Food Porn: Mango and Chocolate Sorbetto

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When asked what five things I would take to a desert island two of my choices would be a lifetime supply each of cookies and ice cream.  As a gal with food allergies and sensitivities,  I would have to pay a physical price for eating regular dairy-based ice cream – but there are many alternatives.  Hands down the best thing I have found is a sorbetto heaven in Vancouver – Bella Gelateria.  They are wonderful for always having a long a list of sorbetto,  non – dairy gelato, At least four flavours per day in the winter and 7 or more in the spring and summer prepared fresh every day by an award-winning, master gelato maker – James Coleridge. (He may even be there to serve it to you with a big smile )

Today, I had a two flavour cone of chocolate sorbetto – which has a saturated, creamy, bitter-sweet dark chocolate taste, is thick and creamy in texture. The mango mango mango flavour is amazing – it is the one sorbetto that I will order every time it is on the list when I come in. It is sooooo rich and creamy and smooth and so full of ripe delicious mango! The combination of the two is incredibly lush and heavenly. mmmmmmmmm!

The lemon, and Faloudeh sorbettos are also great choices – and if you ever see the blood orange or gewurztraminer sorbetto try them!

James Coleridge  created Bella Gelateria as “first gelateria in North America to make gelato using a process and equipment found in the best gelateria’s of Italy” after training in Bologna’s Gelato University. And he has won 2 major awards at the 2012 Florence Italy Gelato Festival – Winner People’s Choice Award and  Winner Technical Jury –  an unprecedented achievement for a non-Italian entrant (as well as many other accolades).

It is one of those places that I take friends and family from out of town – if you are taking a trip to Vancouver it is a not to be missed local experience. They support BC fruit growers, local suppliers and the slow food movement  🙂   They are also open till 10 or 11pm everyday – a rarity in Vancouver.

If you have sensitivities or allergies -The website http://www.bellagelateria.com/  has a page listing the ingredients  so that you can see what is in the gelato or sorbetto: Sorbetto-  Fresh seasonal fruit, Canadian Spring water, White cane sugar, Carob flour.

If you want to check out some of their other flavours  they list many of them on their website and update twitter and facebook with new offerings.  And they will let you have a taste before buying a whole cone. 🙂 Here is picture of today’s offerings:

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They are located at Burrard and Cordova in Vancouver. If you are ever in town go there!

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