My husband, being from NJ, was very eager to try Jeremiah's Italian Ice when I first mentioned that there was a new "ice-cream" place in town that always seems to have line around it.
Yesterday (on our way home from Udipi Cafe's excellent weekend lunch buffet), we stopped by to check it out.
Having grown up in the midwest, I really didn't know anything about Italian ice before walking up to the order window, so I followed by husband's lead and ordered a small lemon ice. For those like me who are not in the know, Italian ice is not ice cream; it's a very fine, strong flavored "slush" mixture that is generally served in smaller portions and stirred before eaten to break up the accumulated icy bits. This results in a silkier texture than snow, if you've ever eaten that. Later, I also found that my husband acknowledges two Italian ice flavors: cherry and lemon. While I don't think his is a general rule shared amongst all Italian Ice fans, I can assure you that Jeremiah's has many, many more flavors to choose from than that.
My first bites were silky, sweet, and lemony with chewy little bits of lemon zest mixed in. As I continued through my dessert, the zest seemed to grab more and more palate-space and what was at first sweet, sweet, sweet became a wonderful balance of sugar, acid, and bitter lemon flavors. My husband, by the way, was quiet during most of the dessert eating, but was smiling when he finished and stated that the lemon ice is an ample representation of what he ate during his childhood summers.
In all, I highly recommend this place if you are looking for something different than the current lackluster ice cream offerings in Orlando. I'm almost looking forward to summer now...ummm...okay, not really, but I do think that Jeremiah's will make my summertime experience much more pleasurable.
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