Massive liquid nitrogen vapors oozed through a Plexiglas vent as I watched French vanilla ice cream harden before my eyes. At minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit, it only took a few seconds.
Dessert prep at Creamistry in Kearny Mesa is quite a show, but the resulting texture is better than traditional ice cream. It's the creamiest ice cream you'll ever devour, made better by choosing your own base, flavor mix-ins and toppings.
I went in the late afternoon on a weekday and waited about 10 minutes after ordering for my ice cream. It's popular, so there were other customers in the shop, and this dessert takes a little time to make. As expected, couture ice cream comes with a higher price tag. I paid about $8 for a one-scoop waffle bowl with a topping.
Although there are rumors of many more Creamistry locations opening in San Diego, the two next confirmed openings as of this writing are in Carmel Valley and San Marcos.
Katie Dillon is a lifestyle and travel writer who believes that one of the best ways to explore a city is through its food and drinks.