Last summer's obsession was Greek Gods chocolate fig flavor ice cream. So far, our favorite weird ice cream flavor this year is Golnazar lemon sorbetto with crunchy noodles. The rice noodles give the refreshing lemon sorbet an unexpected, but interesting texture.
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Golnazar is a California ice cream company run by the second generation of the Persian ice cream family. Hossian Golnazar started the company in Iran in 1947 going on to become president of the Tehran Ice Cream Association. Golnazar was famous for his creamy saffron, saffron-walnut, and saffron-pistachio ice creams. His son, Mehdi, worked for dad for 27 years, and then started an American branch headquartered in San Ramon. The other Golnazar flavor that I am looking forward to trying is a creamy chocolate-hazelnut combo called Chocotella. Hmm, I wonder if that one was inspired by Nutella? Golnazar, and many other exotic ice creams, are available at Phoenicia.