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"Wait!" With my spoon poised to delve into an interesting concoction, explained to me as 'Spicy Ice,' my curiosity was far from quelled when Chef Ramesh Kularatnam, senior sous chef at Senor Pico Mexican restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel and the creator of the dish before me, suddenly halted my tasting session and dashed off to get me a bottle of water. "Don't try it without a drink," he warned. Even more apprehensive than before, I took a tentative taste of Senor Pico's new range of Mexican ice creams. With flavours including spicy pumpkin and red chilli, chocolate, pepper, honey and cinnamon, pineapple and jalapenos as well as tomato and Tabasco, the list doesn't read like your regular dessert menu might. However, Chef Ramesh said that the new dishes, available from May 1 and throughout the month in recognition of the Mexican holiday Cinco De Mayo Cinco de Mayo

(Spanish; “Fifth of May”)

Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. The French army, better-equipped and far larger than the Mexican army, had been sent by Napoleon III to conquer Mexico.
, are sure to attract curious customers. "I'm sure diners Diners can mean:
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 will think the ice creams sound odd, but after trying them, I think they will enjoy the experience."

Chef Ramesh, originally from Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. , has been a chef for 14 years and has enjoyed an extremely varied culinary background, working in Dubai, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (sä`dē ərā`bēə, sou`–, sô–), officially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, kingdom (2005 est. pop.  and Jordan to name a few and experimenting with cuisines as diverse as French Polynesian to Japanese. "I love to produce things that are slightly out of the box," he informed. Not only do his latest creations fit this mould perfectly, but according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 him this range of ice creams can also be good for you. "Pepper and honey is soo-thing for a sore throat Sore Throat Definition

Sore throat, also called pharyngitis, is a painful inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the pharynx. It is a symptom of many conditions, but most often is associated with colds or influenza.
. Plus, the

combination of hot and cold is

effective for cleaning the palate,"

he explained.

Returning to my first impression of this alternative dessert, I was told to expect a rush of sweetness, followed by a fiery kick. Not a lover of spicy foods spicy food Nutrition Any comestible marinated in and/or which contains chili peppers, mustard with horseradish, curry or other spices that evoke a desired intraoral sensation that crosses pain with pleasure; SFs may elicit an autonomic nervous system , alarm bells started to sound in my ears as the forewarned 'kick' reared its head. Though certainly not for the faint of heart,

these ice creams are begging to be tried and will open up a whole

new door of possibilities for a treat after dinner.

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Date:May 10, 2008
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