2nd Street Creamery Ice Cream Picnic

I knew I would like  2nd Street Creamery ice cream before I even tasted it. I knew because I read their stories.

“We are more than just flavor, we are a physical and emotional journey that will transform your day from ordinary to extraordinary.”

I read each story, each flavor, and I was transported back to time and events with stories of my own. And then, the ice cream arrived. Eight pints, flavors hand-picked by me: Truck Stop Fudge, Black Hills Strawberry Rhubarb, Limerick Cherry Chocolate, Copper Kettle Caramel, Cannoli di Nonni, Almond Butter Hazelnut Fudge, Vanilla #178, and Sweet Ol’ Joe.

I’ve been wanting to host a little picnic along the Charles River with some of my friends, so having eight pints of premium ice cream (disclosure: 2nd Street Creamery provided me with all the ice cream) seemed like the perfect push to finally arrange a summer afternoon get-together.

The Charles River is one of my most beloved places in the whole world, and I feel so fortunate to live in Harvard Square so close to it. It was really nice to have a lazy afternoon there for an ice cream picnic. I invited a few of my friends, plus a little man who couldn’t wait to break into a pint:

There is something about ice cream, summer weather, and being outdoors that makes everyone really happy. We had such an enjoyable time, sharing snacks, catching up, and just enjoying the company of family and friends.

I polled everyone about their favorite flavors (mine was Copper Kettle Caramel) and while the Cannolli di Nonni had quite a few fans, the coffee flavor, Sweet Ole Joe, seemed like the sleeper hit! I guess coffee is one of those flavors that gets overlooked as an ice cream, but when done right, it’s pretty awesome.

In the 2nd Street Creamery website, they ask, “what’s your story?” I have a lot of fond memories about ice cream, and I want to share another cherished one: Eating ube ice cream with my Tito (Uncle) Raul. He’s my favorite uncle, and one who shares an almost identical palate with me, since we like so many of the same foods (except mayo – which I love and he hates).

(That’s him, slicing ham, with my sisters Patty and Monic)

When I was younger, Tito Raul and I would always eat ube ice cream, with its vibrant purple hue and unique taste, and we’d often top it with barquillos, sweet Filipino wafers shaped like thick straws. Sometimes I’d crumble the barquillos on top of my ice cream. Sometimes I’d prefer another topping, like macapuno (sweetened coconut strips) or garbanzos (sugary, syrupy chickpeas). But always, I savored the ube ice cream to the last drop. I look forward to seeing everyone whenever I come home to the Philippines, and I especially look forward to eating with Tito Raul. We haven’t had ube ice cream together in a long time, but I always remember those fun times when we used to.

So cheers to Tito Raul, and to the rest of my family and friends, who continue to create more sweet stories with me, one ice cream scoop at a time.

And thank you, 2nd Street Creamery, for the delicious ice cream and for reminding us that ice cream and happiness go hand in hand!


19 Responses to “2nd Street Creamery Ice Cream Picnic”

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    Daisy posted August 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    i love that you decided to throw a picnic with all these pints!!! everyone looks so happy. I have always been a big fan of coffee ice cream, coffee oreo even more!

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    Michelle Collins posted August 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    What a sweet post, and such a fun way to enjoy all that ice cream!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted August 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Oh I love that you had an ice cream picnic! What fun! Those flavors all sound so good and I love the memories that eating ice cream bring back for everyone.

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    Megan posted August 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Wow. That looks like quite the fiesta! I loved the cherry chocolate one.

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    Asmita posted August 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

    What a cute post! I love coffee ice cream.

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    Joanne posted August 9, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Ice cream is such an amazing thing. I swear it brings people together. As shown here. :)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted August 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Ice cream picnic = brilliant! Looks like it was a great afternoon (and great ice cream).

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    yummychunklet posted August 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    That is the perfect kind of picnic!

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    grace posted August 10, 2012 at 7:35 am

    aw, sweet post! that’s definitely my kind of picnic, from the grub to the atmosphere to the company. those flavors of ice cream sounds unique and tasty!

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    Sues posted August 10, 2012 at 7:35 am

    This is awesome and everyone looks like they’re having so much fun! I wanted to sample all the 2nd Street Creamery ice cream, but I have a conflicting client and wouldn’t have been able to blog about. BUT I’m definitely going out to buy some because I LOVE coffee ice cream and don’t get it nearly enough! I love how pretty all the containers are, too :)

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    Emily @ ACambridge Story posted August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I just love the name Copper Kettle Caramel. Might have to do a taste test with that and Toscanini’s burnt & salted caramel flavors — which I have been inhaling this summer!!

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    Elizabeth posted August 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    The cannoli and the almond butter hazelnut were my favorites. I didn’t try the coffee but now I want to.

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    Choc Chip Uru posted August 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    An ice cream party? Brilliant idea :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Sacha posted August 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    This is so sweet (in more ways than one). I love your stories and think it’s great you shared this ice cream among so many. Strawberry rhubarb and copper kettle caramel sound so good!

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    Kailey posted August 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I would have chosen the sweet ‘ol joe ice cream too – love coffee ice cream

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    Ranjani posted August 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I think an ice cream picnic is a fantastic idea. These flavors sound delicious!

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    BakingMeHungry posted August 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Aww loved your ice cream story about your Tito. The picnic looked like a perfect day!

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    Molly Galler posted August 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    What a fun way to share the ice cream! I love this!

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