One of my passions is visiting new places, especially when food is involved. Juan and I heard about this awesome little place that’s known for their homemade ice cream: Jendy’s Heladería Artesanal. They make really unusual flavors like garlic, piña colada, and avocado. That really caught our attention so we decided to take on the hour long ride and visit the place. When you see the place from the outside, you’ll be surprised that it’s so small and you might not pay attention to it if you’re driving by.
Usually, these types of places get overlooked just by the establishment’s physical appearance on the outside. I have learned over time, that most of the restaurants or cafes that I love are nothing special on the outside. When Juan and I opened the door of Jendy’s, we were transported to a magical place. The smell of the different ice cream flavors was intoxicating.
We tried a few different flavors that were delicious, but I ended up getting one scoop of cream cheese ice cream, pieces of banana and homemade whipped cream (it was glorious!). You can see the ice cream I got on the right side of the pictures above. Juan got one scoop of chocolate hazelnut (think nutella ice cream) and one scoop of cream cheese. The ice cream was absolutely delicious and we will definitely visit Jendy’s again.
Last week, I stayed at Juan’s house and we were trying to choose what to watch on Netflix. We love food tv shows and documentaries, so we decided to watch Spinning Plates.
Spinning Plates is a documentary about three restaurants, all catered to different types of food, its main focus is on the people behind those restaurants and sharing their wonderful stories.
- A world-renowned chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, Illinois, the rating of three stars from the Michelin Guide (the highest rating). His restaurant, Alinea, is one of only two restaurants in Chicago to receive this high rating. All of this happens while he is battling a life-threatening condition.
- A 150 year old restaurant in Balltown, Iowa is still standing because of the wonderful bond with the community. The owners had to overcome two tragedies that jeopardized the future of the restaurant. It was the community’s loyalty and cooperation that helped the restaurant get back on its feet. Breitbach’s Country Dining owes everything to their customers.
- A family in Tucson, Arizona risks everything to provide for their young daughter. They love the sentiment that food brings to their family, so they decided to embark on the journey of opening their own Mexican restaurant. They have to deal with the challenge of maintaining a successful business, owning a home and raising their child. Help out La Cocina de Gabby and the Martinez family by visiting their website.
These stories were absolutely wonderful and unforgettable. It really shows how far you can get as a restaurant owner if you have passion. How legacy and a strong sense of community can keep you standing. How important family and love is. All the people from the stories in this documentary had to overcome many obstacles, and it was an amazing experience to be able to watch the whole process.
Food is incredibly powerful, and it’s a tool that connects us to one another in the most unusual way. If you love food and want to watch great stories, I definitely recommend you watch Spinning Plates.