weirdness.

2790 Harrison St.  San Francisco, CA

Bi-Rite Creamery!

August 10, 2009

I’ve been watching this show on the Food Network called, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”  Bi-Rite Creamery was featured on it and ever since I saw that episode, I’ve been dying to try Sam’s Sundae.  I FINALLY made it over there this past weekend!!

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We almost didn’t go get dessert because we were so stuffed from dinner.

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Once I saw the line, I knew I had to try it!!  Lines might deter people from wanting to get ice cream here but I figured it must be THAT GOOD if this many people want to stand in line to eat it.

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Their sign was 2 sided with a huge list of their flavors that day.

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Yay, Sam’s Sundae was there!!

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Sam’s Sundae is chocolate ice cream with organic bergamot olive oil, maldon sea salt and hand-whipped whipped cream. The Bergamot olive oil is citrus-based so it is sweet and fruity which  makes for a very interesting complement to the chocolate ice cream.

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Boyfriend went with Brown Butter Pecan and a cinnamon ice cream.  He loves anything with cinnamon in it!!  My Mom got kiwi strawberry and my Dad got Coffee Toffee.  All were incredible and I really can’t wait to go back and try the other flavors!!!

3692 18th St. (between Dolores St & Oakwood St)  San Francisco, CA

A Chocolate Lovers Paradise

September 2, 2008

What would a trip to SF be without stopping by Ghirardelli Square?!?

We ordered a Warm Brownie Sundae to share which came with a warm brownie (of course!), vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, almond slices and a cherry on top.  I thought it was awesome that you can choose between mlik or dark chocolate fudge.  Boyfriend was sweet enough to choose milk chocolate since he knows I prefer that over dark.  (Even though dark chocolate is his favorite.)

To be completely honest, the sundae was a little too rich for me so I stopped eating about halfway through.  I think next time, I will just go for ice cream in a waffle cone.  We saw someone walk by with one and it was humongous!

900 North Point St.  San Francisco, CA

The BEST shave ice!!!

July 20, 2008

Forget Matsumoto’s.  Personally, I think the BESTEST shave ice on the island is Waiola’s.  Period.

I go to both locations multiple times every time I’m in Hawaii.  I ALWAYS get a large, strawberry shave ice with ice cream on the bottom and my latest addition (as of 2 years ago) is mochi balls.  You can get 8 mochi balls for 50 cents!  Why would you even consider turning that down?!?

This last time we went, I decided to live on the edge and order half strawberry / half POG!!  It was amazing. : )


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