Close-up of Teamania Bakery's Tropical Toast Box which includes tropical fruit, ice cream, and cake.

Teamania Bakery’s Treasure Trove

Teamania Bakery is an Asian-European inspired bakery and cafe which is located in Rockville, MD. They have desserts such as the toast boxes that they’re known for and apple mousse. They also have various teas and coffees. I had heard good things about this place, so I was excited to finally try it.

What I Ordered

I’ve been seeing Teamania Bakery’s toast box on Instagram for a while, so I knew exactly what I wanted. I’m glad that I didn’t have to spend much time thinking about what to order. They have toast box combinations such as strawberry shortcake and tropical. You also have the option to customize your own.

Teamania Bakery's Tropical Toast Box which includes tropical fruit, ice cream, and cake.

Teamania Bakery’s Tropical Toast Box which includes tropical fruit, ice cream, and cake.

The Tropical Toast Box jumped out at me first, so I went with it. It was about $13, so I thought, “This better be as good as I’ve heard it is.” I waited longer than I thought I would…15 minutes max. When it was brought to my table, I saw why.

I didn’t realize how much really went into this dish. I don’t know the process, but I caught a glimpse of someone making it in the kitchen before I sat down. It seemed to be crafted carefully. Every bite made the wait worth it.

Close-up of Teamania Bakery's Tropical Toast Box which includes tropical fruit, ice cream, and cake.

Close-up of Teamania Bakery’s Tropical Toast Box.

You have to choose which ice cream flavors you want for you two scoops. I chose coconut and strawberry. The inside of the Tropical Toast Box had kiwi, dragon fruit, lychee, cake pieces, and the coconut ice cream I chose. The strawberry ice cream was on the side with cake pieces and a fruity drizzle. I had no clue that there was more fruit inside of the cake until I ate the top. It was reminiscent of hidden treasure. The toast box itself reminded me of a tougher croissant, which tasted best with the ice cream. The coconut ice cream was my absolute favorite, and the coconut pieces truly elevated it. The strawberry ice cream was the best I’ve ever had. It was so much that I didn’t finish the toast box. This was basically a super late lunch for me. If it was dessert, it’s something I would’ve shared with another person.

Conclusion

I would absolutely go back to Teamania Bakery! They have so many treats I want to try. Plus, they have three/four different box cakes that look amazing. If you’re ever in the D.C. Metro Area and want to try a good bakery, try this one. You won’t regret it!

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A bowl of SnoCream, which is shaved ice cream, from SnoCream Company.

There’s No (Ice) Cream Like SnoCream!

Ice cream is often thought of as the summer treat, dessert, snack, etc. Shops can be a dime a dozen, so finding the gems can take some time. I’ve been looking for great places to share.

I finally made another trip to the Block in Annandale, VA to try SnoCream Company, which is known for their shaved ice cream and chelo chelo. Snocream is a Taiwanese-inspired treat that is a cross between shaved ice and ice cream.

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Behind the counter of Snocream Company.

What I Ordered

The line was a little slower than I anticipated, but it gave me just enough time to decide what to order. You can choose up to two snocream flavors, two toppings, and one drizzle. Their flavors include Thai Tea, Taro, Honeydew, Vanilla Latte, and Mango. They separate their toppings into categories: crunchies, boba, nuts, cereal, fruit, jellies, and classics. Crunchies includes M&Ms, Pocky sticks, and Nilla Wafers. Their boba flavors include yogurt, lychee and passion fruit. Their cereals include Fruity Pebbles and Frosted Flakes. Their classics list includes aloe jelly, grass jelly, and taro pudding. Additional toppings are $0.50 each. There are three drizzle choices: condensed milk, chocolate, and white chocolate. You can ask for them to make it light, medium, or heavy.

A bowl of SnoCream, which is shaved ice cream, from SnoCream Company.

Peach and Thai Tea Snocream topped with Fruity Pebbles, pocky, and condensed milk.

I chose Peach and Thai Tea topped with Fruity Pebbles, Pocky sticks and drizzled with condensed milk. Peach wasn’t as sweet as I expected it to be. I think it could be because everything else was sweeter. Thai tea was my absolute favorite out of the two. It tastes just like the drink I tried at Sugar Lab. I ate the Pocky sticks by themselves, so it didn’t really affect how the snocream tasted. The Fruity Pebbles and the condensed milk complemented this very well. I’d definitely try this combination with a snocream flavor other than Peach.

