10 Shades of Gelato

Whoever said that there was something to do in Austin every weekend was 100% right. A friend of mine, esteemed fellow foodie, and I went to the Gelato World Tour today in Downtown. As I got out of church, I remember thinking – oh my, this is a perfect day…for gelato. I’ll let the event description speak for itself:

Sixteen of the best gelato artisans chefs from the United States will compete to create the world’s best gelato flavour. Catch all the action live while each chef will produce a unique flavor right infront of your eyes. Get a chance to taste and vote for your favourite flavour.

This event is brought to you by Carpigiani Gelato University, Sigep. Gelato World Tour is open to the public, with free entry. You can participate in free gelato demonstrations to learn about the culture of gelato, the difference between gelato and ice cream, and meet the best gelato artisans from the United States!

While entry was free, one had to buy ticket stubs to try the gelato. $10 for 5 stubs – including 2 cups and 3 mini cones. Between the two of us, we could share 10 different flavors (hence the clever title). We grabbed our tickets and made our way around to the different stands!

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STOP 1: Banana Foster. Tasted like…fried bananas. Exactly what the name and description said: bananas, butter, and brown sugar. Nothing more, nothing less.

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STOP 2: Sweet G’s Candied Bacon Gelato. This name took us for a surprise, but we were super excited to say we even tried it! The dude was quite interesting, asked if he could ‘baconize’ us, hm… AWARD FOR MOST ORIGINAL. This tasted like a chai latte for some reason, with the perfect amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. I hate bacon, but I really loved this!

STOP 3: Turtle. Can I just say…so…rich…in…chocolate? The cute little turtle chocolate and the giant pecan chunks were nice, but other than that, nothing too turtle-y about this.

STOP 4: The Great Beauty. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE avocado – I grew up eating it, and I love pairing it with my salads and fish. But this was NOT avocado. It was like, a key lime pie. I took a baby bite of it and immediately handed it over to my friend to finish. Too much basil, too little avocado 😦 #sad

STOP 5: Original Cookie. OKAY, this wasn’t in the ‘competition’ but it was freaking delicious. Tasted a little more like ice cream, though. Worth it!

STOP 6: Pistachio. no words. AWARD FOR BEST TASTE. Every bit of flavor and pistachio cream oozed onto our taste buds from this gelato. Totally wished we got a cup of it looking back – but definitely the best thing I’ve tasted all day. Thankfully, it’s at Cafe Dolce in Houston – holla for summer 2014 treats!

STOP 7: Carmastachio. Exactly what it sounds like – caramel + pistachio. We were hoping it wouldn’t be a disappointment after the previous delicious pistachio one…but it was not! Twas delicious to say the least.

STOP 8: Texas Kulfi. How do I even begin to describe this…mouthful of ginger?! It wasn’t bad, I just don’t like a mouthful of ginger (or the cardamom spice) + I’m not particularly a fan of whiskey to begin with. Other than my personal dispreferences, this was a fun taste!

STOP 9: Chocolate Beer with Caramel Crunch. Since this was located right next to the whiskey one, I was hoping it wouldn’t be the same effects, but thankfully, not disappointed! It was an interesting chocolate -> pecan -> beer aftertaste.

STOP 10: Salted Pecan. I usually love salted + anything sweet, but maybe I had too high expectations? I didn’t like it, but I liked it, but didn’t why I liked it? That’s usually a problem in other areas of my life, but not gelato. Nevertheless, interesting combination.

A little breeze + 90 degree weather + Austin downtown made it a perfect day for a gelato run! Definitely worth doing, if you’re gonna be around the other parts of the world for the other stops 😀

Here I am, 10 shared gelatos later.

Here I am, 10 shared gelatos later.

7 verses that guided my time in college

Many ups and downs during these three years have tested my faith – as always, in the end, God is so gracious to me. I’d love to share seven of the many bible verses that have guided me in my time in college. 

I struggled a lot with discerning my wishes vs. God’s wishes. I have all these dream plans and ideas, and I try to do a lot of it on my own, but so many times, I fail, I wrong people, I mess up situations — but I also recover. By His grace, I’ve come to see that my abilities as a human being comes nowhere near to His strength.

Timing is a lesson that God has repeatedly taught (and will continue to teach + may blog about it at a later time) me. Whether it be opportunities, career, or relationships, He’s always given and taken away at His perfect timing. In hindsight, of course, He’s always got my back, and now I’m learning to accept when things don’t work out, because I know His timing is always better than mine.

1. Psalm 73:26 (My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.)

2. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.)

3. Romans 8:18 (I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.)

4. Psalm 16:11 (You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.)

5. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.)

6. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (Let all that you do be done in love.)

7. James 1:5 (If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.)

People have asked me how it is I stay close to God. Truth is, just like everyone else, there are days when I feel distant from Him. But that’s the beauty of God. He isn’t going anywhere regardless of how I may feel.”

People often ask why I’m graduating early.

It’s true, at least that’s the plan for now – to graduate December 2014 / 285 days to be exact.

I answer that question with a series of comments such as, I can’t handle school, I’m pretty much done with my curriculum anyway, I can’t even fill a full course load next semester. In reality, I feel as if I’ve accomplished all that I needed/wanted in my college career.

  • Worked a wonderful job as an RA for the University of Texas Division of Housing and Food Services.
  • Studied abroad at Chinese University of Hong Kong for Summer 2013.
  • Found a true love and passion for Latin Ballroom Dancing.
  • Made some of the best friends I’ve had in life, not to mention, future bridesmaids.
  • Grew in my walk with Jesus and was able to share it with those around me in ways I could’ve never imagined possible.
  • Ate my way through Austin, literally and figuratively, and still in progress.
  • Traveled a great amount in my latter two years, from studying abroad travels to getting on domestic flights every month to see friends from out of state.

I never really sat down and set goals for college, but all these things just came into play, and everything always works out in the end. There’s still quite a few things I’d like to do in Austin (bucket list coming soon) and as an undergrad before the end of this year, but I’ve come to learn that the best things aren’t rushed, planned, nor set in stone. Here’s to the next 9 months, filled with new memories, joyfulness, and serendipity.