Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Simple Pleasures: An Ice Cream Cone on A Sunny, Fall Day

Sometimes it's the little things in life...this week, I found myself running an errand in front of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. I never paid much attention to Loard's Ice Cream before as I always favored the very popular (and crowded) Fenton's or the Ice Creamery. But, this kitchy pink parlor complete with an older couple having mid-afternoon sundaes in glass dishes beckoned me on this sunny day. Turns out Loards is a local chain making handmade ice cream in San Francisco since the 1950s. I've seen a few stores and parlors- all in the bright pink decor but today, there was something special and sentimental about walking in and ordering a single scoop on a sugar cone. I realized it was probably several years since I've had an ice cream cone. And, I've decided for my birthday, I am going to request that my family join me for a traditional sundae at an ice cream parlor.

I even knew what flavor I wanted before I went in and sure enough- they had it. So, with a generous scoop of peanut butter fudge, I enjoyed this fall afternoon complete with a messy face and sticky fingers. So much more enjoyable that the dainty cup.

When was the last time you had an actual ice cream cone?


Anita said...

Ah, the last time was at my local Loard's over here in Oakland. They have excellent strawberry ice cream and I also enjoy a good scoop of butter brickle (it was my uncle's favorite). I know of the Castro Valley location and recently also found a San Lorenzo (I think) location. Maybe we should encourage them to go nationwide.

Lauren said...

Oh butter brickle was one of my nonno's favorites! Yum!

annie said...

I believe Loards started in San Leandro (their website says "San Francisco bay area"). I am 99% sure my mom went into labor with me at the Loards on Wayne in San Leandro!!