At a time when all the stories you see in the U.S. press about Muslims are connected to the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero and items dealing with Pakistan are all about the floods or the violence in that country, I was pleased to see a different sort of item about a Pakistani immigrant named Choudry Ali, owner of Magic Fountain, a Long Island ice cream
From Jennifer Glickel's piece in DNAinfo.com (a Manhattan news site I write for):
Magic Fountain, a shop selling homemade ice cream in Mattituck, is a favorite spot for New York City refugees and locals alike. “It’s absolutely wonderful ice cream,” said Nancy Daly, who lives in Midtown. “It’s homemade and you can really tell.” Ali, 43, offers 100 unique flavors of ice cream that he makes from scratch with fresh ingredients each day in the back room of his store. When he bought the shop three-and-a-half years ago, patrons could choose from a much smaller selection of flavors: vanilla, chocolate, or mint chocolate chip. “Vanilla, chocolate and mint chip became boring, frankly,” Ali said. “So I decided to get creative.”
That creativity resulted in many flavors (see a long list below and at his official site), including Guiness, Chocolate Chili, andy, yes, keeping with his South Asian roots, Kulfi, a traditional ice cream made in Pakistan and northern India.
Ali draws inspiration for his ice cream from every aspect of his life, from walking down the aisles in the grocery store to his childhood growing up on a farm in Pakistan, from where he immigrated to the States in 1985.
You can see a full slideshow of Ali at work here.
See the flavor list and post your comments below.