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Move over, froyo

Summer may be gone and the weather may have finally gotten chilly, but who can say no to frozen desserts? Before you think Frostbites is another Pinkberry-esque frozen-yogurt wannabe—you won’t find any tart froyo with the cereal toppings here. Instead, there are sorbets (italian ices made daily from fresh fruits) swirled atop creamy frozen custard for a unique parfait treat. If you’re a fan of granitas, you’ll love Frostbites.

Choose from 16 sorbet flavors such as strawberry, lemon, mango, watermelon, coconut, peach, peanut butter, pineapple and cherry—then layer it with either creamy chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Popular combinations include mint italian ice with chocolate custard and peanut butter and jelly. Don’t be shy about asking for samples either—you can try as many flavors as you like.

Frostbites is located at 9111 Valley View St. in Cypress (across from Cypress College)

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Time Is Now for Good Wine

By Ian Blackburn

In France, wine is made with an anticipation that it will improve in the bottle over time. This works out well in France, as it has a much cooler climate than we do. In France, there is a built-in “patience” in the consumer that has been cultivated over generations and many old citizens own a home that has a wine storage cave or family wine cellar.
Here in California, “the immediate gratification culture” has it made. The warmer climate and growing conditions mature our fruit differently. Making wines in the French model didn’t always produce the best wines and by the early 1990s, we embraced our California style with a more modern, warm-climate approach. This allows consumers to purchase and enjoy wine without concern for much cellaring, so gone are the days when you must wait! However, here are a few things you should consider: 

1. Statistics say that most wines are purchased and opened immediately, a majority within 45 minutes of purchase! Makes you question why we even put it in a bottle!

2. More you pay, the longer you should probably wait to open the bottle! Consult with your local wine merchant, but wines under $20 are typically ready to drink.

3. Red to white ratio: We are on our way to drinking 3 bottles of red to every 1 bottle of white. Red wine health benefits as well as more riper/modern wine making styles have helped this along.  However, remember what Hypocrites (450-339 BC) said “Red wine for your heart and white wine for your liver.” 


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