Just a fun post about gelato this morning.  Recently, a new gelato place opened up here in Burlington, right on Lakeshore at Brant St. Seems to be the place to be this summer.  Every time we go the line up is out the door! It has become the place to meet up with friends, to connect, to walk by the lake and eat a sumptuous gelato. Especially for those of us who are pregnant this summer, gelato is especially appealing.

What the big deal? Why not just enjoy DQ or 31 Flavours this summer? There are a few key differences between gelato and ice cream.  From about.com here are a few key differences:

  • Ice cream legally has a minimum of 10 percent fat, gelato is made with a greater proportion of whole milk to cream, so it contains more like five to seven percent fat.
  • Gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream, so it’s denser because not as much air is whipped into the mixture.
  • Ice cream is typically served frozen, gelato is typically stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature, so it’s not quite completely frozen.
  • Finally, the flavours in gelato are much more intense

The most difficult part of a visit to our gelato place? Choosing flavours! I usually get 2 different ones in a medium cup – there are so many combinations. Some of our favorites include Ferrero Rocher, Citrus Medley, Nutella, Passionfruit, Limoncello, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Amaretto, Hazelnut … mmmm I could go on and on. It’s really fun because it’s something you do with friends, so there are always different flavours to try out.

What’s even more interesting is that this gelateria has done no advertising that I have seen, they are not listed in the yellow pages and the take cash only.  Seems like this would be a problem for most businesses.  Word of mouth is so powerful – and that is evident by the number of people you see lined up on a daily basis.  It also helps that the service is very fast and that you can sample as many flavours as you like before choosing. Finally, our scorching hot summer has also helped. We mused about whether they would be able to stay in business during the winter – it’s hard to say.  It’s really a destination – as opposed to many other ice cream/dessert type places that are an impulse buy.  Will they be able to stay afloat based on their summer sales? I certainly hope so! My baby isn’t due until October and I plan on continuing to visit again and again.

Do you have a favorite ice cream or gelato place? Or a great gelato story? Share with us in the comments! Have a great day and see you at the gelato place – Thursday nights, 9:30 pm after yoga class.

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