Los Angeles ice cream swap!!! (changed to 9/26)
posted August 6, 2010 11:55 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun September 26 at 2:00 PM, Barnsdall Park (west lawn)
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Hey Los Angeles, wanna do a home made ice cream swap? I am inspired by/totally jealous of the Brooklyn one. I've been making my fair share of ice cream-like things (mostly gelatos and sorbets), perhaps you have as well? Or want a reason to give it a try? Location: Barnsdall Park Ice cream+lovely views of the city! Bring: two pints of frozen deliciousness to swap and at least 1 pint extra to share in the park If you want to come and don't plan on making ice cream then bring something to go with with ice cream. I will bring a picnic blanket, spoons, napkins and cups.
Let this be the thread where we figure out the details. I'm hoping we can make this happen!
posted by mandymanwasregistered to Meetup (66 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

This sounds like great fun. Count me in.
posted by mogget at 11:58 AM on August 6, 2010

My daughter and I were just discussing making some ice cream based on viewing Good Eats. I'm in if we have fair warning to make a few batches to ensure we can deliver a good product. ;)
posted by Argyle at 12:45 PM on August 6, 2010

I don't think you're ready for this jelly lavender-honey-ricotta ice cream.

I'm totally down for this, although some times are better than others (weekends are better for me than work nights, and I'll never be available on a Monday or Thursday, for example). Also, I'm out of town from August 29th through September 6th (snoop around the other posts on IRL to figure out why). Other than that, though, I'm game.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 12:46 PM on August 6, 2010

Mmmmlavender! I was thinking maybe a weekend afternoon in mid-ish September. I have a wee little quart sized maker, so I was hoping we could trade quarts or even pints. If there are people with food allergies/restrictions interested, I'm hoping we can figure out how to include them too.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 2:29 PM on August 6, 2010

I'll un-mothball our maker tonight and check capacity. Pints for exchange probably sound right.

Of course you can always make ice cream in a plastic bag...
posted by Argyle at 2:42 PM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm in!
posted by ApathyGirl at 9:51 PM on August 6, 2010

Sure, why not?
posted by Bookhouse at 7:44 AM on August 7, 2010

Sounds interesting. I'm moving to LA next month and like making ice cream. Does each person make enough so that everyone walks away with multiple flavors, or do people sort of bid on which flavors to take home?
posted by loulou718 at 4:49 PM on August 7, 2010

I guess we should decide how much we want to make, take home and sample on the spot. Also if anyone has dietary restrictions. If there are specific dietary needs, I would structure the swap to include that. Say, A dairy group and a non-dairy group. Or we each bring a pint each of a dairy and non-dairy flavor. Other possible issues: nuts, alcohol, meat(???).
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 5:10 PM on August 7, 2010

Hell yes. I love making ice cream and been making a lot this summer. Got some new recipes I'm ready to roll out.

I've been involved in some other kinds of swaps recently on Metafilter, and once everyone signed up, people were divided into groups of 4-6 to swap with. That worked pretty well.

All dates work for me.
posted by conrad53 at 9:33 PM on August 7, 2010

Made a batch this weekend with the new ice cream maker (Cuisinart ftw) and it turned out great. Vanilla base with smashed peppermint candy and chopped Andre's Mints.

Made about 2 quarts, which is 4 pints. Perhaps we set up in groups of 4. That way with one batch, that's 3 pints to give away and 1 for the home crowd.
posted by Argyle at 11:28 AM on August 9, 2010

That's fine with me. My ice cream maker is 1/2 the size, but I can make a couple of batches. Does anyone have any preferences for a date? I was thinking a weekend afternoon in mid-September and maybe we could do the meetup at a park. I really like the view from Barnsdall Park.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:12 PM on August 9, 2010

Once we get a confirmed meetup post where people rsvp we can figure out the groups for swapping.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:13 PM on August 9, 2010

I am most definitely in!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:55 AM on August 11, 2010

If you're looking for recipe ideas and supply ideas, it's ice cream week over at The Kitchn.
posted by loulou718 at 1:43 PM on August 11, 2010

I have never made ice cream. *sad face*
posted by Justinian at 1:53 PM on August 11, 2010

I would like to join this ice cream meetup of which you speak, but despite being an excellent baker, I do not have an ice cream maker currently. However, I would be willing to bring cookies large enough for ice cream sandwiches....
posted by Sophie1 at 1:57 PM on August 12, 2010

depending on when this ends up being, I'm probably up for this too
posted by dogwalker at 3:14 PM on August 14, 2010

What date works for people? Weekend days in Sepetember are: 11/12, 18/19 and 25/25. I was thinking 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I say we meet in a park unless someone has a better idea of where to show up with a bunch of ice cream.

