I just discovered at my local market an artisinal, architecturally-inspired ice cream sandwich line called... wait for it... Coolhaus.
The name "Coolhaus" is, according to their website, a triple-entendre:
- Bauhaus, an influential modernist design movement of the 1920′s and 30′s.
- Rem Koolhaas, the famous Dutch Architect and Theorist who challenged the mantra "Form follows function"
- "Cool house," isn't that what you're eating – an ice cream sandwich deconstructed into a cookie roof and floor slab with ice cream walls?
That's pretty clever. But how good is the dessert?
There were various flavors on offer, but I had to try the "Renzo Apple Pie-ano" style: two oatmeal raisin cookies encasing apple-flavored ice cream. Renzo Piano, renowned Italian architect, was the designer of -- among many other buildings -- the Cal Academy of Sciences, where I work. Plus, I love oatmeal raisin cookies.
My Verdict: DELICIOUS. Large, soft cookies and quality ice cream in just the right proportions. I recommend it.
Next flavor I have to try: the "Louis Ba-kahn" which is two chocolate chip cookies sandwiching brown butter candied bacon ice cream. Woah, Nellie.