Friday, July 10, 2009
Flashback Friday ~ Ice Cream Memories
For my flashback this week I am putting in a shameless plug for my virtual Ice Cream Social that will be this weekend (July11-12th). Please share any ice creamed themed related post! I will have Mr. Linky up tonight (Friday), but you are free to add your link at any time this weekend. Your favorite homemade ice cream recipes would be awesome, but I'd also love to hear or see about your favorite recipe containing store bought ice cream, your favorite ice treats bought either at a restaurant or store, you ice cream dishes & tablescapes, someone you love eating ice cream, your favorite ice cream memories...really anything goes as long as it's ice cream related!
So on to the flashback..Ice Cream related of course! I'm flashing back to the summer of 1990. I was in Law School and spent 6 weeks in a summer program at the University in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. If there ever was an ice cream town Aix is definitely one! Its a beautiful little city that dates back to Roman times and it's also a vacation destination for many Frenchman. It's not a flashy fast paced place.....the biggest pasttime seemed to be sitting at a cafe on the famed Cours Mirabeau, people watching and eating ice cream...and not just any icecream. These were huge masterpieces piled high in icy cold metal bowls. Some so fancy they had sparklers sticking in them when brought to the table. I wish I had a photo of some of those fantastic ice cream dishes but here is one of the famous Cours Mirabeau...I'm sure one of those cafe tables has some ice cream on it! I need to add that I didn't take this photo! But it is beautiful isn't it?
Ice cream was everywhere that summer and I grew to love one flavor more than any other..a flavor that was especially hard to find once I returned home to the United States. Especially hard if I wanted to best of the best....Italian Gelato. Hands down the Italians make the best ice cream on the face of the earth. I recently found some pretty good Pistachio Gelato at the grocery store.
Not exactly the Cours Mirabeau....but the taste does bring me back!
Please go check out all of the great posts at Designs by Gollum...she hosts Foodie Friday. This is my submission this week!