Rose, Rose…I Love You!

Hi everyone! So I realize I haven’t updated my blog in almost a year (oops…🐵), but let me explain myself. I’m in my sophomore year at college, and I’ve just declared a double major in Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies! Life has been a bit hectic for me, but I’m finally getting things in order as the semester is coming to an end and I’m wrapping things up with 8 papers due in less than 2 weeks, no biggie…

On a fun note though, I went to Chicago over spring break, and boy did I have so much good food! To make up for my lack of new foodie adventures (not much time to go out and explore while at college), I ate to my heart’s content in Chicago and had some of the coolest things ever. I had rainbow xiaolongbao (including truffle and cheese flavors), milky bone broth hand-pulled lamb intestine noodle soup in Chi(na)town, authentic taro boba, and…here’s the best part…rose-shaped gelato!

You’ve probably heard of Amorino, the artisanal Italian gelato brand that has boutiques all over the world. If you haven’t, you most definitely have seen a picture of their products on Instagram. Amorino creates beautiful rose petals out of more than twenty different flavors of gelato, and their cones are oh-so Insta-worthy! I was fortunate enough to drop by Amorino Chicago on my day trip, and I got one of their famous gelato cones for around $7. Price may seem a bit steep, but keep in mind that this is artisanal gelato, and you can get as many flavors as you want on one cone. Plus the skill and labor that goes into creating the rose petals makes the gelato worth the price you’re paying.

I chose 4 flavors on a medium sized cone since they didn’t recommend any more flavors than 4, given that the flavors, if mixed, do not taste good. The flavors I decided on were raspberry sorbet, passionfruit sorbet, pistachio gelato, and biscotti gelato (speculoos with Belgian biscuit, cinnamon, and nutmeg). I almost didn’t want to eat it because it was just so beautiful! But of course as a foodie, it is my job to capture the moment on camera, then to savor the moment off camera. If you live near an Amorino, do check it out! Even if you are vegan or gluten-free, they have options for you too. It’s truly an amazing experience to see the gelato rose bloom right before your eyes.