I Scream, Oprah Screams! Do You Scream for Graeter’s Ice Cream?

Oprah’s Favorite Ice Cream Finally Makes it to the Tri-State Area!

Recently I had the opportunity to try Graeter’s ice cream! How fun! My family and I love ice cream and I had never tried Graeter’s before. It is one of Oprah’s favorite ice creams and who could blame her with the amazing chocolate chunks in all their flavors. Ok almost all their flavors. They use the most amazing chocolate and big chunks of it to boot. Score! Plus now they are available at stores in the tri-state area. Yippee!

Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production. Graeter’s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It’s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter’s.

 

Who doesn’t want to sample ice cream? My family was up to the job. We had the opportunity to sample the different flavors below.

 

Black Raspberry

This is our Signature Flavor and All-Time Best Seller, an absolute “must-try” for anyone new to Graeter’s. We hand select triple-washed black raspberries from Oregon’s premier grower.

Mint

Mint and Chocolate, a marriage of flavors made in heaven. Triple Distilled Peppermint Oil and our signature chips come together in this famously popular classic.

Mocha

Chocolate and coffee, another undeniable combination of natural flavors! Think tall, double espresso, mocha cappuccino, extra creamy, hand-packed and frozen in a pint.

 

Chocolate

A chocolate-lover’s dream, this decadent combination of bold chocolate ice cream and our biggest dark chocolate chips promises to astonish even the most die-hard chocolate lover in your family.

Vanilla

Over the last 130 years, we’ve managed to perfect this classic combination of premium vanilla and signature dark chocolate chips. Did we mention it’s our second best seller? No wonder my father in law picked this one as his favorite.

Coconut

Our creamy coconut ice cream laced with our signature chocolate chips. This one is my personal fave! I love coconut and the combo of coconut with the chocolate is to die for.

 

Cool Customers

Many celebrities have publicly professed their love for Graeter’s ice cream.  Here are a few sweet endorsements from some seriously famous folks!

 

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Ben wrote in a USA Today article entitled “10 Great Places to Scream for Ice Cream,” that Graeter’s is “one of the country’s best places to buy frozen treats.”

July 2002 Christopher Buckley, Editor, Forbes Life In his article entitled “Ice Cream: A Memoir,” Christopher stated that he agreed with a dear friend that the best ice cream in the world is made in Cincinnati by a firm called Graeter’s.

June 2006 Katie Lee Joel, CBS Early Show contributor Katie recommended Graeter’s as a chic gift for party hostesses, saying that “Graeter’s is the BEST ice cream you’ll ever eat, anywhere in the world.”

June 2008 Oprah Winfrey Oprah stated in O, The Oprah Magazine – “You haven’t had ice cream till you’ve had Graeter’s. The Butter Pecan is Stedman’s favorite, and mine, too.”

 July 2003 Bobby Flay, CBS Early Show resident chef Bobby says his favorite Graeter’s ice cream is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip; and he also enjoys seasonal flavors like cinnamon, coconut chip and peppermint.

December 2007 George Clooney, Nick Lachey & Sarah Jessica Parker All of these celebs have ties to Cincinnati, and Graeter’s is a hometown favorite of theirs.

 

So what are you waiting for? Check out the Graeter’s website HERE and see where you can purchase near you.

 

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Interview with Gayle Giacomo– Jerseylicious Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere

Katie – A few people wrote me and wanted to ask a few questions.

@MrsMoNJ wants to know what are some safe products that pregnant women can use on their hair and face?

Gayle – I recommend Skinceuticals for their face. It’s a fabulous product and it would be the safest product. I also recommend Gatsby. We have all sulfate free shampoos and everything we have is great products, great hairspray and being pregnant you can use them.

Katie – What’s one of the biggest things you’ve learned since being on this show?

Gayle – It’s really been a very interesting thing to go through and I never thought I would ever have this opportunity. So I think everything I’ve been through is a learning experience.

Katie – I’m sure you’ve met a lot of celebrities since Jerseylicious aired. Who are your faves?

Gayle – Actually I really haven’t. I would love to meet Sarah Jessica Parker from Sex & the City. I love her style , to me that would be the ultimate.

Katie – We need to get her into the salon.

Gayle – Yes!

Katie – What changes are we going to see at the Gatsby?

Gayle – There’s a lot of changes. There are some things going on with me and Alexa. The salon looks a little different, we added a few more things to the salon to make it look better. There’s so much going on in Season 2.

