Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Treat Time

OH MY GOD. It's summer! Did you know that? Because I kind of forgot. But then I remembered this week when it started to get ridiculously hot out, like really hot - to the point where the only thing I can do to keep my mind off the heat is a have a sweet treat, something that tastes so absurdly delicious that I forget I'm sweating while standing in place. Preferably one of the cooler kind.  Below are a few such treats brought to you by mother and I.

As I have mentioned before Kilwin's in Charlevoix is one of our favorite places to go for sweet treats or ice cream. There are sooo many yummy things to choose from!

When daughter comes to visit we always pick something with dark chocolate.

These are GIANT peanut butter cups, I think only a 12 year old that is playing lots and lots of sports could eat one of these.

I was lucky and caught them making fudge one day. Lots of butter, sugar, chocolate, vanilla and other special ingredients. Mackinac Island is famous for making fudge and it has be transported over here to the mainland. Fudge making started on Mackinac Island in the years following the Civil War. It has remained a tradition ever since.

The fudge being poured out on a marble slab, this helps it cool.

Adding walnuts!

So yummy!

But this is my all time favorite treat, Chocolate Jordan Almonds. An almond in the center, covered in chocolate, then a hard candy coated shell, the almonds makes it healthy right?

They look so pretty in milk glass candy dishes, but they don't last very long!

Our view walking back home with our treats in hand. Sunset and the Charlevoix lighthouse.

...And now we're back in New York where I have been slowly dying. Melting, more specifically due to the nearly 100 degree weather going on for almost a week now. I might have mentioned that earlier in the post.  Luckily, the ice cream has not melted! And there's are lots icy spots to choose from. Van Leewen is like a gourmet version of the good humor truck - just with slightly more sophisticated flavors. They even serve it in biodegradable utensils! So their truck. 

Behold: the crowds clamor to get their fix on Bleecker Street. 

The aforementioned sophisticated flavors - kettle candied ginger!

As you may or may not be able to tell food trucks (and in the summa-time fancy ice cream trucks in particular) are big doings in the city. Kelvin's Natural Slush Co. truck is one of the many, definitely a goodie. They sell slushies.   

A close-up of the Coolhaus truck.  Natural, organic, homemade and with flavors like Olive Oil Rosemary and Candied Bacon, which are nuts. And their sandwiches are based on the designs of Bauhaus and Rem Koolhaus. Ponder that while you snack. 

The most beautiful Balsamic Fig and Marscapone ice cream on a Oatmeal Raisin cookie sandwich you've ever seen. And my hand.

People's Pops, a cute little stand on the High Line and in a couple other locales, sells fresh fruit popsicles and shaved ice. It's adorable. 

Homegirl serving up shaved ice handles her next customer. I believe what's she's saying is  "slow your roll."  

Note: you will never be allowed to get chocolate or vanilla in NYC. Fancy flavors only. Except at Mister Softie. Their soft serve is diviiiine. 

I bet this lady will have the best arms by the end of summer. So toned. I took these pictures a month ago, they probably looks like Serena Williams' by now. Work it girl!


KP said...

Don't know how you guys stay so slim.....great photos, love the commentary. I could go for one of those fancy flavored ices right now!

felicia said...

MMM...I want a Coolhaus sandwich. and jordan almonds. and Mackinac fudge...

obviously this is my favorite post so far–besides the one that features our cozy Broome apartment :)

Unknown said...

HOT fun in the summertime!

Mitch said...

I could go for all of this right now! Looking forward to more great blogs!

Debra said...

Ooooooh, please post more. I love the photos of both Charlevoix and NYC. I miss my visits to the city, and Laura, your gardens and cottage are gorgeous this year. Your 4th of July table is just wow. Makes me want to visit both Cottage and Broome.

a2susan said...

I am thrilled to find out that you are now blogging! Great pictures, I think I've gained a few pounds just looking at the food!

abeachcottage said...

So many lovely sweet treats! Thanks so much for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

mim said...

Yum, we had VanLeeuwen ice cream in Williamsburg a few weeks back while visiting our daughter.

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