I scream for Eis

Way back in March as soon as it was warm enough to get one hand out of a glove, Leipzigers were eating eis like they may never see it again. Only weeks earlier it would have been possible to make ice cream by simply putting a bowl of custard on the balcony. Nevetheless, out it came and the craze seems set to stay. Most popular is the classic kugel in a cone, sold by street vendors all over the city for the bargain price of around 80 cents. Also popular are eiscafes, many of which boast their original GDR furniture and shop fittings. Something I find most peculiar is the eis karte (ice cream menu), available at nearly every cafe. One can chose from a variety of “dishes” ranging from the tacky to the truly camp. My favourite is spaghetti eis; ribbons of ice cream “pasta” topped with berry sauce “bolognese” and a dusting of nuts. I’m told it’s seriously good; the absurdity seems lost on most. As a matter of public interest, I’m currently on a search for the best ice cream in Leipzig. I must admit, while they make a nice change from your standard Streets Cornetto, I’m not overly thrilled with the results of my search thus far. As compared to my memory of such as Sydney’s Ice and Slice or Melbourne’s Trampoline the offerings here seem overly sweet and lacking in flavour. An exception to this (and topping my list so far) is the Leipzig-made Grundmann Eis on offer at the Cafe Maitre. As is the way, the flavour options are limited; no blood orange, caramel pear or turkish delight here. But the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla are sensational. No complaints.

No, none at all.


6 Responses to “I scream for Eis”

  1. 1 concierge June 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    awesome! Try that ice café on the corner of Ritterstraße right at Uni in the city centre. It´s pretty good. Italians make the best ice-cream anyway. There is an ice cream place in La Spezia which has like 40 sorts and the “kugeln” are maybe four times the size of ours here, whilst the price is at like 50cts. Awesome! Pretty pics and pretty motives 🙂

  2. 3 Bec June 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    As much as I like the idea of ice cream those photos of Rosie made me melt! We miss you guys xx

  3. 5 Kate June 16, 2011 at 3:48 am

    The real question is did you wipe Rose down before taking that photo or is she actually the worlds neatest ice cream eater. She is so exceptionally cute!

  4. 6 Arthur June 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Those photos of Rose eating eis would melt anyones heart, let alone a pair of doting grandparents who are so far away!!
    Love to all.

    Mum and Dad

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