6 Unreal Ice Cream Spots Only Found In Austin

6 Unreal Ice Cream Spots Only Found In Austin

Olive oil flavored gelato is life changing.

Higher temperatures only mean one thing. It's officially ice cream season. Here are six places that you can only find in Austin to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Gelateria Gemelli

Olive oil flavored gelato? This charming spot offers organic, handmade gelato ranging in flavors from classic strawberry to earl gray to even olive oil. They also serve tasty cocktails and coffee as well.

2. Spun Ice Cream

Who says you can’t play with your food? This ice cream spot specializes in seasonal flavors spun to order using liquid nitrogen. They also offer gluten free and dairy free options.

3. Prohibition Creamery

This is the place to be if you enjoy your ice cream as much as your alcohol because this place combines them. They offer delicious seasonal ice cream flavors along with craft cocktails. And yes, they have happy hour Tuesday-Friday, 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.

4. Tèo

Handmade and award-winning gelato can be found at Tèo. What’s the award-winning flavor? Nuts aka Nutella and peanut butter. If you want a more adventurous option you can try their goat cheese and cherry flavor which they deem as a “foodie’s delight.”

5. Sweet Ritual

Vegans rejoice! Everything this place serves is vegan, and they have gluten-free and allergy friendly options as well. They make sure no one’s left out when it comes to enjoying yummy ice cream with your friends and family.

6. Ice Scrapers

Watching them make your order is just as good as getting to bite into it after. These Thai inspired ice cream rolls are fascinating to watch as they turn from liquid to solid ice cream right in front of you in a matter of minutes.

Cover Image Credit: Igor Ovsyannykov

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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

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2. You never have to look at the menu.

We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.

You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

SEE ALSO: The Perfect Skin Color For A Mexican?

5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.

Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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Green Tinted Moisturizer As An Alternative to Pepcid

Self-treating your "Asian-glow" with over-the-counter Pepcid may be more dangerous than you think.


Many people (including some of my best friends and family members) suffer through what is colloquially referred to as the "Asian glow." Although this term has become racialized to refer to Asians who appear red after a few drinks, it is better defined by understanding the biochemistry behind it.

When ingesting alcohol, also known as ethanol, it is first converted to acetaldehyde via alcohol dehydrogenase. Acetaldehyde is then converted to acetate via aldehyde dehydrogenase. Alcohol is thus converted to acetate by two enzymes mentioned above. For those that do get the "Asian glow," the second enzyme – aldehyde dehydrogenase – is not present. As a result, acetaldehyde is not converted to acetate, and there is an accumulation of acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is consequently the culprit, causing the release of histamine and the blood vessel dilation that lead to redness.

An over-the-counter drug, Pepcid, is commonly used to combat this facial flush. This is because Pepcid is an antihistamine, disabling histamine to come into play. In a study as early as 1987, antihistamine administration have shown a "significant reduction in the skin flush" compared to placebo control. To date, however, there is not a single study that has directly looked at the effects of Pepcid and alcohol interactions on the human body, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of Pepcid AC to treat the flush. Perhaps there is an underlying danger that the scientific community has failed to address.

A more recent study in 2009 found that "ALDH2-deficient patients" or those who do get the Asian glow, "have an increased risk for esophageal cancer if they drink moderate amounts of alcohol." Interestingly, "ALDH2 deficiency does not influence esophageal cancer risk in non-drinkers." So isn't it a good thing that your body is glowing red because it is notifying you about the internal, physiological state?

Regardless of the fact that dangers have not been meticulously studied, the combination of Pepcid and alcohol remains dangerous because of the exact reason people take Pepcid in the first place. By inhibiting the glowing, it is more difficult to notice the physiological cue and pace drinks, leading to overconsumption. Pepcid may temporarily help with how you may appear to others, but it does not change the fact that alcohol is a carcinogen. Without a peer-reviewed study on the interaction between Pepcid and alcohol, I would be skeptical to mix the two. Using green-tinted moisturizers (often used to cover the redness for acne) may be a better alternative for the time being. I wouldn't risk my health or my life to appear less red at a party or a few.

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