Ithaca Trip Review Part 3: Purity Ice Cream Co.

On our first day in Ithaca after our filling meal at Agava, my family wanted to stop off for a nice treat. After doing a bit of research on Google for the best ice cream places in the area, we stumbled upon Purity Ice Cream. This ice cream parlor has gotten many high ratings over the years, since it first opened in the early 1900s. In 1936, it was named the “Ice Cream of the Finger Lakes”. Since then, they have evolved to not only serve ice cream, but to also offer breakfast, lunch, ice cream cakes, other sweet treats, and coffee.

Purity Ice Cream has an extensive amount of ice cream flavors, and cool combinations. And though it would’ve been great to try them all, I played it safe and got one scoop of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, along with another scoop of Strawberry. As described on the menu, The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough was “packed with cookie dough and chocolate chunks”, and the Strawberry was “strawberry ice cream with [strawberry] puree”. I have to say, I was not expecting the quantity I was served. The two scoops I was given went well over the top of the small cup I ordered. And this was definitely a pleasant surprise! I was struggling to finish the whole cup, but I believe that says more about my ice cream-eating abilities. This ice cream was definitely VERY tasty, but I did find the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough a bit overly sweet (once again, this could just be a reflection of how infrequently I eat at ice cream parlors, though). Even if you’re not a fan of super-sweet desserts, I do recommend trying flavors such as the Green Tea, the Strawberry, or other less-adventurous blends.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy trying Purity’s ice cream, and seeing if it lived up to all the positive things being said about it. As mentioned, it definitely did. Next time my family and I take a trip to Ithaca, I hope we stop off at Purity Ice Cream again. And maybe next time I’ll be adventurous enough to try a few of the more far-fetched flavors.

Here’s the link to the Purity Ice Cream website:

Ithaca Trip Review Part 2: Starbucks

During my family’s 4-day trip in Ithaca, New York, we decided to take a drink at one of the most beloved coffee breweries across the United States: Starbucks. Starbucks is known for their incredible take on coffee, their flavorful original creations, and for being quite popular among all generations. When in Ithaca, my family and I stopped to grab some Starbucks twice. The first time, I stuck to my usual order, and the second time I decided to try one of their newest Frappuccino® drinks.

Starbucks’ Matcha Tea Frappuccino®: Starbucks’ Matcha Tea Frappuccino® has been my go-to order ever since I discovered my love for all-things matcha and green tea flavored. This drink is absolutely amazing. It has the sweetness that you would look for in a typical Starbucks drink, while also being balanced out by that slightly-grassy flavor. I am very much aware that this “grassy flavor” is what turns people off when they drink matcha tea. But I assure you that a little whipped cream in your Frappuccino® will cure all your worries.

Starbucks’ Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino®: Starbucks’ Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino® is essentially a “funnel cake-flavored syrup blended with [the standard frappuccino ingredients], layered with strawberry puree… and powdered-sugar-funnel-cake pieces”. I know that I’m definitely a sucker for funnel cake, so I thought that this would be the perfect drink to curb my funnel cake cravings. I must say, that this drink doesn’t live up to my expectations. I was hoping that the funnel cake-flavored syrup would taste just like funnel cake, while it merely just tasted like a sickly-sweet syrup that was a poor attempt at it. Additionally, the powdered-sugar-funnel-cake pieces resembled Rice Krispy Treat cereal pieces. Something about the drink that I did enjoy, was how the funnel cake pieces (possibly Rice Krispy Treat pieces) were incorporated into the drink itself. Every time that I took a sip, I would get a bunch of the small pieces along with the drink. This helped make the taste a bit more bearable. Though clearly this drink wasn’t perfect, I have to give Starbucks credit for attempting such a wild idea. And I believe with a bit more trial-and-error, this Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino® could end up being a huge success.

Takeout During Corona?

During COVID-19, there has been the ongoing question: is it okay to eat out?

Well today, my family and I decided to just go for it. We haven’t eaten out in around 3 months, and we figured that we probably weren’t going to get a chance to eat out again. So, we decided to order some Cheesecake Factory. We got the Chicken Bellagio, the Orange Chicken, the Chicken Pot Stickers, and a kids pizza with bacon on top.

When the food arrived, my parents decided to stick it all in the oven to try and kill all of the possible germs on it. This made the food taste a little different than usual, but it had the same overall taste.

So, my answer to this ongoing question, would be to pace yourself. If you want to eat out once a month, go for it. But I wouldn’t do it excessively so that you can prevent getting sick.

