Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer in the City! StreetPops, Pho Lang Thang + Roeblingfest


Blueberry Lemon Thyme, Chocolate Chili Pepper, Grapefruit Tarragon. As soon as I heard about fruit + herb combinations like these, I knew had to try the "grown-up" popsicles from Streetpops.

Lucky for me, one of my favorite downtown lunch joints, Lunch on Main, carries Streetpops, and my first taste was a delightfully puckery keylime-sicle. While it would be a perfect on a hot, humid Cincy summer day, it perked up my spirits - and taste buds - after one of our all-too-frequent recent mid-day storms. I saved the strawberry-mint Streetpop pictured at the top of this post for an afternoon snack yesterday, and was glad I did. This not-too-sweet treat made from fresh fruit was something to look forward to. By the time I pulled it out of the office freezer at 4:00, I was thinking "strawberry." But the first lick made me sit up straight and take my mind off work. What made it different? Oh, yeah, that fresh mint.

Today I had a chance to pick up more Streetpops and meet Sara Bornick, who is bringing her Streetpop cart to Fountain Square for Acoustic Thursdays at lunchtime.

Streetpops will be featuring even more intriguing flavors this weekend when they team up with Pho Lang Thang at Roeblingfest, including Vietnamese Coffee, Cucumber-Jalapeno, and other combos featuring lemon grass, coconut, and mango.

Lunch on Main owner Adam Easterling and his friendly crew were excited the first time I asked to buy a Streetpop from them, and now I know more about the story behind their familiarity and enthusiasm for Streetpops. Sara told me she rents kitchen space from LOM. Love to see locals supporting locals! Park + Vine will also be carrying Streetpops (vegan). Otherwise, you can catch Streetpops at Findlay Market, Second Sunday on Main, and other festivals and events around town.

More about Roeblingfest, in Covington, KY, filled with music, food, history, and fun, and celebrating the Roebling Bridge, our little prototype of the Brooklyn Bridge, here, here, and here. Happy weekend!

7 comments:

MakingSpace said...

I want a chocolate chili pepper please...

Buzz Kill said...

After I read this I immediately thought of this old Gary Larson Cartoon. Some of those herb combinations sound - interesting.

WaterDog said...

Bring a blueberry lemon one home and put it in your freezer for the 4th of July. Maybe a Peanut Butter one too!

chickory said...

we have a popsicle guy who comes to this parking lot on thursdays...i read about him in the paper but have not been in ATL on a thursday in months. looks like our food truck thing is building. people dont want this slave food crap anymore. the times, they are a changing. yeah!

Cincinnati Bites said...

Really enjoyed their Cucumber-Jalapeno Streetpop! A fine popsickle for grown-ups.

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Cincinnati Bites, I'm jealous you got to try the Cucumber-Jalapeno.

When I stopped by the cart yesterday on Fountain Square to pick up a selection to take to Water Dog's this weekend, I learned that the Vietnamese Coffee Streetpop they debuted at Roeblingfest was such a hit they're going to keep it in the regular rotation!

LaDivaCucina said...

I want to try making these! Can't be too hard, I would imagine and I have my molds good to go! Thanks for the great ideas, Eggy and enjoy!