October 18, 2016
Haagen Dazs, Rockaway, New Jersey
Open all year
Shopping with the Scoops Gang – of course we had to investigate ice cream offerings at the mall!
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream is a kiosk in the center of the mall (I do not know exactly what kiosk really is, but I think this was one). It had lots of flavors so I opted for the seasonal special – a Peppermint Bark Sundae – Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, cookie crumbles and hot fudge. It was supposed to come with two scoops of Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, but they ran out after one scoop, so the second scoop was Coffee ice cream. Pat tried to order a Peppermint Bark Sundae too, she was out of luck (“you snooze, you lose!”) – she got Cookies and Cream ice cream instead. I do not know what Mary Lou got. I loved the Peppermint Bark Ice Cream – white chocolate ice cream with chocolaty peppermint bark and peppermint candy mixed in – I will have to get some more before the season is over! Since it was in a mall there was mall seating available. Thought for the day: It is fun to window shop while eating ice cream.
October 23, 2o16
Hopkins Farm Creamery, Lewes, Delaware
Although we did not have time to explore the area today, Lewes Delaware has numerous parks and beaches that are supposed to be beautiful – I hope to get back soon to explore these areas. The part of Lewes that we did get to see were the back roads- lots and lots of back roads – the beautiful countryside with numerous scenic dairy farms – one of which had a creamery – something we had to try!
Hopkins Farm Creamery is a great place – it is a dairy farm where they milk the cows then make the ice cream – I did not watch them milk the cows, but I did watch milk cows and the baby cows muddle around while I ate the ice cream they helped make. I had what was recommended to me by the worker – black raspberry and butter pecan. I think this was the best ice cream I have ever had. It was very creamery, and the flavor and texture were perfect. In addition, the serving size was generous and the prices were reasonable. I highly recommend you visit this place!
October 15, 2016
Stewart’s Restaurant, Dover, NJ
After a fun afternoon with a kayaking on Lake Hopatcong, it was time for a treat.
Stewart’s Restaurant in Dover, NJ has a bit of a tiki-hut atmosphere. The service area is in the center with table seating around it, but instead of dead grass for a roof, they have attractive orange canopies. It was a relaxing place to sit on a beautiful evening. If you are feeling lazy, you have the option of sitting in your car, turning your headlights on and service comes to you. The menus are interesting – you can shop for a dentist or tattoo artist while you select your food. The place mats are also interesting – you can find a NJ historic site, race track or park while you wait. While the menu has appetizers, sandwiches and grill items, I was only interested in the last two pages – the creamery section. I had a pineapple sundae made with homemade pumpkin ice cream. The ice cream was excellent – better than most other pumpkin ice creams that I have tried – not over spiced – just good.
Sonic Drive In
someplace in northern Virginia
open all year
Driving through Virginia to visit the Wilson family and celebrate special birthdays, we stopped along the way for ice cream.
We entered the Sonic Drive-In parking lot, parked and tried to go inside to order -mistake number one -it is a drive in, not a walk in. We moved our car to an appropriate space and waited service mistake number 2 – no service came. We decided we had to do something – but what? must be on the big menu board by the car. Can’t be those bottoms, they are for credit cards – ah must be the red button with the ad about corn dogs hanging from it – success – someone talked through the speaker to ask if they could take our order. Renee ordered a waffle cone sundae. I had questions about the menu – mistake number 3 – Was a Flavor Blast ice cream or a milkshake? “It is a Blast” (ask a stupid question…). ‘Do I drink it with a straw or eat it with a spoon?’ “We serve it with a spoon”. So I ordered a Peanut Butter Blast with vanilla ice cream. It got delivered by a guy on roller skates right to our car (I wonder what their job training looks like). I am still not sure if a Blast is ice cream or a milkshake, but I enjoyed it just the same. Next I go to a Sonic Drive-In I will know just what to do. Now let me tell you about our experience filling our car with gas in New York…
October 5, 2016
Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, The Villages, Florida
open year round
Today was a sad day – we said our final good-bye to my mother, Margaret Phelan Stack. She was a beautiful person. Growing up, she always had time to enjoy her gaggle of children. When we had our own children, she always enjoyed them as well. I credit (or blame) both her and my father for my ice cream habit. We found it fitting that this is my 87 ice cream shop, celebrating her 87 years of life.
Golden Corral is my father’s favorite place to eat – and upon entering the place it is immediately evident. The restaurant has a variety unsurpassed anyplace I have ever been, and everything is attractively displayed, and really good! But of course, I am interested in the ice cream offerings!
The first step to getting ice cream at Golden Corral is to get a soup bowl (the ice cream bowls are too small) – something my parents taught me long, long ago. Second step is to choose either soft or hand dipped hard ice cream. I went with the soft ice cream, Kevin went for the hard ice cream, and Andrew being chronically indecisive decided to have the double fisted approach. Do not let the picture fool you, my father all ready ate three quarters of his cone before the picture – I guess years of practice taught him how to fit lots into a cone! Step three is to select your “to put on its: (term credited to Brenda Stack). The toppings here are endless – cookies, pies, gummy things, hot fudge, strawberry, peanuts – we all had a lot of fun here.
Although Golden Corral is a buffet, the help was incredible. glasses were filled and plates were removed with unbelievable efficiency by very friendly servers. This place is really worth a visit!
September 26, 2016
Hayek’s Market, Newton, New Jersey
The first thing that I noticed about Hayek’s Market in Newton, New Jersey was the beautiful landscaping. Looking at a petuna patch, we found creature with a long snout- looking thing drinking nector. I am unsure if it is a large insect or a tiny bird, but I attached a picture in case any nature experts can identify it. The creature actually let us pet it, and it was soft. We were here today to celebrate my friend Lisa’s birthday – I hope she likes ice cream like I do!
Hayek’s Market is known for its fresh food including lots of porduce, homemade dinners and plenty of specialty foods. Outside there is an ice cream window which sells Cliff’s ice cream as well as some other brands. They were having machine problems so the soft s’mores and pumpkin ice cream was not available – two flavors I would love to try! so I settled (not unfappily) for two hard ice cream flavors: Bavarian Cream Raspberry Truffle and Cannoli – both of which were tasty and creamy. Brian got Smurf which was blue with marshmallows, but he could not figure out what flavor the blue actually was – what are Smurf’s really made of anyway?. Seating was at nice tables outside, again with senic landscaping. The baristas were friendly and efficient. It was a fun outing – now onto trying to identify the wildlife…