Celebrity Birthday of the Week (10.7-10.13)

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Happy Birthday to Henry John Heinz!

Thanks for the ketchup, sir.

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ChunkMail

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One day I decided to sign up for a whole bunch of email lists to see what kind of coupons I could get. So far I’ve gotten some free queso dip, a free travel coffee mug, and a coupon for free pizza that I have yet to use. I also signed up to be a Ben & Jerry’s Chunk Spelunker. I could do without the cutesy name, but you get a free scoop of ice cream just for signing up, so it’s worth it.

I got Triple Caramel Chunk, which Ben & Jerry’s describes as “Caramel Ice Cream with a Swirl of Caramel & Chocolatey Covered Caramel Chunks.” You can’t see any chocolate caramel chunks in my picture, but there were plenty in there (they’re shaped like tiny little peanut butter cups). My scoop is not too photogenic and I suppose it was meant to look more like this:

The verdict? I liked it. I like anything caramel, usually. For some reason I still don’t think I’d order it again. Maybe it was just too much of a good thing. They could’ve stopped at double caramel chunk and I probably would’ve been more than satisfied. I give it a B, maybe B-.

Post-Novocain

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Last week I had to get a cavity filled for the first time in my life. I blame switching toothpastes and quitting chewing sugar-free gum for this pesky little problem. After you read this post you might be like, “Umm, maybe it’s all this ice cream/sugar you’re consuming?” Okay, fair enough. But I’d argue that A.) it’s not that much, and B.) I needed to eat something soft and cold since my mouth stayed numb for probably 6 hours after I got the Novocain. The sun was shining and it was about time for me to try one of the last flavors on my ice cream bucket list: Orange Pineapple.

I got a scoop of chocolate chip, too, so the vanilla flavor from that mixed with the orange pineapple ended up being kind of like an orange creamsicle. Brought me back to my childhood when I’d get one of those from the ice cream truck at the beach (if I wasn’t in the mood for my usual sno-cone.) I liked this overall, but I don’t think I’d get the chocolate chip again because there are much better options at this particular place, which is the very same place where I had a lovely cup of White Pistachio and Black Raspberry Chip. As far as the orange pineapple goes, I’m glad I tried it. It wouldn’t be my first choice every time, but would get it again if I were ever in the mood.

Also, I have switched back to my trusty Colgate 2-in-1 toothpaste and am hoping I won’t have any more dental problems in the future as a result.

L

Il Gelato Italiano

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Unfortunately I was not in Italy last weekend, but I was in an Italian neighborhood that has great restaurants and cafes. After a squid ink risotto dinner (lunch? it was around 3:30 so it could have gone either way) and a pit stop at a bakery, we set out to find gelato. Now despite the authentic Italian-ness of this part of town, I have had some HORRIBLE gelato there before. I was determined not to experience another icy, flavorless, way-too-sweet cup of ice cream, so I didn’t settle for the first place I saw. In fact, we stopped in no less than 4 cafes before we finally ordered our dessert.

I think I was right to be picky. I googled the cafe afterward and it looks like it may be one of the only places (if not the only place) in that area that makes their gelato on site daily. It’s disappointing that there are so few good quality options in a neighborhood known for its Italian specialties, but there you go. I got Bacio with a scoop of Frutti di Bosco sorbet. The flavor pairing was nice and the lighter sorbet was a good compliment to the creamy hazelnut and chocolate gelato. This was a million times better than what I’ve had in the past, but I’m still not sure if it tops either of these two. Delicious nonetheless.

Fashion Friday? – Emmys 2012

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I tend not to give too much thought to red carpet fashion, and to be honest the show Fashion Police on E! makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit, but something about the dresses Emmys last Sunday really caught my attention. Maybe it was all the obscenely bright colors. Whatever it was, I found myself looking at photos after the fact and picking out favorites, so I’ll post them here.

#1. Tina Fey (Vivienne Westwood)

I don’t love the hairstyle on its own, but altogether I thought this was gorgeous.

#2. Kat Dennings (J. Mendel)

To me this one was much less about the dress and more about the makeup. I loved loved loved her makeup.

