July 19, 2013 |
For a generation, the main spot to answer the scream for local ice cream in Philadelphia was Bassetts at the Reading Terminal Market. Then Italian-chic Capogiro entered the scene with its flavor-forward gelato, followed by Franklin Fountain, with its old-timey soda fountain. But over the last few years, those three big names have seen increasing competition as more small-batch, locally made ice cream appears in neighborhoods around the city. Weckerly's in West Philadelphia, which debuted this year, offers French-style ice cream with a luscious, custardlike quality from the inclusion of egg yolks.
July 19, 2013
The deal: Third-generation owner Christine Konowal has come a long way since her grandparents started the Roxborough ice-cream stand in 1955 offering only homemade vanilla and chocolate soft-serve. Homemade creamy goodness remains the family trademark in 21 hard ice-cream flavors plus shakes, cakes, sundaes and water ice. Konowal's sons, Shane and Sean, are the creamery's fourth generation. Details: 5461 Ridge Ave., open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, mid-March through mid-November, 215-487-1920, custardcakescreamery.com . Decor: A "Happy Days" retro exterior with outside seating on benches, chairs and the parking lot wall.
July 14, 2013 |
DORSET, Minn. - Supporters of the mayor in the tiny tourist town of Dorset can stuff the ballot box all they want as he seeks re-election. The mayor - a short guy - is known for his fondness of ice cream and fishing. And he's got the county's top law-enforcement official in his pocket. Say hello to Mayor Robert "Bobby" Tufts. He's 4 years old and not even in school yet. Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year as mayor of Dorset (population 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town)
July 12, 2013
The place: La Michoacana, 231 E. State St., Kennett Square, 610-444-2996. The deal: Homemade ice cream in flavors inspired by the Mexican palate, including avocado, corn, cantaloupe, coconut and banana. A small cup (two scoops) costs $2.50. Homemade frozen pops and bolis (push-ups) start at $1.50 and come in even more interesting flavors. Think spicy mango, rompope (eggnog), pico de gallo, cajeta (a thick, sweet, caramelized milk) and tropical fruits like tamarind, guava, passion fruit and nance.
July 10, 2013 |
Every summer for the last 37 years, Italiano's, a South Philadelphia landmark, has sold a South Philadelphia trademark: water ice. But this summer, the first-floor window of the Italiano home on South 12th Street has never opened to customers. The store, which once sported a hanging white sign reading "Italiano's" in red block letters, has consistently ranked as one of the best water ice and gelato shops in Philadelphia. After the sudden death of the owner's 52-year-old brother, Frankie Italiano, in February, the family decided to pay respects to Frankie and delay the shop's planned summer opening.
July 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is on to you. For the first time, the Agriculture Department is telling schools what sorts of snacks they can sell. The new restrictions announced Thursday fill a gap in nutrition rules that allowed many students to load up on fat, sugar, and salt despite the guidelines for healthy meals. "Parents will no longer have to worry that their kids are using their lunch money to buy junk food and junk drinks at school," said Margo Wootan, a nutrition lobbyist for the Center for Science in the Public Interest who pushed for the new rules.
June 28, 2013 |
Indulge your sweet tooth with endless ice cream flavors on Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Landing while supporting a good cause at the 15th annual Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. From noon to 6 p.m., under one huge pavilion, taste samples from your favorite ice cream companies including Breyers, Turkey Hill, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry, Philadelphia Water Ice Company, and more. Proceeds will go to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to help fight pediatric leukemia. The event is presented by the Joshua Kahan Fund.
June 27, 2013
The dish: The name of this annual event, now in its 15th year, is a mouthful. But so is the unlimited quantity of frozen treats you can consume for just seven dollars - $7! The deal: Go to Penn's Landing, look for the big white tent in the lot next to the Seaport Museum, pay, then line up at one of 20-some tables for scooped-to-order cups of Breyers, Haagen-Dazs, Bassett's, Turkey Hill, Ben & Jerry's and Jack & Jill, plus Philadelphia Water Ice, various frozen sweets on sticks and more.
June 21, 2013 |
SUMMERTIME for a typical 19-year-old kid usually includes lounging around, hanging with friends, and making the occasional trip for ice cream. As it turns out, Ryan Arcidiacono is not your typical 19-year-old. While he may still get to see his friends, and splurge on a little ice cream, the rising sophomore at Villanova had bigger things on his plate this June. Arcidiacono was one of 16 finalists selected to compete for a spot on the USA Basketball under-19 World Championship roster.
June 21, 2013
The deal: Damon Andreacchio toiled for 11 years at Morrone's Water Ice before opening his original Philly Flavors shop in Fairmount 12 years ago. (He has a second at 13th and Pine, and a third set to open in July on 19th Street near Market.) Details: 2004 Fairmount Ave., Open 9 a.m.-midnight, Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. 215-232-7748. Inside: A clean, bright, red-white-and-blue shop with computerized menu on video screens. Plus about 80 flavors every day. The wait: 5 to 10 minutes on a recent afternoon, more on a hot summer night.