Conclusion

I’d absolute go to SnoCream again! The service was great even while it was busy. They have a lot of options, which means there are so many combinations that you can create. I also want to try their other products. I’m looking forward to going back. I highly recommend trying SnoCream if you’re ever in the area!

I’d like to hear from you. What’s your favorite ice cream shop?

Down for the Swirl at Smash’D Creamery

It was a warm summer night in the DMV. It only felt a little humid. People were out and about enjoying the unofficial summer weather. All I could think about was ice cream. Could you blame me? Is this frozen treat not the perfect way to bring in this time of year?

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Smash’D Creamery’s storefront.

Smash’D Creamery, an ice cream shop located in Fairfax, VA, was at the top of my list. It’s right by George Mason college, so you can imagine the number of people who might be out and about when school is in session. I got there about 30 minutes before they closed, and the employees were just as welcoming as I’m sure they were well before closing.

Smash’D offers many rolled ice cream options and a few options for those who want an ice cream cone. Their rolled ice cream flavors range from Fruity Pebbles to banana with Nutella. For the ice cream cone/cup, you can get ube, lychee, matcha, or a swirl of the ube and one of the others. Their ube and matcha swirl was just reintroduced a couple of weeks ago. I opted for the ube and lychee swirl cone.

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Ube and lychee swirl ice cream from Smash’D Creamery.

The ube and lychee swirl ice cream is very creamy. Neither flavor is loud or super strong. I imagine that the ube (oo-BAY; purple sweet potato) and lychee are also very mellow fruits, since the ice cream flavors are like that. The mellowness definitely shouldn’t make you count these flavors out. I thought they were delicious! My mom ordered the Nutella banana rolled ice cream, and that was tasty. If you prefer sweeter ice cream, this is a great option. There’s just something about bananas and chocolate that always works.

I would definitely go back to Smash’D Creamery! It’s a super chill space with great ice cream and plenty of options that doesn’t hurt your pockets.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor or shop?

A close-up of Sugar Lab's ice cream wrapped in a bubble waffle. | Apple of My Eye

Sugar Lab

Update 9/25/19: As of September 2019, Sugar Lab has closed.

Ice cream shops may seem to be a dime a dozen, but Sugar Lab is different and doesn’t disappoint.

I decided to check out some spots in Georgetown that I’d been meaning to try on a Sunday of all days. If you haven’t visited there before, it’s always super busy on the weekend. The warm weather has brought more people out of hibernation. Since I was there in the evening, many things were starting to close. Sugar Lab was one of the few places I still had time to check out.

When you walk in, the space feels very open and calm. Pretty pastels, wall art, trinkets, and fan photos make this space the perfect place to chill. There’s a table and a couple of chairs by the window on the small, street-level floor. The sweet treats are downstairs, where you can also find more tables and chairs.

 

Sugar Lab's photo wall.

Sugar Lab’s photo wall, which was changed not long after this visit.

Sugar Lab’s flavors for that day were strawberry cheesecake, cookies and cream, chocolate, vanilla, matcha, and lychee. You have the option of getting your ice cream in a cup or a fresh bubble waffle. You can have up to three scoops in the waffle and three toppings for ice cream. They also have a few drinks on the menu. I ordered Thai Iced Tea with boba pearls and a bubble waffle with strawberry cheesecake and lychee ice cream with Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and mochi on top.

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Thai Iced Tea with boba pearls.

The Thai Iced Tea was so good. I think it tastes like a sweet milk tea. This drink has been on my list to try for a bit now, and it was perfect. Between the ice cream flavors I chose, lychee was my absolute favorite. I could be biased because I love pretty much anything with lychee. Also, you can never go wrong with strawberry cheesecake. Both flavors were sweet and creamy. The toppings I chose complimented the ice cream flavors very well. Don’t even get me started on the made-to-order bubble waffle. It was one of the best waffles I’ve ever had. If I had to choose between an ice cream cone and this, I’d absolutely choose the waffle. Sugar Lab’s ice cream pairs so well with it. The only downside about this is that you can’t have the ice cream upright depending on how your toppings stick. Some of the Fruity Pebbles fell off a few at a time.

