It was completely unintentional, I just love ice cream, guys. After nearly 3 years of dating I've finally convinced him about the importance of ending the meal with something sweet, and more often than not after dinner we wind up at the closest ice cream shop our phones can find. Or (if we're at home) eating straight out of the container we bought at the grocery, which is where we found ourselves a couple nights ago ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
I grew up with parents who collected mugs wherever they traveled, and in fact, those mugs are still displayed proudly in the basement of their home. It's always fun to sneak downstairs and look at all of them, remembering the time spent in each place and laughing at the goofiest memories. So in Denver I asked Andrew when we should start our own collection. And more importantly, what we should be collecting. He thought about it some and then replied, "I like that we eat ice cream at every place, that's our thing." And I realized, oh shit, that's perfect. Not really something we can physically keep until the end of time, but by some crazy good luck I managed to find at least one picture of the ice cream we've had at each place we've visited since the start of the interview trail, which I'm now deeming as the official start point to this tradition.
I hope to update our ice cream shenanigans every now and then over here. Below are the places we've visited and if my memory was good enough, what flavor(s) we had there, in case you find yourself in any of these destinations.
From left to right:
- St. Louis, MO: a scoop each of the middle west whiskey and pecans + the milkiest chocolate from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. The beginning of it all.
- Cincinnati, OH: a waffle cone of mint chocolate chip from Graeter's
- Atlanta, GA: a pre-dinner scoop of bourbon gelato from Honeysuckle
- Milwaukee, WI: a sugar cone of maple nut + a scoop of beer and pretzels (unpictured, but it was crazy interesting!) from Purple Door Ice Cream
- Fair Oaks, IN: an I-65 S road trip break of the mint chocolate chip variety from Fair Oaks Farm
- Columbus, OH: a sentimental stop to Handel's for a scoop of buckeye (left) and graham central station (right). My parents used to have dates at Handel's in Youngstown, OH before the kiddos started coming. Youngstown was not quite on the way to Cleveland, but we found one in Columbus and had to stop for a road trip cone.
- Cleveland, OH: a snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich with cheesecake ice cream from Cathy's Creamery
- Cleveland, OH: the teeniest scoop from Mitchell's Ice Cream, and I feel like such a failure but I cannot remember for the life of me what flavor this was. It was tasty though, and the perfect way to end a fried chicken meal.
- Columbus, OH: a scoop of peppermint frozen custard from Whit's Frozen Custard. Clearly our Ohio road trip did not lack ice cream. I think my pants were starting to feel a little tight after this one.
- Philadelphia, PA: our first rolled ice cream experience at I.CE.NY Philly - black sesame ice cream with black sesame grass jelly, condensed milk drizzle, and sesame crackers. Mood was 100% in Philly. God I miss it.
- Scottsdale, AZ: a waffle bowl from Sweet Republic with a scoop of mexican hot chocolate underneath, and on top you see their famous salted butter caramel
- Phoenix, AZ: a waffle cone of vietnamese coffee from Churn. Andrew got a pretzel cone (!) with bailey's crunch. We ate these outside in 60 degree sunshine. In January. AZ, you are unreal.
- Denver, CO: an unintentionally large scoop of space junkie in the afternoon (I think it's black raspberry ice cream + marshmallow swirl + brownie pieces) from Milkbox Ice Creamery
- Denver, CO: a scoop of choco-doodle-doo (his) (it was the year of the rooster, y'all) + salted butterscotch (hers) + i-don't-remember-what-brian-got but nevertheless this was a fun adventure post-dinner. And we now know more than we want to know ever about the evolution of the cake cone.
- Denver, CO: gosh, we had a lot of ice cream in Denver, didn't we? This last one is a scoop of the vegan horchata from Little Man Ice Cream