Yes. It’s another blog about ice cream. If you haven’t heard, the ice cream in Buenos Aires is AMAZING!!!! I have been known to try a few (maybe more, maybe…). Ok, I’ve tried a lot and I blame it for my 10 pound weight gain when I first arrived almost a year ago. I firmly believe that ice cream should be eaten in bed, preferably with someone you love while watching a great TV series or movie. I’ve tried to cut back on the amount of helado I consume (usually I need to be physically restrained), but I still occasionally drop into one of the fine heladerias in the city to sample some super creamy tasty treats. My favorite (mostly because of proximity) used to be Veikko in Las Cañitas, Recently Le Cremérie, open around the corner and I gotta say, I love giant chunks of fudgy gooey-ness throughout my dulce de leche con brownie, not just casually lingering on top. So, this brings me to my next point. I didn’t think it was possible to enjoy helado as much without any chunks of goodness, whole nuts or gooey bits of dulce de leche. Well friends, it can be done!
I was hanging out with my new pal, Morgan, The Guy to Know in BA when I mentioned I was heading to Villa Devoto for a shoot. He told me I shouldn’t miss tasting Heladeria Monte Olivia’s ice cream. So on an insanely hot 40+ day we headed out. After an adventurous trek to Villa Devoto we were pretty sweaty to say the least. We met a super nice porteña named Celeste who gave us a refreshingly cold and minty drink before the shoot. Excited about our quest for helado, Celeste pointed us in the right direction to hit the plaza (square) in search of our cool treat. Being so hot that day, the only thing on our minds was getting ice cream. When we walked up to the place it didn’t look as fancy as my Las Cañitas heladerias, but upon tasting the helado it was awesome! We had nutty (without whole nuts) pistacio, insanely creamy mousse con cafe y cognac and the clear front runner, dulce de leche con banana. Not a chunk in sight, but still one of the creamiest and most flavourful helado thus far. Not to mention, Villa Devoto is a pretty cool little barrio. Bottom 2 photos by Mike Bigioni as it was just too hot for me to shoot (as you can see by the very unenthusiastic look on my face).