Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I have been looking forward to the opening of Sweet Rose Creamery, the new ice-cream shop from proprietors Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb (Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry) for months. Today, at noon on the dot, the doors opened. My kids pleaded with me to let them stay home from school so they could be the first to taste the ice-cream. I said no. I had to. They have testing all this week and I thought that was a little more important. Not much, but a little.
A favorite story about my mother, who I have been missing a lot lately as this past Sunday was Mother's Day -
One day when I was in the 4th grade, shuffling my feet under my desk and looking at the posters, at my friends, out the window, anywhere but at the blackboard, a head suddenly appeared in the classroom doorway. It was my mom. She whispered something to the teacher and I caught the words "family emergency." The teacher motioned for me to gather my things and go with my mom who was standing looking a little too pleased with herself for anything to be really wrong. Still, I was a bit nervous. We got into the hallway and I asked, "What's the matter?" "Nothing" my mother replied. "Gone with the Wind is playing at the movie theatre and I want you to come see it with me." It was an great afternoon. We shared a large popcorn and I discovered, for the first time, the power of the movies. What I realized as an adult, long after my mom had died at age 40, when I was just 15, was that memories, the tender, precious memories of really special moments with your parents, are more important to a kid than almost anything. Gone with the Wind was playing in revival just that one day. Sweet Rose Creamery will be open for many years to come. You have lots of time to make special memories there with your own kids. And isn't that what you are really doing when you take your kids for ice cream? It's also a terrific excuse to give yourself a treat. If you need one.
I, on the other hand, needing no excuse other than my own sweet tooth and of course you, my dear readers, sat alone in the parking lot for 20 minutes before the Sweet Rose doors opened, praying that when I got in there wouldn't be any problem with the hot fudge. So - here's what I had for lunch about an hour ago- a 2 scoop sundae with vanilla and cafe luxxe coffee ice creams, chocolate fudge sauce, butterscotch sauce, and salted walnut crumbles. Oh, and whipped cream. Delicious. Did you expect anything less from Sweet Rose? The texture of the ice cream was perfect, soft, yielding in the mouth with no heavy mouth feel afterward. Not too sweet, wonderfully flavored. The coffee was especially good. I also tasted the ginger, so good I asked for a hand packed pint to bring home, and the banana. A pint of caramel came home with me too, as did this beautiful thing -
a s'mores ice cream pie. The homemade marshmallows were torched just before the pie was put in the box. Sweet Rose offers this size (serves 1-2) as well as larger sizes in flavors that will vary. Today they also have strawberry cream and banana caramel.
All the ice cream is made using Clover organic milk and cream. Several flavors are ready to go. A frozen yogurt, scooped, hadn't "set up" yet but will be available this afternoon. I hope that it's on the menu frequently.
Single scoops are $3.50, 2 scoops will run you $5, $6.25 for 3 scoops and $8 for a pint.
Like any good ice cream parlor Sweet Rose has a nice selection of shakes ( $7.50), sundaes ( $7.50), floats ( $5.50) and malts on the menu. A fantastic fudge pop, tasting like frozen chocolate pudding, costs $4.50. Bear in mind as you consider the prices that the ice cream is made with organic milk and cream - costs more and well worth it.
Sweet Rose offers 2 flavors of homemade waffle cones-
lots of toppings-
a variety of bottled drinks -
and root beer, cream soda and coke on tap for the floats. Root beer float, root beer float.... I know what I'm getting tomorrow, er, I mean next time.
The place is really charming, a contemporary take on an old fashioned ice-cream parlor.
Several tables on the patio that is soon to be shared by the newest Cafe Luxxe, set to open in a month or so.
Currently Sweet Rose Creamery operating hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 12-9. There is plenty of free parking in the Country Mart.
UPDATE as of 6/30/10
Sweet rose is now open 7 days a week from noon to 10pm
Sweet Rose Creamery
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street