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Ah, Leo, at last we meet

I’ve heard much about Molly Moon’s big blue ice cream truck named Leo, but I had never seen it in person until a few weeks ago.

I had diligently been following the truck on Twitter for awhile, but wherever I was, Leo always seemed to be at the opposite end of town. Or worse yet, I would find out that I had just missed him.

One day at work, I saw that Leo was going to be in Belltown. My office was many blocks away in Pioneer Square, and I had an afternoon booked solid with meetings, but I was determined to finally track down the truck.

And I did.

Molly Moon ice cream truck

But what to order?

Molly Moon ice cream menu

I went with the “Parker’s Praline” ice cream sandwich–soft praline cookies with vanilla ice cream.

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Molly Moon ice cream sandwich unwrapped

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Random food photos

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I take a lot of food photos with my phone, but I never realized how many until tonight. I needed to clear space on my memory card and discovered I had 5 months of food photos stored. So I’m finally putting them on the blog where they belong.

The top photo was taken at Uwajimaya, my favorite supermarket in Seattle. I couldn’t believe the name of this beverage. Who wants to drink sweat? What’s odder is that I showed photo to my friend Sarah, and she was like, “Oh yeah, Pocari Sweat. That stuff is good.”

Another pic taken at Uwajimaya. Even Japanese oven mitts and dish towels are cute!
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What, pray tell, is a “microroast?” Coffee fetishism in Seattle knows no bounds.
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Part of me thinks it’s really cool that Costco sells Dick’s milkshake mix. The other part of me wonders why someone would personally ever need to make that many milkshakes.
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Ezell’s fried chicken is a special treat that I allow myself to eat about once every three years. It’s always good.
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I would like to go on a tour of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Until then, I’ll just have to catch shots like this.
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This spinach pizza was a late night desperation dinner. We didn’t have any food in the house except for a Boboli pizza crust, some spinach that was two seconds away from going bad and mozzarella cheese of questionable age. It turned out to be a pretty tasty pizza! Carmelized onion can right many wrongs.
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Every grill romaine lettuce for a salad? I tried it for the first time this summer, and it brought a completely different flavor to the romaine. To let that shine through, I kept the salad pretty simple. I just added some artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, some parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon.
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I think the recipes for all of these dishes came from Real Simple magazine. Pesto, chickpeas and radishes was something I would have never thought to put together myself. And tossing couscous in brown butter was a revelation!
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If I had to eat the beet salad at Fonte Coffee & Wine Bar every day for the rest of my life, I think I might be okay with that.
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Does Whole Foods really have the best bacon in Seattle?
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Geraldine’s Counter has pretty food. But on this visit, everything was woefully underseasoned. It’s amazing what salt–or lack of it–can do to a dish.
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Every time I see this pinball game at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center, I think of Lindsay Lohan.
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Bluebird is no fly-by-night operation

Since I’m training for a half marathon, probably the last thing I should be eating is snickerdoodle ice cream. But there I was last night at Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream & Tea Room enjoying a scoop. I had also gotten a kids-size scoop of chocolate pudding ice cream for my son, and he did eat much of it, but let’s be honest–it was really for me!

Bluebird is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in an area that is also home to Molly Moon’s and Old School Frozen Custard. That’s a lot of frozen dairy for essentially a four-block radius, but each shop has its unique character and treats.

Bluebird definitely has the best space. There’s ample seating, and all of the furniture has a story. Much of it is made from reclaimed materials. In addition to ice cream, it serves sandwiches, pastries and a wide variety of teas.

The snickerdoodle ice cream was way too sweet for me, but I really enjoyed the chocolate pudding ice cream. It was velvety smooth and had a deep cocoa flavor.

Definitely worth going an extra mile for.

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“I got some ice cream…”

I went to college in St. Paul, Minnesota and lived through two of the coldest winters ever, which is saying something in that part of America. One record temperature was -75 degrees. So understandably, all of the ice cream shops in St. Paul would be closed during the winter because no one really one more frozen thing.

I always hated this though because I like the act of going somewhere for ice cream. Sure, you can buy it at the store and bring it home. That has its own comfort. But going out for ice cream is one those rare things that makes almost everyone happy.

Nowhere was this more evident than at the recent grand opening of Seattle “ice cream boutique” Molly Moon’s second location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The line that snaked down the sidewalk included sleepy college students, Goth couples, pierced punk rockers, parents with babies strapped to their chests and aging hipsters.

Everyone was giddy. No one was complaining about how long the line was. Children were exuberant but well-behaved. Couples were more in love than ever.

This is the power of going out for ice cream.

My friend Sharon and I tried three flavors that day: salted black licorice, strawberry balsamic and pomegranate curry sorbet. I don’t even like black licorice, but I wanted to at least see how Molly Moon’s would approach this flavor. Maybe years of hating the strong anise flavor would suddenly fall away after my first taste of ice cream. It didn’t–but the salt did add an interesting element and made it at least palatable. Sharon loved it.

I preferred the pomegranate curry sorbet. I didn’t know what to expect from this flavor combo and was pleasantly surprised. It was too strong to eat more than a couple of bites on its own (no way would I ever want this in a waffle cone), but I could definitely see myself enjoying this sorbet after say, a great Indian dinner.

Strawberry balsamic is a Molly Moon’s staple, and with good reason. It’s a nice balance of sweet and tangy.

And now, for all of you Eddie Murphy fans who think of this first when you hear the words “ice cream…”

Does Eddie still rock leather suits? And do more people in America now know him from his work in “The Nutty Professor” and “Shrek” than in “Delirious” and “Raw”?

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Delicious president

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Just saw this post that I can now order cookies in the shape of President-Elect Barack Obama’s head. (See cute example above!)

Perhaps I’ll make some Yes Pecan ice cream sandwiches with these cookies.

Here are four things that I learned from a Google search of “Barack Obama, food.”

1. His food likes include pistachios, broccoli and handmade milk chocolates from Fran’s Chocolates, right here in Seattle. He also enjoys Spam musabi!

2. He doesn’t like beets, mayonaise or salt and vinegar potato chips.

3. Barack Obama’s mother briefly received food stamps to put food on the table when she needed help.

4. Many bloggers have commented on these 2001 video clips of Obama on a restaurant review show.

Spike from Top Chef is hosting an Inaugural Burger Ball. For a mere $99, you get eight mini burgers, mini fries (huh?), mini milkshakes, beer and wine.

This is definitely not a value meal.

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