Vegan ice cream? Let me say what you’re thinking: Hmmm. But there’s something special going on at ¡Hola Aloha!, a South Austin snow cone and sweet treat stand. Their vegan ice cream, made with coconut milk, was just that—creamy, cold, milky, and delicious. I tried it in an Aloha Tropical Float. Two scoops of coconut ice cream (they rotate flavors weekly) and two flavor shots (I chose strawberry), topped off with Topo Chico. And don’t get me started on their homemade syrups, concocted with fresh fruit, organic juices, filtered water, and organic agave nectar. The Aloha Soda I sipped, with basil syrup and Topo Chico, was subtle and refreshing. The drinks almost beat the amazing Vietnamese sandwiches, vermicelli bowls, and fresh spring rolls at neighboring Lulu B’s. A longtime staple of Austin trailers, Lulu B’s has been serving up all my favorites for a few years now. Never had a báhn mì? Bite into a baguette with marinated pork or chicken (or tofu, for those of you who are interested in continuing what H. Aloha started); fresh jalapeños; spicy sliced cucumbers, carrots, and daikon; and cilantro and see what you’ve been missing. Come to think of it, I’m going back for another one for lunch today. And I might as well force myself to get a shaved ice next door with pricky pear syrup. Or maybe black currant. Or maybe strawberry-lemon. Or good old mango. Or papaya.
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