Pitango gelato

Pitango gelato

Gelato, I love it. I love the wider array of flavors, the creamier, smoother texture. I like Dolcezza and enjoy that it’s sold at 14th and U’s farmers market, but have trouble spending $6 for half of a pint. I then saw myself shelling out $6.50 for a large at Pitango Gelato. It ain’t cheap. What was more ridiculous was their $11 and $22 take home sizes. Yeah.

This isn’t an everyday place to stop by at (at least for us mortals not making big bucks). But I must say, what I had was good. Pictured, three sorbets: concord grape, white grapefruit, and tangerine, and two gelatos: crema and vanilla chocolate chip. The texture on the sorbet was excellent, not icy or hard like most sorbets you get. The flavor on the concord grape and tangerine was spot on: saturated yet refreshing. The white grapefruit was a little more subtle, and it took me really trying to taste much flavor out of it. The crema and vanilla chocolate chip were solid, but I’d like to taste some of their more inventive flavors as well (chocolate noir, bourbon vanilla, anyone?). While the larges were expensive, they did do a good job of packing it full of gelato/sorbet – they gave me more than I thought I would I get.

So the verdict: thumbs up for the flavor, a meh for the pricing. I appreciate it’s all organic but I do wish it were a bit more affordable. It’s a special treat once and a while, not a place to go every hot day when you’re craving something cool.

Pink November's new location

Pink November's new location

Guess I’m stating the obvious, but I went into Pink November’s new location on U street the other day, hoping to get the scoop about their new location and perhaps do some shopping. However, I quickly realized I could afford… nothing. The cheapest item I could find was a pretty boring T-shirt for $92, most of the dresses were in the $250 to $400 range and the most expensive was nearly $1000. OK, no shopping for me, but what about the new location?

I went on a weekday afternoon, and I knew it would be empty. I was hoping, though, that I would be able to talk to whomever was working there. However, the whole 15 minutes I spent in the store subtly trying to get the woman’s attention, she was on the phone ignoring me. So, Pink November: still unaffordable and now sort of unfriendly. I don’t want to knock any local businesses, I want to support them, but I think it would behove them to at least greet their customers as they enter and leave the store, especially when it’s empty.

As a break from the sad news I’ve been reporting about local violence, here’s an interesting post from Mighty Appetite about a geekery of scallops I bet you didn’t know existed. I love scallops, seared, with some great sauce; if I go to a restaurant and seared scallops are on the menu, 9 times out of 10 that’s what I’m ordering. I have, however, never cooked them, mostly because they’re a little too pricey for my tight budget.

Searing scallops, courtesy of Justin Marx (Flickr)

Searing scallops, courtesy of Justin Marx (Flickr)

Guest poster Julia Beizer gives us way more info on scallops, how to buy them, the different kinds, then I ever would have known. A lot of her info comes from BlackSalt fishmonger Scott Weinstein and if you’re a food geek like me, it’s worth the read.

Finally, three lovely-sounding recipes featuring scallops are prepared. The curry-dusted scallops with pea puree sound especially alluring. Man, next time I’m at the grocery store I might have to break my budget for that one indulgent splurge of scallops and try cooking them myself.