I know – I’ve been so bad about updating things lately.
I feel like I’m still catching up from vacation two weeks ago!
But let me share with you one of my favorite things about Cape Cod. I love this place so much that I will drive 30 minutes just for the experience:
I was so excited about getting my ice cream that I couldn't keep the camera still!
Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville, MA. They’ve been in the biz for a few generations now. My uncle remembers going there as a kid. (although, he’s really not that much older than me.) I found out about this place on Food Network’s Unwrapped program. When I was staying in nearby Mashpee a few summers back, I drove around Centerville until I found this place. True to television, the line was out the door and around the building. (Just look at the pic above for glimpse of the crowd.) But the summer staff kids are PROS! The line moves at a wicked fast pace, and you never have to wait too long for some great, HOMEMADE ice cream.
The house specialty is their frozen pudding. But that has raisins in it – so I passed. I can’t remember what I had the first few summers I stopped by, but I remember that it was good enough to bring me back for more. My first trip there was to de-stress. I was on the verge of a vacation management meltdown, and the only thing that could save me was some frozen goodness. Last year, I took my niece for her first visit.
This year, I met up with my auntie Alicia, uncle Matt, and wicked cool cousins: Ken, Emily, & Stephen. It was a 1/2 way meeting point between us (perfect!). It was HIGHLY recommended that I try the Coconut Ice Cream. And it was worth the drive, let me tell you. Cool, creamy, with just enough “roughness” in the ice cream to get some of the shredded coconut texture. Wow. Thank you, Mercer gang for recommending what is a new favorite.
If you’re ever in Centerville, MA – you simply must make the detour on your way to or from Craigshead beach to check out the place locals go for the best ice cream around.
Beth and I decided to go South-of-the-Border for our latest I Scream 08 sampling. We split a fried ice cream at Grand Azteca after New Community last Wednesday. (yes, I am a posting slacker, thankyouverymuch).
Yum! I am a huge fan of the stuff. Not only is there Ice cream! But there is cinnamon, and fudge, and whipped topping, and sprinkles, and-And-AND: all wrapped in a crispy fried shell. Definitely a plus over waffle cones!!
I took a picture with my cell phone, but I don’t think it really does justice to the “Muy Bueno” ice cream!
Week two brought a twist to my summer ice cream challenge.
Went for a 3.5 mile hike the other night with miss Million and stopped at a little ice cream shack at our 1/2 way point.
Sometimes all you need is a simple soft-serve chocolate-vanilla twist to make your day.
And sometimes you need chocolate sprinkles (Jimmies) on that twist while you’re at it. 🙂
The walk to the ice cream stand was fast and brisk. We made great time and got a good rythm going. The walk back – not so much. At least not the first mile. We were too busy trying to keep all of the sprinkles from falling off the quickly melting cones. And we ordered mediums – thinking that’s what we saw other people eating. But they must have had smalls, because ours were huge.
Luckily, I wore a brown shirt – which successfully hid all of my ice cream drips. Poor Miss M looked like she’d been pelted by a flock of pigeons. She’ll know better next time, though.
For the second year, my friend Beth and I have set a summer challenge for ourselves. But we tend to have a slightly off-center mind set compared to most people we know.
The average person wants to exercise more, or look great in a bathing suit, or travel somewhere exotic…
Those goals are all good and noble. And I would like to achieve all of those as well. They play small roles in my master plan. But what I am really looking for is something that screams “Greatness”.
And that something, my friends, is the I Scream Summer challenge 2k8. Oh yes – for the length of summer (which began last Friday) Beth and I would like to try a new/different ice cream flavor each week. Now there’s a goal I can really get behind!
(Of course – it also has to tie in with my increased running goal or else I’ll just be really getting a big behind.) 🙂
So to kick off the season we went to Woolies in Rochester Hills for our first cones. Beth got Superman (a perennial favorite of hers). I opted for the guest flavor of the week: Cappucino Crunch. Sadly – I had to get it in a bowl instead of a cone since it was a little too soft.
Overall – 3.5 stars. It was good, but not great. (Although the company was fabulous!) Maybe the cone would have bumped it up a little.
Any suggestions of great flavors or ice cream stands are gratefully accepted. It’s a tough goal – and I hope to really stretch myself as a human being this summer.
ed. note: Stretching myself this summer hopefully only applies to my potential for fun – and not my waistline! 🙂