Architecture and Ice Cream?

The Coolhaus Truck is a pretty easy target to spot

Is it me, or do the Miami food trucks seem to be growing exponentially?  Just a mere three years ago there was a small, manageable network of trucks but these days, you need a social media intern checking a 24 hour twitter feed to keep track of all the meals on wheels out there.

The good news is that even though there is practically two trucks for every type of cuisine, the market is not over saturated. One can still find the diamonds in the rough, for example: I am a sucker for the Sugar Rush and all the delicious, creative and sweet cavity producing baked goods they sell.  But by keeping my options open, I stumbled upon a potential rival dessert truck that can appeal to any sweet tooth out there, and to top it all off, it has an architecture twist to it. This is how I ended up at the CoolHaus last weekend at the Wynwood Art Walk

Don’t let the name fool you, the CoolHaus isn’t a German themed truck selling Spaten and Warsteiner (hmmm, that gives me an idea), but they might sell you a beer flavored ice cream.  It is actually an ice-cream and cookie shop that was started by Natasha Case, a former architecture student from UCLA and Los Angeles native.  Case, and colleague  Freya Estreller, first thought up the idea in 2008; a year which was marred by the implosion of the architecture profession thanks to the economic meltdown.  The truck, which is really a modified postal service car, debuted at the Cochella Music Festival in 2009, with flavors such as Frank Behry, Mintimalism, Mies Vanilla Rohe, Richard Meyer Lemon Ginger, Oatmeal Cinnamoneo, Tea-dao Ando and Orange Julius Shulman.  Since 2009, the business has spread to San Francisco, New York, and thankfully, Miami.  The flavors are original, but the names are now less relating to architecture.  I can imagine it can be difficult to come up with new flavors based around people in the profession; Paulo Mendes da Rocky Road?  Or perhaps the Edmund Bacon and Eggs flavored ice cream? Or a Miami regional variety, Arquitec-Tonica & Gin.  Regardless of what you order, check them out whenever you spot the  Coolhaus around.  They do not disappoint.

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