Monday, May 27, 2024

Sampiguita: A taste of Filipino Ice Cream in Orlando

Orlando is a melting pot of diverse culinary delights, and nestled within this vibrant scene is Sampiguita, an ice cream eatery that brings a unique Filipino flair to the city’s dessert landscape. Offering an array of exotic and traditional flavors, Sampiguita is more than just an ice cream shop; it’s a cultural experience that transports you to the tropical islands of the Philippines with every scoop.

Filipino ice cream, aka sorbetes, has a history as rich and varied as its flavors. Introduced during the American colonial period, this beloved treat quickly adapted to local tastes and ingredients. Unlike its Western counterparts, Filipino ice cream often uses coconut milk or carabao (water buffalo) milk, lending it a distinctively creamy texture and a unique flavor profile. Traditional flavors include ube (purple yam), mango, and macapuno (sweetened coconut), each offering a taste of the Philippines' abundant natural resources.

At Sampiguita, named after the national flower of the Philippines, you’ll find a delightful array of flavors that pay homage to this storied tradition. The ube ice cream, for instance, is a crowd favorite, with its vibrant purple hue and subtly sweet, earthy taste. Another staple, Mango, bursts with the tropical freshness of the islands, while the macapuno offers a luscious and creamy coconut experience that’s hard to resist.

But Sampiguita doesn’t stop at the classics. The eatery also explores innovative combinations that fuse Filipino flavors with modern twists. Their calamansi (a local citrus fruit) sorbet is a refreshing palate cleanser, and the buko pandan (young coconut and screwpine leaves) ice cream presents a fragrant, green-hued treat that is both exotic and familiar.

Sampiguita isn’t just a place to indulge in sweet treats; it’s a community hub where Filipino culture is celebrated and shared. The welcoming atmosphere, adorned with vibrant Filipino art and motifs, invites patrons to not only savor the unique flavors but also to engage with the cultural heritage they represent. 

For those looking to explore new and exciting flavors, or simply wanting to reconnect with familiar tastes from the Philippines, Sampiguita offers a delicious journey into the heart of Filipino ice cream traditions. Each visit is an opportunity to enjoy a scoop of history, a dollop of culture, and a generous serving of community spirit. Next time you're in Orlando, make sure to stop by Sampiguita and treat yourself to a uniquely Filipino frozen delight.

Sampiguita Ice Cream Orlando


Sampiguita Ice Cream

1233 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon is a bar and restaurant based around the theme of Absinthe.

Many of the cocktails have Absinthe as an ingredient.

We came primarily for the food.

This place is located on Mills Ave between King Cajun and Taki Cheena in a former thrift store.

Service and atmosphere were excellent and the seating was comfortable.

I would recommend reservations especially on Friday and Saturday. I think you could do a walk in on slower days.

Dishes we tried were:

Boursin Cheese with fennel and toasted bread - rich and tasty, could have used a few more pieces of bread

Escargot in garlic herb butter - this was a special, not typically on the menu, served with toasted baguette, tomato jam, and a small salad. The combination of the tomato jam and the Escargot was an unexpected delight.

Jamon Puff Pastries - I liked these but I think the honey might be a bit much for some.

Gnocchi with rock shrimp - the menu described this as being served with mussels not rock shrimp, but apparently that's changing. That was good news to me. I love gnocchi but not mussels. Really enjoyed this.

Chorizo Burger - It was a good size burger that had Manchego cheese and peach jam. The burger was accompanied by larger size cut of fries.

We also had the pork belly which was served with a pepper sauce and grilled onion.

Everyone in our group really enjoyed our cocktails each in their own unique glasses.

We will definitely be back and keeping an eye on their social media for special dishes.