Also known as Hawaiian shave ice, shaved ice is made from fine ice shavings and drizzled with sweet syrups; sometimes, they are combined with ice-creams. While it is a superbly delicious dessert, it is often hard to get right.
Experts recommend a fine, powdery ice that is not too heavy. In addition to that, just the right amount of gentleness is needed when pouring on the syrup otherwise the ice may collapse. Not many people know how to make perfect shaved ice, but Pat and Kristen Roskowick sure do.
Roskowick has openly declared herself an ”ice cream junkie” in the past. She even makes sure to mention that Get Shaven for her is not about the profits but rather about making quality dessert and sharing it with as many people as possible.
Roskowick also has a reputation for not serving any shaved ice that has chunks; something that has gotten the attention of fans. As a matter of fact, the Get Shaved Ice van built its success on word-of-mouth marketing.
Last Friday, in pursuit of a more permanent location that is affordable and stays open for longer, Roskowick opened a new location in Northridge next to California State University from where Roskowick graduated in 2012.
For those who will miss the thrill of chasing down the Get Shaved truck, the convenience and expanded menu of the new location will comfort them. In addition to that, the new store has partnered with Fosselman’s ice cream meaning that customers can now choose between eight new ice cream flavors including;
- Macadamia Nut Ice Cream ($
- Taro Ice Cream
- Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream
- Dutch Chocolate
The menu also boasts of almost 30 different and exciting flavors of shaved ice including Green Tea. These come with different toppings and various combinations.
Roskowick mentioned that one of the best selling combinations is the Monkey Brains which features a mix of strawberry and banana shaved ice with sweet condensed milk.
Other than that, the new location at Northridge also has a variety of shakes and even cream cookie sandwiches (either chocolate chip cookie or white chocolate macadamia nut cookie). Let’s not forget that they also make their syrups and the make them pretty well too; very flavorful and not too sugary.
Eager to indulge, I ordered a medium shaved ice with passion fruit, Blue Hawaii and Melona flavors with taro ice cream as the base ($3.75). I will confess that I always have this whenever I buy from the Get Shaven van, but this time it was even tastier because of the taro ice cream base (thank God for Fosselman’s).
My workmate ordered a Guava and POG (passion, orange, and guava) flavored medium shaved ice with Macadamia nut ice cream as the base ($3.75). She also went with a condensed milk topping, and I could tell she was enjoying the treat.
As a matter of fact, I made a mental note to try out this particular treat the next time I visit the Northridge location. I must also try out the OG with either Taro or Coconut Pineapple ice cream as a base.
I must mention that I liked the hands-on approach of Pat and Kristen Roskowick particularly in taking orders and making people feel welcome.
Pat and Kristen are proof of one thing; you do not have to go to Hawaii to get the best of the shaved ice, you can only head over to Northridge and Get Shaved.