It’s true, I’ll own up, even if it wasn’t in the 80’s last weekend I would’ve driven the thirty miles each way for the ice cream, but not just any old ice cream mind you, I’m not that crazy, I do know good “ice cream” is available all over the city. After I heard that GROM, the Italian gelati chain we discovered in Turin had opened a branch in Malibu, I had to go check it out, as I said to Mr F, “Hey it’s cheaper than flying to Italy for gelato, and I’m overdue for a walk on the beach.”
What is GROM? In 2003 Federico Grom and Guido Martinetti decided to make gelato with natural and seasonal ingredients after they heard Carlo Petrini (the founder of Slow Food), complaining that gelato or artisanal ice cream, was practically extinct
GROM’s mission is to make gelato the slow, old-fashioned way, with top quality, mainly Italian, seasonal ingredients, and no artificial colorings and preservatives: hazelnuts from Piedmont, pistachios from Sicily, and lemons from the Amalfi coast.
“No thanks,” I said, wondering why anyone would eat whipped cream when there’s so many wonderful flavors of gelato?
The tide was so low I was able to walk along the beach for several miles.