Windy Brow Farms

March 27, 2016

Windy Brow Farms, Newton, NJ

imageThis being the day before Easter I had to make a trip to the grocery store in the morning, and my daughter had to brave the Newton Department of Motor Vehicles (after giving up at both the  Lodi and Oakland Motor Vehicle Departments because the lines were very, very long).   Once we got through our chores, we needed to “chill”, and only ice cream could help.

We visited Windy Brow Farms in Newton NJ on the first day they were open for the 2016 season.  Since it is early in the season, the produce areas of the shop was empty – as the season progresses , there will be plenty to choose from – especially apples in the fall.  But we are not here for the produce – we only care about the ice cream!  Their ice cream was all  home made, in flavors designed by the owner’s son who has a degree in animal science and a food science background.  He seemed to have a lot of fun designing new flavors – I had Honey Lavender and Mocha Chip – my daughter had Peanut Butter Pretzel.  Other flavors included Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla (vanilla ice cream in which the vanilla flavors originated in the Bourbon region of Madagascar), Salted Caramel  and Milk Chocolate. We really enjoyed talking to the owner and the ice cream designer (his son) – .  This was some of the best ice cream we ever had – the flavors were bold – no whimpiness here (I hate it when I have imagine flavors – French food is not for me)!   I highly recommend you visit Windy Brow for great ice cream.

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Brain Freeze

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Brain Freeze, New Milford NJ

Today I went to my daughter’s place in Bergenfield NJ.  From there we visited the Turkish Cultural Center and took an Ebru – Water Marbling Class.  The class was fascinating – I had never heard of this art form before.  The  ladies at the center who introduced us to the technique were such a joy to work with – they taught us a lot, and even the rudimentary pictures that we created were  works of art that we were very proud of.  It was a really fun afternoon – I highly recommend the class to anyone interested.  We needed to follow it up with ice cream!

Brain Freeze Ice Cream in New Milford, New Jersey is the ice cream shop we choose.    I found the name interesting – brain freeze (sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.) is a term used to describe headaches that come from quickly ingesting very cold things, such as ice cream.   FYI – I did not experience brain freeze today.  I had a scoop of cookie monster, which was a nice shade of blue, and a scoop of mudslide.

Da’s Creamery

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Da’s Creamery, Mount Olive, NJ

I frequently pass through Mt. Olive (where did that name come from?  do they grow olives there? is it named after someone?  a biblical reference?) on route 46.  To me this place is where I have seen shows (Pax Amicus Castle Theater and Mount Olive High School).  It is also a great place to go for ice cream.

Da’s Creamery in Mount Olive, NJ is a charming little shop.  It is bright with colorful murals on the walls.   This ice cream,  all homemade in small batches, came in a  lot of interesting flavors.  I had Vanilla fFg and Key Lime.  This is the first time I have had figs in ice cream and it actually worked very well.  The Key Lime was very creamy.  If you find yourself in northwest NJ, this place is really worth a visit.  I can’t wait to try some more new flavors!

Friendly’s Restaurant in Newton

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March 17, 2016

Friendly’s Restaurant, Newton,NJ

Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  I must first admit that we actually planned to visit a local  bar to get a green beverage.   We  ditched that idea when we saw how crowded it was – green ice cream seemed like a better choice!

Friendly’s Restaurant in Newton, New Jersey has its own character, like most Friendly’s do.  This one has comfortable booths, great service and signature ice cream.  In honor of this special day, I got a Cookie O’Ctnuch Sundae – mint chocolate chip ice cream, cookie crumbles, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry.  I think St. Patrick actually liked ice cream more than beer!

 

 

 

Newton Dairy Queen

March 13, 2016

Newton Dairy Queen

imageToday we had our second Saint Patrick’s Day parade – Hackettestown today.  It was once again a perfect day weather wise – not too hot, not too cold, no wind – the parade was fun, well attended and well organized.  After the parade we stopped on our way home (sort of) for a treat.

Newton Dairy Queen, Newton, New Jersey is just like all the other Dairy Queens – great ice cream.  This Dairy Queen also sells food such as quesadillas and chicken sandwiches,   the facility was facility was recently remodeled and the staff was very efficient and friendly.  I got a Peanut Buster Parfait – soft ice cream with lots of hot fudge and peanuts – yummy!  I see on their website they offer grasshopper moose pie blizzards – I will have to go back again.

 

South Street Creamery

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Today was the Morristown St.Patrck’s Day parade.  I always love marching in this parade and this year was particularly fun.  The weather was ideal, the crowds greath and the parade organizers fantastic.  After the parade, I was really hungry and I needed some ice cream!

The South Street Creamery in Morristown was a great place!  It had a sandwich shop in one half of the restaurant and a ice cream shop in the other half.  They offered hard and soft ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream cakes end even frozen yogurt.  The home made ice cream was very delicious – I had Kahlua Madness and Baileys hard ice cream – in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and my Irish heritage .  This place is definitely worth anther trip!

Sparta Dairy

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After work, Don and I met for a treat before we went home.  Sparta Dairy just opened after a winter off, so we figured we would try it.

Sparta Dairy has a selection of hard and soft ice cream and smoothies.  Some of their ice cream cakes are really cute.  I had a scoop of Java Chip and a scoop of Ripe Raspberry Chocolate Chunk.