June 24, 2017
Milford Dairy Bar, Milford, PA
Okay, Milford Dairy Bar is a first for me – and ice cream shop with live music played in their outdoor music pavilion- sort of like a coffee house but much better. A schedule of the acts is posted on the shop.
The service, via a walk up window, was friendly and quick. There were so many flavors of homemade ice cream I had a difficult time deciding – I knew that I had to try Neon Mint Chip, but I let the server choose my second flavor, and she suggested Strawberry. The Neon Mint Chip was “neon” colored Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream – bright pink today -creating and interesting contrast with the paler pink of the strawberry. We enjoyed our ice cream relaxing at a picnic table listening to a band – life is good!
Milford PA was filled with live music today, creating a true party atmosphere. It was a special treat to see my friend Diane playing her Irish flute in the Tara Minstrels (she looks better playing the fife). But the what actually brought us to Milford today was hiking in the Delaware Water Gap National Park – one of the most visited national parks in the United States. We hiked the Hackers Trail with a nice waterfall and the Cliff Trail with wonderful views. These trails were wide, easy to follow and scenic. I love the Delaware Water Gap.
June 10, 2017
City Green Strawberry Festival, Clifton, New Jersey
This festival is one day a year – sort of like Brigadoon
I love strawberries! So do a lot of other people based on the turn out for the City Green Strawberry Festival this weekend! City Green is an urban farm in Clifton, NJ with a mission to teach others how to design and implement urban farms for nutrition and fun. Throughout the year City Green has numerous special events to accomplish their mission including the Strawberry Festival in June – which includes goat petting, chicken watching, activities for children, tours of their organic farm and a farm stand selling the crops grown there – I bought savory (which I never tried before), mixed greens and onions. The farm stand workers even gave me instructions on how to use the savory (I sauteed it), The day was wonderfully organized, the workers, interns and volunteers enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the weather perfect -all this made for a great day.
And what would a strawberry festival be without strawberry ice cream? City Green supplied Sip and Swirl in Little Falls (a place I need to try) with the strawberries, and Sip and Swirl turned them into smooth, very strawberry ice cream – (definitely the best tasting way to get our “five-a-day” fruits and veggies!). We sat on benches enjoying live music while we ate it. Now I have to wait another year to get that great strawberry ice cream again.
April 22, 2017
Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company at Market Street Grocery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Open all year
This is the first time I have been in Pittsburgh – and it is an interesting city. Three Rivers Park has great walking paths right along the rivers, with numerous sculptures (including one dedicated to
Mr. Rodgers). I am not sure how far the paths go, but we saw serious looking bikers on them, so I assume they go pretty far. The University of Pittsburgh has classrooms decorated for different nationalities in their Cathedral of Learning (worth the trip!). Downtown Pittsburgh has some really interesting architecture, such as the PPG Industries glass buildings (I guess they should not throw stones), a street fair and a Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company counter located in Market Street Grocery.
Market Street Grocery is a small, compact shop with a lot of good-looking food, groceries, baked goods, a coffee bar, a wine bar and an ice cream counter, We skipped the coffee, baked goods and groceries, but enjoyed both the wine and the ice cream. The wine bar is located in a comfortable room in the back of the shop – we happily sampled various wines here. But the best feature of the shop was the Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company counter! We were told the ice cream was made downstairs, which I assume they meant literally. Their website says their ice cream is “fun and funky” which is an accurate description. I had Peanut Butter and Jelly and Strawberry Peach Sangria. The sangria ice cream had a sweet flavor and a texture that was almost a mix of a Italian ice and ice cream, it was very enjoyable. I assume the sangria came from the wine room in the back of the shop. The Peanut Butter and Jelly ice cream was a more traditional ice cream flavor and excellent – to me there can never be too much peanut butter in peanut butter ice cream! This was some of the best tasting ice cream I have had! We ate outside in the market square where we could enjoy live music and people watch. There is a small amount of inside seating and as well.
May 29, 2017
Holsten’s, Bloomfield, New Jersey
Open all year
Today is Memorial Day – a day set aside to remember the men and women who died defending our freedom thus and enabling us to do fun things like write ice cream blogs. I feel a great gratitude to them and their families – in a way words cannot adequately express. Thank you to all the service men and women who defend us everyday – and thank you to their families. You are all appreciated.
Following a parade, and a visit to the beautiful rose garden in Brookdale Park, we visited Holsten’s in Bloomfield, New Jersey (I wonder if they considered calling it Holstein’s instead?) Upon entering the shop, three things grabbed my attention – the beautiful chocolate candy counter, the fabulous looking ice cream bar and a plethora of stuffed animals. I assume the stuffed animals were for sale, but we so wanted to set one on our table to join us for lunch. The back of the shop has a cafe/restaurant adorned with more stuffed animals and plaques for all the Reader’s Choice and other awards they have won over the last few years (well deserved). Seating is in comfortable booths, which gave the place a fun atmosphere. The service was a bit slow, but fortunately we were not in a rush. The restaurant offers sandwiches and burgers (nothing fancy, just good food) and ice cream (more fancy, also good food). The ice cream is home made, creamy and tasty. I had a coffee sundae with Rum Raisin and Coffee Chip ice cream. The flavor, especially of the rum raisin was superb, as was the presentation. This place is worth a visit!