It all started when a few of my gay foodie friends started spreading the news that New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream truck will be rolling into Los Angeles for a brief visit. The next thing I knew my straight foodie friends were buzzing the news around too. I soon found myself caught in the bandwagon of the foodie frenzy not knowing what I’m supposed to be happy about. Then I started seeing their Facebook photos of the whimsical soft serve ice cream treats. “Hey, I would eat that,” I said to myself. “Whoa, that looks good too.” With only a couple handful of stops in the LA area, I had to pay a visit.
It seemed rather thrilling to show up to their final L.A. stop. The last I felt this kind of excitement was when I was a pip squeak of a kid waiting for the ice cream truck to pass by my house. But as I was anxiously standing there drooling like a Pavlov’s dog, I couldn’t help but notice onlookers from their cars stopping rush hour traffic just to take Instagram photos from their cell phones, passerbys stopping in mid-walk asking what was going on, and horns honking at people just barely escaping a speeding car while jay walking across the street to get in line. Seriously, what is so freakin’ awesome about this ice cream that makes you want to risk your life in rush hour traffic? Well, I discovered that Big Gay Ice Cream serves the nifty grown-up version of all your favorite soft serve ice cream treats. And, um, yeah, it’s worth dodging the traffic.
My first taste was the Salty Pimp. Okay, it’s a soft serve vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche sauce oozed onto the ice cream, add a few shakes of sea salt, and dip it in chocolate for that nice hard chocolate shell effect. I love this salty and sweet concoction! Genius!
The next taste was the Mermaid Sundae. I had very low expectations of this sundae, because it looked rather boring and unassuming. Served in a plain clear plastic cup, this dessert reminded me of all those gawd awful, boring cafeteria style desserts that I had to make while working as a Food Service worker when I was in college. Then, I took my first bite of the Mermaid and found a delightful mix of soft serve vanilla ice cream, some sprinklings of graham crackers, and a rather kick-ass, tart key lime curd.
The last taste was Bea Arthur. (Okay, that didn’t come out right.) Actress Bea Arthur would be proud to know that this soft serve ice cream treat lives up to her legend; unique, feminine, masculine (voice), charismatic, and charming. This treat was not as sweet as the others and a bit on the dry side, but it was a uniquely tasty combination of vanilla soft serve ice cream, sweet dulce de leche sauce with a generous coating of vanilla wafer crumbles.
Now that Big Gay Ice Cream has come and gone, I hope they do come back to the Los Angeles area again. Their eclectic soft serve ice cream treats were quite yummy. Hmmm, I wonder what they would serve the next time they visit Los Angeles?