Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Summer's Simple Pleasures and Old Fashioned Ice Cream
When husband (Rowland) has the day off we try to make plans ahead of time, but if you live in Texas, this summer has been a hot one! Since the beginning of August we have seen above 100 temps.
We decided to go to the square in Denton, TX . Really cute with the town hall building in the center and quaint shops surrounding it. Denton Town Square is right near the University of North Texas Campus and is a popular place for students and where families come to walk the square and can eat at several of the great restaurants and shop the vintage boutiques. During the summer the courthouse lawn is a gathering place for musicians to play and where you can just bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show!
So with no particular plans in mind we decided to go to our favorite vintage book store where I like to buy vintage cook books for inspiration. We then visited our favorite antique store and several other shops, but as the heat of day soon approached (which is usually before 12:00) we decided to try a mom and pop old fashioned ice cream shop.
Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop is just that, old fashioned! When you walk in you feel like you stepped back in time with its black and white tiled floors, vintage lighting, counters with seating and pressed tin ceilings, housed in an authentic old building.
Opening in 1998, they mix carbonated drinks from syrup and soda water the old fashioned way. They make real ice cream soda's and all their ice cream is fresh and made on the premises. Making ice cream the way ice cream was made 80 years ago. When you walk in there is a large framed blackboard with all the flavors they offer, I lost count but I believe it was 100 flavors. They make there waffle cones and their own hot fudge fresh every day. From old fashioned sundaes to waffle cones and more toppings then I could have imagined. They also offer a lunch menu of sandwiches and soup.
My husband and I decided to go simple, Rowland ordered watermelon ice cream and I ordered fresh strawberry and banana and coconut cream scoop. Our ice cream was served in a cold frosted oval glass dish. Since it was to hot outside we decided to sit inside at one of the round tables with antique metal chairs.
Before I could take a picture of Rowland's ice cream he was done! I should have taken a picture before we sat down, oh well! Rowland's watermelon ice cream was the color of watermelon, fresh and creamy with fresh watermelon in the ice cream, there was also small chocolate chips to mimic the seeds of a watermelon. I had two scoops of creamy dreamy heaven, my strawberry & banana scoop was mixed with fresh strawberries and fresh banana in a creamy smooth base. My coconut cream was pure heaven, not overly sweet but just creamy coconut taste with coconut flakes mixed in.
Sometimes it is good to step back from our daily fast paced lives and just slow down and re-connect with the person you love and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer and that is what we did on Husband's day off.
If you love old fashioned ice cream and are in Denton, TX be sure to visit:
Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop
117 West Hickory Street
Denton, TX 76201