sweets and treats

Ok…I didn’t forget about the NYC restaurant weekly review thing. I did say, however, that I am lazy. I do have two very different places to review and they are both tasty! (one is VEGAN and one is certainly not!)

I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that people in NYC are sometimes a**holes. (Crap! Can I say that on here?!) Granted, you may have known this already because there are a multitude of reasons to think that. I was referring to the fact that sometimes we will be convinced, like the hipster idiots we are, to spend a ton of money on something because it’s “organic” or “green”. I am guilty of this – BUT this time, it was totally worth it. (and let’s be honest, a lot of times it IS worth it because it’s tasty and good for you but the whole time you’re eating your grass-fed burger you can’t help but think it’s so freaking expensive and how you’re kind of an idiot for buying it)

Enter the fancy, pretentious organic ICE CREAM TRUCK! If you are a NYC resident chances are you’ve seen one of these around town. The company is called VAN LEEUWEN ARTISAN ICE CREAM and they drive around town in big, yellow trucks. Recently, one of these trucks has made it’s permanent summer residence around the corner from my workplace, in front of the Standard Hotel in Manhattan. Conveniently located right off the Highline and also in a neighborhood where people have lots of $$ to spend.


Here is a photo of their truck I found online. So last week everyone at work kept coming back with ice cream and talking about this truck. It was one of those killer 89 degree days so I took a stroll around the corner to track down the EARL GREY ICE CREAM everyone was talking about. They also have other, pretentious flavors such as: Red Currant, Ginger, Hazelnut and something called Giandujia.


Here is my delicious, melting cone. I must say, the EARL GREY rocked my tastebuds. It was amazing. And they are actually reasonably priced when compared with other ice cream places in town:

Van Leeuwen Small: $3.95 (which was a good amount for me)

Red Mango Small (no topping): $2.95

Mister Softee Small Cone: $1.95

So despite the fact that it seems pretentious, the company is really good. They only use “paper products” made from sugar cane husks and corn husks, and they donate money to charities. Their ice cream is also truly delicious so I suggest sucking it up and getting one next time you feel like a piece of frozen heaven.

Here is their cute, yet flash heavy site: http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/


Also on a completely UNRELATED note, a few of us had a Harry Potter themed dinner party to celebrate the midnight release of the the new movie Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. We made things like “Quaffle Pie” and “Sirius Black Beans and Rice“. 

By far the best was the topping Jed and Elias made for their sundaes – a picture is worth 1,000 words:





  1. Never thought ice cream could be such a stuck up McSnootnik-esque asshole. But I’m in the city quite a bit so I’ll have to try this.

    But with a name like Van Leeuwen will I have to wear a tie to this ice cream truck?

    Anyway, good times!

  2. This ice cream is totally decent- had the ginger one a couple weeks ago. Razor blade sprinkles? Came close to that once going to an all you can eat buffet at Ponderosa in Cleveland when I was eight. Found a broken razor blade in my pizza slice! My mom picked it off and told me to keep eating! Wild!!

  3. Who is your mom? Tura Satana? Did she eat it to not let it go to waste? Wow.

    Anyway…Razor Blade Sprinkles do exist…Well actually they’re more like thumbtacks.

    PA based Comedy/Pro Wrestling promotion Chikara has a tag team called Los Ice Creams. They have a fabricated story that in MexiCali (where they’re supposedly from…In reality they’re 2 of the top guys in the promotion just goofing around) they’re called Los Helados Atomicos…AKA The Atomic Ice Creams!

    Part of their gimmick is that not only are they Ice Cream people but…THEY’RE JERKS! And kinda like a Mick Foley/Cactus Jack would throw thumbtacks on the mat & slam someone, they throw Ice Cream Sprinkles on the ground & slam people on them to the same if not more of a dramatic effect.

    Here’s a video of one of the Ice Creams getting a taste of his own medicine… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBeOQExmI-0&feature=related

    Oddly enough I have a Los Ice Creams story.

    Me & some friends set out to Reading, PA to see them get a tag title shot. For the drive I put together a CD of all real Ice Cream Truck music. On the Garden State Parkway we were actually being trailed by a real Ice Cream Truck. Once we got to the toll our music was so loud that he couldn’t help but notice & give us the nastiest stare I’ve had in awhile.

    Whatta jerk. Like I was selling ice cream cream out of my car & stealing his sales!

    Anyway…I won’t get into what happened with me during the U.S. Ape vs. MosCow match that evening. Another time…when Gorilla Burgers or a Communist related restaurant is reviewed on here.

  4. Excellent review, Erika. I am sort of in a wierd relationship with ice cream. It all stems back to working at a Friendly’s for about 5 yrs. So I love reeeallly good ice cream the few times a year I might get a craving.

    Incidentally, do you remember Sarah Lohman’s ice cream form her BFA that she made? that shit was good. her ginger was subtle

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