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Thursday, May 29, 2008



Cold Stone Creamery -

Their gimmick is "mix-ins." You choose a flavor of ice cream, a size, and then the mix-ins - about 50 different ingredients to add to your scoop (e.g. crushed Oreo cookies, nuts, fruit, chocolate chips, white cocolate chips, gumi bears, flaked cocunut, crushed candy bars, etc...). The ice cream and mix-ins are then mixed by hand on a "cold stone" (hence the name of the place), which is a slab of black granite, about 1.5M long by 0.5M wide and 5 cm thick, that is kept at -50 F to keep the icecream from melting while mixing in the mix-ins.

The people who work there also sing goofy songs anytime a customer rings a bell - mildly entertaining, more so for little kids. It's a very family friendly place.

I really like their icecream - they make a flavor called "sweet cream" that is basically vanilla, but not too heavy and sweet like most vanilla icecream is. It tastes just like fresh cream! They also have killer waffle cones!

Yes, it is a little $$$, but if you go to their website and enter your birth date, on your birthday you get a free medium scoop with two mix-ins in a waffle cone!

Hey, it's no more $$$ than a latte at Starbucks, and much less hoity-toity! ;)


I believe Cold Stone Creamery actually started in the Phoenix, Arizona area, where I live now. (Their corporate headquarters is in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I used to drive past it every day on my way to work.)

Strangely enough, I've never eaten at one of these places. Whenever I suggest to my wife that we try Cold Stone, she insists that we could buy 2 gallons of ice cream from the supermarket for what we would spend there.


Aqua Drop -

The game looks mildly intersting to me, but the guy on the left in the pic at the top of the page is GORGEOUS!!! Send me one of those, Mari-san! ;)

(gomen if this posted twice)


Aqua Drop -

The game looks mildly interesting to me, but the guy on the left in the pic at the top is GORGEOUS!!! Send me one of those, Mari-san! ;)


I remember having a toy like Aqua-Drop when I was little. I think it was called Quicksilver. I loved it! I wish I still had it.


Thanks for the Aqua-Drop link and information!

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