Like kryptonite to Superman, ice cream is my weakness. Anytime it’s around I have to eat it. And if it’s not around but I hear about it, I have to go find it.
That’s exactly what happened when I started reading articles such as this one in the Washington Post and seeing tweets about the new ice cream shop from Ice Cream Jubilee, which opened their first store last weekend in the Navy Yard section of DC.
Ice Cream Jubilee isn’t exactly new to the DC scene, lawyer turned ice cream aficionado Victoria Lai has been churning out her unique flavors for the past couple years at DC’s Union Kitchen to be sold at Glen’s Garden Market and The Silver Spork.
I was drawn to Ice Cream Jubilee by their interesting flavors such as Thai iced tea, mango habanero and blueberry pie. Ironically enough I didn’t end up trying any of those flavors during my visit but I think I made some great choices. Prices start at $3 for one scoop and go up to $5.95 for three.
In my attempt to try as many flavors as possible I went with the triple scoop and ordered caramel popcorn, dark and stormy and banana bourbon caramel. I love all 3 of those things in their pure/food forms so I knew I’d be in for a treat.
All of the flavors were extremely well developed without being overpowering. The caramel popcorn was by far the most intriguing flavor I tried. I kept waiting to chomp down on a bite of actual caramel popcorn, but that never happened and it confused the signals going from my mouth to by brain just a little lol. How Victoria managed to capture the browned caramel goodness and popcorn flavor in ice cream, I’ll never know but she did. Bravo!
The dark & stormy had that sure hint of rum and a slight ginger taste but was the most underwhelming of the three– and that comes from someone who LOVES sipping dark & stormys. The flavor just wasn’t that compelling. The banana bourbon caramel was a sure wringer for one of my other favorite desserts, bananas foster. The bourbon sang along in the background while the banana and caramel flavors were more pronounced.
While the ice cream was tasty, something in the consistency was off for me. It’s possible that I could be soused to gelato and custard at this point that I’m out of touch with the consistency of regular ice cream, but I couldn’t help but notice that it was a tad bit icy. That aside, I’ll definitely be back to try some one the other flavors. I’d also suggest that Ice Cream Jubilee offer customers the option of buying pints to carry out of the store. I would have bought SO many other flavors to try at home if I had that option.
As far as décor goes, I loved the light and airiness of the shop and was particularly fond of the white wooden chairs out front that make you feel like you’re sitting on a boardwalk.
If ice cream is your thing but you’re bored by regular ‘ol vanilla, chocolate and strawberry(not that anything is wrong with that, vanilla is actually my fav ice cream flavor), take a trip down to Ice Cream Jubilee. Your tastebuds will thank me
And if you’re an ice cream enthusiast like me, you’ll make your way to Union Market tomorrow from 1-4pm for The DC Scoop to get a chance to taste the best ice cream DC has to offer!
Located in the Loews Madison Hotel, Rural Society is a contemporary take on an Argentinian Steakhouse and Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first foray into the DC dining scene.
As usual, let’s first talk decor. Rural Society is rustic and dimly lit but it doesn’t make you feel like you’re in a traditional steakhouse– there’s something homey about it actually. There’s a wine room and plenty of odes to the cow through our the dining rooms.
At the the heart of the restaurant is a blazing open, fire burning stoveAnd while I loved the warmth of the open hearth my favorite aspect of Rural Society are the “private rooms”. Each one feels like you’re sitting in a lovely home kitchen and has it’s own wet bar; an homage to Loews being the first hotel to have minibars. How cool is that!? I always love visiting places that have hidden stories and charm.
On to the food!
We noshed on a sampling from the dinner menu, including:
cured meats and cheesea trio of sausages – a typical chorizo, chorizo con queso and morcilla aka blood sausage*This was my first time having blood sausage and it wasn’t bad! The flavor was tasty but the texture which was a little mealy threw me off. Rural does there’s with an assortment of spices and pine nuts*
mollejas aka lamb sweet breads, rib eye and *It was also my first time having sweet breads. The almost silky texture was surprising but they were definiely flavored well, having been grilled on that open fire and served with chimichurri and lemon*
lastly we sampled the choclo fugazza(pizza) which was topped with asiago cheese, roasted red peppers crab and a corn cream*The crust was super crisp and my favorite part. Seriously, I could have just eaten the crust by itself. Which really says something because I usually eat all the toppings off of pizza and discard the crust lol*
I know this was merely a tasting but I would have loved to have gotten a chance to sample offering from some of their other categories; maybe one of the pastas, potato dishes or desserts. From what I did get to try, I enjoyed the fugazza and the steak with chimichurri sauce the best. The steak was suuuuper tender and the flavor was great.
I’d definitely go back to try more of their offerings and take in the décor. Maybe in one of those cute “private” rooms