Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sound Bites: Snow Monster

We are now firmly in the grip of Texas summer, and it's hot. The obvious response - particularly from a food blogger's standpoint - is to use the sweltering weather as an excuse to seek out frozen treats. If you're of like mindset, have I got a tip for you.

Snow Monster, a new spot on N. Lamar (just northwest of the Chinatown shopping center), is serving up Taiwanese snow ice the likes of which Austin has never before seen. Gorgeous ribbons of a frozen milk-based mixture are drizzled with syrup and served with fresh fruit and a dollop of the loveliest panna cotta. The result is so impossibly light and fresh - so light, in fact, that it reminds me of the sensation of eating cotton candy - just a shimmer of flavor and then it's gone. I loved it so much that we went three a row.

Snow Monster strawberry shaved ice
My favorite flavor so far - strawberry shaved ice

Snow Monster strawberry shaved ice

Snow Monster Matcha green tea
Matcha green tea flavor

Snow Monster
Where the magic happens (behind the syrup bottles, sigh)

They have several interesting-sounding flavors like Thai tea and milk tea (served with boba!), but I've always been late at night, when I've been too afraid to flirt with caffeine.

Hurry. Go. Before I eat it all.

Snow Monster
11220 N. Lamar B275
Austin, TX 78753


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