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i didn’t know national ice cream month was a thing until elena mentioned it on twitter and i found it on her blog. (thank you, elena xoxo) so what better excuse to splurge on ice cream every single day for an entire month?! (okay, maybe not every day.) JULY WAS THE BEST MONTH. you should know: i consumed more ice cream this past month than i have in the past year. and that may or may not be because i’m in new york city, which has too many delicious ice cream places. in celebration, i decided to send a love letter to all the ice cream places i visited this past month. (also because elena is now an assistant to jenny han, who is the author of to all the boys i’ve loved before.’ it’s a pun – if you didn’t catch that. DUH.)
i definitely came here way too many times. i mean, there’s never too much love but maybe there is too much love. you’re known for your notorious shaved ice and although technically it doesn’t count as “ice cream,” i’m going to make an exception – for you. i’ve seen too many beautiful photos of people posting their colorful buckets (literally they are huge) of ice topped with who knows what to make the combination of PERFECTION. i had to come to you; it was my #1 task upon entering the city. however when our paths finally collided, i was left a little disappointed. i love you, but you’re a bit too sweet and a bit too large for my preference. please don’t take it personally.
i stumbled upon you as a (sort of) accident. i hope you feel the most special because you were the ice cream i had on national ice cream day. you are also (one of) my favorite(s). i stepped into your store and was surrounded by a crowd of your adoring fans. once i finally tasted the green tea flavor (which is my all-time favorite ice cream flavor), i understood their obsession. looking at all your other flavors made my eyes turn to hearts and my heart to melt (which kinda means: i’m crying) traveling to your store was worth the time and money. xoxoxo.
with my first scoop of your legendary “milk soft serve,” i was left… confused. i couldn’t understand how on earth i was eating frozen – and yet delicious – milk and cereal. you blew my mind. i could not comprehend it. as i was finishing my cup of soft serve, i found more cereal at the bottom of the cup and was overjoyed. since then, i’ve visited your multiple stores multiple times. i brought many of my friends to your (tiny) palace of celebration.
i’m bending all the rules now aren’t i? technically speaking, you’re not even an ice cream shop. you have soft serve because the ingredients only contain fruit, water, and a touch of organic cane sugar. you’re missing the cream in ice CREAM. buuuut i still consider you as “ice cream.” #sorrynotsorry <3 anyway, i'm going to be frank with you: you're quite overhyped and a bit overpriced. but since you're in union square, nearly three blocks away from the studios, i visit you before class, during lunch, and after class. you disappointed me a few times (not opening the store in the morning when it CLEARLY says the business hours are open), but i'll forgive you.
oh, morgenstern’s. i’ve seen your PERFECT scoops on instagram waaaaaay too many times. you basically forced me to come and forced me to be a “cone” person. before you, i was “cups” ALL THE WAY. i hope you feel like you’ve accomplished something. your old school ambiance and artsy tile floors bring me so much joy. it also doesn’t hurt that there’s a beautiful mural right across from your store. you made me an ice cream lover, and because of that i will never forget you and your flawless features.
before arriving at your store, i hadn’t even known you sold ice cream. i was under the impression that sprinkles only sold cupcakes, but alas, i was wrong (and thank goodness for that). i purchased a scoop of pistachio (another one of my favorite flavors) in a waffle cone, but instantly regretted it after my sister announced her order: red velvet in a red velvet cone. a rookie mistake, but you know what that means? another excuse to go to your store and try the other flavor. the pistachio was still delicious, making me want to come back to you.
i passed by your truck and walked away at first glance. but wait, my sister did a double take and nearly forced me back. she’s been wanting to try your unique creamery ever since she found out about your existence. your concept is beautiful and perfect: ice cream in a tube of ~something~ in the shape of the letter ‘j.’ if the ice cream melts, it’ll ideally fall into the tube and you won’t need to worry about quickly shoving everything into your mouth before it melts. it’s also the perfect size for a snack, not too filling and not too tiny. meeting you was serendipity.
okay, you may be my favorite but i can’t decide if it’s because i consumed you today (hence the delay of this post) or because you’re actually the best. regardless, i’ve saved the BEST for last. originally, i wasn’t going to walk into your store. (i was with a group of others who weren’t in the mood for ice cream *scoff*) but as i was making my trek back home, i stopped and made a detour back to your steps. i knew i was going to seriously regret it if i didn’t. after reading all the people rave about your homemade scoops, i was sure i made the right decision. the flavor, however, was a struggle i didn’t see coming. i usually choose green tea without question, but lychee, black sesame, thai tea, and more…. how could i decide? everyone says those are delicious as well! playing it safe, i still got green tea. but next time, i’ll be back for your other flavors. <333