We All Scream for Ice Cream at Kal’s Bistro!

With it clearly still summertime here in SoCal with our high temperatures, that means for me I feel like 2 things….ice cream….and, maybe a drink or two πŸ˜‰ Lucky for me, I was invited out to the lovely Kal’s Bistro in the heart of Old Town Pasadena to enjoy those 2 treats this evening!

Kal’s offers modern Mediterranean cuisine & hand-made, on sight desserts as well as a great, cozy bar for a handcrafted drink by one of their awesome bartenders like Lars…or, maybe even Kal himself.

DSCF6016Above is one of their signature drinks, The Rockette, which features arugula as one of its main ingridients….yes, arugula! Wine, too, of course….but how healthy does a Rockette sound now, eh?!
Another libation is their Bloody Mary, which Kal describes as perfect for that BBQ….or recovering from a fun evening πŸ˜‰ He made it extra spicy for me, complete with gorgeous garlic flowers acting as garnish. I am not a huge Bloody Mary fan…maybe because it doesn’t make my namesake sound that attractive?? But, this drink was delicious for those who love this hangover classic. It was rich & smoky & a nice, cool temperature.

DSCF6024Now, back to the main course of ice cream…..

This was easily some of the best ice cream I have had in a very, very long time! The unique flavors were: White Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Bun, Mint Orange Blossom, Strawberry Habanero (yes….chili pepper habanero!) & my favorite of the evening, Lavender Cheesecake….mmm…..

DSCF5996White chocolate is always a favorite of mine, yet I have never wondered what it would be like as ice cream. Combine it with dark chocolate chips, & you have a chocolate haven going on. The cinnamon bun was such a joy as it was gluten-free & usually, such a dough-y sounding dessert is not…it truly tasted like I was eating a cinnamon bun…I know where I will get my bun fix now πŸ˜‰ The mint orange blossom tasted more mint than orange to me, which brought to mind how close the holidays are, as I love mint treats during that time. The strawberry habanero started out great…until it reached my throat! That was when the pepper HIT & it was intense! Keep water handy if you try this one πŸ˜‰ I still managed to finish it, though….

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What ended up happening, I would rotate between the habanero & mint, above, to balance it out. The flavor that pulled out all the stops for me, though, was the lavender cheesecake…it tasted as good as it sounds, with a perfect blend of both tastes. I already plan to go get this when I feel like ice cream again.

DSCF5992The bistro has such a warm, home-y atmosphere. Kal re-built the building & opened the establishment about 4 months ago. While he can take credit for most of the restaurant, the gorgeous paintings that adorn the walls are all by his Father πŸ™‚

They offer a full lunch & dinner menu, as well as happy hour in the bar & a great lunch deal that enables you to pick a first & second course at a great price. You can learn more by visiting the web-site. They were absolutely wonderful, so I hope you will visit them & mention Along Comes Mary sent you! xo

(Disclosure: I was invited to visit Kal’s for an ice cream tasting & drinks. All opinions are my own & it was fabulous.)

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About Along Comes Mary

Book Worm, Internet Nerd, Blogger, Daughter, Friend, Caffeine Addict, Non Smoker who sometimes smokes, Lover, Fighter, Ear with Feet, In Search of Bunbury, Gluten Free Pescatarian. Enough about me, what about YOU?;-)
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5 Responses to We All Scream for Ice Cream at Kal’s Bistro!

  1. Cool! That all sounds tremendously delicious! I have never even seen garlic flowers before! Is it a newish place? I haven’t heard of it!

    • I had not, either! & yes, Kal & his wife came here from Syria only about 6 mos ago & began the bistro; its a really inspring story that he told me while we enjoyed his drinks πŸ™‚ Becuase of the wars going on there, they came here & he first was an actor but decided to open the restaurant because he still gets to ‘perform’ & entertain people everyday, since the entertainment world is not guaranteed for work, he needed a new business. With my love of theatre, I really could relate! πŸ™‚

  2. I am so intrigued by the flavors… Yum. This is in Pasadena? Close to you?

  3. Hi! Just popped by from Sarah’s blog HoneyandLimes. πŸ™‚ You both have got me wanting to try that Lavender and Cream Cheese! now. Lavender ice creams are one of my favorites–love the Honey Lavender from Carmela.

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