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Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s all about the science at Creamistry Rowland Heights

Amy Hsiao has been friends with Jay Yim, owner of Creamistry, for a long time. Once Jay started to franchise, Amy wanted to open her own store outside of Orange County. Creamistry Rowland Heights’ grand opening was on February 20, 2015. Amy has been in the POS industry for over 20 years and actually helped Creamistry with their POS system. POS means “Point of Service” which is the revamped form of a “cash register” and “ordering system”. Yet, today’s technology makes it far more user friendly for the operator. For the customer at Creamistry, it means customization from choosing the ice cream base, flavors, mix-ins, and using different methods of payment. For the operator, the system encompasses reports for a customized period, whether it is a certain hour of business or end-of-day reports, inventory, and much more.

At the Rowland Heights location, you’ll find it’s all about the science. Mr. Creamistry hosts field trip days where local schools will bring in students to learn about liquid nitrogen and how it works and interacts with materials. They get a hands-on course on Creamistry ice cream making. There is also a large video wall where educational videos can be displayed while the students are learning.

Here are some flavors you might like to try:

Signature Premium Churro tastes exactly like a churro. It has the right amount of cinnamon and sugar for that churro flavor. The sugar crystals add a contrasting texture to the creamy ice cream. Rating: 5/5

Signature Premium Peanut Butter with Raspberry Sauce tastes just like a PB&J. It’s great for the kids, but adults will like it too. It is a trip down memory lane of mom packing your lunch for school. The peanut butter ice cream is packed with peanut butter flavor – almost as if you are eating it right out of the jar. The raspberry sauce adds a sweet and tart tang and will remind you of jelly or preserves. Rating: 5/5

Signature Premium Captain Crunch is like frozen breakfast heaven. The Captain Crunch stays crunchy and adds a sweet corn and oat flavor. If you are like me and grew up on the cereal, you have to try it. It is the #1 flavor sold at Creamistry. The ice cream base becomes your “milk” with the cereal. You just have to try it and be amazed! Rating: 4.5/5

Signature Premium Cookies & Cream is like having Oreos and milk. Oreos on their own are not super sweet so the flavor is more subtle in the ice cream. The chocolate cookie stays crunchy and adds a nice texture to the mix. Rating: 4/5

Creamistry Rowland Heights “blinded me with science”.

Mother's Day Special:
  • Great Mother’s Day Gift (available only at the Rowland Heights location) – Receive a $25 gift certificate for only $20. Bring your mom back on Mother’s Day 2015 and she will receive free coffee, a rose, and a message from you on the video wall to show her how much you love and appreciate her.
  • All Creamistry locations are offering Buy One Get One Free for customers who bring in their moms on Mother’s Day (Sunday, 5/10/2015 only)

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
1390 S Fullerton Rd Ste 104
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 12pm to 11pm, Sunday from 12pm to 10pm

Wine Review: Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo D.O.C.G. 2010

Damilano started in 1890 when Giuseppe Borgogno began to vinify his own estate wines. The goal was to produce the finest expression of Barolo. Over the years, the 12-acre property was passed to his son-in-law, Giacomo Damilano. With his children, they developed a passion for the vineyards and continued the family legacy. In 1997, the Damilano winery was passed to Giacomo’s grandchildren (Paolo, Mario, and Guido Damilano) who continue to manage the winery today.

The town of Barolo, “King of Wines”, is located in the beautiful and agriculturally rich Langhe region of Italy. Damilano’s vineyards are located in the communes of Barolo, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour, Novello, La Morra, Casorzo, Serralunga, Diano d’Alba, and Vezza d’Alba. Beppe Caviola, renowned enologist, and Gianpiero Romana, argronomist, ensure that their 180 acres of select vineyards are looked after just as generations before.

Along with the four single-vineyard Barolo wines, Damilano produces a critically acclaimed Barolo ‘Lecinquevigne’ (“the five vineyards”). It is made with 100% Nebbiolo. The production area include Castellero (Barolo), Ala Cavourrina (Grinzane Cavour), Ravera (Novello), Bussia (Monforte), and Le Coste (Barolo). The vines range from 30 to 50 years old and sit on calcareous-clay. It has an alcohol content of 14% by volume. The grapes are fermented at a controlled temperature for 15 days. The wine is aged for 24 months in large oak barrels and 12 months in the bottle.

Tasting notes:
  • Hue: Ruby red with orange reflections
  • Aromas experienced: Mild floral, berry, oak, and black cherry
  • Flavors experienced: Slightly sweet dark cherry, slight sour rhubarb/plum, spicy bite, and oak
  • Body: Dry and heavy on the front of the palate, soft finish yet lingers on the palate
  • Food pairings: Steak, prime rib, beef stew, roasted lamb, venison, hearty pasta dishes, and charcuterie
  • Rating: 2.7/5

Damilano Barolo is the perfect pairing for the carnivore!

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Wine Review: Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso 2010

Prince of Piombino, Ugo Boncompagni-Ludovisi, built Scacciadiavoli estate in 1884. Scacciadiavoli means “cast out the devils” and is named for a 19th century exorcist who used wines while performing exorcisms. According to the legend, a young woman who seemed to be possessed entrusted the exorcist to free her from the demon. Using potions and infusions to no avail, he made her drink red wine from the area until she became drunk. The girl then came back to her senses and was supposedly freed her from her “demons”.

The Pambuffetti family owns Scacciadiavoli now and is made up of 130 hectares. 35 hectares make up the vineyard which covers a hill in the heart of the “Montefalco” appellation. Annual production is approximately 250,000 bottles.

Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso D.O.C. 2010 is made with Sangiovese 60%, Sagrantino 15%, and Merlot 25%. Harvest is from 15th of September until mid-October. Aging occurs in aged barrels and large tanks made from French oak for 12 months and then in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months. Montefalco Rosso lends itself well to aging for years.

Tasting Notes:

  • Hue: Deep ruby red with violet and light garnet hues
  • Aromas experienced: Slight berry
  • Flavors experienced: Sweet berry on the front of the palate with dry finish
  • Body: Fruity full-bodied with dry finish
  • Food pairings: Strong cheese, prime rib, pot roast, steak, fruit, lasagna
  • Rating: 2.8/5

Scacciadiavoli is a legendary wine with stories to behold.

For more information:
 Localitá Cantinone
06036 Montefalco – Perugia
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