One day I’ll tell you about the mind-boggling roller coaster week of topsy-turviness I just experienced but, until I work out exactly where the cards have fallen (or, more correctly, where I want to place those cards), let’s instead marvel over the mind-bogglingly delicious N2 Extreme Gelato I managed to sneak onto said topsy-turvy roller coaster.
Remember my terrible first experience with liquid nitrogen ice cream at Sub Zero? (I still love you, Cedar City.) I certainly haven’t forgotten, and so I approached N2 Extreme Gelato with a mix of excitement and trepidation.
Excitement because N2’s innovative take on liquid nitrogen gelato has received the tick of approval from many of my blogging friends. Excitement because, well, look at that menu. Pork Floss and Shortbread Gelato? Deconstructed Vegan Choc Lava?! Hello. Hello there.
Trepidation because fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Trepidation because I was so tired the night I dragged my friends into this parlour of gelato wonder that I feared I’d fall asleep in my cup if it didn’t crackle with flavour.
You in the back there, you said crackle, right?
Ten points to Gryffindor. Have a cup of crème brûlée gelato, made in an instant from a magical mix of liquid nitrogen and all the, you know, things that make gelato (cream? sugar? vanilla? fairy dust?).
The vanilla custard gelato base was gorgeously smooth and rich while the thick layer of burnt sugar on top, lit aflame before our very eyes, was so good I would’ve stolen the lot from my friend had I not dozed off on the fake grass as I attempted to lunge at her*.
* This is a lie. I fell asleep after lunging at her.
As for me, I couldn’t go past the Chinese New Year-themed flavour of Lychee and Ginger Sorbet, which came as a veritable mountain of the smoothest, ginger-zingiest, refreshingly-popping-with-lychee-est, energy-giving-est fruit-based dessert I’ve had in a long while.
So gingery. So vibrant. So spicy. So sweet. So surprising. So tantalising. So too much but also not enough. So delightful. So overwhelming.
A bit like life, really.