Cauldron Ice Cream and the Puffle Is Dessert for the Digital Age

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Kristine Hoang

Here's an exercise: go into Cauldron Ice Cream and count how many people have phones in their hands. Some may be texting or on Facebook, but many are also taking Instagram and Snapchat photos of their Puffle--ice cream wrapped in a Hong Kong-style bubble waffle--against the white-tiled walls and retro decor. One search of the #puffle hashtag on Instagram is enough to realize the extent of Cauldron's photo ops. Over 10,000 posts show up--most of which are of this sweet concoction (and, yes, the white-tiled walls are there all the time).

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35. Green Tea Snow at Snow Station

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Photo by Charles Lam

We're past the halfway point of 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

I've heard people say that Asians are big this year, and as cringe-y as that makes me feel, I have to admit that even I'm going big on Asian desserts this years. For the past month, it's all been milk tea, brick toast, mochi ice cream, and my absolutely favorite from East Asia: Taiwanese shaved snow.

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On the Line: Tauseef Razaque Of Scoops N Scoops, Part Two

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Photo by LP Hastings
Next generation entrepreneurs

Yesterday was all about the business, according to Scoops N Scoops co-owner Tauseef Razaque. Today we shift our focus to learn what makes him tick.

Don't get left behind! You can catch up on part one right over here.
Our conversation with Tauseef continues below.

How did you all meet?
Abdullah and I are actually related; he is my brother-in-law, and Adam has been Abdullah's best friend since childhood.


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On the Line: Tauseef Razaque Of Scoops N Scoops, Part One

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Photo by LP Hastings
Tauseef, Abdullah and Adam keeping their cool

The sweltering days of summer may finally be showing signs of cooling down, but our readership is always in the mood for something sweet. So I stopped by one of the newest dessert spots for a little refreshment. The Scoops N Scoops management team consists of Adam Houri, Abdullah Jafey and Tauseef Razaque, but Tauseef took the lead in participating in our interview.

How much fun (or not?) did you have coming up with all those iconic creations?
It's a blast coming up with the creations! We're like mad scientists with all of our flavorings: pouring different things, cutting up different things and pouring them into bowls. Just using our imagination, and then there's vapor from the nitrogen everywhere as we anticipate what it's going to turn out like when it's frozen! It's a lot of fun, and we get to be very creative with it.

Culinarily speaking, Orange County has the best:
The best variety and collection of food from all over the world.

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Long Beach's Afters Ice Cream Opens Labor Day Weekend

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Photo by Willie T
You know it

Hey all of you in the part of Orange County near Long Beach (and those of you in Long Beach proper): An Afters Ice Cream is going to be opening near you very soon. Like, within a few weeks soon. Check after the jump for the details.

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Barton 1792 Chocolate Bourbon Ball Cream Liqueur, Our Drink of the Week!

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Photo by Clockwork Coker
Follow the frog

Greetings from the Bluegrass State, gentle cabrones! My wife and I are in the midst of our annual sojourn to the South for the 127 Yard Sale, which is like the Rose Bowl Flea Market spread over 700 miles and three times cheaper. We've also hit up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and there's a lot of great things happening in the booze world here that'll hit us in a couple of years. You can special order some from Hi-Time, I'm sure, or have a friend in Kentucky go to a liquor store and buy a bottle.

But what might be the hardest get of them all is also one of the cheapest and sweetest: Barton 1792 Chocolate Bourbon Ball Cream Liqueur.


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53. Wagon Wheel at French's Cupcake Bakery

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Photo by The Mexican
So. Much. Deliciousness...

We're reaching the halfway point of 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!
If there was an OC Dessert Hall of Fame--and the Orange County Fairgrounds should TOTALLY build a permanent exhibit to that, right?--the wagon wheel would be a charter member. You know what that is, even if you didn't know it had a name: a gargantuan danish as big as a Frisbee, spotted with fruit jelly atop a sea of custard, Offices usually do the futile mistake of leaving one in the lunch room with a knife, thinking workers will carefully slice off a bit. Nope: the results are a delicious disaster thanks to the grubby guys and gals over in the IT department.

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69. Scoops x Contra Ice Cream Float at Scoops Ice Cream Santa Ana

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Photo by Charles Lam
R+D made real!

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

I'll be honest: I've never been one for any kind of ice cream float. The soda kinds always end up being too sweet and sticky and gross and the beer kinds are, well, I'd rather just have ice cream and beer, but the ice cream float I had at the Scoops Ice Cream OC grand opening a few weeks ago has turned me around.

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Afters Ice Cream's Irvine Location Will Be at.. Diamond Jamboree

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Photo by Willie T
Feast your eyes

How much do you like crowds?

A little update to Anne Marie's story earlier this month. Thanks to an early publish on the Diamond Jamboree website, Afters Ice Cream's Irvine location has been revealed. The ice cream shop's third OC location will be at Diamond Jamboree in the city of Irvine, where it'll fit in just about perfectly.

Check after the jump for an approximate opening date.

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How Two Guys From Westminster Are Taking Over Dessert in Southern California

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Willie T/OC Weekly
Weather can make or break an ice cream vendor's best-laid plans, and just after sunset on an unseasonably cool June evening is just about the last time you'd expect throngs of people to go out in search of cold food. Nonetheless, hundreds of people are crowding a tiny strip mall in Tustin just across the street from Gen Korean BBQ House on Newport Avenue. Their destination: an ice cream shop.

Multiple cars circle the parking lot, vying for one of the 80-something spaces, stalking people as they walk away from the thin line of shops. The drone of the crowd just a few dozen feet away is occasionally broken by revving engines from one of the multiple European sport cars in attendance.

After a few minutes, I finally find a spot on the very outskirts of the lot. When I reach the crowd gathered in front of the shop, one of the ice cream men, dressed in black Nikes, burgundy pants and a black T-shirt emblazoned with stark white, slender typeface, greets me warmly, gripping my hand. "Thanks for coming," says Andy Nguyen, smiling through every word. "There's some people you should meet."

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