Gelato and Beer: So wrong, yet oh so right

Beer-infused gelato? I'm not complaining.

What better way to ring in every Irishman’s favorite holiday than a post about booze. Or in this case, boozy gelato. In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, I’ve decided to start a bit early this year, and have refused to consume anything that does not contain alcohol. Just kidding. I simply went out for ice cream with my parents and stumbled upon the holy grail of ice cream flavors: Caramel Stout. Now, I know what you are thinking. In no way shape or form does the thought of beer-flavored gelato sound even remotely appetizing. It’s not. But do you know what is delicious? Guinness-infused caramel gelato from Scooped! in West Chester, PA. It is this great organic homemade gelato place on High Street. They have really unique flavors like my new favorite Stout Caramel (made with Guinness brewed from Iron Hill Brewery right down the block!), Bailey’s (are you sensing a theme here?) and coconut macaroon. The gelato itself was as creamy as every gelato should be. The caramel flavor was sweet yet not over-the-top as some caramel-flavored foods can be, and the Guinness ┬ácomplimented the caramel beautifully. Alright that’s enough with my pathetic attempt at a food review. Let’s just cut to the chase and get to the pictures already!

I had the Caramel Stout while my mom went with the equally delicious Chocolate with Salted Caramel. My dad couldn't decide so he got both!

Scooped! itself is an adorable ice cream parlor complete with an old-fashioned ice cream counter, glass candy jars and adorable seating. They were voted Best of the Main Line for 2010 AND 2011! And even better? For three smalls (small being a relative term) our bill came to only $8.25 or $2.75 per person!

These are only half of the homemade flavors. I love how they display the flavor names!

You had me at Caramel-Stout

A West Chester MUST if you are in town!

What is the craziest gelato/ice cream flavor you’ve ever tried? Let’s hear it!

Weekend Chronicles

Can you guess where I was this weekend?

Yes, that’s right, the oh-so-famous Shake Shack. Saturday afternoon my friends and I decided to make the pilgrimage from the Bronx to Shake Shack’s Upper West Side location. As a former shack virgin, I was a little skeptical about all the hype this place has gotten in the past few years. Okay, I’ll admit it. I was wrong. I now know why their milkshakes (and burgers) bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard. They’re really freaking good. Although the price is a bit steep (around $15 for my order) it’s a great alternative to a pricey weekend brunch or dinner at restaurant. And the great part about Shake Shack’s Upper West Side locale is that if there are no tables you can always chow down in Central Park just one block away.

Malted Black and White Shake, Cheese Fries and Shack Burger...holy cardiac arrest

Rachel enjoying her meal

Don’t have a Shake Shack by you? Then try and recreate their famous food! This hilarious serious eats article offers some insight into the creation of one of the most famous burgers in town.

Also, I can’t say Shake Shack is my favorite burger. If you live/are ever passing through Chester County, PA stop by Buddy’s Burgers in West Chester. Not only are the burgers more affordable, they are, dare I say, better than the Shake Shack. Did I just commit blasphemy?