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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Typically I write about local, non chain restaurants.  However, when a new place, even a chain, moves into town I gotta check it out.  Plus, who doesn’t love a great burger and fries?!  When Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened a location on Red Bank Road in Cincinnati, I couldn’t resist a little taste testing.  In fact, my entire family went to Freddy’s in Centerville for Mother’s Day.  What can I say? We’re a burger, hot dog, and onion rings kind of clan.  My Mom and I both love shoestring fries and the burgers at Freddy’s, made to order, are pressed thin so you get those crispy edges.   Plus, those cheese curds are the best in town.  All six of us found something we loved on Freddy’s menu and all six of us, full from lunch, still ordered frozen custard and savored each creamy, smooth, rich bite.

Cheese curds are a must!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom!

California Steakburger

So here’s the thing.  This is part restaurant post and part cooking post.  Freddy’s sells two items that I had to bring home: Steakburger and Fry Seasoning and Fry Sauce.  The french fries at Freddy’s are dusted with this awesome seasoning.  I didn’t even use ketchup which is way unusual for me.  And the burger I ordered, the Double Steakburger California Style, had this magical sauce on it.  If you’re a Big Mac/Big Boy kind of person, this is even better.

Ready to use at home.

But, I am trying to cook healthier at home and we just got a new grill.  I decided to take that seasoning and that sauce and use it for grilling seafood and veggies.  Basically, I made this up.  I basted the shrimp and the zucchini with the Jalapeno Fry Sauce.  The potatoes and asparagus got a drizzle of olive oil and a healthy coat of Steakburger and Fry seasoning.   Then, for the fresh Tilapia, I used some grapeseed oil and the Steakburger and Fry seasoning.  I wrapped the fish in aluminum foil, threw the veggies is disposable trays, and skewered the shrimp.  All of it went on the grill at medium heat!

  • Diced potatoes 20 minutes
  • Tilapia wrapped in foil, 6 minutes each side
  • Asparagus and other veggies, 12 minutes total
  • Shrimp on skewers (soak wooden skewers first), 3 minutes each side (the jalapeno fry sauce is perfect for shrimp)


Veggies in Fry Sauce and Seasoning.

Shrimp basted with Fry Sauce.

Dinner is served!

This meal was delicious (if I do say so myself), pretty darn healthy, and seasoned perfectly!  The shrimp basted in the Fry Sauce was tender and spicy!  So good.  I loved the veggies, and the potatoes, but that fish was especially a-maz-ing with that seasoning.  I don’t each much fish and I’m trying to improve that.  This was incredible; I will be repeating this meal soon.  And, tip, a little seasoning goes a long way!  I’m excited to use this seasoning on burgers next.

Be like this cool kid enjoying Freddy’s custard.

This is post is sponsored by Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen Custard, but these are my opinions! Whether dining in, driving thru for custard or cooking with Freddy’s Fry Sauce or Steakburger and Fry seasoning, I am a fan.  I know Freddy’s is fast food, but it is definitely elevated and fresh fast food.  I’m curious, what’s your favorite Freddy’s order?

GO THERE (Freddy’s)!  TRY THAT (Steakburger and Fry Seasoning, California Burger, Cheese Curds, Custard)! 

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EAT (out)

Paradise Ice (Real Hawaiian Ice)

Paradise Ice has officially opened for the 2018 season and it’s as delicious as ever!  If you did not read this post from last summer… if you have not been there yet…it’s amazing!!  Hands down, this is our favorite summer treat!  And if you haven’t been yet this season, there are a few new flavors on the menu.   The post is just below!  Enjoy!


When I first heard about Paradise Ice from a friend from church  (Thanks Molly), she sold it like a first class evangelist!  Even though it’s in Milford, a thirty-minute drive for us, we couldn’t wait to try this “authentic” Hawaiian ice experience.  Trust me when I say every minute of that drive is worth it!  This is absolutely one of our go-to summer places!

By authentic, I mean this:

  1. vanilla ice cream (one scoop on the bottom)
  2. shaved ice (goes on top of the ice cream)
  3. flavoring (so many to chose from)
  4. snow cap (sweetened condensed milk- vanilla, chocolate, or coconut)
  5. Li Hing Mui Powder (dried salted sour plum)

This is the Hawaiian style, from bottom to top!   No matter how weird it might sound, you have to order it the authentic way!  Best shaved ice ever! (Fun fact: the Hawaiian’s just say shave ice, not shaved ice).

The key to eating it is to carefully dip your spoon down to get some of the ice cream with the shaved ice with the sweetened condensed milk.  Then, when you get to the bottom of the cup, stir the syrupy flavoring with what’s left of the vanilla ice cream and savor.  You’re welcome! 🙂

The hardest part about visiting Paradise Ice is picking from the close to 65 flavors (8-10 sugar-free) from the following categories:  Hawaiian Islands flavors, Mainland flavors, Kids favorites, and Amazing combinations.

There are four sizes: the Mini (toddler, $1.75), Keiki (kids, $3.00), Kahuna ($4.00), and the Big Kahuna ($5.00). I’ve never actually ordered the Big Kahuna because the servings are SO big….but I totally get the Kahuna every time and even though it’s more than enough, I eat every last little bit!

This is the medium!

This is the medium!  Yep, this is the size we normally order!

This is the small (I'm tasting my husband's here)!

This is the small (I’m taste testing my husband’s here)!

Here’s another important reason to check out Paradise Ice (over and over and over again), the owners, Tena and Wayne, are seriously the nicest people and when it comes to business, they truly understand customer service. For example, if you aren’t sure about a flavor, just ask and you can sample it.  And, if you need more snowcap, they will add more without charge.

After her first trip to Hawaii as a teenager, Tena fell in love and was fortunate to return to Hawaii many years later. It was then that she discovered their authentic Hawaiian style shave ice and became obsessed with it; unfortunately, she couldn’t find anything like it here in Ohio. She found something similar in Florida and California, but nothing quite like it in our area.  Thus, her dream was born!

Tena- the owner!

Tena- the owner!

They will soon be expanding with a second, mobile station that can serve both as a second stand when they are super busy and travel to local events.  This is great news.

An evening visit with friends!

An evening visit with friends!

The atmosphere at Paradise Ice is island fun.  After stepping out of the car, I love being greeted by Hawaiian music, picnic tables with thatched roofs, and their tiki hut!  If you want, you can get it to-go, but I recommend sitting at one of the tables and relaxing while you eat.  First of all, I like the Hawaiian music, but mainly, this dreamy concoction is deliciously messy and I would not suggest eating this in the car.

Afternoon or evening (open 1:30-9:30 pm), rain or shine, check them out soon!  And tell them Mindy @gotheretrythat sent you!  If you’ve been, and you have a favorite flavor, share it in the comments on both the blog and the facebook page!

P.S.- If you’re feeling really wild and crazy, Holtman’s is only 8 minutes away; grab some donuts for the next day!

Much mahalo…

GO THERE (Paradise Ice)!  TRY THAT (Authentic shave ice with ice cream and a snow cap)! 
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