Yesterday was hot. Very hot. And I took the day off work, not because it was hot but because everyone takes time off during July-August. After my Pilates class, I headed to the river and to Berthillon glacier (ice creams and sorbets) located on the small island of Ile Saint-Louis in the middle of the river Seine.
You either line up and purchase your ice cream take-out or sit inside and have it served to you. It was so hot I had to sit down and order an apple juice while perusing the list of a dozen or so flavours ranging from fig to litchee to mandarin orange. Sorbet, or sherbet in English, has 30% less calories. I ordered mango and cherry sorbet.
Isn’t this the most gorgeous-looking sorbet? Eating Berthillon is an event because the flavour is so intense and the taste sensation so startling, you swear you’re eating a real mango and real cherries. Once the fruit sorbet eaten, I ordered a single scoop of réglisse. Never having tasted licorice ice cream before, I was curious. (I thought it would be black – photo below). Again, the flavour bursts in your mouth. One scoop is 3 euros 50, two scoops 6 euros 50. For take-out, one scoop is 2 euros 50, two scoops 4 euros.
I like that the word “flavour” in French is parfum. I like that metal and not plastic spoons are used. I like the edible wafer cup (coupelle en gaufre) that the sorbet is served in and I like the pitcher of water that’s offered.
Afterwards I strolled the streets of the Ile Saint Louis and then made my way down to the river. A hot wind was blowing. …….to be continued.