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Ice Cream in February

January 29, 2015

New Yorkers are soft. In Massachusetts they eat ice cream twelve months a year. Do you think Vermonters stop eating ice cream in winter? That’s ridiculous. But here in The Empire State, many of us want nothing to do with the stuff until spring.

I remember the first time I ate an ice cream cone in a Boston winter. It was miraculous. There I was, walking with my chocolate cone, and for the first time in my life, I could eat the thing as slowly as I wanted. It was never going to melt! How brilliant is that? Those New Englanders are onto something (but I’m still going to be rooting for the Seahawks).

Which isn’t to say there aren’t a few winter ice cream holdouts in New York. The Ice Cream Man is open during these frozen months, and closer to home we’ve got Emack & Bolio’s.

Well, I have a plan. Maybe it’s a crazy plan. Really, it’s a small handful of crazy plans all being rolled together into what should be a fun event.

Let’s get ice cream next week at Emack & Bolio’s.

Part of my new job is to throw parties. In some cities, those parties are just for the Yelp Elite. Here they will eventually just be for active Yelpers. But in the beginning, I am opening them up to everyone.

Who can say no to ice cream? Well, even if I can’t goad you into some kind of frozen treat, since we’ll be there in advance of Valentines Day, E&B will be passing out complimentary samples of their chocolate covered strawberries. They are especially proud of these.

And if you are truly concerned about the cold, there is a cozy fireplace inside. They also sell hot cocoa to warm you up on your insides. Naturally, you won’t find me or my ice cream anywhere near the fire.

Now, if you decide to get ice cream, you’ll be able to buy whatever flavor you like at the counter and bring it back into our semi-private party area. There you will find a free sundae topping bar with whipped cream, hot fudge, and all kinds of fun treats.

Although I’m not even sure I’ll get ice cream. To help celebrate the arrival of Yelp Albany’s Community Ambassador, Emack & Bolio will be selling their Albany Egg Creams for a buck a pop. I’m wondering how many of those I can suck down in the two hours we’ll be there.

All the details can be found here.

There’s just one catch. To come, you have to RSVP. The sooner the better. I have no idea if we’re going to fill up the 50 person capacity, but it’s possible. And Yelp Elites still matter for something in this town, as they will get priority confirmation.

But to RSVP, you have to click the “I’m In” button on the event page. Don’t worry, there are instructions. It’s easy.

I hope you can make it, and show those folks to the east of here that we’re just as capable of eating ice cream in the winter as they are. And of course, it will also be nice to feel the support of this community as I expand my role, doing what I do for a wider audience.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2015 4:36 pm

    I know you like to save questions for, well, your periodic Ask the Profussor roundup, but if we RSVP yes, and get there a little late (say, 7:30pm), is that cool? If it is not, I can do some reshuffling. :) Either way, I am in. (And so is Chris. He’s a little skeptical of dessert before dinner, but you know. That’s why being an adult is awesome.)

    • January 31, 2015 4:58 pm

      Excellent. I’ll still need you to RSVP through the event page on Yelp. When leaving the comment there for bringing Chris as your +1, please also leave a note about your expected ETA.

      Ice cream can totally be dinner. You’ve got protein and calcium. Add a chocolate covered strawberry, and you’ve also got fruit and beans.

      • January 31, 2015 7:30 pm

        I already RSVP’ed. I’ll edit my comment to say I’ll be there at 7:30. :)

      • January 31, 2015 7:31 pm

        Also, it’s certainly not any worse than chicken wings for dinner, and I’ve definitely done that a lot!

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