Owner Gayle Giacomo and daughter Christy Periera

Fashion With Rebecca Weinberg

I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Rebecca Weinberg, Emmy Award winning stylist for “Sex & the City” at the eBay Fashion lounge at Blogher ’10.

 Rebecca Weinberg & I at eBay Fashion lounge at Blogher '10

Katie:                    I’m a huge “Sex & the City” fan. Which character was your favorite to style?

Rebecca:              Well I think Carrie certainly, because Sarah Jessica really inspired so much of what we put on her. She really added a lot to her character. It’s really a marriage between the character, the actual actress and the costume designers. That was a perfect marriage!

Katie:                    Debbie  wrote to me and asked “How do you feel about girls who are 5’10” and higher wearing the popular shoes that have a heel 4” tall and up?”

Rebecca:              There’s a place for everyone and everything. Would I prefer that on a small petite girl? Perhaps. It becomes a little overwhelming when the girl is 6’5”. Trends come and go, that trend will also go. If it empowers them, so be it.

Katie:                    Hilary asks “What trends have you started? What was your favorite/signature look from ‘Sex & the City’?”

Rebecca:              There are so many signature looks. It’s funny because one of the dresses I used on “Sex & the City” is actually here. I found it on eBay. It was just a classic coffee shop girl look that Carrie went shopping with Miranda in. The sweatpants and high heels perhaps, because it was so odd and off. I loved the Richard Tyler dress when Carrie goes to kiss Big in the park, that beautiful dress which I had to have 4 made because she gets thrown in the lake. So I think that’s a beautiful look. There are so many.

Katie:                    What’s the must have fashion item for fall?

Rebecca:              I think some of the key items are having a great dress, not a great black little dress. Finding a great color that is going to enhance your inner happiness. I only buy one or two dresses a season. I like to buy one designer and I like to buy one branded. A high designer or a vintage. I’m not a big dress wearer per se in my real life. A dress is a good way to feel good about yourself. As a stylist, I love to find the confidence in women and a dress somehow does that for you. You take a place like eBay and you can have the world at your fingertips to shop, and its overwhelming, but at the same time if you have an idea of who you are and a certain sensibility you can find great value.

A little side note – there’s a new application out for the iPhone that you can click and drag different items and put them on images of yourself so you can see what they look like. It’s from eBay and just launched in July. If you are afraid to wear aviator glasses, click it and drag it to an image of yourself and you can see what it looks like.

Katie:                    Do you have an iPhone?

Rebecca:              No but I do have an iPad.

Katie:                    What style advice do you have for people with a limited budget?

Rebecca:              You don’t need a lot of items. You need key items. Key items that are perhaps timeless and you can work into a season, or you can work into your every day that can be more seasonless. I’m a girl on a budget, I have a daughter and I have more responsibility than whats in my wardrobe. I think some of the key things are a great jean, a great blazer. Whether its from a website like eBay or you are going into a shop. Find items that will transcend from work into evening or work into dinner out with the girls. Picking up your kid and bringing him home from school. I feel like going too trendy may not be the way to go if you are on a limited budget and you can’t afford head-to-toe something. There’s so much to choose from. I feel that sticking with a brand or a silhouette that you know works for you is always a safe way to go. As a shopper, more than a stylist, I’m a shopper. I love the Bill Me Later aspect of eBay, which really allows you to stylize your expenditures. It’s something that I’ve been taking advantage of lately to help me stretch my budget.

Katie:                    You’re most proud fashion item in your closet?

Rebecca:              I have to say I’ve been enjoying my Lanvin dress lately. I don’t get too dressed up that often. But my coveted  coveted coveted are my studded combat boots. I’ve been wearing combat boots since I was 15 years old and I’m still wearing them and I keep going back to them.

Katie:                    One fashion piece you’ve loved all your life and still do?

Rebecca:              Blazer. I am a blazer girl. I’m not a hand bag person. I love a blazer with a patch pocket, because I can keep whatever I need in that patch pocket and that’s one of my go-to standby’s. I have a lot of blazers. Single button, two button , three button, open, I just love that. Roll the sleeves up and get down and dirty.

Katie:                    What celebrity do you think has the best overall style?

Rebecca:              Well I think Sarah Jessica is one of them. I love Gwen Stefani. I think they both have a real sensibility about who they are and what they can handle. I think those two girls are great. Daphne Guiness also has great personal style.