Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sodapop Serenades

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Paris Je T'aime shirt, Tibi Scandanavian-looking skirt, vintage Coach bag, Chinese Maryjane slippers
When I was little, I had such a strong connection to the American Girl Doll series. In some ways, it was my first real encounter with the concept of history. It was the first time I learned about the effects of The Great Depression, the Underground Railroad, World War II, and many other historical events. Molly McIntire’s stories were always my favorite and I awaited the arrival of my 8th birthday when my grandma bought me the doll. Molly has bangs, knew who she was, hated math, but loved to read. 
My friends and I always dissect the idea of sharing a milkshake. Milkshake-sharing makes for the cutest date, like in a diner scene from a black and white flick, or even that part in Pulp Fiction. Whenever I think of old-fashioned ice cream shops of today, I immediately think of Brooklyn Farmacy and Sodashop in Carroll Gardens. I felt like I was in an American Girl doll movie, transported back in time with The Andrew Sisters-style music playing in the background, the white hats with red piping that the waitresses wear that look like ones worn in diners of the 1940’s and 1950’s, and the quaint décor. Brooklyn Farmacy gets its name from the fact it used to be an actual pharmacy; all of the shelving was kept from the original building. It's also the only spot in Brooklyn with it’s own working soda fountain! The only thing missing is rollerskates. Yes, the waitresses should definitely be wearing rollerskates.
When our adorable waitress brought us our menus, I was overwhelmed to say the least. The menus at Brooklyn Farmacy change seasonally but basically any soda float or ice cream sundae that you can imagine is on it. Everything used in the shop is from local Brooklyn purveyors, too. It’s moments like these where I wish I was Adam Gertler (he has that show on The Food Network called Kid in the Candy Store)… Brooklyn Farmacy would obviously make the cut. It was tough passing up the hibiscus soda float and a mocha milkshake, but my family and I narrowed it down to the “Sundae of Broken Dreams”: vanilla ice cream and pretzels, with caramel and fudge and the “Red  Velvet Twinkle” which was a locally made red velvet twinkie split in half with a scoop of coffee, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream stuffed inside it. C’mon! It doesn’t get much better than a red velvet twinkie!!
The "Red Velvet Twinkle"
The "Sundae of Broken Dreams"
In the back of Brooklyn Farmacy is a table for larger groups. There is a giant vintage juke box, lots of vintage board games, and type writers scattered around. I was having a total Molly McIntire moment. I could see her in the 1940’s getting a soda float and playing the board games with her friends here afterschool.
  Brooklyn Farmacy& Sodashop; 718-522-6260; 513 Henry Street (at Sackett Street).
Oh, also, take this really amusing quiz from Hairpin to find out which American Girl Doll shaped the rest of your life here.
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daisy Chains

Cue in summer playlists, flip flops, and lots of ice cream, because school is finally over. Last weekend, I went to my friend’s country house in New Jersey. I have many preconceptions about New Jersey (perhaps, I can attribute this to shows like The Real Housewives of New Jersey). Mainly, that it is Suburbia and I would go crazy living there, and that there isn’t much else to do there other than go to the mall.  But my visit to New Jersey last weekend really broadened my perspective of how I view New Jersey. The area in which my friend's house was was this adorable small town--population of maybe 40 families, and her house and the neighboring ones cluster around one particularly beautiful woods so it is much more remote than the typical New Jersey town. Staying there for the weekend, I had no sense of time and it was actually really nice??

Cutest fireplace!
We went wandering in the woods a lot, sometimes barefoot, collecting flowers, and feeling all ethereal and nymph-like, while the rain beat down on us. Going with our summer, country vibes, we stuck some of our found daises in our hair, while others we brought back with us to pretty-up the house.

During our weekend stay we did lots of girly, sleepover things like painting our nails with rad disco ball nail polishes, signing yearbooks, and almost had a séance while playing Clue. One of these activities even included dyeing a strand of my friend’s blonde hair blue.
Mozzarella, fresh-picked basil, olive oil, and vinegar on french bread

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

To go along with our ice cream, I purchased some refreshing rose-infused iced tea.
Doug Quint, an adorable gay bassoonist who owns BGIC was looking for something fun to do one summer and bought an old Mr. Softee truck. There are a few noticeable differences between Doug and Mr. Softee. For one, you won’t find that classic jingle playing from his truck. Instead, you might hear some Cha-Cha music blasting. Doug has converted this American Classic into something more elevated and playful. Among the flavors offered in the truck is Chocolate with Cayanne pepper and Berries and Saba.
Vanilla soft serve with olive oil and sprinkled salt
One of my favorite ice cream flavors of all-time is olive oil, which to some might sound nasty but it’s actually super yummy. Big Gay’s version was Mr. Softee vanilla ice cream with olive oil and sea salt drizzled on top in a cone, which was unlike any olive oil ice cream I had had because typically it is mixed in, but there’s was still good, just really messy to eat. Next time I want to try the “Gobbler”: a vanilla sundae with pumpkin butter, graham cracker, dried cranberries and whipped cream.

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