'Oh, that's dee-licious!', the customer next to me exclaimed. She was having a Mmmoment. It happens when you sample the ice cream, sorbet and gelato made by John and Ed Marshall of Frugii.
It all started about a decade ago with a copy of Larousse Gastronomique and a baby ice cream machine, Ed explained to me. John started playing around with different flavours. We made a few and took them to Canberra restaurants to seek feedback. Now there are hundreds of different flavours, ranging from basil ice cream to tzatziki sorbet.
Frugi/Frugii (Latin for fruits of the forest) handmade ice cream, gelato and sorbet can be purchased at IGA Supermarkets in Hughes, Ainslie and Narrabundah in Canberra. You will also find John and Ed at the Capital Region Farmer's Market and the Southside Farmer's Markets. There's also a 'freezer door' in the Canberra suburb of O'Malley. Mr Frugii started off 2012 by creating his first chocolate from scratch, with cocoa beans from the Dominion Republic; roasted, winnowed, conched, refined, and tempered to make beautiful miniature chocolate bars, and gelato! Frugii's new hit flavour Ice Cream is Salted Butter Caramel. Visit the web site if you would like to know more about Frugii.
We'd been hearing about a delicious little venture called Stripey Sundae at Gold Creek Village, so decided to treat ourselves to a Sunday afternoon banana split. Stripey Sundae owner, Yvette McKay, offers 'home made ice cream and other delightful things'.
The ice cream is superb and is made locally by Canberra's Willy Wonka of ice cream, John Marshall a.k.a. Frugii. As the seasons change, so do the ice cream flavours. There's Frugii's famous salted butter caramel, candied orange and, of course, vanilla bean. Also produced sourced locally, Bateman's Bay Nuts are another product feature on the menu. Yvette says she 'loves all things local' hence the organic and Fairtrade coffee served at Stripey Sundae is roasted by Canberra's Wagonga Coffee too.
The venue is cosy and child friendly, and there are party packages available for birthdays and events such as Hen's gatherings.
Stripey Sundae is situated at 11 O'Hanlon Place, Gold Creek Village, Nicholls, and is open from Thursday to Sunday between 10am and 5pm.
Mother and daughter, Rebecca and Charmaine Carter, hand make and sell exquisite tasting ice creams and sorbets from their Top End Delights stall
Ice cream flavours include chocolate, mango, dragon fruit, passionfruit and banana; and mango, passionfruit, lemon, dragon fruit and sunset (mango with a little lemon and dragon fruit) in the sorbet. All the products are gluten, egg free and the sorbets are dairy free. Charmaine says that what sets her products apart is that they are home made with real fruit.
You will find Top End Delights at Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Markets twice a week during the dry season, and the Berry Springs Market once a month. Bulk orders are also taken for functions. For more information, call Charmaine at Top End Delights on 08 89886818 or 0437 657 779.
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