PDXYelpers Scream For Ice Cream @ Fifty Licks!
How do Portland Yelp Elites cool down on a surprisingly warm October day? Why by gathering at Portland's newest incarnation of long time favorite Fifty Licks! This cart-turned-brick-and-mortar spot was the site of Yelp's Ice Cream Social on October 21, 2013!
Fifty Licks has been slinging fantastic ice cream with locally-sourced ingredients out of its little blue box truck since 2009, and they've opened a new shop down on Clinton in inner-SE! Katherine M has "three words to describe this elite event: ICE CREAM OVERLOAD!" That's right, the fine folks at Fifty Licks welcomed a steady stream of PDXYelpers in to sample a full array of flavors including "Stumptown Coffee, Tahitian Vanilla, Toasted Milk, Jasmine Tea with Apricot, Blood Orange Creamsicle, Cherry Bourbon, Jasmine Rice with fragrant Pandan, Coconut Lemon Saffron Sorbet, and Rhode Island Style Frozen Lemonade." (thanks for the catalog, Kristen!) Served up in adorable little egg cups and tiny cones, this spread helped keep the crowd cool from start to finish. The fantastic hand-crafted sorbet cocktails were also on display, including the Furaçao, the Nordic Palmer, The Bitter Rose and the Velvet Shiso. These drinks are made by mixing ingredients like plum wine, cocchi and byrrh with bitters, aromatics and sorbets! A tasty (and tipsy) treat. To top it all off, Chad mixed us up some of his signature Cuban Coffee - a sweet (and STRONG!) espresso-style drink he brought with him from the streets of Miami. And samples weren't all. As Joe M notes, "Taking home a pint of the Bourbon Cherry was definitely a bonus of the evening."
Nikee W sums it up well: "The Fifty licks crew paid special attention to everyone and had scoops at the ready all night. It was a perfect night, from the cool treats, to the stark white subway tile and vintage vibe from the shop, to the happy little cherry bourbon pint currently hanging out in my freezer. Thanks as always to the Yelp crew for kicking the week off right. I can't wait to bring my family back for a ice cream excursion." Huge thanks indeed go out to Chad, Allie and the staff at Fifty Licks; Heather Jones; Ana M; and of course the Yelp Elite Squad, without whom this would not be possible.
Until next time, keep it creamy!
--Don "We All Screamed Until We Got Ice Cream" B