Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche  def: \a-’myuz bush\ [Fr. amuse the mouth] a little bite to amuse the mouth and invigorate the palate.

Drive slowly up Avenue U, past Kings Plaza, and you may notice a small shack on the edge of Mill Basin.  You’d probably miss it, but there’s a long line of people assembled on the sidewalk out front.  This is Dolly’s Italian Ices, simply the best place for homemade Italian ices in Brooklyn.  Or maybe even anywhere else.  The canopied sign lists a myriad of tempting flavors, including novel offerings such as Peanut Butter and Jelly, Rainbow Cookie, Apple Crumb, Banana Walnut Chip, Cannoli, and Jelly Ring. There’s also a bounty of fruit flavors that are studded with real fruit morsels. Be careful, you may still be perusing the menu when it’s your turn to place an order. Two scoops – or three or four – are served in a small white paper cup that squashes up just right so you can slurp the last melted drops. When visiting family in the summer, I always take the time to stop at Dolly’s and savor a cup of their icy smooth ambrosia. Their creative flavor combinations help me experience a true moment of amuse bouche.

Some fragrances provide the olfactory equivalent of palatal surprise. Their originality, and a touch of the unexpected, awakens the senses. Here are a few that come to mind, along with their scent notes:

Thierry Mugler WomanityCitrus, Woods, Fig, and Caviar

Etat Libre d’Orange Encens et BubblegumRaspberry, Peach, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Musk and Incense.

L’Artisan Piment Brulant - Red Pepper, Chocolate, Vanilla, Cloves, Poppy, and Musk

Serge Lutens Jeux de PeauBread, Spices, Licorice, Apricot, Immortelle, Sandalwood, Woods and Amber

Hilde Soliani  SaaliiisssiimoRice, Licorice, and Saffron

  • Deepo

    Karen, thanks for another Brooklyn tip (the first was the fabulous bialy spot). I’m definitely swinging by this place. and I think I have to try Hildi’s Saliissimmo!

    • Karen Kovel Adams

      Thanks for your comment, D! PLMK how you like Dolly’s! Wish I had a scoop or two today :-)

  • Lucyshnoosy

    Wow! *Love* those flavors. Karen, you have given me a craving, darn it.

    When I was a child I would stop at Walter’s Hot Dog Stand on my way home from school. My favorite treats were the frozen candy bars and the Italian ices, which came in the kind of squeezable paper cup you mention. Their flavors were much more limited, but they were great, particularly the chocolate. (Trader Joes has a chocolate sorbet that I’ve gotten a couple of times as a treat. Not the same, but still nostalgic for me.)

    • Karen Kovel Adams

      Thanks for your comment, Looosy! What a lovely childhood memory! Chocolate ices are my favorite, especially when they have pieces of Jelly Rings mixed in :-) I’ll have to try the TJ sorbet next time I’m there.

      • Lucyshnoosy

        LOVE jelly rings! That sounds like a wonderful combo.

  • Marilyn

    Loved your blog! May need to buy some Dollys later!! Love how you tie it into perfume!!!

    • Karen Kovel Adams

      Thanks, Mar! Wish I lived closer to you, we could go to Dolly’s together!

  • Karen Dubin

    While visiting Philadelphia recently, I indulged in my favorite local ice cream/water ice vendor’s (Rita’s!) newest flavor: Red Swedish Fish gelato. And it tastes *just like* the red gummy candies… really! Rita’s suggested a concoction of the swedish Fish gelato
    atop a cup of their vanilla soft-serve frozen custard, and I have to say it is a magnificent treat on a hot Summer day.

    Other food-note fragrances that come to mind:

    Etro’s Anice: That anise note smells just like Good n Plenty…
    L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Poivre Piquant: Delicious, spicy white pepper
    Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insense: Smooth, grown-up vanilla
    Henri Bendel’s Pink Grapefruit & Vetiver: An unusual mix of ingredients that works!
    Etat Libre d’Orange’s Like This: Subtle, warm pumpkin

    • Lucyshnoosy

      I love Rita’s! I wish there was one in my town (or maybe it’s better that there isn’t.) There IS one in the neighborhood of the airport in RI, and I need to be there in a couple of weeks to pick up my DS. Hmmmm…. perhaps a side trip for ices!