Once we decide on date/time/location, I'll post this as an actual meetup and not just a proposed one.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:23 AM on August 15, 2010

I'm in enough to wrangle my awesome Cuisinart ice cream maker back from my ex, ninja-style. THAT'S how in I am. Dates permitting, that is.
posted by buzzkillington at 9:16 PM on August 15, 2010

I have never made ice cream. *sad face*

I, too, had never made ice cream, but I went to the store Saturday morning and bought heavy whipping cream, some rock salt, some gallon freezer bags, and a bag of ice. Already had vanilla extract and sugar and a little cinnamon. Put a crash/bang movie on and sat around shaking bags in bags in towels in grocery bags for half an hour or so, then poured the result into some tupperware and put it in the freezer for a few hours. It turned out delicious, if a little airy.
posted by carsonb at 6:53 PM on August 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Weekends are good for me!
posted by carsonb at 6:54 PM on August 16, 2010

as long as its weekends, I think all of those dates work for me. And ice cream newbs shouldn't fret; it's damned hard to make bad ice cream.
posted by Bookhouse at 10:11 PM on August 16, 2010

Any of those dates are good for me.
posted by conrad53 at 1:39 AM on August 17, 2010

Psst, as of Sunday there was a Donvier ice cream maker for $5 at the Goodwill on Hollywood near Vermont.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:28 PM on August 17, 2010

I should add that if anyone wants to borrow my wee little ice cream maker (also a $5 thrift store item!) more than a couple of days in advance, they can.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:50 PM on August 17, 2010

Ooh, I got a couch at that Goodwill. Great for sitting on while making shaken ice cream!
posted by carsonb at 11:12 AM on August 18, 2010

I like the way you think, carson.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 7:53 PM on August 18, 2010

I don't think I can make the 12th but any of the other dates is fine.
posted by Sophie1 at 12:40 PM on August 19, 2010

I've got one kind on mix right now, and the other is ready for y'all!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:23 PM on August 20, 2010

Made the first test batch of honey pistachio ice cream last night. It tasted great soft out of the maker and hopefully even better hardened.

Are we going to set up groups?
posted by Argyle at 11:08 AM on August 24, 2010

Yeah, we can set up groups. I was thinking if we each brought 2 pints plus some extra amount of one's choosing, we could swap 2 and share the other one at the park so that non-ice cream making peeps can try some.

Email me (it's in my profile) with the subject line "mefi ice cream swap" and I'll set up the groups!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:02 PM on August 30, 2010

If you all could email me by 9/12, that would be great. Sooner would be better, but who knows how often people read these posts.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:22 AM on September 2, 2010

Is groups of three the idea if we're bringing 2 pints to swap?

Another way of doing it instead of groups would be to number each pint as people brought them, then after everyone arrives have people draw two numbers out of a hat.

All of this also brings to mind the question of how best to store ice cream at a meetup? Lots of ice and coolers, I guess?
posted by carsonb at 7:59 AM on September 4, 2010

Either way works for me, but I was thinking if people were assigned to a group that maybe they would be less likely to flake out. Admittedly flakeage is something I'm a little worried about, but I figure even if it's just you me and ambrosia voyeur, we'll still end up with tasty ice creams to take home.

Since other people expressed interest in coming but seemed unsure about making their own, I figured the third pint would be to share/sample there.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:07 PM on September 4, 2010

I'll happily bring more than required. This is all the excuse I need to go crazy with the cuizy. I love feeding people. So I'd say don't be too timid about coming empty-handed on my account, anybody.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:41 PM on September 5, 2010

A Thai Cultural Day celebration is going to be held at Barnsdall Park on the afternoon of the 19th. Should we relocate or reschedule?
posted by mogget at 9:36 AM on September 8, 2010

Hmm, having Thai curry with ice cream sounds pretty yummy, but I guess parking would be a pain for those driving.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:32 AM on September 8, 2010

I'm not sure if I can be there but I will be keeping updated and perhaps surprise you all! Bwhahahahaha!
posted by buzzkillington at 7:02 PM on September 8, 2010

The Thai Cultural Day celebration will tie up parking all over that neighborhood and the park will be completely packed. And if it is anything like last year, the food won't even be good. Seriously, they just contracted the food services out to some event vendor that served up overpriced Chinese-American food with some pad thai and satay. It was a huge disappointment. I suggest finding a new location.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 11:44 PM on September 9, 2010

Ack. OK then, I suggest we move it to the picnic tables near Trails Cafe in Ferndell part of Griffith Park. People will then have the option of pie with their ice cream.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 5:31 PM on September 10, 2010

On second consideration I'm gonna change the date and keep the og location.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:14 PM on September 11, 2010

