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Review: Angel Sweet - Chandler, AZ

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Review: Angel Sweet - Chandler, AZ

Seth Chadwick | Mar 12, 2006 08:05 PM

One of the best investments I have ever made was buying a new car radio that gave me XM Satellite Radio. Oodles of channels of music, news, sports, talk, and a live feed from the E! television network. Ah... life.

Every so often, I am amazed by a song that comes on the radio, mainly because it reminds me of some distant, past memory and brings either a tear to my eye or instant hostility. However, it was the random playing of "MacArthur Park" by Donna Summer on the 70s channel that kept me from getting to work on time because I had to sing along - if only for the sheer comedic effect of me in my Ford Focus singing "MacArthur Park" in the parking garage of my place of employment.

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Spring was never waiting for us, girl
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance
Between the parted pages and were pressed,
In love's hot, fevered iron
Like a striped pair of pants
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Thank goodness my boss was equally entertained at the thought and didn't dock me the time.

The next random chance I had to hear Ms. Summer's "MacArthur Park" was on the 202 loop in Phoenix as I headed to the 101 to go try some gelato at "Angel Sweet" in Chandler. I was looking forward to seeing how the flavors of this place were and also wanted to compare it to The Gelato Spot, which is just a hop, skip and jump from my home.

So, there I was, clearly exceeding the speed limit and helping Donna sing about her woes regarding MacArthur Park.

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MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down...
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!
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I found the strip mall that housed Angel Sweet at the corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road in Chandler. I parked and saw the small crowd gathered inside and walked in to peruse the treats.

Angel Sweet is a very tiny place with only two or three tables and a small bar-like area where about six or seven more people can sit. The gelato selections are in a case that wraps around the left middle of the space. I walked up to the counter and looked at the selections. There was certainly no lack of choice.

Since it was my first time at Angel Sweet, I decided to go with some of the basics. I selected the Strawberry, the Chocolate and the Pistachio. This three scoop choice was a large ($4.41) and the server immediately placed it into a styrofoam container, but placed it so that a third of each part of the cup - side by side - was used. You didn't have to dig to the bottom to get a taste of any flavor.

As she scooped each piece, I noticed some of the other flavors and they all looked delicious. What I did miss, however, was the Wildberry Mix gelato and the MCC (Milk Chocolate Caramel) gelato because both had been exhauted by the hungry masses in the East Valley. I so wanted to sample them, because the names alone left me begging for a taste.

I got my cup o' treat and went to the bar-like area and sat down, enjoying my gelato and making mental notes on each flavor, while also remembering the second stanza of lyrics to MacArthur Park.

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I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground around your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing checkers by the trees
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My first taste was of the Strawberry and it packed a nice punch. Very full bodied and flavorful and realistic in flavor. I loved the extra creamy texture. Next up was the Chocolate. Very, very nice. Smooth, silky and not too sweet and not too bitter. Just an excellent Chocolate gelato all the way around.

The final test was the Pistachio. I was pleased by the natural color as I love Pistachio Ice Cream but always hated the screaming green color that always gave me concern about what Screaming Green Dye #14 was doing to the lining of my stomach. I took a bite and a smile crossed my face. It was excellent. The pistachio flavor was very strong and little bits of pistachio were in every bite. It wasn't overly sweet and really was the winner of the three.

I took my time finishing my cup o' treat, as a large was really quite a lot of gelato and rather filling. It was excellent from beginning to end.

After finishing it, I noticed that the number of people were increasing and the space was filling up fast. I departed and started comparing it to The Gelato Spot as I walked to the car, while humming the chorus to MacArthur Park along the way.

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MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down...
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no!
-----

Overall, I would say that Angel Sweet and The Gelato Spot are comparable. For smoothness and texture, I give the nod to Angel Sweet. Gelato Spot will often have texture issues that don't affect the flavor, but do make it an odd sensation in the mouth.

For flavors, I give the nod to Gelato Spot. Where both establishments offer a wide range of flavors, Gelato Spot seems to be a bit more adventurous and is willing to take a risk with flavor mixes. I can't say for sure, but if the two first items at Angel Sweet that sold out were the Wildberry mix and the MCC, that should tell you what your clientel may want.

Space wise, it is a toss up. Angel Sweet is tiny and people were standing around outside eating. Gelato Spot has plenty of space inside and out for tables, but the noise level is horrendous, especially from the teens that wander inside. (I swear, if I have to hear "Oh my gawd!" one more time at Gelato Spot, I may take hostages.)

As I got into my car, I was very happy with my purchase at Angel Sweet. This is a great place for the East Valley and I would drop by again in a heartbeat, particularly after a wonderful meal at Chino Bandito.

I turned on the ignition and got ready to drive back to East Phoenix. I burst out laughing at the song on the radio because it made this great evening complete.

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Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down that boogie and play that funky music till you die
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Angel Sweet
1900 West Chandler Boulevard
Chandler, AZ 85224
Dress: Casual
Website: www.angelsweetgelato.com

Link: http://phoenixfeast.blogspot.com

Image: http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c20...

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