This week, I spent a very quick 24 hours in Ohio. Most of those hours were already accounted for so I didn’t have much time to explore, but I knew I could manage one quick stop and I was determined to make that stop Jeni’s Ice Cream.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is one of the most well known creameries in the country. They are famous for their creamy consistency and wild flavor combinations. For those not in Ohio, they do ship their ice creams across the country and about 700 stores carry Jeni’s ice cream. For those of you in San Diego, I discovered that recently Bristol Farms in La Jolla began carrying certain flavors. There is also a best selling cookbook.
Despite wearing double layers, a thick winter coat, scarf and hat, this San Diego gal was not prepared for Ohio’s chilly weather. Every moment outside felt like being inside a large freezer with constant blasts of tornado-like winds. But that did not stop me from wanting ice cream.
According to the locals, ice cream is very big in Ohio. You can’t walk more than two blocks without finding a premium ice cream shop, which would explain why Ohio is the home of both nationally known Graeter’s and Jeni’s.
I was delighted to find that there was a Jeni’s shop only about a mile from my hotel and was all set on a late night visit after my dinner plans ended. However, during dinner, Jeni’s came into the conversation and the locals highly recommended that our out-of-town group make this unscheduled stop, especially since it was right across the street from the restaurant we were dining at.
Luckily, Jeni’s is open until 11pm. So off we went. We braved the cold for the quick brisk walk across the street, which seemed much longer when walking against the strong chilly winds, and then were engulfed in warmth upon entering. Once inside, there was a dizzying array of flavors to choose from. The employees were patient, letting us sample spoonfuls of whatever flavors we were curious about before finally settling on a flavor or two.
There were a ridiculous amount of flavors I had never heard of or would never had dreamed of like absinthe + meringues, goat cheese with red cherries, banana cajeta, cherry lambic sorbet, savannah buttermint, just to name a few.
Have you gobbled down all those Girl Scout cookies? Or are you like me, hoarding boxes the last few weeks of the sales so that there will be enough for a few months supply until next year?
Well if you still have some Thin Mints cookies left, here’s a yummy milkshake I made with a few I was able to spare.
As I previously mentioned, my friend from Pittsburgh was visiting last week. On his final night in San Diego, he requested sushi. So we decided to take him to what has recently become one of our favorite sushi bars in San Diego, Sushi Tadokoro.
We have enjoyed our last few experiences at Sushi Tadokoro. The selection is a little small, but the quality of fish is very fresh, the prices are on the low side for a sushi bar experience, and the sushi chefs are quite skilled.
This was a great way to start the meal. I love that they brushed sauce on the fish and no soy sauce was required. The rice to fish ratio was just right and we really enjoyed watching the precision and process as the sushi chef made each piece of nigiri.
Similar to red snapper, this was our first time trying this. It was a little too fishy tasting for me but DH enjoyed it. The chef took his time on this one, adding just a drop of lemon and grating salt from a salt block for the finish.
This was one of my favorites of of the night. After we ordered it, the chef sliced the red jewel colored flesh and then put the slices in a small container of marinade, where they soaked for a few minutes before he worked with the fish again.
We went our separate ways in this course. DH choosing one of his favorites, the kohada.
For the shrimp head, there was a choice of deep fried or miso soup. My friend chose the deep fried version. This was his first experience with live shrimp and he really enjoyed it.