And I'm gonna scrap the group idea and let us figure out swapping when we get there. Just think of it as a surprise!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:21 PM on September 11, 2010

If we didn't swap, we could just have a homemade ice cream party. The people that don't bring ice cream could be responsible for spoons and drinks and cupcakes (or something). And we wouldn't have to worry about melting.
posted by loulou718 at 11:58 PM on September 11, 2010

So is there a new date?
posted by FlamingBore at 10:09 AM on September 14, 2010

They moved Thai Fest over to the park? I have no idea if it was there before, but the last time I visited Thai Fest, the good stuff has going on between Western (the train stop) and Normandie. That is where historic Thai Town is, and the Thai food in the Thai Town Thai restaurants, during the Thai Fest, is good, authentic and fun. Salted fish fried rice, raw blue crab papaya salad so spicy it will melt your tongue, crying tiger, tom yum, prik king, pork jerky, angel wings.

I don't make ice cream, but I love the idea of an ice cream swap.
posted by jabberjaw at 11:19 AM on September 14, 2010

Okay, I just went a little nuts at the farmer's market, so I'm in. There'll be a pluot sorbet, a strawberry sorbet, and a fig something.
posted by loulou718 at 12:07 PM on September 15, 2010

They moved Thai Fest over to the park?

This is a different event. I think the one you have in mind is the Songkran (New Year) festival, which is still in the same location and is held in the spring. This upcoming event is a cultural fair with an emphasis on the arts -- traditional dance, theater, other performances -- and very little focus on food. (At least it was that way last year.)
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:14 AM on September 16, 2010

If anyone's still thinking of joining us, Sur La Table (online and in-store) has new 1.5 quart Cuisinart ice cream machines for $39.99.
posted by loulou718 at 9:41 AM on September 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ice cream tastes better in a heatwave, amirite?

I will definitely make sure we're in the shade tomorrow. And put some sort of sign up. And wear my tl;dr mefi shirt.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 3:05 PM on September 25, 2010

I hope we're still on. I've got 12 pints of 3 different flavors ready to go. Should I bring anything but the ice cream?
posted by Argyle at 6:01 PM on September 25, 2010

I hope you guys have a really fun time. Sadly, I find myself behind the 8-ball with schoolwork and can't have fun tomorrow. I'm so depressed, I might eat all this ice cream myself.

But here's what I've made, maybe I'll bring it to whatever meetup is next! Key Lime Pie (with buttery graham cracker crust in there), Bourbon Cherry Chocolate (dark chocolate ice cream with bourboned cherries), and Honey Almond (almond milk custard with a honey ribbon and marzipan pieces).
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:45 PM on September 25, 2010

OK, I made something, and it's creamy, and frozen (by dint of being in my freezer all night), and there's not too much of it, which is good because it probably doesn't taste like much except my sweat and rock salt, but I made it with my own two bare hands all the way. See y'all at 2!
posted by carsonb at 9:39 AM on September 26, 2010

I'm bringing cups and spoons, but you all might want to bring serving spoons. And something to drink. Maybe I'll pick up some lemonade and ice.

My frozen delights: black currant (black tea) gelato and plum rum cardamom (ginger, um) sorbet.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:54 AM on September 26, 2010

Drat, school work! Those flavors sound delicious, AV.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:55 AM on September 26, 2010


My department party is today.


Any recs for a maker?
posted by k8t at 11:03 AM on September 26, 2010

I'm bringing a riesling-plum sorbet, balsamic vinegar-strawberry sorbet, peanut butter ice cream, and chai ice cream. And possibly something else.
posted by loulou718 at 11:31 AM on September 26, 2010

Holy crap. way to go loulou718!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:15 PM on September 26, 2010

Thanks for braving the heat and sharing the nomz!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:38 PM on September 26, 2010

Good times everyone. Thanks for all the cool flavors.
posted by Argyle at 5:23 PM on September 26, 2010

Yeah, that was great. Between the swapped ice cream and what I already had, I now have 14 pints of ice cream in my freezer.
posted by loulou718 at 7:29 PM on September 26, 2010

Goddamn! Thanks everybody! Loads of fun!
posted by klangklangston at 9:02 PM on September 26, 2010

That was cool. Somehow I came home with way too much ice cream. Thank you so much!
posted by carsonb at 9:14 PM on September 26, 2010

I am so incredibly sad that I wasn't able to participate. The girlfriend and I even bought an ice cream maker for this. Next time.

Hope to see y'all at the Magic Castle in October!
posted by FlamingBore at 4:18 AM on September 27, 2010

This wonderful ice cream is already making the sweltering heat this week far more tolerable. Thanks everybody!!
posted by speicus at 11:27 PM on September 27, 2010

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