Today we went to a gelato place called Gelatology. The owner, Desyree, used to have a place called Art of the Flavor, which was shut down under suspicious circumstances. From outward appearances it seemed as though the landlords kicked her out and then continued a business under the same name. I was excited to take my cousin to that place when she visited, but the shutdown had taken place a day or two before.
Tonight we found that she recently opened a new place, so we went.
There were fourteen flavors of gelato, most of them really interesting flavors like jalapeño honey, apple mustard, and pear gorgonzola. Right off the bat Desyree suggested that we try every single flavor. Between the three of us, she went through 42 different sample spoons. I've never heard of such a thing and thought that she was exaggerating when she encouraged us to try all of them.
Of course tons of the flavors were amazing, so we each got much bigger portions than we anticipated. I usually get the smallest ice cream available, but I got the second biggest.
I don't think Desyree gave us tons of samples because it's good for business. I think she just really cares about gelato and customers and wants people to be happy. Maybe I'm wrong, but she also invited us to stay a few minutes after closing so that we could take a picture when she restocked the freezer, she gave one of us an extra scoop on top of the cup, and also gave us samples of one of the following day's flavors.
Now we're all obsessed with this place and can't wait to go back, even though it's sort of far away, a bit expensive, and not food we normally eat.
It's interesting to see how a bit of generosity can go so far, both to create goodwill and to build a business. Apple mustard was pretty good, in case you're wondering.
Photo is a cool light display I saw today in Bangkok. Somehow I failed to take any photos of the gelato.
I go to Sam's Club a few times a week. I usually buy the same products. Although I do get caught on the free samples and end up buying one of those products. I always approach the free samples with the thought in mind that there is no way I'm going to buy this.
It's called baksheesh. The idea is you drive the hardest bargain possible, then throw in a a little extra as a gift. it's one of the lubricants of doing business in the middle east and parts of asia (or new jersey.). in a different context, the word is also used for the little bribes you sometimes have to pay to get stuff done,which is not generosity at all but more like taxation. i haven't forgotten that on one of my first visits to this site tynan offered me a $75 credit at some gambling site. didn't use it, but appreciated the offer.
i have an appointment at a place where the sign in the window said they offer a free consultation, but once they had my insurance info the free part went away somehow, and now i am hostile and suspicious and may end up taking my business somewhere else.
While I agree with what you are saying about growing a business and about generosity, I can't get over the image of 42 plastic spoons, each used once, and then at best, recycled, at worst, thrown away. What's wrong with making an educated guess, picking one flavour, and coming back another time to try the others. We live in a world where we aren't content to make simply, environmentally conscientious choices.
I haven't been writing travel stories recently, but since I've been through so many different cities in the past month, I figure I should share a few little notes on each, just in case you're heading through one of them soon.
I just can't get into Beijing. It's not a bad city, but it's sprawling, smoggy, and a little bit faceless. This time I stayed in the hutongs (alleys), which was pretty interesting. Forbidden city is really neat, but the park right behind it is at least as interesting. Climb to the top for a great view. The only reasonably healthy restaurant we found was Saveurs de Coree, a Korean restaurant. Everything was pretty pricey, except for the bibimbap set meal that comes with little Korean appetizers, fried tofu with onions, bibimbap, and cinnamon tea. Not perfectly healthy, but the best I came across.
Land of pizza and gelato!! I was lucky enough to travel to a few cities in Italy. My first stop was a short trip to the leaning tower of Pisa in Pisa Italy! It is a very cool building to check out but it is so packed with tourists that it’s hard to take a cliché photo of the tower. Also try and avoid the pizza from the carts here, its not very good and its pricey!
Next stop was down to Firenze!! A couple of my friends were studying in Florence for the semester and was able to show me the secret perks of the city. An incredible Panini shop that everyone needs to go to is called “Pinos.” Every sandwich is inexpensive and made with the freshest ingredients. Anything you try will not disappoint.
For some authentic incredible pizza, I recommend making your way to Gusta Pizza and get the classic margarita. You get a small pie to yourself and the sauce, bread, and cheese is amazing! After lunch you obviously need some gelato!! I went to probably ten different gelato places in Florence but my all time favorite with an incredible view of the Duomo was “mordilatte”. Try the Crème Catalina flavor its awesome!
For a fancy dinner I recommend making your way to Zazas. Sit outside and enjoy the freshly made bread and a nice tall glass of wine. Another great place to eat dinner is at “El Gato y El Volpe“ The portion sizes are huge and the pasta is so fresh! If you do the family option dining, you have unlimited wine as well! My friends and I probably went through 4 bottles by the time we made it to dessert!
Two tourist spots that you must visit is the Duomo cathedral and the bell tower. The Duomo is absolutely beautiful on the outside and the inside. The paintings and architecture is amazing. The walk up to the top is pretty crazy but it’s a fun experience! WEAR COMFORTBALE SHOES!! The bell towers hike is even more intense but the view at the top makes it all worth it. You have a 360 degrees view of Florence and its breathtaking.