It’s been almost a month since I’ve been frequenting Azucar Ice Cream Company in Little Havana. My love for them can not be broken as they now have Coca Cola Ice Cream. The ice cream is infused with Coca Cola and then Coke syrup is layered within it. How was it? Creamy delicious and just enough Coke to remind you what you’re having, a winner in my book.
My wife Marcela introduced me to Raspados Loly’s back in 1998. Raspados are Nicaraguan Icees. There’s a giant block of ice which is shaved, packed into a cup and layered with Dulce de leche.
You don’t have to choose Dulce de leche though, there are other flavors like Nancite (yellow cherries), Tamarindo, Pineapple, Jocote (a type of plum), Strawberry, Mango and Mamoncillo(when in season). You can also order it “con relleno” which means they’ll add some poundcake to it. Raspados Loly’s originated in Nicaragua and has been around for over 50 years.
Block of Ice
Flavoring a Raspado
The shop also sells regular icees, Ice cream, Nicaraguan cajetas (sweets) and my personal favorite, Nicaraguan Coke.
Marcela also loves Coyolitos. Coyolitos are like a bitter coconut. The inside is ground up, rolled into a ball and then rolled again in sugar. They look like little chocolate doughnut balls. Personally, I thought it taste like bad licorice.
If you’ve never had a Raspado I say you give it a try and Marcela wanted me to pass along a suggestion. Order the Dulce de leche con relleno and make sure you mash it up, she says it tastes better that way.
If you read this blog enough then you know that other than my Burger fascination, my Coca-Cola obsession is second to none. On Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 9PM (10PM, 12AM & 1AM) CNBC will be premiering a one hour documentary that “reveals never-before-seen labs, secret archives and high-tech product testing” about the Coca-Cola company. Alright, I’m sold. Check out this clip:
I love Coca-Cola. I would like to thank them for trying to help me control my calorie intake by creating a 90 calorie can of Coke that comes in packs of 8. I’m sure now they can sleep well at night. Thank you so much.
Coca Cola’s New Freestyle machines will be available in several Southern California restaurants in a couple of weeks. It’s going to be touch screen and will have the potential to create 100 different drinks. How? It will allow you to choose a base flavor (Coke, Sprite etc..) and then infuse it with other flavors like Grape or Strawberry. Pretty cool stuff. Unfortunately there’s no word on when it will make it’s way to Florida (it’s in Florida as of June 2011). The idea is to have these set up in restaurants to increase the variety and to help the Coca Cola Company understand regional tastes and purchasing behavior. Plus, they’re awesome.
My original reason for heading out to Atlanta was to check out the World Of Coca-Cola. I am a gigantic Coke fan, not the fanatic who collects items (OK, maybe a little) but one who is obsessed with drinking it. You’d think this would be some sort of Shangri-la for me and part of it was.
World Of Coke Memorabilia
The first room we entered after the holding area was full of Coke memorabilia. We were forced to stand through some tired old routine and even worse, some junior high kids screaming “Pepsi” as their favorite drink as if it was the most original idea ever.
World Of Coke Book
World Of Coke Level One
World Of Coke Level Two
Next we are marched into a theater where we watch “The Happiness Factory”. It’s an animated film about what happens when you deposit a quarter into a Coke vending machine (I’d rather watch a film about who came up with this horrible idea). The entire time my friend is whispering in my ear how much he hates me for forcing him to sit through this. He needn’t worry, I hate myself for it also.
The 2 best areas were the bottling area and the tasting area (attractions 7 and 11 for those of you following along). The bottling was not really all that big but gave you an idea of how the machines that bottle do their jobs. At the end was a quality control area for some reason, I’m not buying it.
Some of the “attractions” here are very reminiscent of the ones that were previously located at World Of Coca-Cola in Las Vegas (that attraction is closed but I believe the store there is still open). The last area, “Taste It!” allows you to sample over 60 different drinks that Coca-Cola sells throughout the world.
The Good Stuff
Drinks with the dreaded Beverly at the end
If you’ve ever wondered what the worst possible soft drink is, look no further. It can been found at the World Of Coca-Cola. Beverly from Italy has to be the worst drink ever created. I don’t see how any one can like this. I think this clip sums it all up nicely:
If you’re in Atlanta, check out the World Of Coca-Cola but even better, when you’re there trick your friend into drinking Beverly by telling them how great it is. Trust me, it worked on me.
So we started off with the OK Cafe this morning, great place, thanks to GhenghisJuan for the suggestion. Checked out the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coke, could not park at Burgers & More. Decided to Check out Abdullah The Butchers‘ House of Ribs and Chinese Food and we met Abdullah the Butcher. Closed out the night at Big Pie In The Sky, made famous by Man v. Food. Tried a smaller version of the Carnivore. Be back tomorrow with another update.
I started writing the Burger Beast food blog to tell folks about those little forgotten gems in South Florida. Over the course of the last 4 years or so I've added News, Opinions, & Tips on a variety of Food related subjects. My first love will always be Burgers but Comfort Food is where it's at. At the end of the day I’m a regular dude who writes about a bunch of things I think you should know about.