I was very keen to visit Pierre Herme (in Paris) in the summer as I knew ice creams were going to be available at that time of the year. We chose two Miss Gla’Gla ice cream sandwiches and gleefully ran off to a nearby park bench to share the contents of our cold silver boxes.

Miss Gla’Gla from Pierre Herme

The Miss Gla’Gla Infiniment Chocolat was filled with chocolate ice cream speckled with nougat with cacao nibs and fleur de sel and Sarawak pepper. Sandwiching this filling were two chocolate macaron biscuits. Yes, this was as rich as it looks! (Recently I’ve not been able to finish large, heavy chocolate desserts.) I did love the use of thin macaron shells in the ice cream sandwich and the ratio of ice cream to biscuit.

Miss Gla'Gla Infiniment Chocolat

The Miss Gla’Gla Montebello was bright green and contained a swirled mixture of pistachio ice cream and strawberry sorbet between the macaron layers. This was probably my favourite of the two as it was more refreshing and not as rich. The downside? We found a whole pistachio shell in our ice cream sandwich – I hope this was a one off!

Miss Gla'Gla Montebello

Each Miss Gla’Gla was €6,20. They’re not a bad little treat and I do hope they bring them to London!

Pierre Herme
We went to the branch on rue Bonaparte.

We cannot go all the way to Italy without having gelato! To maximise the number of flavours tried, we split each and every cup we ordered. The place we frequented the most was Il Gelato di San Crispino, purveyors of artisanal gelato made with top quality seasonal ingredients; their gelato is considered some of the best in Rome. Of course, the best comes at a price with what I consider a “regular” sized cup of gelato coming in at about €3.50-4.00. They don’t offer cones.

We ran into one branch by the Pantheon and this became our go-to place in the area. Our first cup was of two flavours of sorbet: pomegranate and bergamot. Wow. It sounds cliched but the pomegranate really was full of the flavour of the fruit while the bergamot was so highly scented, almost like perfume. Very fruity and not too sweet.

Our First Cup

As soon as we finished that cup, we turned around immediately and headed back in. This time, hazelnut gelato and gelato di San Crispino (a honey cream). These were much richer and creamier, as expected. Their eponymous gelato was like dunking my tongue into a pot of honey while the hazelnut was exactly that – nutty.

Our Second Cup

On another visit, we split three flavours in a larger cup: pistachio, lemon and pear. The pistachio was a little weaker than I expected – I’ve been spoiled by the delicious gelato at Oddono’s in London. Lemon was wonderfully citrusy while pear was my favourite of the lot – you could almost detect that slight graininess of the fruit.

Three Flavours

This really was some of the best gelato we had in Rome. OK, a massive craving for gelato has now set in…

Il Gelato di San Crispino
Piazza della Maddalena, 3
00186 Rome, Italy

This is the branch near the Pantheon that we frequented but there are a few other branches in Rome; all are listed on their website. Too bad we didn’t fly out of Terminal A at the airport – there’s one there!

This photo of mine has been making the rounds on a number of Tumblr blogs. I thought I’d just share it here on my blog too!

99 Flake

I quite like a 99 Flake every now and then.

Anyway, here’s hoping that the sunny weather returns…