if we had a shop, we would serve this

June 23, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts the biz

apricot, pineapple buttermilk, grapefruit ginger, lemon olive oil, blueberry yogurt, sorrel, mango basil.

These are all sorbets that Mark made recently. We tried 4 of them (really, really curious about the sorrel!) and yup, they were all good, especially the lemon olive oil and pineapple buttermilk. The acidic sharpness of the pineapple and tart lemon made a really interesting counterpoint and was tempered by the smoothness of the olive oil and buttermilk.

When we talk about a store, what we get excited about is the ice cream and sorbets. There’s a reason why it was our first business idea, but we always got stumped on the fact that it was such a seasonal product. What do you do in the winter? But we wouldn’t have that problem anymore with the cookies. While the business may be running like a machine now (a human Mark machine), he still gets plenty of joy from making ice creams and sorbets.

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  • Linda June 23, 2010 at 12:51 am

    those flavors sounds absolutely delightful! i wish i could try them…

  • vesna June 23, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Lots of people eat icecream in the winter 😉 When I come to New York I’ll visit your shop. I adore good sweets!

  • Lecia June 23, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Oh YUM! I’ve been thinking about getting an ice cream maker – any recommendations?

  • jenny June 23, 2010 at 2:22 am

    i’d eat ice cream cookie sandwiches all year long!

  • alexandra June 23, 2010 at 3:07 am

    i love ice creams in winter 🙂 *

  • Wiebke with Pauli and Liv June 23, 2010 at 5:51 am

    … if you have a shop I will love to come to New York 😉 … sunny wishes Wiebke

  • diane June 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

    looks delicious!!i love the bowls you used to place them in.

  • Jenny N. June 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Please open a store. I will fly to NY to try them! 🙂

  • Annie June 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

    mmmmm … It sounds delicious!
    Ice cream is a year-round treat for me…
    C’mon open a shop!!!

  • Lois June 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    The colours are so pretty! I’ll take a scoop of the blueberry yogurt please!

  • nichole June 23, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful photos, Jennna.

    Please, please open the store so we can come every weekend. Do it for the kids!

  • Stephanie June 23, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I read your blog every day and love it–especially your stories about your kids and the ones from the “old days!” Anyway, what you wrote today instantly made me think of a local gem here in the DC area–The Dairy Godmother. This is a small, mom and pop-style ice cream shop that sells frozen custards, amazing sorbets, and baked goods. They are located in Alexandria, VA in a very family friendly little neighborhood and they are incredibly popular–even President Obama took his kids there. They manage to make things work and DC isn’t exactly ice cream-friendly in the winter. Maybe you could get in contact with the owner just to chat about her business and how they make things work.


  • Linda June 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

    i am definitely an all-seasons ice-cream eater. no doubt.

  • jennifer June 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

    be still my ice cream heart.

  • Joni June 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Jenna, check out Berkeley’s ICI ice cream.

    It’s EXACTLY the flavors you create. Go to Yelp.com and type in ICI for Berkeley, CA. There are lines year round. The winter flavors are equally exciting and delicious as the summer ones. This is what you’re talking about.

  • Lani June 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I just can’t wait. And I hope your photography will always be up on the wall.

  • sara June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    your store would be beautiful i’m sure- sorbet in the summer, baked goods and tea in the winter? i’d go.

  • bronwyn June 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Yes please to lemon olive oil. I prefer ice cream shops in the winter – less crowded.

  • lindsey June 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    omg! trust me, i would still eat this in the winter.


  • Ari June 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Sounds sooooooooo delicious! Wish I could try the sorrel flavor!

  • mina June 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    o, why o why don’t you have a store. yum yum! you are such a tease!

  • Jasmine June 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my goodness. Those flavours sound divine! I had olive oil and black pepper gelato two days ago… it was perfect. I can only imagine how lovely your sorbet was.

  • ftenshin June 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    omg… i wish i could try all the flavours you have!

  • Shelf Elf June 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    There is a beautiful chocolate shop close to my house in Toronto and they make gelato all year long (but only for scooping during the spring/summer). We buy tubs of it all winter.

    With flavours like the ones you told us about, I don’t think you’d have any trouble selling during the frosty months.


  • scentual soundtracks June 25, 2010 at 9:58 am

    My family and I, even growing up, never thought of ice cream as a seasonal thing. Perhaps that’s because I grew up in California. Now in Georgia, my husband and I still eat ice cream year-round. It’s always good! Those flavors sound sooo delicious.

  • Judith July 5, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Oh the dream of ice cream sandwiches made with love!