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Yes!! It finally happened!!! The Big Gay Ice Cream!

I know…I know! I can’t believe it took me this long to get myself some Big Gay Ice Cream. What was I thinking?!?!

Look how happy I am surrounded by unicorns and rainbows! The decor is brilliant!

Got a combo of :

Salty Pimp: Vanilla, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip

and

American Globs: vanilla, pretzels, chocolate dip, sea salt.

and this is what it looked like: Heaven!!

PLus…the staff rocked!

I’ll be heading back soon!! I need to sample EVERYTHING on that list!! Did you read the cococone? or the mermaid sundae? I could go for that right now! 

Sachlav! A comfort drink like no other….

After studying in London and traveling though India, I decided to settle down in Tel-aviv, Israel for a bit. One of the best parts of living there during the winters, aside from the fact that all it does is rain when I am used to living in 5 feet of snow, is Sachlav. Sachlav is an incredible, hot, thick, custardy, floral, crunchy, sweet drink that is served on the streets during the coldest seasons. I had one almost every day. It reminds me of a creamy porridge, except there is no grain and it is flavored with either rose water or orange blossom water.;) LOVE!

The drink Sachlav is traditionally made and thickened with the ground bulbs of the early purple orchid (called ‘sachlav’ in Hebrew and Arabic). The tubers of the orchid are dried and ground up to create a fragrant powder that thickens the drink. In place of Sachlav, cornstarch is more often used to thicken the drink, because it is cheaper and easier to find.

Servings: 1 large cup

Sachlav
1 ½ cup whole milk
1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
½ vanilla bean or tsp vanilla paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 ½  tablespoons water
1 teaspoon rosewater/or orange blossom water
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
1 tablespoon toasted peanuts/or pistachios (whatever you have on hand)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: Heat the milk, sugar, and vanilla in a pot on the stove, when it comes to a boil bring down the heat and pour in the corn starch mixture. Keep whisking while you bring the mixture back up to a boil. The mixture should thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. After letting it boil for a minute, turn off the heat and mix in the rosewater or orange blossom (whichever you prefer) and pour into a glass. Garnish the drink with the shredded coconut, peanuts or pistachios and the cinnamon. Serve hot. This is the perfect drink for after dinner or a treat before bed.