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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2007 1:40 pm | Updated: 7:22 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Triple-digit temperatures will soon be upon us. One hundred degrees won’t necessarily make most seasoned East Valley residents break a sweat. But if you’re looking for a break from the heat this Memorial Day weekend (or want some suggestions for the future), try these icy treats:

Triple-digit temperatures will soon be upon us. One hundred degrees won’t necessarily make most seasoned East Valley residents break a sweat. But if you’re looking for a break from the heat this Memorial Day weekend (or want some suggestions for the future), try these icy treats:

Gelato

Call it a lavoro per passione.

Gelato Dolce Vita in Mesa is a labor of love for Italian-born Walter Printy and his wife of 17 years, Marti. The Printys opened their shop three months ago. Flavors include lemon, chocolate roche, fruits of the forest and Gorgonzola cheese with walnuts.

“It’s all authentic,” says Marti Printy. “He’s only limited by his imagination.”

The two left corporate careers to pursue their dream of gelato, which has 35 percent less air and half the butterfat of regular ice cream. The couple attended a gelato university near Bologna, Italy, before they set up shop in Mesa.

Gelato Dolce Vita (5251 E. Brown Road) is open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (480) 329-2143..

Tsoynami

Now vegetarians, vegans and the health-conscious crowd have a treat to call their own.

The Tsoynami is as delicious as it is healthy and a popular item on the menu at Green, New American Vegetarian in Tempe.

“It’s just like a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but the difference is we make our own soft-serve soy ice

Green, New American Vegetarian, serves a Tsoynami ($4.50), which restaurant manager Damon Brasch describes as akin to a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but made with soft-serve soy ice cream and organic ingredients. The mixed berry and coffee coco-loco Tsoynamis are popular with herbivores and carnivores. (Tim Hacker, Tribune)

cream with organic materials,” says manager Damon Brasch. “You can mix and match it any way you want, and it’s also great for people who are lactose-intolerant or health-conscious.”

The vegan S’more Tsoynami (organic graham crackers, vegan rice-mallow fluff and organic chocolate syrup mixed with soft-serve soy ice cream) is by far the most popular concoction, Brasch says.

Green, New American Vegetarian (2240 N. Scottsdale Road) is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: (480) 941-9003.

Shaved Ice

Don’t call it a snow cone.

What you find at Bahama Buck’s in Tempe and Mesa won’t resemble the childhood treat sold off ice cream trucks.

“They’re really shaved ice,” says Bruce Buckner, owner of Bahama Buck’s. “It’s more Hawaiian style.” Bahama Buck’s offers more than 120 flavors of finely shaved ice and 15 types of smoothies. “We can do anything to shaved ice,” says Buckner.

Bahama Buck’s (1006 E. Warner Road, Tempe; 303 E. Southern Ave., Suite 101, Mesa; 2235 S. Power Road, Suite 111, Mesa) is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: (480) 777-9482.

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