This past weekend, I finally got to experience all the amazing madness that is Natural Products Expo West otherwise referred to as Expo West.
I’ve hit a turning point.
I’ve never been much of a frozen fruit dessert person. Even when I was a kid with strep throat, the idea of a popsicle never really thrilled me. When it comes to frozen treats, I’ve always been an ice cream kind of girl. Be it in a pint, on a cone or even on a stick, I prefer the creamy to the frozen fruity.
I was recently on vacation with my husbands family in Huntington Beach, California and stumbled upon PopBar at the mall up the street from our hotel. Just writing the name of the place makes me sad that there isn’t one near me in LA.
It’s this GEM of a place where they have tons of popsicle options, yogurt based, gelato based and fruit based. You then pick what kind of chocolate you want it in (milk, white, dark, mint etc) and what toppings (mostly chopped nuts, sprinkles, or crumbled
Some people are cake people. For others it’s cupcakes. Or cheesecake (looking at you, husband) Or pie.
I’m 100% an ice-cream/frozen yogurt (and chocolate chip cookie/scone) kind of girl.
Case in point: during my first summer hiatus at The Oprah Winfrey Show, I got a job working at a frozen yogurt shop. While all of my other co-workers spent their time off traveling & relaxing – I spent my summer spooning mochi balls and fruity pebbles on top of tart yogurt for $11 an hour at Berry Chill (RIP):
It’s how I first discovered I was allergic to dairy. After consuming fro yo all day everyday for 3 months, my skin looked worse than a 14 year old in the midst of puberty and I felt awful.
So, after my Dr. delivered the devastating news, I cut out dairy and go figure, my skin cleared up.
Flash forward to 2016.
Ok so Scones aren’t the first thing you thing of when you think Jersey Shore, I know
Drinking, gambling, screen printed touristy t-shirts and Snooki come to mind, sure. But devouring gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, dairy free & Paleo scones? Yeah… not even in the top 250 list of “Things you MUST do when visiting the Jersey Shore”
Unless you’re reading my list. In that case, it’s number one.
I discovered the gem of a coffee shop that is No. 7311 in Ventnor city last year, their almond milk lattes, small batch baking and overall cuteness made a major impact on my soul. (Be warned: You will want all of the things) So when I returned with the Husband (ah, how weird is THAT to type?!) it was at the top of my list.
The almond milk latte? still delicious.
But this year they had a new addition.
I’ve been in Orlando the last few days covering the Zumba convention (more on that fun insanity later!!)