Rita’s of South Bay

April 9, 2013

in bakeries/cafes/dessert places, food events

Even though we spent all of Sunday driving from Phoenix to Los Angeles, Abe and I got back into the car that same night…

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…all to go to a strip mall and eat dessert.

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But not just ANY frozen treat – this is RITA’S WATER ICE – which made my Philadelphia-born hubby very, very happy.

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You’re probably wondering (much like I was 16 years ago) what in the world is “Water Ice?”

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It’s not Italian Ice. It’s not shaved ice. It’s not Fluff Ice. It’s not a slushy. It’s not ice cream/gelato/frozen yogurt. It’s WOODER ICE. It’s unique. It’s Philadelphia. It’s creamy. It’s icy. It’s cold. It’s so delicious we drove an additional 2 hours and stood in line for it too!

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Luckily, it was all free, AND they were handing out samples!

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I devoured four…

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…plus a few Pretzels pieces too!

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Not from Philly, but still very, very good.

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While waiting in line, we had plenty of time to look over the menu…

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…I decided on a Blendini – their take on a Blizzard/Twister.

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Tried two non-fruity ice flavors – Birthday Cake + Cookies N Creme…

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…decided to go for the latter, with Reese’s Pieces mixed in + Chocolate Custard (<—soft serve).

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Also had a bite of Abe’s creation – he’s a purist and went with a classic Gelati combo of Lemon Water Ice + Vanilla Custard.

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By the way, both of us were freezing our butts off, tired from all the travel, and got brain freeze but really didn’t care. We were so happy…

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…thanks to Jacob and Josh for bringing Abe’s childhood to the west coast AND inviting us to the opening!

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