The human mouth, which maintains a near-boiling temperature, needs to be constantly cooled by liquid-nitrogen pills or a jaw-mounted mouth fan. Take a more delicious route to cooling your maw without sacrificing adventure with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of exotic ice cream and more at Saffron Spot in Artesia.
A cosmopolitan collection of exotic flavors and spice blends infuses each of Saffron Spot's decadent Neemo's Ice Creams. Mastermind confectioner Smita Vasant concocts tasty combinations using all-natural ingredients, such as banana cardamom, jackfruit, masala tea, fig walnut, and rajbhog, which melds saffron, pistachios, cashews, almonds, and cardamom (cup or cone, $2.95 one scoop, $4.50 two scoops, $6 three scoops). The lickery's funky, colorful interior reflects the choice available in the multifarious menu, which also includes saffron falooda, a tasty helping of saffron milk, noodles, and takmaria topped with rajbhog or saffron ice cream ($4.99), as well as delectable snackables such as the samosa ($3.25) and chutney sandwich ($3.25).
Vasant began experimenting with making ice cream at home and kicked off Neemo's Exotic Ice Creams nine years ago as a wholesale supplier (Neemo's is a fusion of her daughters' names, Nikita and Monica). She moved to her current cozy location in 2005.
- If I were made of sterner stuff, I would be drawn to the house's caramel-y, austerely delicious matka kulfi, a traditional ice cream made from milk slowly boiled until it becomes almost thick enough to resist the fierce Indian sun. But glittery objects tend to undo one. And it is hard to imagine ice cream more blissfully gaudy than the Saffron Silk, saffron-tinted to the brightness of a sari, flavored with a bit of rosewater and studded with pistachios. – Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Weekly
- Great smooth texture and flavors, with waffle cones to boot! They are nice with sampling the flavors and explaining the ice cream flavors to us :) – Angie C., Yelp
Entrepreneur Smita Vasant has crafted Indian-inspired ice creams for more than 10 years at the brightly pigmented Saffron Spot shop, scooping more than two dozen exotic flavors into cups and cones. The signature saffron silk flavor sings notes of rose and pistachio as it melts in mouths, while fruity blends such as guava and jackfruit roll around the edges of the tongue like flavorful marbles. Milk shakes join any ice-cream flavor with milk and straws, while hot drinks include coffee beverages and almond-flavored badam milk.