Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Travels with Brownie: Peach Ice Cream and the Taste of Summer at Mt. Desert Is. Ice Cream in Portland, ME

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Blondie's
not the only one whose been doing a little traveling lately. This past weekend I was up in Portland, Maine and was fortunate to 1) find a parking spot in the Old Port and 2) to discover that said parking spot was right across the street from Portland's relatively new ice cream shop, Mt. Desert Is. Ice Cream. Fearless flavors? Yes, please!

Mt. Desert Island itself is home to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert Is. Ice Cream, founded in 2005, has 2 shops out in Bar Harbor. They opened their Portland shop in late May and have been doing gangbuster business (especially ever since they got a visit from ice cream-lover-in-chief and his family back in July).

What attracted me most to the shop was their tagline, "fearless flavor." Lawman is an unabashed ice cream lover. He calls it the most perfect food in the world. While I like ice cream, I'm not quite as taken as he is, mainly because there are a lot of, well, kind of boring and overly sweet ice cream flavors out there. Such was not the case at Mt. Desert Is. where I spent a good 15 minutes trying to figure out what to order because everything looked so good. With exotic flavors like Avocado, Thai Chili, Caramelized Plantain, Bourbon Raisin, Blueberry Basil, and Nectarine Prosecco to name just a few, there was much to consider on their menu.

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For all of his ice cream love, Lawman actually choose to get double scoop of their Cucumber Lime and their Grapefruit sorbets. Sweet, tart and intensely refreshing, these were everything you'd want in a summer dessert.

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I also tried their peach ice cream which was creamy with ample bits of peach mixed in. I had no idea that because of the water content, peach ice cream is really hard to do well and with the peaches being so good this year, you'll want to give this one a try.

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Mt. Desert Is. has some of the very best ice cream (and sorbets) I've had in recent memory. I can't wait to make a return trip. Keep up with MDIIC's latest flavors via Facebook.

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Mt. Desert Is. Ice Cream
51 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
207 210 3432
Open year round

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