Let's fast forward eleven months later, as once again we just so happened to be in the Jongno area and made another trip to Cold Stone. During this time, another location had opened up in Mokdong, literally five minutes away. I'm not a huge fan of Cold Stone, as their ice cream is much too sweet for my liking. On top of that, they always skimp on the toppings (reminds me of Red Mango; it's like if they give you more than one teaspoon of topping they'll get the axe or something) when they make your frozen concoction. Today, I'm going to show you how to maximize your experience at Cold Stone in Korea.
This is nothing special, but on this particular visit we had previously stuffed our faces full of samgyeopsal's superior half-brother, "ohgyeopsal" (is that even right? more on this incredible pork dinner later; how many times have I said that but never followed up? haha). All you have to do is tell your ice cream artist that this time around, you're going to get serious and would like some more toppings. No skimping today friends, since you're paying almost 4000-7000w for an order of ice cream (for the freaks out there--go for the waffle cone).
Anyways, this works much better if you can speak Korean, so in order for this to be extra effective, make your Korean friends be the guinea pig by doing your dirty work for your ice cream dreams. So after my Korean friends were able to talk some sense into the worker about my previous ice cream woes, I was surprised to see the crazy amount of berries added to my order:
I guarantee you that without making a comment about the lack of toppings prior to placing your order, you will NEVER see so many toppings on your order!! Test it out and prove me wrong! It ain't gonna happen I tell ya!
That girl in the middle is working her pipes mixing together my ice cream:
...ahhh, the end result! Now this is the way Cold Stone should be...in fact, I thought there were too many berries in my ice cream...LOL:
How can a visit to Cold Stone Creamery be without a Cold Stone jingle in Korean? This is quite funny because there is no tipping in Korea, but there is a tip bucket/jar inside Cold Stone locations. When someone leaves a tip, the staff go postal on all the occupants inside the store and start spitting Cold Stone-inspired rhymes in Korean:
A Cold Stone Creamery mishap caught in action: this employee knocked over a tub of dirty used spoons that landed into the ice cream below! She picked the spoons out and left the ice cream as is...uhhh...yummy!
Looking for the Cold Stone Creamery in Jongno? Look for this giant piano on the ground and you'll have no trouble finding the location. In other words, I only remember this piano as the way to Cold Stone in Jongno...just ask someone where to find the piano!