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Golosa Chocolate Bar & Dessert Lounge

After being closed for the summer, Golosa finally opened again and I finally got to try it! Man, I don’t even have the words. First off, if you don’t know this place is here, you’re totally going to miss it. If you walk past it and blink, you will have missed it. It’s pocket-sized, yet adorable. And it’s got a very european feel to it, but yet comfortable. And it’s owned and run by a genuine italian named Fabio. I don’t know folks, it doesn’t get better than that!
There are a number of dessert options in the case, like cakes, tarts, pastries, etc. There’s also a case with a bunch of chocolates. Lots and lots of chocolates.
The menu also includes a number of coffee, tea, cold chocolate, and hot chocolate drinks. There’s certainly something here for everyone. If it hadn’t been so late at night I would have tried one of the coffee drinks, or at least one of the chocolate drinks. But I had to pass. E got one of the flowering teas. It’s all so adorable and pretty! The presentation is so super cute.
E got the basil gelato. Yep, you heard that right, basil. And it’s capogiro as well. And man, it was love! It definitely tastes like basil, but it’s sweet and creamy and dreamy with a hint of balsamic. It’s just unexpectedly delicious. We were just so happy that she ended up picking it.
I’m much more of a sorbetto person instead of a gelato person, so I got the watermelon gelato. It might have said sorbetto on the menu, but I believe it was gelato because it definitely had a creamy taste to it. It was great and watermelon-y! It had a nice strong watermelon flavor with a hint of cream.

But really, we were both here for the red velvet cake. E told me about how amazing it was and I had to have it! And man, is she ever spot-on with this. This is, bar none, the best red velvet cake that I’ve ever had. It is not a spongey or light cake. It is extremely dense, and we decided that it almost has the consistency of brownies. The texture is much more like a brownie rather than a cake. And damn, it’s got heft! The cream cheese icing is yummy as well, and there’s not too much of it. Gosh, I can’t stop thinking about this cake. While we were there, someone even came in and got a slice to go. This is really the dessert of choice here!

This place has such a good vibe to it. It’s warm and welcoming and there are even couches. You can host groups and special events here as well. It isn’t as centrally located as most people would like it to be, but it’s definitely worth trekking to. It is BYOB, cash only, and has free wi-fi. Go to Golosa!
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Capogiro West

You know I’m crazy for some damn Capogiro. There’s a nice new fancy one in University City, at the Radian. I feel like it’s bigger than the center city ones, and perhaps it is, but just because of the layout it feels huge for a Capogiro. Instead of being long and skinny, it’s just a big open side space. I’m a fan.
Even though the space is big, when I went, they only had one case open for the gelato / sorbetto. The other case was installed but wasn’t housing anything. So the selection was like half of what the other locations have. Slightly disappointing. But I got what I typically get, a small with two sorbettos. I went with red plum and nectarine. The red plum was nice, but it was not nearly as good as the yellow plum that I’d had awhile back. I still think about that yellow plum sorbetto. The nectarine was quite nice too. Then we took a short cruise through the UPenn campus just as it started to lightly sprinkle. We tried to find a bench to recreate my version of the gelato eating movie poster for eat pray love, but it just didn’t work.

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Jeni’s Ice Cream – Columbus

San Francisco has Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphrey Slocombe, Austin has Amy’s Ice Cream, and Delaware has Woodside Farm Creamery. In Columbus, Ohio, it’s all about Jeni’s Ice Cream. They’ve got a little bit of a dynasty going on here, and people are fine with waiting in long lines. You can also buy pints in Whole Foods.

All of the cream for these artisinal ice creams come from Snowville Creamery, in Meigs County, Ohio. There, a small herd of cows eat a variety of grasses. There are no antibiotics, growth hormones, herbicides, or pesticides necessary. The ingredients that go into their variety of flavors are found in the ohio countryside, whenever possible, or are sourced from responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. In other words, they put serious love into every batch.

All of the sauces, pralines, and marshmallows are also made in-house. And do they have a random variety of flavors! They happily give out samples, so I tried my fair share. So here’s a quick rundown of the more unusual ones I tried. Queen City Cayenne – deep chocolate with a crazy burning spice at the end. Did not enjoy. Kona Stout – like burnt coffee grounds. Wasn’t crazy about this either. Mackenzie Creamery Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries – tastes like goat cheese. What was I thinking, I don’t like goat cheese! Backyard Mint – not sweet, and very minty, like toothpaste. Not for me!

I ended up getting a trio of Salty Caramel, Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries, and Riesling Poached Pear. The salty caramel is like the salted caramel from bi-rite, which I just love. It’s my crack! The sweet corn didn’t have as much corn flavor as I would have liked, but I still liked it. The black raspberries were fresh and tart. And the pear sorbet was so fresh and tasted exactly like pear, it was crazy. We stopped by the Dublin location because that was the one closest to my bro’s house. And is it freakin adorable. There is a good amount of seating and the ice cream slingers were nice and patient.
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