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01 December 2005

Gelato, Chocolate, & Mushrooms

Wednesday night, we went downtown so I could collect a kombucha "mushroom" from my brother's girlfriend. I'm not hoping for a miracle cure for anything, just a bit more energy and perhaps a metabolism boost. It's got six more days to ferment before I can taste it, and then I'll have to see if it has any effect. I do hope I can get used to the mad-scientist look of the thing in the kitchen.


The kombucha "mushroom" in my jar. Hocus pocus, eh?

After picking up the kombucha, we went to our favorite dessert destination in Portland - Mio Gelato - for some gelato and a cup of their newest treat: cioccolato caldo. Their hot chocolate is like nothing you've ever had - it's sweet and rich, but not excessively so, and the consistency of warm pudding. You might think it sounds like that stuff Starbucks had, but you'd be wrong - Starbucks' version (called a "Chantico") was chalky and too thick, and so rich that a teaspoon was very nearly two servings. So, put that Chantico nonsense out of your head and stop into a Mio Gelato soon (they now have three Portland locations). It's the perfect antidote to these cold, wet winter days.



And though this has nothing to do with food, I'm disturbed by this. As the saying goes, "I resemble that remark!"

5 comments:

Lynn said...

Kombucha rocks. When I first started drinking it regularly, it actually reduced the gray in my hair. Now it's just retarded the spread. :) My symbiote died recently and the replacement "grandchild" of my old one I got from a friend didn't take either. So I'm shroomless. Best storage: Find a friend who drinks a lot of Grolsch and have him save the bottles, or go down to Steinbarts and buy a case of EZCaps. Storing it in the EZCaps keeps the fizz. Don't store in plastic.

M said...

There's some place in the city that actually sells kombucha already in a bottle (sorta Snapple looking and flavored). If you dilute it, one bottle can last a week or longer.

As for the other comment here, WOW had no idea it worked on grey hair....

Jessica said...

My brother's girlfriend had been buying the bottled stuff at Whole Foods - but it's not cheap! Something like $3+ per bottle - and she was drinking one a day. I'm really curious to see how the home-brew tastes...

Food Dude said...

You might try the hot chocolate at Sahagun too. It isn't as thick, but has a much more complex flavor. I like them both, but tend to go to Mio Gelato since I could throw a rock and hit it from my house.

Jessica said...

If I could throw a rock at a Mio Gelato from my house I'd probably just move into the damned shop... I've been wanting to try Sahagun chocolates ever since you wrote that review, so the hot chocolate is just one more reason to make the trip!