Why to Eat Ice Cream in the Winter: Our Ample Hills Date

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This winter, Alex and I’ve been leaving the house-out of town, even-on fun dates we reserved using our HowAboutWe for Couples subscription. You could’ve read about the site more as a location for dating, but there’s also a whole area for individuals in relationships to book interesting, out-of-the-ordinary evenings and day dates in cities across the U.S., without having to hash out the precise information ourselves. I have been pretty thrilled to put the planning in HowAboutWe’s capable hands, and we’ve actually had the best time warding off the seasonal doldrums on our dates.

So far, we have headed up the Hudson for a whiskey tour, drunk cider and consumed serrano pork at Tertulia, taken a bike repair work course, and went to an all-vegetarian dinner club.

Which brings us to a snowy Saturday in Brooklyn, when we walked up Vanderbilt Opportunity to Ample Hills, maker of tasty ice cream in tastes like cookie au lait, pepper mint pattie (my favorite), and salted fracture caramel (the rest of the world’s favorite). The weather was cold (which meant no lines at the ice cream parlor, epically crowded in summer season), but winter season has actually never stopped me from eating ice cream prior to.

Hearts emerged above our head while we were discussing tastes! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, after all.

Our date consisted of a full-on brownie sundae, plus two warm beverages. All this was cost-free with our HowAboutWe subscription, which was actually cool, and it likewise made deciding to head out to ice cream and spend some quality time together a really simple choice. Happily, all subscriptions have one free date a month-everything from a decorate-your-own donut date in L.A., to a 73-story ride to the top of Seattle’s Sky Observatory, to a piñata-making date in Chicago!

For our sundae, we chose a brownie base.
My scoop was pistachio squared (pistachio AND pistachio fragile), while Alex chose the coconut fudge sorbet (so rich!). We requested for hot fudge, since who on earth picks caramel sauce when there’s hot fudge available ?? The Ample Hills scooper piled all the whipped cream on my scoop, since Alex does not consume milk.

We’d fancy maraschino cherries planted on top of each of our scoops. And afterwards rainbow sprays, too. Of course.

For the hot beverage, we opted for espresso, a much required medicine to the rich, icy bowl of goodness. We sat around, dove into the sundae, laughed, and kept an eye out the window at the other brave souls who ‘d left their homes in the cold.

I love how the tables at Ample Hills are covered in old ice cream advertisements. And I like the ice cream. Ample Hills ice cream is the best I’ve actually ever eaten-and this from a connoisseur who’s looked for every ice cream supplier from Florence, Italy to Maine. It was actually beautiful to pause on a Saturday afternoon and share a humungous sundae at a cool area joint together. We may simply make it a custom.

If you’ve actually never ever attempted HowAboutWe for Couples, you can sign up with as a brand-new member and get $50 off any date in the collection by following this link (offer expires 5/31/14). I think the Chef’s Counter at Nourish Kitchen Date and the Lucy’s Whey Cheese-Inspired Dinner look like so much fun!

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, it might be fun to join together, or, if you are reserving a date as a Valentine’s Day present, make sure to click ‘make it a surprise”!