Review: Ruby Thai Kitchen

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

Today, I went to the mall with my friend. And while scouring the food court for someplace yummy to eat, we fount the Ruby Thai Kitchen.

First, we got the Thai Fried Rice. It was delicious fried rice with corn, peas, and carrots, and the rice was a nice, tender consistency, and had a great taste. We also had some sweet and sour chicken, and fried shrimp and veggies, which was also delicious.

Another great thing is that they had Apple Pay all set up. You could pay with your phone, and it was quick and easy to do.

I really enjoyed the Ruby Thai Kitchen, and would definitley go back a second time.

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Review: Chick-Fil-A

AKT Rating: 3 WOWS!!!

Yesterday, while on the road with my family, my Dad insisted that we try Chick-Fil-A for the first time. Now, I knew that Chick-Fil-A had been getting a lot of hype in the past year, but I had never tried it. So, I figured that this was my opportunity to figure out what the hype was all about.

So, after we ordered takeout, and we began to eat, I realized that Chick-Fil-A really isn’t all that. Though the chicken strips there aren’t actually that bad, the foods that incorporate the chicken with other ingredients, for example the spicy chicken sandwich, could’ve been executed a little better, and could’ve tasted a little better too. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of their waffle fries, or their mac’n cheese. I thought the whole things was average or below average in terms of taste and presentation. Overall, I thought there were also WAY too many pickles! In every sandwich there were pickles. And for a non-pickle-lover like me, it’s not the most convenient. In conclusion, I probably wouldn’t eat there again, unless it was a dire emergency.

Review: Goody’s Burger House

AKT Review: 5 WOWS!

While I was in Athens, Greece, I went shopping with my aunt at the huge, luxurious, and foodie-friendly mall. After lots and lots of shopping, we eventually decided to get something to eat. First, we decided to stop off at Goody’s. Goody’s is a burger house (probably one of the best) only in Greece. When I went, I ordered the Extreme Club Crispy. And when it says extreme, it literally means: EXTREME. It was basically a jumbo platter with delicious club sandwiches and a butt load of fries. But boy! Was it delicious. I ended up having to give away 2 of the sandwiches because that platter was way too big for me to eat all by myself. The sandwiches had inside crispy fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, sauce (which I’m assuming was mayo), and bacon. and, it was a two layer sandwich, which means that there were three slices of bread, and twice the amount of fillings! And all of this was held together by one measly toothpick. As a refreshment, I got some Sprite.

Review: Whole Foods

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS!

Address: 319 Chimney Rock Rd, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807

A few weeks ago, I had gone to Whole Foods to experience not only the wonders of a new grocery store, but to try out the food I had heard so much about from my mom. When I went, I had tried a delicious pizza. On it had buffalo chicken, and chives. After destroying this masterpiece, I had tried some of the hibachi noodles. I loves the concept, just hated how they were cold.  I just recently went back again, and this time picked out some chicken wontons. As delicious as they were, they were cold, and kind of hard. Maybe, I would have liked them to be hotter…. Both times that I had went I had a bottle of Bai: Panama Peach Antioxidant Infusion. Now if you haven’t tried this already, it’s a must have. Delicious, and very healthy for your skin. I also had tried some of their mochi japanese ice cream. DELICIOUS, and, once again, a must have.  Though Whole Foods has some definite Food-Faults, they are definitely worth checking out.

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Review: Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

Quality Rating: 5 YUMS!

Price Rating: 3 $$$!

A few days ago, my family and I decided to dine at the Cheesecake Factory. If you love cheesecake and delicious portions, you’ve probably come here before, and LOVED it. Like I have.

I just recently tried the S’mores Cheesecake because of my uncontrollable s’more obsession, and totally fell in love. This cheesecake is a must have. Every. Single. Time. Trust me.

Not the healthiest option. Nope, definitely not. Not the most affordable. Yeah, no. But, one of the more visually and deliciously tempting ones. One of the best. Just, be sure to have a glass of water next to you, because this sure is sweet.

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Review: Somerville Central Pizza

AKT Rating: 2 WOWS!

Somerville Central Pizza is a small pizza place in Somerville. Due to it’s central-ness, many people probably come here after taking a stroll, or doing some shopping. Because it seems like such a viable pizza option for the locals in Somerville, I decided to try it out.

Overall, the pizza there isn’t as delicious as some of the other places I’ve tried. My family and I also typically receive pick-up, so by the time it came home, the cheese was a little too stuck to the toppings, and it wasn’t the nice, gooey, slice of pizza that we all know and love.

Though this place might be convenient location-wise, it didn’t have the quality I was looking, and hoping, for.