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Oui, oui,  summer might be officially over but you really don’t have to give up eating ‘la glace.’  I have always wondered why, ‘la glace,’ French for ice-cream is feminine. Could it be that more women enjoy this decadent creamy creation? That may just be true as I would like to introduce you to the latest feature profile of our Franglais Stories, Melissa Tavss of Tipsy Scoop.  Oui, Oui, you heard that right! Ice -cream that gets you tipsy! Disclaimer: You just might get tipsy reading her story 🙂

OOJSF:What’s your educational background?

MT: University of Richmond, BA — NYU, Graduate degree

OOJSF:What’s your cultural background?

MT: My family came from Italy to Scotland back in the 1800s with gelato carts. My great grandfather was actually president of the ice cream alliance in Great Britain.

OOJSF: Where did you grow up?


OOJSF: Where do you call home?


OOJSF: How did the idea of Tipsy Scoop come about ?

MT: I was always perfecting my homemade ice cream recipe. Originally, I added a little alcohol to soften ice cream to make it less icy- -from there, I thought it would be so awesome if the ice cream could actually hold an alcohol content, so I worked on developing the recipes from there. 

photo via oojsf [pictured above, Melissa Tavss]

OOJSF:Has anyone gotten tipsy over your scoops?

MT: I think you would have to eat a lot of ice cream to actually get Tipsy!

OOJSF: What is a typical day like for you?

MT: I open the ice cream shop/Barlour in the morning, then work with my team on catering, events, and wholesale and then end the day either working at an event, or back at the shop.

OOJSF: What did you do before launching Tipsy Scoop?

MT: I did marketing for various liquor brands. 

OOJSF: What’s the future of Tipsy Scoop?

MT: You will see! Big things coming soon:)

OOJSF: Do you have any French inspired flavors?

MT: For Bastille day last year, we did a Creme Brûlée flavor that was delicious- it was spiked with Grand Marnier. 

OOJSF: How do you come up with the names of the flavors? 

MT: We make the cocktail version first and then translate that into an ice cream.

OOJSF: What is your favorite flavor?

MT: I love the Cake Batter vodka martini made with cake flavored vodka, amaretto and white chocolate liqueur. 

OOJSF: What dessert food pairs well with your scoops?

MT: I think the vanilla bean bourbon ice cream goes perfectly with a piece of apple pie. 

OOJSF: What is life like as an entrepreneur?

MT: Busy and non-stop. You have to wear many different hats and be prepared to work 24/7. But when you do what you love it makes it a lot easier. 

OOJSF: As an entrepreneur, how do you stay motivated?

MT: Surrounding yourself with a team of like-minded passionate and talented individuals.

OOJSF: What advise would you give someone who wants to be an entrepreneur?

MT: I would start slow in developing your idea and business. Take time to think about where you want the business to go and how you want to do it. 

OOJSF: What would you recommend for someone to do or see in New York?

MT: Come to the Tipsy Scoop Barlour of course! 

OOJSF: What should we expect from your Tipsy Scoop Barlour?

MT: We will be doing limited edition seasonal flavors each month! 

Want to know how to get tipsy, visit   TIPSY SCOOP to get some holiday scoops:

Candy Cane Vodka Martini
Ice cream infused with candy cane-flavored vodka, bejeweled with bits of peppermint candy


Santa’s Cookies & Whiskey
Whiskey-infused ice cream blended with cookie crumbles – consider it a more “grown-up” take on the tradition of leaving out cookies and milk



Blood Orange Champagne Sparkler (sorbet, dairy-free)
Delectably sweet and tangy, blood orange juice lends a ruby hue to this bubbly-based sorbet


Drunken Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread ice cream infused with vanilla vodka and coffee liqueur


Spiced Eggnog
Brandy-infused ice cream spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon


Boozy Bananas Foster
Banana ice cream infused with spiced rum and creme de banana, topped with brown sugar

Cheers to being tipsy and remember to enjoy responsibly! Bon app!




Oui, oui, the French know a thing or two about ‘la mode.’ Who are we kidding?! Le mot, ‘la mode’ is synonymous with being French. Fashion season has just wrapped up and we are thrilled about our  newest feature of Franglais Stories with French designer, Gotal Ryam, who launched her namesake fashion label, GRLP a year ago. 

OOJSF: En français, quelle est votre définition de la mode?

GR:La mode c’est avant tout des vêtement dans lequel on se sent bien et qui reflètent à la fois qui nous sommes. C’est une tenue dont tous les éléments s’accordent entre eux.

OOJSF:What clothing item should every woman have in their closet?

GR:A black dress.

OOJSF:Where did you get your fashion training from?

GR:Central St Martins

OOJSF:What languages do you speak?

GR:Mbay, French, English

OOJSF:Did you face any difficulties when you first moved to London? If yes, please explain.

GR:Yes, I faced difficulties,there were a few language difficulties at the beginning; once I moved here I realised I didn’t really speak English. But luckily for me, hardly anyone is really from London; because everyone is from somewhere else. And with time you improve your English and you get used to the city.

OOJSF:What inspires your fashion line?

GR:I am inspired by everything around me.

OOJSF:What are the challenges of being a budding fashion designer?

GR:One of the biggest obstacle to launching my own label is getting financial backing, because producing garments is very expensive. There are many aspects involved in running your own label. You have to have the passion to really make it because it takes tremendous amounts of hard work. You have to live, breathe, and dream fashion.

OOJSF:What clothing item do you think is timeless?

GR:The little black dress.

OOJSF:What’s the difference between the way people dress in Paris versus people in London?

GR:I will say that people are more extravagant and colorful in London.Quirky concepts and unique combinations can be found on every London street. Paris is more conservative in a certain way. Women will frequently dress in a basic yet elegant skirt or short pants for the daytime.

OOJSF:What types of women do you dress?

GR:The modern and independent woman with a taste for fashion who is equally at ease in trainers as well as in high end pieces.

OOJSF:What should we look forward to from your line?

GR:The marriage of technology and fabrics.

OOJSF:You have lived in both Paris and London. What do you like about both cities? What do you dislike about both cities?

GR:They are constantly changing with new and exciting things sprouting up almost everyday. I love the feeling of being anonymous in those cities, but can make you feel sometimes lonely. There is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people.

OOJSF:For people wanting to visit London, what would you advise them to do, eat, and see?

GR:To visit Museums and art galleries which are FREE such as the likes of the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, and The British Museum.
To go to some food markets, one of my favourite has to be Borough Market, head here around lunch time for a quick bite to eat and a little treat from one of the many dessert stalls.
To visit Camden Town is one of the very best neighbourhoods in London to explore
and Shoreditch, which is one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods.
And of course, shopping on Oxford Street is a must.

OOJSF:For people visiting Paris, what would you advise them to do, eat, and see?

GR:I will advise them to visit Montmartre.
Paris is a showcase par excellence of French cuisine, so…

To eat: try bistros, Au Pied de Fouet in St-Germain or Bistrot Paul Bert in the 11e and cool neobistros like Racines 2 by the Louvre.
To see: Belleville and the famous Buttes de Chaumonts.
To do: The Big Bus Tour, a hop on/hop off bus that provided an audio guide and made stops at the most famous sights and attractions throughout the city. This is definitely the most efficient way to fit in a lot of stuff in a little bit of time and also got us acquainted with the city.

OOJSF: What captions describe you?

GR:I am strong, I am edgy,and  I am fearless.

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Remember each jour is a perfect opportunity to VIVRE, ÊTRE, PARLER, FRANGLAIS!