The Daily EO: April 26th – 28th

I went to Whistler this weekend.  It’s been 15 years since I’ve been and Emile has never been.  The sea to sky highway – while still amazing – seems much more robust.  I guess that is the Olympic legacy.  This trip had all the makings of a disaster:  We left on time, but our travelling companions didn’t, so we spent a bunch of time waiting.  Our suite was occupied when we arrived as the company had made a mistake on the confirmations.  The weather was awful – rain, cold and wind.  The mountain was socked in with fog – we couldn’t tell that we were in a mountain resort.  The children decided to awake at 6 am the first morning after being up until 11 pm the night before.

Emile and I spent an hour or two enjoying ourselves at Howe Sound Brewery pub in Squamish.  The people who were in the suite were really considerate and worked with us to solve the problem.  The weather stopped our friends from skiing, but also made it much easier to justify staying inside and getting an Indonesian style massage.  The kids were so bloody tired on Saturday night that they went to bed with nary a peep.  Sunday’s weather was warmer, dryer and stiller than Saturday and in comparison seemed downright lovely compared to the day before.  Our friends went skiing, Emile got a pic or two and we had an early departure, getting us home to Vancouver just in time to receive our final ice cream delivery, have my nails done, catch up on chores, get some groceries bought and wind down the weekend before the work week started again.

Had a really good time and glad we went.

Last Weekend in April Extra-Ordinary:  Silver Linings

:-(  Last Delivery
Last Delivery

The Daily EO: April 7th, 2013

I’ve been up since 7 am awaiting our expected 1 pm ice cream delivery.  Well, that isn’t entirely true.  I got up at 8 – woo hoo sleep in – and spent time searching for sunchoke (aka Jerusalem artichokes or sunroots) recipes.  That lead me to re-finding  The Guilty Kitchen  so I changed into running gear after seeing what she is doing and seeing her ridiculous abs.    Then I heard Emile sniffling – sure sign that Emile is awake –  and went in to convince him that we should go for a run.  That lead to him getting up and making pancakes (which weren’t his best, but he states he is hindered by missing ingredients).  I am not sure how running became pancakes.

Then I was disgusted by the state of my bathroom, so I cleaned it.  What is with soap scum?  I use all natural shower items – so it would follow that my all natural cleaners should take it off easily.  Then I put away all my purchases from Saturday (I did get some shopping in after heading home to change).  Then unloaded the dishwasher.  Tidied up the kitchen, cleaned off my desk.  And still it was an hour before our expected delivery time.  Sigh.

But finally the phone rang!

I wish that these pictures had timestamps, because you’d see that ridiculously we ate all the ice cream in about 4 minutes.  It was sour, sweet and tangy all at once.  Yum!

April 7th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I love lemons!  I love Ice Cream!

PS  I end up working out that day – that is why you’ll see me stiffly walking up and down stairs.

The Daily EO: March 23th, 2013

Starting on April 7th, people are going to knock on my door and deliver unique flavours of home made ice cream each Sunday in April.

Yes, that’s right:  KNOCK ON MY DOOR AND DELIVER HOME MADE ICE CREAM!

March 24th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:   HOME MADE ICE CREAM!!  TO MY HOUSE!!   My house!  My door!   ICE CREAM!

Sunday Morning Ice Cream Delivery

The Daily EO: July 5th, 2012

There are 5 ice cream shops in Huntsville – The Nutty Chocolatier, Kawartha Dairies, Yog’s, Belly and The Purple House.

The Nutty is the oldest and most established – it’s been on Main Street for years and draws in the tourists with their huge selection of ice cream, chocolates, and candy.  It’s open until 11 pm in the summer allowing for treats after other events in town.  They carry Nestle Ice Cream.

Yog’s used to be located on the Main Street (across from Nutty) and had every inch of their shop decorated with photos of patrons enjoying their ice cream.  There were 1000s of pictures.  They tehn moved just off Main Street for a fresher look (read: no more pictures).  Yog’s also carries Nestle Ice Cream.

Kawartha Dairies is a recent addition.  They built a huge log cabin-ish building outside of town on Highway 60 (on the way to Algonquin Park or Ottawa).  They are part of Kawartha Dairies (obviously) which is a large dairy in the – you guessed it – Kawartha Lakes area.  Kawartha Lakes is not in Muskoka.  They obviously serve Kawartha Dairies ice cream.

Belly is a new gourmet ice cream shop this season and all of their ice cream is blended in Huntsville.  They are located also on Main Street, but in a small gazebo in a tiny park.  They serve local and seasonal flavours like rhubarb or Tall Trees Butter Tarts.

The Purple House opened after River Mill Park did – it’s now located just off Main Street directly across from the biggest children’s play area in Huntsville and the waterfront.  It is a tiny purple house.  The serve Kawartha Dairies Ice Cream.

So if you are a consumer in Huntsville looking to purchase an ice cream cone – you are in luck, you have lots of choice and a decision to make.

Do you go with Nutty Chocolatier – the original?  Yet the tourist trap?  Do you want the originality and quality of Belly?  Two things that you pay extra for?  What about Kawartha Dairies?  It’s a bit of a drive out to Highway 60 and it drags people away from our downtown core but they have a huge selection.  Or The Purple House?  Across from the park and the waterfront?  Or Yog’s that serves exactly the same ice creams as Nutty just around the block?  Yet also a tradition?

It’s a hard choice. But it is the little things that make the difference to me – I don’t want Kawartha Dairies because they are a new interloper is from Lindsay or the like.  Go back to where you came from with your fancy store away from the centre of town!  And if I am only buying an ice cream cone – I have to stand outside – I can’t purchase in the store.  Telling me as a consumer what to do never bodes well for you.

Yog’s never got past their tiny little dingy store with me.  Even now that they moved, I have to wonder why they aren’t doing something to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Belly – I haven’t been to yet.  It’s next on the list though.  I’ve heard it is very expensive and the portions are small – but isn’t anything that claims to be gourmet?  It will be an occasional treat – but I need to find a less pricey regular place.

The Purple House.  Brilliant location.  Supported the “Band On the Run” by giving two for one ice cream cones to racers on race day.  Kawartha Dairies Ice Cream, but it’s not like Nestle’s is local.  And also a frozen yogurt machine that you can make your own.  So love that.

For years, our choice was The Nutty – but the portions have been shrinking, the prices rises and there is a feeling that perhaps you are not valued as a local consumer as you should be.

The Purple House welcomed us warmly when we returned to support them for supporting us in Band on the Run.  Fair prices, solid selection, excellent service and good portion size.  Sorry Nutty.

July 5th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  A dumped supplier.  A new place.  And another important decision in my life made.

The Daily EO: July 2nd, 2012

Huntsville is built around lakes, leaving our downtown core as one of the most charming, picturesque areas I have ever been in.  The new Riverside park runs along part of it, and it a perfect place to sit and watch locals and tourists alike.

I spent most of the weekend consuming oh so delicious calories, and yet some how I was able to find room to agree with my husband on a trip downtown for treat.

Downtown was bustling, it was warm but breezy.  And an old standby caught my eye.

July 2nd, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Pralines and Cream Ice Cream and watching the boats float by.