Friday, July 20, 2012

Scrumptious Seattle with the PNBC: The best of all possible foods, at Fainting Goat gelato

As promised, here is the first of two posts written by E after our recent Seattle reunion.

There is a gelato shop in my neighborhood, Wallingford, called Fainting Goat.  It enjoys enormous popularity, and for good reason - my lactose tolerant friends say that their gelato, particularly the salted caramel (which C got both times we visited) is wonderful, but I just have to say that I think their grapefruit sorbet is the best thing I've ever tasted in this world.  I have thought long and hard about this and am actually not exaggerating.

I am lucky enough to be able to go there once a week or so, and despite my limited consumption possibilities I've been able to enjoy a wide variety of sorbets, all of which have been amazing, especially the lemon (and of course grapefruit).  They have an unusual mojito sorbet which is also very popular and realistic-tasting :)

One of the first things C and I did after I picked her up from the light rail downtown was head straight to Fainting Goat.  The clerk found us amusing and allowed C to try as many flavors as she wanted before she settled on a daring (but apparently amazing) combination of salted caramel gelato and grapefruit sorbet.  To bookend the trip properly, we all returned to Fainting Goat after dinner on our final evening, and P went for a winning combination of dark chocolate gelato and berry sorbet.

(This photo was taken from Yelp)

C likes samples.

*What is a fainting goat, you might ask?  It is an evolutionary mystery.  Fainting goats' legs lock in response to fear or surprise and they fall over until the shock wears off.  I hypothesize that the only reason such an easy source of prey has persisted is through humans breeding them for amusement.