Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Evening? Ice Cream!

June is dairy month.  I am a former dairy farmer's wife.  That sounds pretty old fashioned.  The title "A Farmwife" sounds sexist.  I can't claim that I was a dairy farmer, though.  I never milked the cows.  I squeegied the milkhouse floor, shoved the hay up to the cows, fed calves, scraped the mangers, unloaded hay, pulled out calves (out of the cow's womb), mowed the farmyard lawn, picked stones, kept the financial records, wrote out checks to pay bills, cleaned the backs of manure with a scraper, managed a vegetable garden which fed the family, pitched out stalls, etc. I guess I did everything but milk the cows and drive tractors regularly.

 This blog post will be about ice cream which is made from milk.  I think though, I might better have put frozen desserts in the title.

Tonight I set out to photograph something I noticed the other day while at the park.  The subject is mildly creepy.  I know the location of a deceased sea gull, which is underwater!  I could not get the prized creepy shot tonight, because the water was too choppy.  My chance will come.  I had my camera with me so I thought I would document the choices for ice cream pleasure here in the Chosen Spot, Canandaigua, NY.

My first choice is Muar House.  They make their own ice cream and Gelato.   They have done some marvelous decorating, using teal blue in one of the dining rooms.  Sandwiches and soup is also on the menu. This is the view of the lake from the Muar House, followed by a shot of the Muar House.

I had my first gelato in 2004 in Italy(I am a cultured snob ;-).  So, while it is not technically ice cream, it has won me over.  It has less fat, so I feel less guilt and I enjoy my treat more.  I especially like the ambiance of Kershaw Park, here, along the lake. I had this donatello (he was a famous artist/sculptor in Italy)

I love THE famous grocery store Wegmans.  But, like many corporations they want a piece of every pie.  Must be a few years ago the corporate big wigs sat around and said, "Look at that- Muar House and Scoops(I will get to them) make money every summer. Hell, that money should be ours!"  "We need to have a piece of that ice cream action."  Consequently they have tried to create the ice cream parlor atmosphere between the checkout, and as you can see, the produce.  How stupid is that?

This grocery store is on Lakeshore drive.  It is very lame, in my opinion.

Before Muar house there has been Scoops, for many years.  Their ice cream is very good.  One can walk across the street to Kershaw Park and eat it up.  My grand daughter and I went last year.  She ordered strawberry and relished every bite.

There are still a few more choices to review.  On the other side of  Lakeshore drive is Abbott's Frozen Custard.  I am curious, I wonder if frozen custard has eggs in it.  It might, as that is the definition of custard.  I used to go there more often.  I really liked a flavor that they used to have: white chocolate almond?  I am not sure, but whatever it was I would top it with nuts.  If you are on 332 traveling north you will pass another Abbotts.  It is tucked into a Tom Wahl's restaurant.  It is for the people who don't need to breath that  fresh lake air and gaze at the clouds while eating their summer treat.  The Abbotts on Lakeshore drive has some cool things, such a miniature lake behind it which attracts ducks.  A few weeks ago my daughter came over to my house with her little girl.  We went to Abbotts and sat by the little lake(Muar Lake).

My former boyfriend and his mother raved about Byrne Dairy Ice cream a few years ago.  It is not situated near water, but, the price is right.  That is why they were impressed with Byrne cones.  Huge cones for two dollars, and, it is real hard ice cream.  I am sure one could order a twist of soft ice cream if desired.  I prefer the hard ice cream or gelato.  The store is on main street, downtown.  I believe that Byrne is local to the upstate area, but I would have to confirm that.  When we drive through town, my daughter gets excited because she can read the sign.  She yells it out.  "Ice Cream!!"  That brought to mind a memory of my grandfather Gus, who loved to sing, "I scream, You scream, we all scream for ice cream!!"

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