ever look around for an ice cream shop lately? i bet you’d be hard pressed to find one, or at least the one you’re looking for.
last week, while i was still in california, i was doing nothing with one of my friends when i had an urge to have some ice cream. i didn’t want yogurt (too healthy!) nor did i desire any gelato (too icey!). i just wanted some good ol’ fashioned creamy goodness. in particular, i was craving for some ben and jerry’s. one of my (many) pet peeves about toronto is that there are only two B&J locations in the city – not to mention no haagen daaz’s – and i was looking forward to coming to a country where both were plentiful.
but on this afternoon when all i wanted was mint chocolate chunk, did i get any? a resounding no is my answer. in the end, we called up a couple places and drove across town, only to discover that the B&J location at The Block had closed down – and was set to reopen as a yogurt shop in the fall! in a hopeless moment, i suggested going to the nearest gas station, and unbelievably ended up satisfying my craving with a B&J cherry garcia bar at the local 7 eleven. pathetic!
all of you who know me might be wondering – what happened to the pinkberry lover? well, of course i love pinkberry! and yogurtland isn’t half bad, either. but sometimes, all i want is some ice cream. this past winter, i had triple chocolate chip ice cream everyday for a month, in the midst of snow and subzero temperatures. yogurt just wouldn’t have cut it.
so, here i am, and i demand: bring back the ice cream shops!! i love yogurt, but surely they can coexist.