JASMINE TEA SHAVED ICE with Guerrilla Ice Cream

I MET ETHAN FRISCH AND ORI ZOHAR – the masterminds behind Guerrilla Ice Cream – after loitering by their ice cream cart earlier this month at the Hester Street Fair in Chinatown. They’d just opened their business four weeks prior, so it was exciting to come across a new ice cream company manned by two guys in their twenties with a mission to create exotic ice cream and give back to the community.

The flavors are based on political movements around the world, such as lemon poppy seed Velvet Revolution and Libertação, a chocolate & port wine medley. New flavors and menu items, like a Malta (wheat soda) ice cream float, are added weekly. Now wrap your brain around this: 100% of profits go to organizations that support marginalized groups, like the Street Vendor Project, where Ethan has volunteered, in New York City.

In my latest video, which features Ethan as my snack-making cohort, we make a brilliant and ridiculously easy jasmine tea shaved ice. I think Guerrilla Ice Cream not only has a big heart, it shows that you can create great things and do good with something as simple as sugar. amy july 29, 2010

WHAT YOU NEED 4 cups of water | 1 cup of sugar | 5 tea bags (jasmine tea used in the video) | liquid honey or other topping (optional)

SERVINGS 2 to 3

MUSIC Julian Bachlow Desolate Place

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July 29, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Chinatown, food cart, ice cream, Manhattan, Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos. Leave a comment.

EMBRACING THE “GOOP” & Midtown Lunch

I RECENTLY JOINED ZACH BROOKS’ MIDTOWN LUNCH team to write about, well, the best lunch in Midtown Manhattan. I’m super excited to cover ground so close to home and am also kicking myself for not trying $6 spicy chicken biryani from street carts til now. But better late than never I always say.

Zach moved to Los Angeles earlier this month (to take over the world one blog post at a time), but I was able to catch him on his Farewell Lunch Tour at Kwik Meal and Trini-Paki Boys Cart to say good luck and goodbye.

I’ve always been fond of “dirty water dogs”, especially during summer when I’m wandering about hungry in Central Park, but I’m not so adventurous when it comes to ethnic street cuisine. But that changed after sinking my teeth into spicy lamb from Kwik Meal and the chicken biryani Zach got at the Trini-Paki Boys Cart. I was surprised it was so…satisfying. Pungent, for sure, but flavorful and cheap. Much more gratifying than a cold bun and $3 weenie.

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Without further ado, I present my first piece on Midtown Lunch! It turned out more amusing than intended, but I guess we can count that as a success. Thought I was talking about a gooey Japanese ingredient, but actually made an exciting sexual reference instead. Read it all on Midtown Lunch: Embrace the “Goop” of Onya’s Bukkake Udon.

February 25, 2010. Tags: , , . Blogs, food cart, Midtown Lunch. 3 comments.