My sister's interview at UC Irvine Medical School started bright and early in the morning. T and I dropped her off, then made a beeline for Brodard for spring rolls. There's no way we could do a SoCal trip without stopping by Brodard. Those spring rolls. That crack sauce.
After the two of us stuffed our faces, we realized that we hadn't made any plans beyond Brodard and getting gas at Costco.
We had quite a bit of time to kill, so we decided on the fly to swing by Joe's Italian Ice:
Not a lot of people around that day. We parked the car and then waltzed right up to the counter. There were some interesting flavors on the board:
You can get soft serve, you can get Italian ice, or if you can't choose between the two, you can get both in the Joe Latti:
Regular size costs $4.49, while large costs $5.49. A Joe Latti is basically made of a layer of Italian ice of your choice followed by a layer of vanilla soft serve, then another layer of Italian ice, and so on. We went with the strawberry.
There was some construction going on next door and when a strong gust of wind speckled our soft serve with flecks of dust, we quickly shuffled to our car to finish our treat inside.
It tasted delicious in a toxic strawberry kind of way. Which is good, I swear. If that's what you're looking for and you're not expecting anything close to real fruit.
After Joe's, we killed yet more time at Newport Beach until it was time to pick my sister up from her interview. From there, we hightailed it to Porto's Bakery in Downey (yet another SoCal trip tradition) where we stocked up on potato balls and cheese rolls before hitting the road back to San Jose.
Thanks to my sister's interview, we got a great trip out of it. Lots of fun and of course, lots of food. Can't wait to do it again! Until next time, SoCal!
Joe's Italian Ice
12302 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840