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Beyond Rocky Road: Five global treats, close to home



THE PLACE

Flor de Michoacán

4344 W. Indian School Ave.,

Suite 1, Phoenix;

623/848-8616

THE DISH: Paletes, irresistible Mexican popsicles made with agua or crema, in a rainbow of exotic flavors.


THE VIBE: A riot of tropicalia tucked away in a strip mall; a huge hit with homesick Mexican families and Phoenix schoolkids.


BEST BITES: Water paletes with guava or tamarind. Also try the aguas frescas (tropical drinks) and horchatas, a cinnamony rice milk.



THE PLACE

Bombay Ice Creamery

552 Valencia St.,

San Francisco; 415/431-1103

THE DISH: Kulfi, an Indian treat made from frozen condensed milk. Most popular flavors: cardamom and saffron-pistachio.

THE VIBE: Part of an Indian emporium packed with spices and Bollywood movies; patronized by a mix of the Mission's pierced and pampered.

BEST BITES: Pistachio kulfi topped with rose syrup and rice noodles, or a scoop of house-made chai or fig ice cream.



THE PLACE

Toscanini's

899 Main St.,

Cambridge, Mass.;

617/491-5877;

www.tosci.com

THE DISH: Gelato in dozens of amazing flavors, from the legendary burnt caramel to Grape Nuts and nocciola (hazelnut).

THE VIBE: America's most militantly perfectionist ice cream maker draws a mix of Cambridge philosophers, physicists, and dessert diehards.

BEST BITES: The prune and Armagnac glace, indulgent with cream, eggs, and nuggets of brandy-macerated prunes.



THE PLACE

Nyonya

194 Grand St.,

New York City; 212/334-3669

THE DISH: Ais kacang, a type of Malaysian shaved ice flavored with rose essence and topped with lotus seeds.

THE VIBE: A perpetually busy Malaysian restaurant on the edge of Little Italy crowded with downtown types and Asian hipsters.

BEST BITES: ABC—a shaved ice sundae—with bits of Jell-O, sweet corn, and palm sugar syrup. Trust us, it's good.



THE PLACE

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

6726 Chippewa St., St. Louis;

314/481-2652;

www.teddrewes.com

THE DISH: Frozen custard—soft, luxurious, and as American as, well, the ice cream cone.

THE VIBE: An icon of Americana on old Route 66—down to the vintage neon sign outside. Truckers with a sweet tooth love it.

BEST BITES: The mythical "concrete," a frozen shake so thick you can flip the cup over without spilling a drop.

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