Roll It Up just combined two awesome desserts into one store

As many people know, there has been a craze for the Ice Cream rolls and the Hong Kong egg waffles with ice cream. Up until now, there has been many pop-ups for these desserts, but there has never been a store that gave customers the option to get both at the same location.

Although the featured image only shows the Hong Kong egg waffles trust me there are many more options on their menu – take a look.

I have to say that the store is small and cozy, there are a few seats available but definitely not ideal for a big group to sit down and chat. They decorated their store with a sea theme in mind, so they have a lot of boats, fish nets, and blue objects. They definitely chose a great place to have the store because it is close to St. Marks, but not necessarily in the hectic area.

I can not say much on the other desserts that are on their menu, since I only went there once to try this Hong Kong egg waffle + ice cream, but I have a feeling I won’t be going back. It’s not that it was bad, it was good. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with this dessert. However, the order took a little longer than other Hong Kong egg waffle joints. Also, I got a green tea egg waffle, but I could barely taste the green tea. It also does not offer unlimited toppings like other egg waffle joints. The price was the same as other places, and it may be a bit more expensive if you add more toppings, which are 50 cents each. So with that being said, if the same is the same, I would rather pay the same amount but for something of better quality.

Bottom line, their main selling point is the fact that they not only have the extremely popular egg waffles dessert here, but they also have the ice cream rolls, and bubble tea. Thus, this is a great one stop shop for all your friends if you all want to stop by the same place but want different desserts or drinks. Though I do think it is great that they’re combining all this at one place, the quality is just not there. I would much rather go to a place that would be great in one kind of dessert and spend my money that way.


Ice Cream Rolls: 10 Below Edition.

The hype has finally toned down, so the wait is no longer out the door.

Ice Cream Rolls: literally ice cream that are rolled, and usually decorated with whatever topping you desire. AKA stir-fried ice cream.

The way they do this is by adding cream, and the flavor: matcha powder, fruit, etc … to the cream that is on this machine. This machine is cold so that the cream mixture can develop into the “ice cream” texture. The person making your ice cream roll would have to mix and spread this mixture often (usually takes 5 minutes) for the consistency to form.

Enough of that … onto the taste and important stuff.

The ice cream roll featured in this post is from 10 Below. This ice cream roll joint gained popularity and all of Chinatown jumped on to the ice cream roll trend.

Honestly do not remember what I got exactly in this picture – but it was my first time. These ice cream rolls – and this is also true about other ice cream roll joints in the city, is that it is light yet creamy because you’re only catching a thin layer of ice cream each scoop. The flavors are also highly customizable to your likings – it is literally whatever you want with cream. Thus, making it the perfect dessert for those who like to get creative without getting into a food coma. Most places also allows the customers to get as many toppings as they want. What saddens me about 10 Below is that they do not have mochi (rice cakes) – ice cream with mochi is literally the perfect combination. Thus, for this reason, 10 Below is not my favorite ice cream roll spot. But it still is a really good place to go to since it is one of the OGs (original gangsters – the classic and the grand daddy) of ice cream rolls.

Other ice cream roll spots that I enjoy are:
1) Juicy Spot (actually prefer over 10 Below)
2) Penguin Ice Cream
3) Minus Celsius

Vivi’s Cloud 9

Cotton, Ice Cream, Bubble Milk Tea – how do they all go together? Disaster or masterpiece?

Vivi …. always thought it was Uiui because of the bubbly and chubby font they used to have. Insider joke: I ALWAYS and still, call this place Ooo-ee Ooo-ee. My opinion, it sounds so much cooler than Vivi, even though that’s part of my name.

The Vivi franchise is a bubble milk tea store, which also sell snacks in addition to the main menu of drinks. This specific location of Vivi, located in Lower East Side, New York City, is the only location thus far with this drink. I have also noticed that this location has more snacks/food options. Typically, Vivi does only offer small snacks such as fried chicken, fried squid, etc … but this location has ramen, and sushi rolls, making it a great location for not only a drink but also a meal. Now I have not tried the food options, only the fried chicken, from this location so I say whether or not it is a good eating spot, but it is definitely unique compared to the other locations of Vivi in New York City, because of the difference in menu.

Anyways, this product has been circulating well around my social circle and I just had to get it. It is aesthetically adorable, and creative. I have never seen anything like this. Plus, this is something that I know I can not make at home, way too tedious and messy.

They offer the classic bubble milk tea, taro milk tea, and more, but the one I chose was the matcha green tea. It is topped with cotton candy – not sure what flavor, but you do not have an option to pick which cotton candy flavor either. Plus another small container of matcha green tea topped with whipped cream, and a little container of red beans. This drink is definitely overwhelming, you just do not know where to start and how to eat/drink this. The waiter told us that the most popular method to eat this was to take the small container of the matcha green tea and use that to deflate and push in the cotton candy into the main jar. However, the drink overflowed, and everything just got messy. So I ended up eating all the cotton candy first, while simultaneously sipping on the matcha green tea. As for the little pot of red beans, I dumped it into the main jar of matcha green tea, and slurped it altogether. BTW, the main drink had a scoop of cookies n’ creme ice cream, which definitely added another interesting flavor to this drink.

This is definitely a great drink for dates, hanging out with friends, snacking over while having conversations, and relaxing.

I do not think I would order this often, since I consider this more of a “luxury” drink, and a treat to myself – so if I was having a really sh*tty week or day, I would get this to make myself feel better.

Overall, really good drink, and definitely, something you have to try at least once.

**Not sure if they are still offering this option, but if you order this drink and upload this on your social media and show the post to them, they offer a 50% off coupon for your next drink you order at Vivi, but I believe you would have to come back to this Vivi and order a drink (not like this but the regular menu – bubble milk tea, etc …) in order to use that coupon.