The thing about summer is that it isn’t exactly the sort of season that encourages appetites. The blistering heat isn’t conducive to good eating and most body-conscious girls (God, I hate them!) would actually skip out on trying new things because they dread not fitting into their skimpy bikinis.
I, however, have long decided that I will never be the same caliber as a Brazilian supermodel. That said, I – unlike all the rest of the bikini-addled cows – would rather treat myself to an icy indulgence from Gelatissimo as a break from the unrelenting heat.
P 190.00 gets you three scoops of different flavors; not a bad deal, I must say. I should warn you, though: if you find yourself standing in front of Gelatissimo’s store-front display filled with tubs of frozen fancies, you might go mad. Luckily, you can ask for free samples before you make a decision.
My choices were a bracingly-tart lemon granita (sorbet), the buttery caramelized fig, and the breathtakingly fab chili chocolate. It’s best to start with the granita as it works as a palate cleanser and the lovely acidity serves to get your tastebuds ready for the unctuous gelati to come.
I don’t really like figs, but the caramelized fig has a buttery base with resiny hints of vin santo. There are chunks – not bits – of candied fig: sugary, syrupy lumps of fruit whose dark, raisiny character balance the creaminess of the base.
The chili chocolate, on the other hand, is magnificently dark and peppery. Bittersweet, rich, almost truffle-like in texture, it goes down smoothly – and then hits you with an eye-popping snap of chili. Very, very good.
So, be sensible about your body weight: not all of us can be supermodels. We just need to accept who we are, how we look. Gelato, anyone? 😉