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KoV, Aloe Vera-tini

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You can keep your cakes, cookies and pies. If there's a desert-island dessert for me, it's undoubtedly ice cream. Mass-market brand? H´┐Żagen-Dazs. Local? Bassetts is good, but the Franklin Fountain's is better, and Capogiro belongs in a category of its own (it is gelato, after all). The best ice cream I've tasted in recent memory is not technically ice cream at all. Believe me, I'm the last person in the world to recommend a faux ice cream product, but KōV frozen dessert from KōV Foods, a company based in Ardmore, is amazing and not just because it sports a multitude of fancy labels: vegan, dairy-and-soy-free, certified organic and kosher (whew!). Unlike other faux products, this isn't made with fake ingredients that can leave a weird chemical aftertaste, but with fresh alternative ingredients like coconut milk and agave. It currently comes in two flavors--a zippy, refreshing chocolate mint and a hot-zingy ginger vanilla. I'd be hard pressed to say which I liked better, since I ate equally copious amounts of both. Sadly, it's no less fattening than traditional ice cream, but if you're going to eat healthy junk, at least make it healthy junk that tastes good. Take that, Tofutti. >> Fair Food Farmstand, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. 215.627.2029. www.kovfoods.com

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You may have applied aloe vera goo topically, perhaps to a nasty sunburn. I have sipped--chugged even--real aloe vera juice, which health nuts (hi Mom!) say has a healing effect on your digestive system and your skin. It doesn't taste awful; it's more of a slimy textural experience than a badly flavored one. So that's why it was so very surprising to see it paired with shochu, the distilled Japanese liquor, in an "aloe vera-tini" at the upstairs bar at Yakitori Boy. (It should be noted that Yakitori Boy is also a karaoke bar, so if you want to try this aloe vera cocktail, realize you may be subjected to amateur singing while sipping.) It turns out the aloe vera used in this cocktail is less of a pure aloe vera experience and more of a jacked-up-on-sugar "aloe vera drink" which gives it a delightful, bright flavor. The only thing I can compare it to is the "muscat" flavor of gummy candy made by Kasugai, which I realize is kind of obscure, but it really doesn't taste like anything else. In fact, the cocktail itself, garnished with a cucumber, straddles the line between sweet and refreshing in such a nimble way that it made me long for July when it will be the perfect antidote to a 100 percent humidity day. >> Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St. 215.923.8088. www.yakitoriboy-japas.com

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