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Two scoops of ice cream in a fresh bubble waffle.

I would definitely plan on going back soon. It’s one of the most affordable specialty ice cream shops I’ve tried. You won’t feel like you spent way too much on any one item.

Until next time.

I Screamed for Cookie Butter Ice Cream

Update 6/26/19: Munch Ice Cream has moved to Snocream Company. I’m not sure what this change will look like. Based on their Instagram, we just have to stay tuned to see what happens.

Word-of-mouth recommendations are still very important when it comes to spreading the word about good restaurants, galleries, events, etc. I love telling people about some of my favorite spots because I believe things like that should be shared. Lately, I have been using Instagram to share and find new things to see and try, and it’s been a huge help.

I’ve seen Munch Ice Cream on a few of the ice cream- and DC-focused Instagram pages. There are so many colorful ice cream posts with this place geotagged that I just had to try it!

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When my GPS said my mom and I had arrived to Munch, I was confused. I didn’t see a sign that made it stand out. There wasn’t a list of places in the plaza where it’s located. Just something that said “the block.” I had heard of this place before, but that’s not why I was there. One more circle around the large parking lot, and we pulled up closer to the block. There’s a list of places in there, and Munch Ice Cream was one of them.

Cafeteria-style places like this seem to be the trendy thing now. The block VA has a few other vendors such as Snocream, Roots, and Pokeworks.

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We walked through the chatty space to our destination. We looked at all of the ice cream flavors unsure of what to buy. If you know me personally, I usually look at the menu and decide what I’ll order before getting there. They had so many flavors that I wanted to try, that I’d have to come back!

The employee who helped us was super sweet, made suggestions, and gave us samples. I tried cookie butter, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and ube (purple yam; pronounced oo-bay–which I learned how to pronounce that day).

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They have quite a few choices for their ice cream: bowl, cone, shake, donutwich, and cookie ice cream sandwiches. I chose to keep it simple and ordered a one scoop of cookie butter and one scoop of ube on a rainbow cone with Fruity Pebbles. My mom ordered a cup with one scoop of cookie butter, one scoop of ube, and one scoop of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The first thing I noticed after getting it was that this ice cream started melting faster than I anticipated. Since ube was a new flavor for me, I had no clue what to expect. I thought it was really good. I wish I had had it as the actual food before trying the ice cream so I had something to compare it. The cookie butter was my absolute favorite out of the two flavors. It tastes just like cookie butter! I was completely blown away and will absolutely get it again the next time I go.

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I plan on going back to Munch Ice Cream to try the other flavors that sounded good. Note that this ice cream is very much on the pricier side. Full disclosure, the total was almost $20 for the 3-scoop bowl and 2-scoop cone. They show the cost for a cup and a cone per scoop. After two scoops, they charge $3 per scoop. I think the ice cream is good, but the cost makes me not want to frequent this place.

Until next time.

It’s Really Plantain and Simple

In a park full of food trucks, I had my heart set on one that didn’t have a long line upon arrival. I tried it for the first time, last year, at my first Truckeroo event. Peruvian Brothers, one of my favorite food trucks in the D.C. Metropolitan area, serves some of the best Peruvian food I’ve ever had.

This Truckeroo event felt drastically different than the last one I attended. It was hot and humid outside, and there were a LOT more people…not my ideal summer situation. I really wanted my baby sister to have a similar first experience, but I couldn’t change these factors. We looked for the shortest lines, and my sister chose the first one, the Westray’s Finest Ice Cream food truck.

My sister got Peanut Butter & Chocolate, and I chose Southern Maple Cornbread. Let. me. tell. YOU. The ice cream I got was scrumptious. Enjoying this really felt life-changing. Have you ever eaten something and just thought, “Wow. How did I live life before this?” This was one of those moments for me.

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After devouring ice cream, I bought pan con asado from the Peruvian Brothers food truck. Their food is truly a must-have. The roast beef was tender and seasoned just right. The caramelized onions were like putting a cherry on top. This sandwich truly is one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Until next time.