(This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute)
When BlogHer asked me to write about my neighborhood in honor of Edy’s (Dreyer’s if you’re West of the Rockies!) giving away 1500 Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute ice cream parties, I wasn’t sure where to begin. There really aren’t a lot of constants around here. People come and go, friends pack up leave all the time, neighbors become passing faces in a crowd, and none of us are foolish enough to get too attached to a restaurant or bar. Truth be told, I don’t really know any of my neighbors. Sure, I watch them from my window at night unbeknownst to them, but we don’t speak to one another. And we regularly pass each other on the street without muttering so much as a hello.
New York can be like that. I think that’s why some of us like living here.
But then BlogHer wrote: “Kudos if you can include something about ice cream!” And I realized something: one of the only constants around here—like, one of the few things that has been consistent every single year since as far back as I can remember is the neighborhood ice cream truck.
Every Brooklynite can count on the ice cream truck – both when they want a cold treat, or when they’re trying to get to sleep or talk on the phone or watch a film. It’s a feature shared by every age group, income bracket, and nationality. No one is spared the distorted jingle. That jingle will fill the streets of Brooklyn long after we’re all dead and gone.
The band Fear once sang, “New York’s alright if you like saxophones.” But that’s not really the case anymore. I say New York’s alright if you like ice cream cones.
Want to Host an Ice Cream Party?
Every year Edy’s/Dreyer’s gives away 1500 Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute parties. They drop off the ice cream, the fixins and the bowls and all you have to do is show up and eat it. To win, visit www.SlowChurned.com and write a 350-word essay about why your neighborhood deserves free ice cream. (But really, given this economy, who doesn’t?)
Lastly, if you do happen to win a Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute party please invite me, because I will totally show up.
But wait! There’s more!
This next part is for me, not for Dreyer’s or Edy’s or BlogHer.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Me? In all honesty? I like the suburbs. I genuinely enjoy parking outside of a large grocery store. I like seeing stop signs instead of stop lights. I enjoy the sound of lawn mowers and savour the smell of grass. And I love cul-de-sacs. I like the suburbs (even though I sometimes state otherwise)! Perhaps it’s a grass is greener type thing, but there you have it. This city girl misses Lowes, Papa John’s, and menus with pictures on them.
So, what’s yours?
You may comment here or link to a post on your blog.
On May 29th, I will select 10 winners (at random) to win a voucher for a free 1.5 qt container of Edy’s/Dreyer’s.
Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct!
Here are the rules:
- No duplicate comments.
- You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
- You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
- This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older
- Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
- You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Full disclosure here: I am being compensated to help promote all this, but my affection for dessert is well-known around here.
That’s it, folks! I hope to read about some of your guilty pleasures!