Why to Eat Ice Cream in the Winter: Our Ample Hills Date
This winter, Alex and I have been getting out of the house–out of town, even–on fun dates we booked using our HowAboutWe for Couples membership. You might have heard about the site more as a place for dating, but there’s also a whole section for people in relationships to book interesting, out-of-the-ordinary evenings and day dates in cities across the U.S., without having to hash out the exact details ourselves. I’ve been pretty thrilled to put the planning in HowAboutWe’s capable hands, and we’ve had the best time fending off the seasonal doldrums on our dates.
Which brings us to a snowy Saturday in Brooklyn, when we walked up Vanderbilt Avenue to Ample Hills, maker of delicious ice cream in flavors like cookie au lait, peppermint pattie (my favorite), and salted crack caramel (the rest of the world’s favorite). The weather was cold (which meant no lines at the ice cream parlor, epically crowded in summer), but winter has never stopped me from eating ice cream before.
Hearts materialized above our head while we were debating flavors! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, after all.
Our date included a full-on brownie sundae, plus two warm drinks. All this was free with our HowAboutWe membership, which was really cool, and it also made deciding to go out to ice cream and spend some quality time together a really easy decision. Happily, all memberships come with one free date a month–everything from a decorate-your-own donut date in L.A., to a 73-story ride to the top of Seattle’s Sky Observatory, to a piñata-making date in Chicago!
For our sundae, we chose a brownie base.
My scoop was pistachio squared (pistachio AND pistachio brittle), while Alex went for the coconut fudge sorbet (so rich!). We asked for hot fudge, because who on earth chooses caramel sauce when there is hot fudge on offer?? The Ample Hills scooper piled all the whipped cream on my scoop, since Alex doesn’t eat dairy.
We had fancy maraschino cherries planted on top of each of our scoops. And then rainbow sprinkles, too. Of course.
For the hot drink, we went for espresso, a much needed antidote to the rich, icy bowl of goodness. We sat around, dove into the sundae, laughed, and looked out the window at the other brave souls who’d left their apartments in the cold.
I love how the tables at Ample Hills are covered in old ice cream ads. And I love the ice cream. Ample Hills ice cream is the best I’ve ever eaten–and this from a connoisseur who’s sought out every ice cream vendor from Florence, Italy to Maine. It was really lovely to pause on a Saturday afternoon and share a humungous sundae at a cool neighborhood joint together. We might just make it a tradition.
If you’ve never tried HowAboutWe for Couples, you can join as a new member and get $50 off any date in the collection by following this link (offer expires 5/31/14). I think the Chef’s Counter at Nourish Kitchen Date and the Lucy’s Whey Cheese-Inspired Dinner look like so much fun!
With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, it might be fun to join together, or, if you’re booking a date as a Valentine’s Day present, make sure to click “make it a surprise”!