And all I want is an ice cream cake from Parm.
Here’s a familiar situation in my life: I’ve just finished dinner with a group of friends, and we’re trying to figure out what follows. Someone will volunteer ice cream, because my *real* friends know that I love ice cream. I don’t even have to say “I want ice cream” after meals anymore. They already know. But maybe there’s a new friend who doesn’t know me as well, or there’s a friend of a friend, who will pipe up with a suggestion: Il Laboratorio del Gelato? Grom?
Someone will shake their head knowingly. “Amy doesn’t like gelato.”
This past Sunday, July 11, was the 2015 Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus, one of a series of themed Takedown events (others include the Chili Takedown and the Mac-and-Cheese Takedown). The $20 ticket promised unlimited ice cream, so obviously I was there.
New York City is the most crowded city in the U.S., so it’s a magical time when it empties out, as it does during major holidays.
So, a few friends and I spent July 4 meandering around Flatiron and Chelsea, marveling at the empty streets. I did a lot of window shopping, and a little actual purchasing at Flying Tiger.
Flying Tiger is a Danish home goods/knickknack store, reminiscent of a certain other Scandinavian home goods store known for selling design-savvy products at low prices. It also reminded me of Kikkerland, another Scandinavian-esque (it was founded in NYC by a Dutchman) knickknack store. Though smaller than IKEA and more practical than Kikkerland, Flying Tiger offers items in the same style of affordability and charm. Do I need a giant clothespin, or an egg timer shaped like ice cream? Absolutely not, but the fun of the store is being delighted as you pass those items up for the more practical ones. Flying Tiger is an excellent place to find a quirky gift or party knickknacks.
We followed Flying Tiger with Fishs Eddy, a kitchen/home goods store featuring vintage Americana designs. I was unsurprised to spot several items that I’d seen in my apartment—of course E.S. owns items from this charming-quirky store! I guess you could say Fishs Eddy is affordable; however, I don’t think I’ll be able to spend $11.95 on a single plate until I’m out of my twenties. I’m still using pieces from the Corelle set I bought when I was in college. Stores like Fishs Eddy are for people who are settled down with tastefully decorated homes, people who own things like tablerunners and coasters. Adults.
Even though I’m still stuck in college-kid mode when it comes to home furnishings and decor, I liked Fishs Eddy and will probably return to get some bar supplies. Or, to pull the trigger on some ice cream cone-shaped cups.
July is National Ice Cream Month. July 19 is National Ice Cream Day 2015. It is your duty as an American to observe appropriate ceremonies and activities, i.e. eat ice cream.
Leave it to E.S. to bring some finely crafted paper products to my attention. This morning she sent me a link to a round-up of ice cream-themed stationery on Paper Crave, a letterpress blog that she follows.
Cute, right? It’s enough to make me want to regularly correspond with people via snail mail.