Mochi ice cream, a little ball of ice cream wrapped in mochi, or Japanese rice cake paste, is a perfect summer treat. It's portable, refreshing and comes in a variety of flavors. Here's where you can get it in our neck of the woods:
Dee Asian Kitchen, 163 Temple St., New Haven, (203) 776-0007, deeasiankitchen.com. $2.99 for 2 pieces. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hana Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 874 Lakewood Rd., Waterbury, (203) 756-HANA, hanawaterbury.com. $4.50. Hours: Lunch, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Thu., 4:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri., 4:30-11 p.m.; Sat., 3-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-9:30 p.m.
Iron Chef Japanese Cuisine, 930 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, (203) 265-2000, ironchefct.com. $4.50. Hours: Mon.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m. Closed 3-4:30 p.m.
The Mochi Store, 216 Crown St. #2C, New Haven, (203) 782-1111, themochistore.com. $1.50 each or less, depending on how many you get. Hours: Thu., 1-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 1-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-9 p.m. Closed Mon.-Wed.
Sono Bana Japanese Restaurant, 1206 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 281-4542, sonobana.com. Available as part of the $24 Course Menu Special option. Hours: Lunch, Mon.-Sat., 11:30-2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Thu., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:45-10 p.m.; Sun., 4-9:30 p.m.