I first found out about the Long Island City Flea (LIC Flea) while aboard the Q66, on my way to Brooklyn. Since learning about it, I've made it a goal to drop by. I am really happy to finally have gotten the chance to check out it out over the weekend (as a Queens resident, the visit was way overdue). The LIC Flea is an outdoor flea and food market that takes place every weekend (very similar to Williamsburg's Smorgasburg). There were quite a handful of local vendors I've never heard of and I was really excited to try a couple of them. As much as I genuinely enjoyed all of the food items I got to taste, there was one vendor that stood out- Ice & Vice. Ice & Vice is "an experimental ice cream pop-up shop". Though there are currently ten flavors, they offered three at the market: Bridezilla- elderflower ice cream with strawberry champagne jam Opium Den- poppy seed ice cream with brown bread croutons Tea Dance- nilgiri tea ice cream with lemon charcoal and salted caramel (their signature flavor)
The crew let me sample all of the flavors. The first one I tried was the Opium Den which wasn't overly sweet and had layers of texture from the poppy seeds. The second flavor I tried was the Bridezilla which was sweeter (without being too sweet) and fragrant. It reminded me a lot of Laduree macarons and weddings. I eventually decided to get a scoop ($4.50) of the Tea Dance, which was the sweetest one out the three and also the richest and creamiest. I also found it to be the most complex flavor- the sweet and salty alternate in the palete. I made my round at the flea market with the ice cream on hand and then came back again to get a scoop of the Bridezilla.