The suburbs sure like their chain restaurants, don’t they? I mean, they’re everywhere!! Sure, in the city we have our fair share too, but we have far fewer Olive Gardens and Panera Breads, and many more independent restaurants.
Fortunately for us, Princeton, NJ has one of the most wonderful ice cream shops anywhere. The Bent Spoon made my day. After pounds and pounds of fro-yo, having real ice cream is a surreal experience. It’s kind of like thinking the programming on Cinemax after dark is the dirtiest stuff out there and then having the perv at your office show you British little person/giant fetish porn. In the BEST possible way. So, maybe it’s not like that at all. Turns out, it’s way better. (I still love you Culture, but sometimes, I need to hit up the hard stuff.)
With flavors like lavender mascarpone, salted caramel, peanut butter, avocado, and honey, I felt like I’d gone to the dairy neverneverland. Two spoons to the South (I-95) and straight on till morning! (or exit 8a) I think it almost did Tim in, he may be the single largest ice cream fan in the world. He can pack away a 1/2 gallon on his own if you let him. He would have no use for me if I just let him live there. Hmmmm, this might be a future plan. I wonder if they’re hiring?
Later on that night, we drove in to Philadelphia to introduce my daughter, Avalee, to my great aunt Avalee. Obviously, my aunt instantly fell in love with her tiny little namesake. We then did what we always do, which is open an absurdly priced bottle of red wine (her son is a master sommelier) and ate. My cousin is also a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, and made braised oxtail, potato puree, peas and carrots, and salad with homemade french bread. Yum.
Oh, and yes, LeeLee is wearing a tutu. She begged to, I promise.
By the way, if you are a Mets fan, going to Philadelphia on the day they clinch the East, is kind of depressing. Phillies fans EVERYWHERE. Smug bastards. (jk! Next year is TOTALLY our year!!) Later today…part 2 of the weekend of awesome. Most awesome? The 65F temps. I hate heat.