#3. January Jones (Zac Posen)

For reasons I can’t even explain, January Jones bugs me. A lot. But I love how dramatic this dress is, especially on the model.

#4: Padma Lakshmi (Monique Lhuillier)

Ginnifer Goodwin and Julie Bowen also wore bright colored Monique Lhuillier dresses, but of those three this is the only one I would describe as “stunning.”

Also: Rico Rodriguez

He’s adorable and you know it.

 

Things I didn’t like:

#1. Lena Dunham (Prada)

Her makeup is good, and then the rest of her looks like one of my mother’s couch cushions.

#2. Sofia Vergara (Zuhair Murad)

This is a pageant gown. I very rarely see a pageant gown that I like.

#3. Zooey Deschanel (Reem Acra)

I have no idea why but I just don’t like it. I can’t say much more than that.

Apples in Autumn

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We’re now well into apple-picking season. I doubt I’ll be making an appearance at the orchards, though, because I don’t like apples that much. But apple flavored desserts I can certainly deal with. I’m talking about apple cider donuts, pies, crumbles; NOT apple flavored candies. (Green apple jolly ranchers? Not for me). There’s one dessert that I’d never had in an apple variety before this week, and given the previous posts on this blog you can probably guess which one that is. Yep, I drove about 20 minutes out of my way to get my hands on some Apple ice cream on the first day of Fall.

I tried to take a nice photo by getting a cow in the background, but that was unsuccessful. I didn’t keep trying because a picture isn’t worth risking melty ice cream, so here’s the cow on its own:


I hadn’t made it to this place all summer, and you can probably see why I wanted to get there before they closed up shop for the fall/winter months. I can’t say enough good things about this ice cream. It was less reminiscent of pie than the Pumpkin flavor, but I guess if you imagine having apple pie a la mode and mixing some pie filling into the vanilla ice cream you’d get something similar to this. The texture was perfectly creamy with small chunks of cinnamon spiced apples. Here is my sort of mini time lapse photo shoot to demonstrate said texture:

I might actually go back for seconds on this one before they close. I’ve already been to almost every ice cream place in my area and tried the flavors I wanted to try (I’ve had 4 more new ones since Saturday, and I’ll probably feel the need to write a post about each of them as I’m discovering this is a great mindless activity.)

Oh, and get ready for photo quality to decrease because Sunday was the first day I started using an iPhone. Although a part of me is going to miss having my trusty flip phone and point-and-shoot camera floating around in my bag, I think it was time for some updated technology in my life.

L

Gelato Take Two

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I’m going to stop labeling these as the Ice Cream Challenge because the official unofficial end to that was over 2 weeks ago. But it’s still fun to write about the stuff so here’s another one.

I’ve already declared that I love gelato more than regular ice cream. A new ice cream shop/cafe opened near me and they happen to serve gelato. They also happen to be right up the road from the salon where I was getting my hair cut. (My hair looks awesome, btw. It’s also very soft according to my hairdresser’s daughter who was petting my head. Awkward.) Since the weather was nice and I knew it would be the last really hot day for a while, I headed over there after my appointment.

The guy behind the counter (who I believe was the owner) had me try the Sea Salted Caramel Chunk because it’s the most popular flavor. It was good but not what I was in the mood for. I went with Coconut Almond Chip and Watermelon Mint. The owner tried to convince me that I would not find Watermelon Mint anywhere else because it’s an exclusive homemade flavor, but if I recall correctly I already taste tested it the last time I got gelato. I’m hoping they source their gelato from that same company, because they have some great flavors and I wouldn’t have to travel two hours to get it again.

If you have good eyes you can see the little specks of mint leaves in there. Refreshing!

Alpacas?!

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled slew of ice cream-related posts for this picture.

They were selling alpaca fleece. These guys were experts at luring people in with cuteness and making them want to buy scarves and hats. I didn’t fall into that trap, though. On a related note, my father loves alpaca sweaters and will tend to go out of his way to find them. I didn’t know that about him until recently. Hm.

L