Monday, June 20, 2005
Now in L.A.: Laloo's goat's milk ice cream
I'm doing an ice cream tasting for Variety's new weekend section...we're going with mostly locally-made ice creams, but I couldn't resist buying some of Laloo's Goat's Milk Ice Cream from Petaluma. Laloo's is made by a former producer who made the wise decision to leave Hollywood, move to Sonoma County and raise goats. Some of Laloo's flavors include Chocolate Cabernet, strawberry and pumpkin. I tried Chiffon, which is basically straight goat's milk flavor, and Black Mission Fig. These ice creams don't really lend themselves to being eaten in a big bowl with chocolate sauce -- they're more like dessert cheeses that can be paired in small quantities with fruits or nuts. The fig was rich and sweet, and the strong fig flavor pretty much overwhelmed any discernible goat taste. This ice cream would pair nicely with a lemon or chocolate sorbet or perhaps some melon. I liked the Chiffon a lot, but the distinctively goaty taste is not for everyone. This one was wonderful drizzled with some pomegranate molasses and toasted walnuts, and would also go well with dried apricots or perhaps grilled pineapple and bananas. Laloo's is available at Whole Foods and Gelson's.
Upside: Goat ice cream is actually relatively healthy, with only 150 calories and six grams of fat per serving. Plus, the assertive taste lends itself to small servings. If you like Indian kulfi and chevre cheese, you'll want to try it.
Downside: At $7 a pint, you probably won't buy this every week. The flavor selection seems somewhat random, and at the moment, there is no explanation of the flavors on the cartons. Even some people who enjoy goat cheese, however, don't seem ready for goat cheese ice cream.
at 8:36 AM