Mochi & ice cream - oh my!

Last weekend, I was in for a treat. In between purchasing new bikes and watching the Broncos sadly lose, I found some delicious sweets here in Irvine and Costa Mesa.

Mochilato made me feel like a kid in a candy store. When I first opened the door, the place had that Japanese restaurant kind of feel of dark hardwood floors, tables and chairs. As you trekked all the way to the back, you see oodles of colorful mochi ice cream (here, they call it mochilato). They had flavors I have never heard of such as creme brulee, hazelnut, and pistachio.

I decided to try the mango and hazelnut mochilato. As soon as I bit into it, it had the perfect texture and taste. You could taste the mochi and ice cream inside.

My husband and brother-in-law decided to try the pistachio mochilato and Italian Shaved Ice (made with strawberry syrup and fruits galore - mango, strawberry, kiwi, and banana). The shaved ice was scrumptious and way different from the Japanese style shaved ice with red bean or Hawaiian artificially flavored shaved ice. Can you say delish?

On Sunday afternoon, I wanted to take a break from watching the Broncos game and get my eyebrows threaded at Ziba. To soothe my painful threading experience, I decided to look for Ice Pan. I had heard about this place on food blogs and from friends. I sadly drove up and down Bristol looking for it until I finally called my friend to get the cross street. Silly me, it was right next to Ziba all along. When I finally arrived, I was just psyched to find the place amongst the construction chaos. (That whole complex is undergoing a remodel.)

A lovely teenage worker helped me out with my order. She said I can pick the size, flavor, milk and toppings. I selected the regular vanilla with lowfat milk and strawberries. I thought it was so cool that you could choose what kind of milk. Those lactose-intolerant people could pick soy milk and get their fill of ice cream. I watched as she grabbed my selections and placed it on this circular metal contraption. She quickly mixed and stirred the ingredients with two paint spackle-type devices. It went from liquidy to a frozen concoction instantly. Wow, like magic! Finally, she grabbed her ice cream scoop and gave me three mini-scoops before I paid almost $5 for my homemade treat.

I left and felt giddy with my new ice cream. What's cool about their ice cream is it feels organic and healthy. It doesn't leave you with that gross I want to throw up feeling after eating something too rich and decadent. Yum, I say!

More info:
Mochilato 4310 Culver Drive Ste E Irvine, CA 92604 (949) 559-11161
Icepan 3930 S. Bristol Sr. #110 Santa Ana, CA 92704 (714)662-3800


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