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We All Scream for Ice Cream

Chocolates on display at Ginger Elizabeth

Last weekend my mom came to visit me and we had a great time going to the Farmer’s Market, visiting the Rominger West Winery, eating out, and biking around the Davis Bike Loop. My mom’s friend, Mary Beth, lives in Sacramento, and we had also planned to meet her and her husband in the city for Second Saturday, Sacramento’s monthly art stroll/street festival.

My mom, Wanda, and I

Mary Beth had heard that Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, an all-natural chocolate shop in Midtown Sacramento, was having a sundae special that day, and offered to treat us to ice cream before we started our art stroll. We all gladly agreed, and arrived at the small, elegant shop around 5 pm. Everyone oohed and aahed over the delicious-looking chocolates, truffles, cakes, mousses, and macaroons, and the salesgirl gave a tantalizing description of the sundae special: caramel ice cream and steele-cut oat sherbet, with roasted apple tatin compote and granola crumble, topped with caramel sauce and Chantilly cream.

Everyone’s mouth watered, except for mine. I just wasn’t that hungry, and we were going to eat dinner in an hour or so. I thought to myself, “I’ll just have a glass of cold water. I don’t need to eat ice cream right before dinner.” When it came my turn to order, however, and my mom, Mary Beth, and my boyfriend Kevin heard me say, “Just a cup of water, please,” they jumped on me, unable to believe that I would pass up such a wonderful and free (when you make the kind of money that has you buying meat from the 75%-off bin at the grocery store, free food takes on a whole new meaning) dessert. After some cajoling, and remembering that I was supposed to be saying yes to opportunities, I agreed to share a sundae with Kevin.

Oat sorbet sounded odd, but it was delicious!

As we sat outside, chatting and licking both sides of our ice cream-and-caramel-coated spoons, I was once again glad that I had said yes. There are not many simple, harmless, and cheap things that can provide such a feeling of well-being than sitting with loved ones and enjoying a bowl of ice cream, and I was glad that I hadn’t missed out on it. Dinner was still tasty, too.

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates can be found at 1801 L Street, Suite 60, open Tuesday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-10 pm. http://gingerelizabeth.com/

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