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Austin, TX: Awesome Shaved Ice at Sno Beach Food Truck

As a child, my indulgent self was confused as to why people would order a Snow Cone from the Mr. Softee truck when you could have sundaes, milkshakes, and bars that replicated cartoon characters with gumballs for eyes. Other than the Snow Cone serving as a wet, hydrating "treat", I never felt it belonged with the other sweet and creamy contenders. But a recent visit to Sno Beach in Austin, Texas, could have easily swayed my childhood self. More

Southern Belly: Hansen's Sno Bliz in New Orleans

Editor's note: Occasionally what looks at first glance to be a conventional guidebook transcends the genre in surprising ways. John T. Edge's Southern Belly is just such a read, which is why I'm pleased that he has allowed us to excerpt selected items from it on Serious Eats, where they appear every other week. —Ed Levine By John T. Edge | According to the Roman calendar, summer begins in June. Try to tell that to a native of subtropical New Orleans. When it comes to marking the seasons down here, calendars don't count for much. Instead, locals with a sweet tooth will tell you that summer arrives on the Saturday after Easter, when Hansen's Sno Bliz throws open its screen... More

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