All kids are flavourists – in training! Remember those days, when you were excited for a trip to the corner 7-Eleven? How about when tasting an explosion of red and blue could only mean one thing – ICEE? I do! Most of all, I recall leaving ample room in my cup to pour equal amounts of both blue raspberry and cherry slush. Best of all, years of overfilling my cup and gulping the mound of syrupy shaven ice – to finally fit the lid – resulted in self-directed training to handle brain-freeze.
Developing a taste for sweets, children embrace desserts and feel they’re championing against rule enforcers when opportunity strikes to consume ‘afters,’ first. Similarly thrilling is hearing an enchanting musical tune – the clue – announcing the arrival of summer’s
beloved freezer box on wheels. In absence of the “Good Humor Man” truck, distance is no match for a curious traveller’s pursuit of local refreshers, even overseas.
Space oddity! Location: outside Barcelona’s art museum, known as M.N.A.C. (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya). Weather: humidex alert. Of my own accord and discretion: a cold treat. Spinning wheels at work, I sighted a strangely familiar machine – a slush-maker. Covering two of the three primary colours of slushie, earlier in life, I noticed a zesty flavour twist to complete the trio. When life gives Spaniards lemons, they make semi-frozen lemonade – ‘granizado de limón’ (iced lemon drink). Accurately representative of this yellow citrus, lemon ‘granizado’ is balanced in tart and sweet flavour compounds.
Polar bear dip, in Barcelona? On a hot day, it would be a shame not to take the plunge – into this lip-smacking beverage. Straw provided, of reasonably proportionate circumference – not bubble-tea variety – I steadily appeased my thirst with sips of congealed ‘limón.’ Also available in ‘naranja’ (orange) and ‘lima’ (lime), seasonal hot-heads can welcome Mr. Golden Sun with a cooling cup of tangy ‘granizado.’ Who knew multi-tasking can be so relaxing? ‘Granizado’ in hand, anyone can extinguish the heat by taking a chill-‘fill’ – of vitamin C!
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