The Best, Worst & Most Unique of 2016

Happy New Year! Politics aside, 2016 was a standout year for me. First and foremost, I’m grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones. Highlights of 2016 include my sisters and their sweethearts coming to visit us in DC for a long weekend, a safari with my in-laws in South Africa, finally returning to Acadia National Park with my family after many years, a trip to Barcelona with dear friends, learning to ski (which has always frightened me), and getting the chance to drive a dog sled in Japan! I also cherished watching my sister Carolyn find her dream job, my sister Ava developing a strong relationship with a wonderful man, and my parents finally taking their dream trip to Italy! With all the tragedies that occurred in 2016 — domestic and abroad — it’s more important than ever to savor the joys and achievements, big and small, in my life.

Looking back on my posts from 2016, I realized that this year also brought me some wonderful ice cream! I also shared many ice creams with family and friends, which makes any flavor taste a little bit sweeter.

All-Around Best Ice Cream:
Peach Cardamom at Glass Bottle Creamery (Vashon Island, WA)

Best New Recipe:
Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Best Atmosphere:
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream (Bar Harbor, ME)
(the Sea Salt Caramel was my 2nd favorite flavor of 2016!)

Worst Ice Cream:
Quejo com Goiabada at Sorvetes Ally (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)

Most Unique Ice Cream:
Bone Marrow & Smoked Cherries at Salt & Straw (Portland, OR)

I’d love to hear about your favorites from 2016!

 

 

The Best, Worst & Most Unique of 2015

The year 2015 treated me well. It was a challenging year in some regards, but I’m heading into 2016 stronger and happier. Highlights of the past year included ringing in the new year with K and my in-laws in Australia, watching my sister Ava graduate from UCONN, salmon fishing in Alaska, finally visiting the McRae homeland in Scotland, and a “family weekend” in New York City this fall. In August, K and I celebrated a successful first year of marriage. And in December, I officially entered my 30s. There’s a heck of a lot to be grateful for!

Not surprisingly, many of my favorite memories from 2015 involved ice cream. Here is a recap of the best, the worst, and the weirdest ice creams I experienced in 2015. I hope you enjoy!

All-Around Best Ice Cream:
Magic Bar at FoMu Ice Cream (Jamaica Plains, MA)

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Best New Recipe:
Toasted Oat Ice Cream (no-churn!)

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Best Atmosphere:
Lapp Valley Farm (New Holland, PA)

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Worst Ice Cream:
Millions at Waltons Traditional Sweet Shop

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Most Unique Ice Cream:
Chocolate Chip at Greedy Goat (London, U.K.)

Bottom scoop: Chocolate Chip; Top scoop: Salted Caramel

What was your favorite ice cream from 2015?

The Best, Worst & Most Unique of 2014

Welcome to 2015!

On this first day of this new year, I want to take a moment to reminisce about the many adventures and ice creams of 2014. It was quite a year, from getting married(!!) to exploring new places and spending quality time with friends and family.

While I enjoyed countless ice creams in 2014, below is a recap of the best, the worst, and the weirdest ones. I hope you enjoy!

All-Around Best Ice Cream:
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Best New Recipe:
Best Atmosphere:
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Worst Ice Cream:
Most Unique Ice Cream:
What was your favorite ice cream of 2014?