….ice cream? gelato?… it’s all good!

“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream on your plate.  Thornton Wilder (1897 – 1875)

Italy GELATOWhile visiting Italy a few years ago, one of my travel buddies was really into Gelato, the Italian version of ice cream that just bursts with flavor.  As we visited each village, town, city (neighborhood), she had to sample the local gelato.

It was all Very Scientific.

Occasionally, we helped her with difficult research tasks (which flavor was better? which Gelato shop required Further Testing – the one up the street we tried this morning, or the one on the corner sampled after lunch?)

‘Twas Very Educational… (& also YUMMY!)

As a skinny young thing, i always maintained that Ice Cream was one of the major food groups (Vegetables, Proteins, Fruits, Nuts, Grains… & ICE CREAM!!)  My sister & i would run 7 – 10 miles (my ‘training’ for Cross Country & the 2-mile in high school track)  & then end up at the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop in downtown Williamsburg to re-energize.

hmmmn, what’s all this about ice cream, Virginia? Fighting continues in Mali, disease continues to ravage the already-afflicted, violence takes more victims each minute & it’s been raining here THE WHOLE WEEK.  Bleak skies, bleak vistas – drip, drip, drip.

Kinda depressing.  It’s not that i don’t like winter, but, at least a glimpse of the Sun? every now & then? Before the Grays turn into a Bad Case of the Blues (it’s also COLD, the damp kind that increases the Blues Factor significantly) …this might be a good time to indulge a little.  God does expect us to Do The Practical stuff, you know, to cheer up?

Try adding a bit of Ice Cream on your plate….

i realize while having a bad case of The Blues eating ice cream may not seem like a Good Idea (must control those urges to Eat The Whole Carton) … but if you have just a small scoop, see if savoring each delectable spoonful doesn’t serve as a tasty spirit-lifter-upper antidote to The Blues.

It often works for me, especially when you add CHOCOLATE – like Trader Joe’s Midnight Moo chocolate sauce ( it’s organic even)  heated up a little, drizzled over the top with a wee bit of whipped cream (only 10 calories/ dollop) with a few peanuts (added protein)… ah.

Delightful. Delectable. Delicious.

(Note: to reduce the Guilt Factor for those voluptuous curves, Brusters has the most amazing No Sugar Added/Fat Free Caramel Swirl ice cream.  We get it regularly for my Papa, who is diabetic, but i totally like it — with a few embellishments :  )

An excellent tonic for The Blues (or challenging days, In General.)

If adding Ice Cream to your plate doesn’t work, consider  a trip to Florence to check out the views (in between gelato tastings :  )

ITALY Florence

grace, peace & GELATO Groupies

Virginia : )

p.s. since it is Rather Cold & ice cream is COLD (ice? as in ‘iced creamy substance’ connotes coldness as part of the taste experience…) consider putting ice cream on your plate — with a Hot Chocolate “chaser.”   ooooooooooh. aaaahhhhhhhhh.

bye, bye blues… hello Happiness(!)  (ok, ok, so this happiness got a little help – but God did give us Ice Cream & Hot Chocolate to enjoy – like Beauty – to lift our spirits!?! :  )

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2 Responses to ….ice cream? gelato?… it’s all good!

  1. jaymers says:

    Oh, I love gelato! And every flavor (nearly) has a place in my heart. Mmm.

    • Virginia says:

      what’s so funny – when i lived in Dar es Salaam, i frequented an Italian deli near my home (frequently : ) Kind of like their ‘best customer’ – 1st name basis & all that (my 20 pound gain attributed to enjoying delectables sent directly from Italy.). Well, they opened a gelato shop & asked my (barbaric American) opinion before the Grand Opening. At that time i complained ’twas not as creamy as Ben & Jerry’s ?? This, prior to my Love Affair with Gelato (helped along by my gelato crazed travel buddy ! : )

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