Naniniwala ako na every household has a treasured recipe of a favorite family dish. Sa family namin, we enjoy Lola Ninang’s macapuno pie, her specialty. Buti na lang iniwan niya sa akin ang recipe. Hehe.
For Earle Swensen, that recipe was for his dad’s ice cream. That’s the reason he opened his first Ice Cream Shoppe in San Francisco, offering ice cream as “Good as Father Used to Make.” After more than 60 years, umabot na nga dito sa Pilipinas ang Swensen’s. They opened their first two outlets in Mall of Asia and Eastwood Mall. And last May 14, we were invited to the grand opening of their third branch at The Block, SM North EDSA! (Right in front of Forever 21)
Kasama ko si E2. Alam niyo namang kapag ice cream ang pinag-uusapan, hindi pwedeng maiwan ang mga bagets! Immediately upon arriving at The Block, we were drawn to the classic, old-fashioned ice cream parlour appeal of the kiosk, with purple and red balloons lining every corner.
Festive na festive! Feeling ko tuloy may clown na biglang lalabas…
AY! MERON NGA!!!
Swensen’s built its business on three founding principles –QUANTITY, QUALITY and VALUE FOR MONEY.
When Swensen’s speaks about “quantity”, hindi sila nagbibiro!!! I am not only talking about their serving size, but also the VAST, VAST (walang exaggeration) variety of flavors and toppings that Swensen’s offers its customers. Their menu is categorized into Scoops, Toppings, Chocolate Fantasy, Cable Parfaits, Outrageous Sundaes, Mega Sundaes, Super Sundaes and Shakin ‘n Freezin. ANG DAMI!!!
Super na-excite kami ni E2! In fact, hindi pa nga nacucut ang ribbon, namimili na kami ng flavors!!!
At nang nakapili na kami FINALLY, we were impressed by the careful artistry demonstrated by their “ice cream masters” in creating each and every yummy concoction.
Tignan niyo naman…nakakapanghinayang kainin diba?
But Swensen’s ice cream cocktails are not only picture-worthy. They’re also definitely tummy-worthy. Sobrang nag-enjoy kami ni E2 sa aming “Ebony & Ivory” – Macadamia ice cream with brownie bites and caramel — that E2 wanted an extra scoop of the ice cream.
Pero hindi pa dyan nagtatapos. You would think na mabubusog na kami by then, but no. Nag-take out pa kami ng 1 pint of vanilla ice cream! Kung gaano siya kasarap, ganun din kami katakaw! 😉
BTW, Swensen’s delivers! Just dial 1112. 🙂
Thank you to the owners, Mr. Chito and Lizzie Guerrero, and their cute kids for the invite…and the ice cream…and the face painting…and the ice cream…and the balloons…and the ice cream ulit! We really had fun! 🙂
P.S. We’re giving away gift certificates from Swensen’s! Check it out on Instagram 🙂