Summer sucks. Soaking up the scorching rays of the sun is just not my idea of fun. I’ve actually been feeling so uninspired to write anything — the excruciating heat seems to zap my “creative juices” dry. The only things I love about summer are: (1) I don’t need to wake up early to get my daughter ready for school and (2) I get to enjoy all those summer coolers. Like ice cream!
The French term à la mode means “according to the prevailing style” or literally, “in the fashion.” In the gastronomic sense, however, it has come to refer to food served “with ice cream.” And since it’s officially ice cream season, I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite à la mode treats.
1. Skolatina from Cyma Restaurant (P295+)
This decadent chocolate cake oozing with warm molten chocolate is the perfect hot-and-cold dessert. With scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream and yummy caramel sauce lending layers of flavors to this sweet creation, it’s a marvelous way to end a meal. Can you say ‘foodgasm’?
2. Chocnut Cha-cha from Cello’s Doughnuts (P90)
A pillowy-soft doughnut smothered in everyone’s favorite Chocnut candy topped with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and crowned with even more crushed Chocnut is a sure-fire way to beat the summer heat! The whole thing just looks a lot sweeter than it actually tastes, but really, ice cream + doughnut = a match made in dessert heaven!
3. Honeybread Gelato from Caffe Ti-amo (P120)
If you’re looking for something filling but still refreshing, why not try the Honeybread Gelato? Two small scoops of luscious gelato and blueberries sit atop a thick slice of subtly sweet honey-and-butter-soaked toasted bread. Deliciously different!
4. Nutella Chocolate Crepe à la Mode from The French Baker (P125)
Thin and light crepe filled with world-famous Nutella spread served with ice cream and garnished with almond slivers. Simply scrumptious!
5. Turon Split from Mang Inasal (P39)
Now here’s a very affordable summer cooler that celebrates Pinoy pride. A new take on banana split, this Turon Split is another hot-and-cold dessert that really satisfies. Three scoops of sorbetes (Pinoy-style ice cream made with coconut milk) and two pieces of turon (banana fritters) make this an irresistible dessert or snack on sweltering days. And for only P39, what’s there to complain about?
I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!